While there may be some of us that prefer to chill out and thaw out after a day’s skiing with a night in, consisting of good hearty food, a bottle of red wine and good company to prepare for the next day’s events, there will be many of us who simply couldn’t be without the après-ski scene.
If you are a stickler for the slopes, but also like to party hard, then the following resorts are definitely for you.
And don’t be fooled by the name! Après-ski originated in the French Alps and, therefore, has a French name, however there are many global resorts that provide a fantastic après-ski atmosphere.
Take a look at Snowfinders 15 best resorts for après-ski:
Austria is renowned for resorts with a customer focus and high-quality service. What’s more, the main Ischgl resort centre features a vast array of shops, boutiques, clubs, pubs and bars, and is therefore a fabulous resort for après-ski.
Renowned for its lively atmosphere that starts in the day and lasts well into the night, St Anton is absolutely ideal for an adventurous and competent skier who likes to party hard!
Après-ski in Val d’Isere is best described as ‘energetic’. Think dancing on the tables, live music and toffee vodkas! There are also some great pubs to re-energise and relax in, when the party slows down at the end of the night.
For a five-star après-ski scene, Whistler is a great choice! You’ll find all sorts of skiers here, from beginners to experts, and most of them are up for a party!
Solden is a fabulous resort for après-ski, and spas (to relax in!) too!
The popular Saalbacher Hof has been well-run by our good friends the Dschulnigg family and has a lively après-ski scene.
With nothing further than 15 minutes away from each other, Mayrhofen provides a safe and comfortable après-ski scene. Being Austria too, the customer service is second-to-none!
The Verbier nightlife has a brilliant reputation! The Mont Fort pub (just around the corner from the bottom of the Medran lift) has a happy hour between 4.00-5.00pm and is a great starting point for a night of fun.
After the Mont Fort, why not head on to the Farinet with its live bands jugs of beer, sliding roof and a host of celebs.
The après-ski in Zermatt is varied and abundant. Many bars offer happy hour prices with live music. At Snowfinders, our favourite was the "Hennu Stall après ski hutte”.
Après-ski is a huge in Meribel and starts immediately after skiing. Start from the slopes, then head to the many pubs and then on to the nightclubs to…well…um, party hard!
Although the resort is a popular choice for families, Saas Fee has a great après-ski scene, that Snowfinders have given four stars!
With a good selection of bars and clubs playing a wide variety of music, Val Thorens is a pleasant destination for après-ski.
Après-ski can be very lively immediately after the slopes close in Obergurgl but does tend to quieten down towards late evening. Perfect for those looking for a party but want to feel fresh the next day!
Chamonix is undoubtedly one of the best for après-ski, with a large selection of bars and clubs.
From live music, to dancing on the bars and tables of the Chambre Neuf, and on to the more upmarket lounge bar Le Privilege. Chamonix is a large town with many bars and many experiences to be had!
Les Deux Alpes is a very lively resort with plenty going on, and provides fantastic après-ski. The town is spread along a road, lined with shops, bars and restaurants, so you’re definitely not limited for choice.
Not quite the destination you’re looking for?
At Snowfinders, we also recommend the following resorts for après-ski: Hinterglemm, Pas de la Casa, Sauze d’Oulx, Westendorf and Aspen.
Whatever resort you choose, you can be assured you’ll get the opportunity to party hard (forget being tired from the slopes…we’re living in the fast lane!).