Where can you find the best party on the pistes? Afterall, the après ski offering is an essential component to getting a ski break right…
Après ski makes up the true character of a ski resort and there is plenty of diversity on offer. Some resorts are the quaint and cosy type, where you can clip-clop the cobbles in a horse-drawn carriage and sip on whiskey in a toasty lounge. Others get a little wild, boasting DJ sets and trendy nightlife until the early hours. And, of course, there are the sophisticated set, where Michelin-starred dining and designer boutiques comprise the snow-capped streets.
Where are the best places to savour the après ski ambiance? In Colorado, Aspen is the place to be for a trendy bar scene with plenty of live music. In Europe, Val d’Isere and Verbier are glamorous and energetic, while Megève is a little more hushed and refined. If you think bigger is better, head to Canada’s Whistler for a host of fun events and activities.
Whatever your ski personality, be sure to pick the right resort to honour the treasured tradition of après ski.
Our Five Favourite Après Ski Spots
The most sought-after of the USA’s ski resorts, Aspen offers a skiable terrain covering four mountains. It also boasts a cutting-edge après ski scene with effortlessly trendy bars, including the famous Ajax Tavern. Renowned for its truffle fries, the menu is mouthwatering and the atmosphere is simply unbeatable. Aspen has also laid claim to the world’s highest Champagne bar, The Oasis; operated by The Little Nell, the bar is towed by snowcats to a different slope every weekend, and serves bottles of Veuve Clicquot and caviar for true mountain luxury.
Where to stay: The Little Nell for unique snow experiences and Ajax Tavern.
Val d’Isere, France
One of the liveliest French ski resorts, Val d’Isere has mastered the art of après ski. It’s the birthplace of champion slope side hotspot, La Folie Douce, which has a reputation for bringing unique cuisine, high-altitude nightlife and colourful entertainment to Europe’s finest ski resorts – if you’re not familiar, think slope side cabaret shows, magnums of Champagne zip-wired in, dancing in ski boots until the early hours…
Where to stay: Les Barmes de L’Ours for one of the French Alps’ largest spas
The cosmopolitan village of Verbier is a glamorous concoction of lively nightspots, designer boutiques and gourmet restaurants. Having only become a serious ski resort in the 1970s, Verbier has more than made up for lost time, offering a host of live events, festive markets and snow sport championships throughout the season.
Where to stay: W Verbier for the selection of bars and restaurants
If you like your après ski a little more refined, Megève is for you. While some resorts take après ski to heady heights with parties until way past dark, Megève is much more relaxed. With a well-heeled clientele, you’re more likely to find sophisticated cafés and cocktail bars than peak-top parties – though there is a La Folie Douce at 2000m for those who are interested. Make sure you stop by the Pure Altitude Spa at Les Fermes de Marie for a true piece of indulgence, though.
Where to stay: Les Fermes de Marie for the sumptuous spa
You’ll want for nothing when you go for a ski break at Whistler. It’s the largest ski resort in North America, so it goes without saying that the après ski offering is big and comes with a fun, lively atmosphere. There are three slopeside bars, plenty of live music and a bounty of restaurants and off-slope bars to choose from. Four Seasons Resort Whistler & Residences also has a fantastic spa and there are plenty of events and activities hosted throughout the season, including the Whistler Film Festival in December, which screens original films from around the world.
Where to stay: Four Seasons Resort Whistler & Residences for the best services and amenities
If your main concern is being as close as possible to the slopes, see our ski-in/ski-out resorts to stay at this winter.
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