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Dining & Nightlife Spring Skiing Aprés

With the longer days and warmer temperatures prevalent during spring skiing, it’s more likely you’ll spend time soaking up the sun while having an aprés ski beverage. There are several fantastic locations at which to aprés outdoors after a day at the Telluride Ski Resort. Here are some of the local favorites:

Gorrono Ranch

Affectionately referred to as ‘the Beach,’ Gorrono Ranch is the premiere, outdoor lunch and aprés ski location at the Telluride Ski Resort. Plastic Adirondack chairs are organized in small groupings with small, foldable tables at the center, and numbered table flags. Using a QR code, you can easily pull up the food menu on your phone, order online, and someone will deliver food to your table. For beverages, head to the Outpost Bar or The Saloon for full bar offerings — their Bloody Mary is a popular choice. New, hot beverages are also on the menu. So, if the kids want hot chocolate, that’s not a problem. And, if Dad wants a hot toddy, that’s available too. But, it’s mostly the atmosphere that makes Gorrono’s so popular. You have music playing, incredible views of Mt. Wilson, and an overall gleeful vibe. If you’ve never been while spring skiing, you’re missing out!

Poacher’s Pub

Located in Sunset Plaza in the Mountain Village core, just over the footbridge from chair 4, you’ll find this legitimate pub. This charming establishment is exactly what you think of when you picture a ski town pub. It’s got all the rustic, American favorites like chicken tenders, cheese curds, and waffle fries. But, it also has microbrews on draft, outdoor patio seating, and a plentiful kid’s menu. If you’re ready for a quick bite, or want to relax after a day on the ski hill, Poacher’s Pub is a great, tucked-away, family-friendly option. You can find locals here on almost any night of the week, and they’re open until 10pm. So, be sure to swing by for that authentic, aprés experience. You won’t regret it.


If you’re staying in town, you’ll need to ski down the front side of the mountain to get home. And, you’ll end up at Oak, The New Fat Alley. The restaurant is under the Camel’s Garden Hotel, and located right next to the Telluride Ski Resort ticket window. At Oak, they specialize in beer, bourbon and BBQ. And, when they say BBQ, they mean it. The menu consists of a mouthwatering pulled pork sandwich, as well as pulled chicken, gumbo, and mac n cheese with bacon. It’s a true crowd-pleaser; families are welcome. And, with it’s outdoor patio overlooking chair 8, the Telluride Station gondola, and the end of the ski run, Telluride Trail, people-watching is paramount. So, tuck into some BBQ, grab a beer, and enjoy this alpine aprés.

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