The après-ski experience in North Idaho is as casual as the skiing. Although sack lunches and Coors Lite are still staples, visitors can find local microbrews and pub food that’s a cut above the cafeteria-style dining of days past.
SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN RESORT
Taps Lounge, Schweitzer Mountain Resort’s signature après ski spot, is best known for its namesake two-dozen brews on rotation. Guests at this raucous ski-in bar tend to find reserves of stamina even after a deep powder day, judging by the activity on the dance floor.
Located in the Sky House at Schweitzer’s summit, The Nest Bar & Restaurant offers a more intimate dining option with a panoramic view of the resort.
SILVER MOUNTAIN RESORT
Unique among ski-area bars on this list, Mogul’s Lounge, in the Mountain House lodge, welcomes families, and it’s a bit roomier than the cafeteria-style dining downstairs. At the bar, adults should check out one of the dozen rotating handles, which favor local micro-brews.
At the end of the day, order a “gondie beer” in a to-go cup for the half-hour gondola ride back to the valley. In historic downtown Kellogg, Radio Brewing Co. serves locally sourced cuisine with an emphasis on creative small plates—the Korean-style tacos are made for sharing but are good that you won’t.
LOOKOUT PASS SKI AREA
The Loft Pub, on the upper floor of the second-oldest lodge in the Northwest, serves its drinks appropriately no-frills. In addition to beer, the simply adorned Bloody Mary and boozy coffee options provide a mid-day pick-me-up.
Nearby Wallace is the sort of old mining town that once boasted more bars (and bordellos) than churches; while a handful of taverns remain, serious beer fans should check out Wallace Brewing and North Idaho Mountain Brewery (inside City Limits Pub and Grill) for local microbrews.