Downhill slope: The Rathskeller

Downhill slope: The RathskellerEXPAND
Photo by Eric Peterson

I suspect I would drink at Loveland Ski Area's resident watering hole even if I didn't have a pass to the mountain. That might be overstating it, but I definitely have a soft spot for the cavernous, vaguely German joint. There are near-daily beer specials, good mountain banter, and 50 cent tacos after 2 p.m. on Tuesdays.

"There are only 59 Democrats now -- they lost their majority vote, or something like that," says a girl to her friend down the bar from my stool.

I order a Fat Tire draft ($2.25 on special) and soup of the day (crab bisque).

The beer arrives. The soup does not.

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"What's new?" some guy asks the bartender, Dave.

"No snow," comes Dave's retort.

"You gotta go to Wolf Creek for snow."

I order another beer and soup. Dave brings me both this time. I ask him about the Rathskeller's history and he brings me a card with the history of the resort, but not a word about the bar.

"How long have you been here?"  I ask Dave on his next pass.

"On Earth? Since 1957."

"How about here?" I point to the bar.

"Fourteen years. I was a lift operator in 1978 but I don't remember half of it."

Dave walks away. Some flakes begin to fall outside. I finish my beer and gear up for the ride up Lift 1.

The Rathskeller, Loveland Ski Area, 303-569-3203.


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