This Colorado resort is bringing back its vintage ice cream bar

The après-ski scene is modernizing at Vail Mountain this winter. By Evie Carrick

A representative from the famed Colorado ski resort said Travel + Leisure the mountain brings back a vintage crush in honor of the ski area’s 60th anniversary. The team, the rep explained, plans to build not one but two mountain bars made of ice and snow this winter. And, like any other afternoon spot, you’ll find a well-stocked bar, plenty of seating and that bustling après-ski vibe – but here your drink comes with a 360-degree view for you to enjoy on one of Vail’s pluses. more than 300 blue bird days per year.

Why is the ice bar at this resort special?

The vintage ice bars will be erected at Wildwood, at an elevation of 10,981 feet, and at Eagle’s Nest, at 10,350 feet. The former is only accessible to skiers and snowboarders, while pedestrians can reach the Eagle’s Nest bar via the Eagle Bahn gondola, which picks up guests at Lionshead Vail Square and takes them up the mountain in eight scenic minutes .

Ice bars are a throwback to the early days of Vail Mountain. And while their exact origin is up for debate, everyone seems to agree that local skiing pioneer Bill Whiteford built Vail’s original ice bar in 1965 during season three. mountain skiing. Back then, skiers could drop by the mountain bar mid-ski, put their feet in ski boots, and have a drink under the sunny skies.

Image Credit: Courtesy of Vail Resorts

Almost 60 years later, not much has changed. Bartenders will hand out drinks, and there will be a small menu of food on hand – though we bet the offerings are a step up from what was on tap in the 60s. pizzas, corned beef, pastrami, milkshakes and pancakes. The ice bar will also be stocked with two limited-edition bourbons created especially for Vail Mountain’s anniversary by local distillery, 10th Mountain Whiskey.

In addition to food, exclusive drinks and views, there will be music and plenty of on-snow seating, providing the perfect place to rest up midday or meet friends for an after-ski drink. Those looking for a little more privacy can reserve one of Vail Mountains’ four snow bungalows, which will be located near Eagle’s Nest Ice Bar in the Igloo Village.

Vail’s ice bars and snow bungalows will open during the winter ski season, which is scheduled to run from November 11, 2022 through April 24, 2023. Just be sure to get your groceries on the 5,300 acres of terrain. Vail, including the station’s seven iconic Back Bowls, before visit the bar.

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Main and Feature Image Credit: Courtesy of Vail Resorts

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