Happiest Hour 

The Last Run Inn

Why you're here: An epic powder dump brought you to Montana Snowbowl, and now shaky quads from a morning of fluffy bowl laps brings you into The Last Run Inn, Snowbowl's toasty sanctuary for sweaty skiers with a thirst to quench and stomach to fill.

What you're drinking: A Bloody Mary, of course. The Last Run Inn is famous for them: Indy readers have voted its Bloody Mary the best in town for the last umpteen years. The salty, tangy, made-just-right concoction is like Popeye's spinach for skiers, easing sore muscles and helping to power you back onto the slopes instead of succumbing to the urge to call it a day.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER

What you're eating: At many Colorado resorts $5 buys you a Snickers. But at The Last Run Inn, it's more than enough for a bowl of delicious homemade soup. Or order up an equally good wood-fired pizza to split with your pals. The menu changes daily, and you really can't go wrong.

Atmosphere: On a powder day, The Last Run Inn is filled with endorphin-fed smiles. The fireplace crackles and talk of the morning's adventures fills the room, adding to the buzz.

How to find it: When you return to the bottom of the Griz chair, head left toward the deck covered in tables and chairs, and clomp inside. From Missoula, head north up Grant Creek Road and follow signs for Snowbowl.

Happiest Hour celebrates western Montana watering holes. To recommend a bar, bartender or beverage for Happiest Hour, e-mail editor@missoulanews.com.

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