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How smart is the après ski?!

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York, United Kingdom
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How smart is the après ski?!

Hi

We're booked to go skiing for the first time in February, going to Beaver Creek... We're all kitted out for the slopes, but not sure what to pack for evenings! Are the bars and restaurants in BC very dressy or do we just need casual stuff... snow boots & jeans etc?

Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

Park City, Utah
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1. Re: How smart is the après ski?!

You can be pretty casual. You won't find anyone with a dress code per se. I usually do slacks/jeans and a ski sweater. Don't really need any more. Where in Beaver Creek are you staying?

Steamboat Springs...
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2. Re: How smart is the après ski?!

Ski towns are the classic example of under dress. Totally casual. Jeans and comfy clothes. We'll dress up on occasion. Maybe a Valentines day dinner, but that is so we can shake the cobwebs off our barely used dressier stuff. Relax and be comfortable when you go out.

York, United Kingdom
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3. Re: How smart is the après ski?!

That's great, really helpful, thanks guys. We're staying at Beaver Creek lodge, not long now, can't wait!

Park City, Utah
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4. Re: How smart is the après ski?!

Very nice spot. Rock's in the Lodge is a nice bar. You're like two minutes to the snow and 30 seconds from buses. Have fun. One of the best ski villages in America.

Chicago, Illinois
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5. Re: How smart is the après ski?!

Have you skied in Europe? There is no comparison in Après ski between the two. Europe definitely has the edge. No umbrella bars :(

But as the others mention....very casual.. Have fun!

Edited: 7:39 pm, January 14, 2013
Toronto, Canada
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reviews: 12
6. Re: How smart is the après ski?!

Hope the OP doesn't mind if I add to this thread but I have a similar question but about a couple of specific restaurants - Splendido and Grouse Mountain Grill. We're booked to go to both restaurants late next week and I am trying to pack lightly but these places look "fancier" than mountain casual.

Any idea of how "dressy" these places are? Thanks.

Aspen, Colorado
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7. Re: How smart is the après ski?!

Beaver Creek is a very high end resort. You will see people with diamonds on their shoes and fur coats on their heads and shoulders. But there is also a casual element as already mentioned. Wear what won't give you an inferiority complex and you'll be fine.

Toronto, Canada
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reviews: 12
8. Re: How smart is the après ski?!

Thanks for the reply. This is our first time going to BC and have been checking out prices of various things and our wallet is already feeling the pain....

Vail,CO
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9. Re: How smart is the après ski?!

Jambo: Splendido & Grouse Mnt are Beaver Creeks two finest (IMO) you are totally fine in nice jeans & a sweater but YES they are pricey!

If you get outside the actual resort there are many restaurants to choose from if you are looking for something less "gourmet" and at cheaper prices. Edwards has nearly 20 restaurants to choose from, Avon, about a dozen. In these two areas you'll find the locals crowd (read: real people) Yes, B.C. & Vail have their element of bling at times, but it's NOT the "norm". Dress warm & comfy, don't overpack!

Toronto, Canada
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10. Re: How smart is the après ski?!

Great! Thanks for the extra info. Definitely want to keep the trip casual as much as possible.