Hill Country

Where to end your day on the slopes
Tasting Table: Hill Country
Interior of The Rose | The Fresh Powder from Jim Meehan

Last year was one of the warmest winters on record, bumming out skiers everywhere. This year, we're entering the ski season prepared: If snow doesn't fall, we'll commit ourselves to an itinerary of eating and drinking. And if the weather gods cooperate, all the better--après-ski never looked so good.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming: Take a break from the powder with a cocktail at The Rose, which opened last year under the guidance of Death & Co. owners Alex Day and David Kaplan. During happy hour, pitch-perfect Negronis and Daiquiris are just $5. Then head to Michael Mina's just-opened Handle Bar for bar snacks and whiskey.

Aspen, Colorado: At the new Chefs Club by Food & Wine at the St. Regis Resort, Jim Meehan brings his creations--like the Fresh Powder, with bourbon, rum, sherry and Leopold Bros. fernet--to high altitudes. Dinner at The Little Nell's new restaurant, Element 47, is a luxe reward for an active day on the slopes, with dishes like local lamb shank with smoked pasta, and sea bass with forbidden black rice and dashi.

Park City, Utah: Snack on bites from Jean-Georges' J&G Grill at the St. Regis before heading down to the hotel's The Library for a weekly Bloody Mary clinic, where guests learn how to make different variations of the classic cocktail. The hotel's New York location is credited with originating the drink.

Handle Bar 7680 Granite Loop Rd. Teton Village WY 83001 307-732-5157 The Rose 50 W. Broadway Ave. Jackson Hole WY 83001 307-733-1500 Chefs Club 315 East Dean St. Aspen CO 81611 970-429-9581 Element 47 675 E. Durant Ave. Aspen CO 81611 970-920-6330 J & G Grill 2300 Deer Valley Drive E. Park City UT 84060 435-940-5760

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