by Doug Blake
Springtime in the Rockies has few constants when it comes to the weather report but bountiful guarantees when it comes to mountain living. Goggle tans, lightened lift lines, extended apres’, and a melting of good times highlight just some of the expected pleasures of the blossoming climate and culture. Summer is right around the corner but don’t forget to savor the season while checking out Copper Mountain’s best drinks on and off the hill.
Downhill Dukes is a prime spot to settle in and watch the hustle and bustle that is Center Village. Grab a seat at the bar or relax on one of the various couches while you sip from a Prickly Pear Pink Margarita that will remind you of the rose colored goggle lenses you just traded between powder days and sunshine skiing. If your in the mood for something with a little kick and a lot of flavor, head on over to Toast and Co. for the Moosearita. A mixologist inspired twist on the anything but traditional margarita that's sure to have you asking for more. The perfect combination of salt, spice, and sweet will remind you that Copper Mountain is moose country.
Between Lift Libations
44 North Vodka’s Huckleberry Lemonade is a little bit of spring, a little bit of summer, and a whole lot of Idaho mountain huckleberry. Quite possibly the best domestic import on the C.B. Grille menu, this drink is precisely poured from a tap and served over ice for a refreshing reminder that winter is almost over.
For the best selection of local craft beers, including the complete Ten Barrel collection, check out the wide variety of rotating taps at Ten Mile Tavern or JJ’S Rocky Mountain Tavern. Pair your pint with some post-mountain live music that combines to create the happiest of hours.
As the sun sets in the Rocky Mountains, the waning Sky Chutes may beckon the call for something with a little kick. Check out the High Rockies Whiskey and Wine Bar in Center Village and order up a Rocky Mountain Manhattan with a choice of local or international bourbons. If your in the mood for washoku (traditional japanese food), settle in at the Storm King Lounge for a flight of Sake that will let you experience Junmai to Ginzo while reminiscing about your JaPOW-esque day made up of countless T-Bar laps during that springtime storm.