Top 5 Ski Resorts for Singles

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Top 5 Ski Resorts for Singles

Irish Coffee by fireside.
Irish Coffee by fireside. Getty Images/Matthew Micah Wright

For some skiers, the fun really starts once the lifts close, and the bars open. However, even the most serious skiers can enjoy the aprés-ski scene. In fact, many ski resorts that offer top-notch terrain also offer great nightlife.

You're bound to find at least a few locals, lift operators, ski instructors and ski patrol in any given mountain pub. Ski towns with bustling bars and bouncing nightclubs are also a hotbed for visitors, and as a result, resorts known for their aprés-ski activities have also become known as great vacation spots for singles.

You might wonder what makes a good singles' resort, but the answer is not hard to figure out. The best mountains to meet people are large resorts which are situated in or near busy resort villages. Avoid smaller mountains in secluded locales, and resorts that cater to families with children. Not surprisingly, another key feature is an active aprés-ski scene, and resorts with the best nightlife opportunities tend to be popular vacation spots as well.

Whether you're seeking a ski resort for singles, a location for your winter bachelor or bachelorette party, or if you just enjoy a night of partying after a day on the slopes, start planning a visit to the following ski resorts.

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Aspen, Colorado

Skiing in powder at Aspen Highlands in Colorado
Skiing in powder at Aspen Highlands in Colorado. Jeremy Swanson

Aspen/Snowmass packs a one-two punch: exceptional skiing and legendary nightlife. With some of the best ski terrain in the world spread out over four separate mountains and a terrific range of aprés-ski options, there's a reason Aspen is famous among celebrities.

The resort town has more than 100 bars and restaurants that are continuously ranked among the top aprés-ski establishments. Night-life highlights include Jimmy's on South Mill St., which was recently rated as one of the all-around best bars in the country, Ajax Tavern, which offers great dinners in addition to drinks, and J-Bar at the Hotel Jerome, which was even honored by an award from Playboy Magazine.

The combination of unforgettable ski terrain and unbeatable nightlife makes a ski vacation at Aspen most definitely worthwhile.

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Killington, Vermont

Killington Ski Resort Opens
Killington Ski Resort

While Killington Ski Resort in Vermont doesn't have a proper village, per say, during high season its bars are packed. The Wobbly Barn, one of Killington's most popular venues, is a favorite among both locals and seasoned vacationers, and on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings its 21+ nightclub is the place to be.

The Wobbly's close neighbor, the Pickle Barrel, provides a comprehensive aprés-ski experience, with 4 bars, 3 levels, ​and 2 stages. Like The Wobbly Barn, the Pickle Barrel also hosts live music shows which really add to the scene.

Down the road, you can find a slightly more subdued setting at Outback Pizza and Nightclub. Outback is famous for its delicious pizza and home-made beer kept cold by a conveyer belt system that runs it through the icy nighttime air.

As for on-mountain fun, check out Killington's Bear Mountain. Popular among the younger crowd, it is almost always bustling with skiers and snowboarders who head right down to the bars once the lifts close. Killington also hosts a variety of events that attract skiers eager for a good time, such as the famous Winter Dew Tour, the Rails 2 Riches Jam and an annual "college week" for co-eds.

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Mont Tremblant, Quebec

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Mont Tremblant's bar scene rivals its skiing terrain, and because of that, it's a great choice for singles. The resort's vibrant nightlife includes clubs, bars, and resto-pubs that will satisfy any appetite.

L'Ptit Caribou, Tremblant's most (in)famous establishment, has repeatedly been the recipient of awards from top skiing magazines, both American and Canadian, for over twenty years. Unlike other bars in the area, the venue is more like its American counterparts in that you must be at least 21 to enter, but it is still a popular choice among tourists and is almost always packed.

The Caribou's rowdier neighbor, the Bar Café d'Epoque, caters to a younger crowd. Cafe d'Epoque, which is 18+, is a true nightclub. Expect loud music, a packed dance floor, a busy bar, and even dance cages.

If you prefer a more relaxed environment, consider checking out Microbrassiere La Diable or Le Shack, a sports bar.

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Park City, Utah

Skiing in Park City, Utah
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You might not think a ski area in a state known for its strict liquor laws would cater to the singles scene, but, Park City packs in quite a few surprises. Main Street and surrounding streets are quite crowded with pubs - highlights include No Name Saloon & Grill, Wasatch Brew Pub, The Spur, and O' Shucks - and you're just as likely to run into goggle-tanned instructors and ski patrol as you are other tourists. When the week of Sundance Film Festival rolls around in January, you might even spot some celebrities out on town.

In addition to the abundance of nightlife offerings, you have ski resorts to choose from, too - Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley, and The Canyons are all close to downtown.

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Val D'Isere, France

Val d'Isere Classical Music Festival
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In Val D'Isere, the aprés-ski starts before the ski lifts even close. The ski area in the Savoie region of the French Alps is known for its nightlife, and the skiers there sure do know how to party. La Folie Douce, a mid-mountain bar, has some of the best aprés-ski festivities that start heating up as early as 1 or 2 p.m.

The "happy hour" in Tignes, a neighboring village, also boasts a bustling scene popular with snowboarders and freestyle skiers. As for nightlife in Val D'Isere, favorites include Dick's Tea Bar, Doudoune and Café Face.