In addition to the deepest days and lightest snow imaginable, a sense of community is something that keeps diehard skiers sliding on snow until their knees can no longer take it. And après ski — where skiers and riders alike gather at their favorite watering hole, sharing stories from the slopes like fishermen share stories of their record-breaking catches — lends itself to this communal experience.
In addition to the ski town bars themselves, where the beer flows freely and ski attire is encouraged, there is something else that often brings people together in ski communities — open mic nights. Open mic, and karaoke nights, for that matter, provide a break from listening to stories about that waist-deep stash your friend found in the woods (that, in reality, was likely not much more than a 3-inch wind drift) to instead sing and laugh with friends as they perform their favorite ’90s rock songs, which usually become more daring as the night progresses.
Unfortunately for the out-of-towners, open mic and karaoke nights often fall on weeknights, resulting in a turn-out of “townies.” But for those who do have the flexibility to make it out during a weeknight, it is a great opportunity to make friends with local skiers, and maybe even score yourself a free place to stay next time you’re on a weekend ski trip.
— Woodstock Station Inn and Brewery, North Woodstock, N.H. | The Woodstock Inn and Brewery, located minutes from Loon Mountain Resort, is a New Hampshire après staple known for its craft beers and lively night scene. The venue hosts a karaoke night every Tuesday at 8:30, and an open mic night on Sundays from 8:30 until 11.