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Top US Skiing Destinations for Beer Lovers

Outdoor adventures and craft beer are a perfect duo. We love to crack open a beer after our hike or ride or whatever other activity we’ve enjoyed to celebrate with our companions and commemorate just how awesome it was. Skiing is no different. While skiing and craft beer don’t mix in a literal sense (i.e. don’t drink and ski), these U.S. skiing destinations feature craft brews that serve as a perfect accompaniment to a long day on the slopes. Whether you’re an expert skier or have never put on a set of skis, here are the top U.S. skiing destinations perfect for beer lovers.

Albany, New York

Albany is an affordable destination that’s only 1.5 hours from four different ski experiences – Windham is just 26 miles away, Jiminy Peak is 42 miles away, Catamount is 46 miles away and Gore is 70 miles away. The city is also home to the Northeast Ski & Craft Beer Showcase, which offers samples from breweries all over the country, gear deals and ski lift tickets. Druthers Brewing CompanyFort Orange BrewingAlbany Pump StationThe City Beer Hall, and The Albany Ale & Oyster just scratch the surface of the craft beer and dining scene in Albany.

Big Sky, Montana

Big Sky is just about 50 miles away from Yellowstone National Park and has a mix of skiing terrain for everyone from beginners to experts. At the top of the Lone Peak Tram, there are breathtaking views of three states and two national parks. Beehive Basin Brewery and Lone Peak Brewery and Tap House are two breweries in the heart of Big Sky.

Breckenridge, Colorado

Breckenridge is a vibrant town that combines a sleek, tourist destination veneer with a homey, local feel. In the heart of ski season, the town hosts an epic event every winter – the Big Beers Festival, which focuses on pouring high-ABV Belgian-style ales and hearty, filling and boozy Barleywines. While the weekend beer event is packed with fun and educational experiences, there are plenty of opportunities to hit the nearby slopes (fest-goers receive discounted lift tickets). Broken Compass Brewing’s tagline is ‘It’s always 5 O’Clock on the Ski Hill’, and to help facilitate that, they offer a free shuttle around town. Breckenridge Brew Pub is located right on bustling Main Street where the beer makes its way onto the food menu with stout gravy for the elk meatloaf, beer-cheese fries and an artichoke ale dip.

Photo Courtesy Broken Compass Brewing

Hood River, Oregon

Just about 60 miles away from Portland, Hood River is scenically located between the Columbia River Gorge and the Cascade Range. It’s home to a variety of ski resorts that each offer something unique, including Mt. Hood MeadowsTimberline Lodge, and Cooper Spur Mountain Resort. Located inside Cooper Spur is Crooked Tree, a tavern serving craft beers on tap from Iron Horse BreweryNinkasi Brewing CompanyFort George Brewery and other local spots. Nearby must-see breweries include pFriem Family BrewersDouble Mountain Brewery, and Full Sail Brewing Company. Feel the ski love at Mt. Hood Brewing with brews like Hogsback Oatmeal Stout, which have illustrations of skiers enjoying the snow.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole is home to three ski areas – Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King Mountain Resort, and Grand Targhee Resort. Jackson Hole is an outdoor lover’s dream destination close to both Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. For beer lovers, ski-influenced Melvin Brewing has a brewpub right in town called Thai Me Up, which serves Thai Fusion and 20 craft beers on tap. Snake River Brewing, Roadhouse Brewing Company and StillWest Brewery and Grill are also located in the action-packed town.

Photo Courtesy Melvin Brewing

Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Lake Tahoe might be best known for its deep, vividly blue water, which is visible from several of the various ski resorts here. There is really a resort for everyone here, with Homewood Mountain Resort appealing to families and Diamond Peak Resort to those looking for something with smaller crowds. The North Lake Tahoe Ale Trail offers an interactive trail map highlighting great spots to grab a beer, including Tahoe Mountain Brewing and Alibi Ale Works. The WinterWonderGrass Festival in March is a combination craft beer, blue grass music and ski festival.

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