Mount Snow’s Canned, Simple Yet Effective


Mount Snow’s Canned, Simple Yet Effective

It’s such a simple concept that you would think that there is no way it could possibly work. A small bar with a walk up window, located at the base of Mount Snow serving only Vermont beers and ciders in a can. Nah, no way that will last. EHHHHHHHH…wrong! Now in its second winter season, the appropriately named Canned, is crushing it.

Serving Cans, Not Candy

Occupying what used to be a candy shop and its accompanying outside picnic area, this space is not big but it is perfect for a quick beer on your lunch break and/or tossing back a few more at après-ski. It is rare that the space is not full with craft beer loving mountain riders. In fact, “Canned earned more money in its opening week last season than the candy shop did in the whole previous season,” said Jamie Storrs the new Senior Director of Communications for Peak Resorts. I guess that you could say this was a good business investment by the Mount Snow brass.

No Waiting. Just Crack One Open and Drink

The concept may be simple but it really makes a ton of sense for a couple of reasons including quick service, an excellent selection and the ideal view of the base area. The idea that you can walk up to the counter and order with a minimal line is highly appealing. There’s no waiting for mixed drinks to be made or beers to be poured from the tap. Just read the menu on the tv monitor as you walk up, order your beer and you’ll have it cracked open and drinking it in no time. This is perfect for a quick pit stop between runs to quench your thirst as you’ll be back out making turns as soon as you finish and even better post pow when you just really want a good beer without the wait.

Serving Only the Best Vermont Beers

These aren’t your average beers either. Vermont brewers have risen to the top of the craft beer scene with many breweries earning accolades at big festivals on a yearly basis. Mount Snow’s Director of Food and Beverage, Michael Giorgio is no slouch with it comes to these frosty bevvies. He knows them like the back of his hand and regularly stocks the coolers with some of the finest craft beer that Vermont has to offer. This includes, but is not limited to, Lawson’s Finest Liquids‘ Sip of Sunshine, Upper Pass Beer Company’s First Drop and 14th Star Brewing’s Valor.

A Room With a View Adds to the Allure of Canned

On top of that, its location is prime, particularly for an après-ski loving father of three. The windows of Canned offers a full view of the main base area and the Bluebird lift. If your kids are older and want to get in a few more laps while you hit the bar for an early après sesh, they can wave to you each time they hop back on the lift line. If they are a bit younger, like mine, that same view applies except the kiddos are probably rolling around in the snow somewhere not far out of sight. Either way it all works out and is yet another part of what makes Mount Snow’s Canned a bar that is simply incredible.

Rich Stoner is the founder of the après-ski lifestyle clothing and media brand, All About Après. No stranger to the ski and après-ski scene, Rich has been a long time contributor for many publications on topics like skiing, gear, beer and food. However, his passion is on the slopes and enjoying good times with good people. You can find him perfecting his craft carving turns and drinking beers in the Green Mountains of Vermont. @allaboutapres