Après-ski has become an art form in ol’ Wyoming. When the snow fades and the rugged landscapes begin to bloom, something comes alive within us locals. From the bright gaper gear that escapes our closets to the sunny, afternoon parking lot brews with friends, springtime après-skiing has become a way of life around Casper. And with that, we don’t take it lightly.
Après-ski, a term coined by the French in the 1950s, literally means “after ski” or “after skiing”. It encompasses the social activities and entertainment following a day on the mountain. As tribute to Hogadon’s last weekend of the season, we have decided to welcome in springtime by sharing 9 Après-Ski Locations to Check Out in Casper this weekend:
1. Hogadon Ski Lodge
We can’t imagine a more perfect way to welcome in spring than with a blue bird day on the slopes followed by après in the lodge. As the sun falls to the west and your ski legs grow heavy, head on into Slalomen Sam’s Bar, located in the beautiful Hogadon Ski Lodge. Sip on local beer, soak in panoramic views of Casper and cheers to another season for the books!
2. Mountain Hops Brewhouse
Let patio season begin! As you head down the mountain with your crew, let Mountain Hops beckon you for post-shred beers in town. From noteworthy local pours to an intimate, outdoor patio featuring cornhole and other yard games, you will love aprèsing at this new, yet iconic 5150’ brewhouse.
3. Rotary Park
With 70 degree weather in the forecast this weekend, forgo après indoors and opt for an afternoon picnic at Rotary Park. From scenic trails to explore to beautiful picnic areas to claim, Rotary Park on Casper Mountain is the dream après hideaway for the whole family. Pack a lunch, crack open a canned libation and celebrate winter’s turn to spring on Casper Mountain.
4. J’s Pub & Grill
Who said foodies couldn’t après? If you’re the kind of adventurer who needs grub just as much as a cold one after a long day of playing outdoors, than J’s Pub is the place for you. Indulge in a local draft beer and flatbread pizza or go all in and order a signature steak with a glass of red wine. No matter your fancy, J’s Pub & Grill is sure to satisfy your après needs.
5. David Street Station
Take your adventurous spirit to the heart of downtown Casper and choose to après like a true local at David Street Station. It’s safe to say that once the sun comes out and the town begins to bloom again, we all tend to make our way to David Street Station in one form or the other. What can we say – it's contagious like that! Surrounded by buzzing local restaurants and the occasional food truck, David Street Station is the perfect place to plant on a weekend afternoon. Treat yourself to an ice cream cone from Frosted Tops, let the kids run around on the lawn and maybe even close your eyes for a much needed après siesta!
6. Urban Bottle
Après like royalty at Urban Bottle. Located in the Old Yellowstone District of Downtown, Urban Bottle strikes the perfect balance between urban luxury and small-town hospitality. From a unique draught station to the finest selection of beer, wine and local libations that you can open up and pour on site, Urban Bottle is the perfect après outing – especially if you have friends in town for the weekend. Tip: if you need something to snack on, craft your own charcuterie board or order a pizza next door from Racca’s Pizzeria.
7. Gruner Brothers
Speaking of epic patios... does it get much better than Gruner Brothers Brewing? From an amazing collection of Casper crafted brews to a sweeping patio boasting panoramic views of the city, we can’t imagine a better place to après like a local. Bask in the sun and sip on local favorites such as the Forever West West Coast IPA or the North Platte Pale Ale. If you’re lucky you may even catch some live music!
8. The Office
The Office, formerly known as Karen & Jims, is a forever local favorite. And for good reason! This friendly neighborhood sports bar acts as a hub to downtown Casper and is home to one of the best outdoor patios in town. Did we mention they have happy hour on weekend from 12pm – 6pm? Need we say more après skiers?
9. The Keg & Cork
Coming in last but never least is our east side après staple, The Keg & Cork. From their classic Irish pub menu and full bar to their live music and stunning outdoor patio that opens up to Casper Mountain, The Keg & Cork truly has it all. Insider tip: the Pub Mac’N’Cheese will cure all of your post season blues!
There you have it, folks – our take on après in Casper. Now no offense to the French... they may have beautiful mountains and world-class cheese, but we think the best way to après-ski is the 5150’ way!