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What’s New in Après-Ski?

Because hitting the slopes is just an excuse to get sauced.

Illustration by Murphy Lippincott  

South Lake, Tahoe, California
For the past few seasons, Heavenly Mountain Resort has been bringing the dance party to the mountain with DJ Cat, a sound system mounted on a retired snow-grooming machine. Meanwhile, South Lake Tahoe proper is in the midst of a renaissance: There’s McP’s Taphouse, an Irish pub with live music, and SLT Brewing Co., a brewpub, opening this December.

Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec
Until recently, this town was better known for its boutiques and art galleries than its nightlife. But the arrival of the high-end Le Germain Hotel Charlevoix changed things. Today, a train shuttles guests directly from the ski mountain to the hotel, where PizzaFest wood-fired pies served alongside a live DJ goes down on weekends.

Whistler, British Columbia
A most sophisticated scene: The Winemaker’s Après Series brings top vintners to lead wine-and-food pairings at Whistler Blackcomb’s various on-site restaurants. New for 2015 are nearby Basalt Wine + Salumeria and the Spanish-leaning Bar Oso.