(CNN) — It doesn't matter if you're taking on double black diamond trails, gliding cross country through the woods, or staring at the bunny slope with a sense of doom, you can embrace apres ski life.
Much like the 19th hole in golf, apres ski is a chance to reward oneself after a busy day of relaxation.
It might involve meeting friends for a beer, it might mean a couples massage at a Swiss-style spa, or it could just be going out for dinner to see what bison tastes like, but it's definitely a time meant to be enjoyed.
With winter approaching quickly (and already here in some areas), Kayak.com put together the most popular 4- and 5-star ski destination hotels and resorts in the United States.
Whether it's a spa treatment or a drink by the fire, here's Kayak's list of the perfect places to sit back, kick up your feet or plaster cast, and unwind.
1. Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa
The Rusty Parrot Lodge's spa offers a Finnish-style body massage with fresh berry oil serum.
If you want to know how a Jackson, Wyoming hotel got such a tropical name, check out the bird at the front desk, then ask owner Ron Harrison for the full story.
Rusty Parrot, 175 North Jackson Street, Jackson, Wyoming; +1 307 733 2000
2. Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole
Located on 12 acres adjacent to Wyoming's Elk National Refuge, the Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole offers an eucalyptus steam room and special spa suites with soaking tubs.
3. White Buffalo Club
Yep, still in Jackson Hole. Before tucking into a 18-ounce bison ribeye, you might want to stop by the bar at the White Buffalo Club for a pre-dinner margarita flavored with pink grapefruit or coconut.
4. Beaver Creek Lodge
(Beaver Creek, Colorado)
After a day on the mountains of Colorado, the Rocks Modern Grill at Beaver Creek Lodge refuels skiers with grilled duck flatbreads, bison chili, and wild game meatballs.
5. Tivoli Lodge
At Vail's Brown Hound Lounge at the Tivoli Lodge, apres skiers can sample an Indini cocktail inspired by Indy the chocolate Labrador for whom the lounge is named.
Tivoli Lodge, 386 Hanson Ranch Road, Vail, Colorado; +1 970 476 5615 ext. 10
6. Keystone Lodge and Spa
Located in Keystone, Colorado, the Keystone Lodge and Spa at Keystone Resort offers signature body therapies featuring soy and blueberry, coconut and mango pineapple, or desert salt and mountain rain.
7. Westgate Park City Resort & Spa
(Park City, Utah)
Utah's Westgate Park City Resort & Spa offers an award-winning 30,000-square foot Serenity Spa with an aromatherapy steam room, a cedar sauna, and a waterfall hydrotherapy spa.
8. Aspen Meadows Resort
The Hefner Lounge at Aspen Meadows Resort features its own apres ski menu loaded with everything from elk chili and hand-cut fries to warm drink specials.
It also lists "snow friendly" wines, raising the question: is there such a thing as a "snow unfriendly" wine?
9. Vail Cascade Resort & Spa
There are more than 200 breweries in Colorado. At Vail Cascade Resort & Spa's Fireside Bar, visitors can warm up while ordering from a menu devoted to craft beers.
10. Zermatt Resort
Midway, Utah's Zermatt Resort is named after a Swiss mountain village. The Zermatt includes a ruheraum, or relaxation room, where guests can relax after a dip in the resort's geothermal pool.