The High West Après-Ski Experience in Mammoth Mountain
While the snow may have started to melt in some cities, in Mammoth, winter is alive and in full swing. High West, an award-winning whiskey brand, has opened up an exclusive pop-up on Mammoth Mountain to add to the festivities. Guests can enjoy a full-on après-ski experience all the way from the Wasatch Mountains in Utah. We talked with High West General Manager Daniel Schear about what visitors can expect from the High West experience.
Enjoy Winter on Mammoth Mountain With High West
WT: Tell us about the High West experience at Mammoth Mountain and what visitors can expect when they walk into the pop-up.
Schear: First off, you don’t walk into this pop-up. To reach the High West Whiskey Cat at the Outpost, you boot up and ski or snowboard from the summit down the slopes into a mountain oasis. Then you grab a gourmet grilled cheese, a High West hot toddy and a lounge chair that looks out onto the Mammoth Mountain vistas. It’s a world-class experience for people willing to get out there and experience it. Now, if you’re more of an apres-ski person, we also have the Western-inspired Whiskey Lounge on The Dry Creek Bar Deck at Mammoth Mountain Inn. That’s a great place to grab a High West old-fashioned, relax on a leather couch with a blanket and stare out at the gorgeous mountain views.
WT: What makes Mammoth Mountain a perfect location for this experience?
Schear: High West isn’t like other bourbon or whiskey brands. We were born in the mountains. The High West Saloon in downtown Park City was the first ski-in gastro distillery in the world and is widely recognized as one of the best après-ski bars in the world. When we decided to bring that High West Park City experience to more people, Mammoth was a perfect fit. It’s a stunning setting in the Sierra Nevadas in California that reminded us of our home in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. You get amazing skiing at 11,053 feet and a number of great apres-ski experiences as well. It’s an ideal backdrop and an unforgettable experience that felt right for High West to be a part of.
WT: Are there any aspects of the High West Saloon that will be present in Mammoth?
Schear: This experience was co-designed with our team at the High West Saloon. Our head bartender, Holly, crafted this cocktail menu. These are High West Saloon hot toddies, old fashioneds, and horse’s necks, not just your standard fare. And when we worked with the Mammoth team to set up the loungers, the shotski, the corn hole boards and all the other bells and whistles, we did it with the experience that our guests get at the High West Saloon in mind.
WT: Are there any other future pop-ups planned?
Schear: Stay tuned! We definitely want to bring the High West experience back to Mammoth for next year’s winter season! Seeing the response to High West from the California crowd, no question we want to be back. And the experience really has inspired us to ask ourselves what other mountains could use a little High West, so we are really working to explore meeting more people on more mountains next year.