The 10 Best Apres Ski Resorts
It’s that time of the year again… The time when it comes to choosing where you’re going to spend your ski holiday this winter. We’re having the same conundrum here in the Ski-Lifts office. A few of the staff here have been around the block a few times when it comes to ski resorts, so we’ve put our thoughts together and come up with our favourite 10 best apres ski resorts…
St Anton, Austria
St Anton is often touted as the birthplace of the party on the piste. You’ll be hard pushed to find a quiet laid back area of this Austrian town. Choose from pop-up bars, igloo bars, ice bars, you name it, they’ve got it. Think thumping music and plenty of vodkas. To catch the incoming ski audience, several bars sit alongside the blue run which comes back into town, including; Krazy Kanguruh and the Moosewirt.
Sauze d’Oulx, Italy
This Italian ski resort has come on leaps and bounds in the last few years. Sauze d’Oulx’s makeover has kept the perfect balance between a vivid nightlife scene for international skiers while ensuring its quintessentially Italian roots remain. For something a little different head to The Cotton Club for Acid Jazz. Paddy McGinty’s Irish bar is always a safe bet, you’ll struggle to find this place quiet. Who goes to Italy and doesn’t stuff their face with pizza and pasta? Luckily, there are over 30 restaurants serving wood-fired pizza and homemade pasta.
Val Thorens, France
This snow-sure resort is an excellent choice for any early/late season skiing. Val Thorens has often been overlooked due to it’s super-expensive and upmarket neighbours; Meribel and Courchevel. However, Val Thorens has transformed itself into a brilliant mid-range resort. The apres starts early in Val Thorens and there are more bars than you’ll know what to do with. You can’t not make a trip to the highest pub in Europe, The Frog and Roast Beef, I’m sure you can tell by the name, this pub is particularly popular with UK skiers. Other rowdy and lively bars include; The Saloon Bar, VT and Malaysia.
If there’s one resort in Canada that ticks every box, it is Whistler. Glacier, moguls, heli-skiing, seamless lift connections, five-star hotels, shopping, spas, pubs and last but not least, clubs. The crowd is young and the party scene is extremely lively. At the base of Whistler Mountain, you can ditch the ski gear and put on your shirts and t-shirt (in the spring), then tuck into a jug of beer and a mountain of nachos. There’s plenty of bars which stay open late into the night, including; Merlin’s, Buffalo Bill’s and Dubh Linn Gate.
This Austrian ski resort is rightly known as one of the liveliest resorts in Europe. Its reputation as a party resort which comes alive at night has been gained through the nearly 30 huts and bars which spread across Mayrhofen’s slopes. Our recommendations would be to begin the afternoon in the Ice Bar, located right next to the Penken Goldola. Then make your way to one of the other popular bars, such as; Rundum, Niki’s Schirmbar, Scotland Yard, Sport Arena Disco and Movie Bar.
Chamonix certainly has a huge reputation for being one of the best ski resorts in France, while it also has a reputation for being one of the best apres ski resorts in Europe. This boisterous resort has tonnes of choice when it comes to drinking long into the night. Some of the Ski-Lifts staff recommendations include; The Jekyll, Chambre Neuf, Ice Rock Café and Wild Wallabies.
Ischgl isn’t the cheapest resort in Austria, but it’s still much better value than some resorts in neighbouring Switzerland and France! There’s a whole array of bars in Ischgl offering exactly what you’d expect for any self-respecting ski resort with an apres ski scene, lots of beer, lots of dancing and a party well into the night. We would recommend making your way to The Trofana Alm, The Schatzi Bar and Kuhstall.
Val d’Isere, France
Val d’Isere is Europe’s premier ski resort. You’ll no doubt spot the rich and famous sipping champagne and cosmopolitan cocktails long into the night. However, there is a bit of something for everyone in this versatile resort. Bars go from upmarket and style-conscious all the way to your everyday pool house. If you fancy a night of dancing around in your ski boots on the top of the table, get yourself to the infamous Folie Douce Alpes Ski bar. Our other recommendations include; Dicks Tea Bar, Petit Danois, Face and Underground.
Les Deux Alpes, France
This French ski resort is a lively area with plenty of cheap accommodation. Les Deux Alpes has a year-round community, thanks to the glacier ski area which peaks at a height of 3,570m. With a year-round community comes a lively apres-ski scene. The party usually starts at Pano Bar, at an altitude of 2600m, with a DJ playing every afternoon. You’ve still got 1,000m of vertical downhill, so it’s advisable to take it easy until later on.
You probably didn’t expect to see Saalbach on this list, did you? You know what they say, it’s always the quiet ones. Saalbach isn’t the most well-known ski resorts in the Alps, however, this is one of the best apres ski resorts in Austria, I can confidently say that. When you’re not dancing on tables and guzzling gallons of Glühwein, you can be swooshing down the slopes at night. Floodlighting has been introduced on all of the slopes below the Unterschwarzach lift.