Park Citys top Apres Ski Locations | DJ Cam's Picks
By DJ Cam Reeve
Après Ski, which translates to "after ski" in French, is a term that describes the activities and socializing that takes place after a day of skiing or snowboarding. Over the last few years, it has become a big part of the skiing culture and is enjoyed by skiers and non-skiers alike. Before I share with you my top 4 Après in Park City, Utah, I want to share the history of Apres and how it has evolved over time.
The Origins of Après Ski
Après Ski started in the European Alps, where skiing has been a popular activity for centuries. The first recorded use of the term "après ski" was in the early 20th century in Austria. After a long day of skiing, locals and tourists would get together in small bars and restaurants or cafes to share stories, relax, and enjoy a drink or two.
Things evolved over time. Ski resorts started to offer more activities, such as live music, dancing, and games to keep visitors entertained after a day on the slopes. Now, Après Ski has become a way of life for many skiers and snowboarders, and it has started to spread to many places in the world.
In the past decade Après Ski parties have grown in Park City, Utah. Some of the locations are visited not only because Utah has some of the best snow on earth but because the Après activities and entertainment compete with some of the top places in the world.
As a DJ who has had the chance to work in the Apres Ski Scene over the past few years, I thought I would share my top 4 Après locations in the Deer Valley area, more specifically in Park City, Utah.
The St. Regis Deer Valley - The Vintage Room
This is the place for those looking for an over the top, elevated Après experience. St. Regis is one of the more popular Après locations in Park City. To get there, take the funicular from the Deer Valley Resort Parking lot area or ski in from the Deer Valley Resort Lifts. Once there, you have multiple places to enjoy your Après. Depending on the time of year and day, St. Regis has live entertainment scattered around the property.
The most popular areas are the Terrace and the Vintage Room. Under the Terrace you’ll find live entertainment and in the Vintage Room you’ll find a DJ taking you through a musical experience unlike any other - the music matches the signature Après house music vibe. Apres Ski enthusiasts flow to the vintage room just to experience it. Each winter night when the clock strikes 5:30 a bartender narrates the Napoleonic roots of champagne sabering at the Terrace; then, he strikes a blade across a sealed bottle and pours a round for the whole patio.
I may be a little biased when it comes to the Vintage Room at the St. Regis. A friend of mine, Don Woodbury, DJ's there weekly and on occasion I've had the chance to DJ there as well. The vibes are truly unmatched. I’ve ended some sets with songs I never thought in a million years would work at an event. What the St. Regis has created is truly unique from all the other venues in Park City. The music selection is inspired by many genres of house - 2010’s house, lounge house, melodic house, and more - along with disco, 80’s music, Top 40 trending music, and even a little hip-hop on occasion.
On any given day you’ll see 2-3 bachelorette or bachelor parties and often enough there is a line out the door with people waiting to get in. Our recommendation? Get there early. Check out the St. Regis Instagram to get the latest on times and dates during the winter to know when and what is going on at the St. Regis.
The Après Lounge - Montage, Deer Valley
The Après Lounge is a charming yurt located behind the Montage in Park City, offering a cozy atmosphere for enjoying cocktails and small bites. It features black and red checkered chairs, a rustic couch, and a wooden bar, with a selection of wines and champagne to choose from. This wine Après Lounge is a fantastic place for those that are looking for a great spot to relax after a day of skiing. They don’t have any live entertainment at this time, giving you a great place to just enjoy company and relax.
The Cabin Park City, Bar and Concert Venue
The Cabin in Park City is one of Main Street's top destinations for those looking for great cocktails and live music. This charming venue is located in the heart of Old Town Park City on historic Main Street, occupying two levels of completely remodeled space. Guests can enjoy a modern dining experience while also taking in live music performances. The Cabin's warm and welcoming atmosphere, coupled with the relaxed mountain town vibe and friendly local personalities, creates a cozy and inviting experience that will make you feel right at home. Be sure to add The Cabin to your list of must-visit spots for an unforgettable après ski experience in Park City. You can find their calendar here.
The Pool House Pendry, Park City
Looking for an exclusive après ski experience that combines breathtaking mountain views with fine champagne and delicious bites? Look no further than The Pool House's Champagne Terrace at Pendry Park City. As Park City's newest après hot spot (2023), the Champagne Terrace offers a luxurious space to unwind and relax after a day on the slopes. With curated bites and lively DJ sets, it's the perfect spot to soak up the après ski atmosphere. This exclusive experience is open to the public from 2:00-7:00pm daily this winter season. Don't miss out on the opportunity to sip on the finest cuvée while taking in the panoramic mountain views at The Pool House's Champagne Terrace. Check their Instagram to find the latest times and locations for events happening.
Often enough, there are pop up Apres Ski sales where live entertainment and DJs get involved. Be sure to check out my recap from the ‘Rossignol Store Apres Sale’ from the 2023 Season.
You can find a list of other locations for Après Ski events in the deer valley area here at Visit Park City
If you are looking for some Après Vibes at your next event do not hesitate to reach out to me. I am willing to travel and love creating these type of vibes for my clients across the country.