In many ski resorts, the apres-ski gets going at the end of the afternoon at bars around the lifts and at the bottom of the ski slopes.
In Austria, typical Austrian apres-ski hits are mixed with the latest European clubbing tracks making a lively, friendly atmosphere that will get even the most tired skier in the mood to party.
In French ski resorts, the music is more modern and there are often live bands playing. By early evening the party moves on to the bars and pubs and then onto the nightclubs in the center of the ski resort. The beer taps flow at full power and the volume goes a notch higher every hour. Only when the sun is coming up, is it time to go to bed!
Apres-ski can mean short days on the slopes, long nights dancing on tables and plenty of fun – if you have the stamina! Read on to see our après-ski hot spots in European ski resorts and find out where the party is happening this season…
Après-ski Gerlos: there is no end to it...
In Gerlos in the Austrian Alps, days on the slopes are short and nights spent partying are rather long! You could cross paths with the last party animals in the lift in the morning on your way to breakfast – unless you’re one of them! Gerlos is an apres-ski destination for expert party goers. In its bustling apres-ski bars and nightclubs such as the legendary Cin Cin, Luigi's Turbobar and Little London, the crowd parties as if life depends on it... More info about Gerlos
St. Anton apres-ski – yet another legendary spot
The word legendary just has to be used when talking about apres-ski in St. Anton am Arlberg in Austria. The MooserWirt apres-ski bar has a large share of the business in St. Anton where from 4 o'clock onwards, the partying is well under way and by sunset, is in full swing! Bear in mind that you need to get down to the valley on your skis! At the Krazy Kanguruh in St. Anton they certainly know how to party hard too and if you still have the stamina, pop into the Picadilly or the Kandahar for some late night apres-ski. More info about St. Anton
Sölden apres-ski - something for everyone
In Sölden you will feel the famous Austrian “gemütlichkeit” which quite simply means “friendliness”. The combination of small bars and nightclubs ensures that both young and old will enjoy the apres-ski in Solden. Choose between the Almrausch, the cozy Fire & Ice, Harley's Rock Bar, the Joker, the Snow Rock Café, Skilights, the Schirmbar, the Mirage and many more! Everyone will find their style of apres-ski in Sölden. More info about Sölden
Val Thorens apres-ski - the Three Valley hotspot
From early winter until late in the spring you’ll find Europe's highest apres-ski in Val Thorens in the Three Valleys ski area. This is the apres-ski hotspot of the French Alps and attracts thousands of young people looking for a wild time. Whether you like to drink up on the slopes or dance long into the night, Val Thorens is where it’s at. The last week of the season is particularly lively because of the famous “Dutch Week” which is hosted by the ski resort. Thousands of young Dutch skiers and snowboarders come here for a huge orange apres-ski party!
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Meribel apres-ski - simply crazy!
On of Meribel's apres-ski hotspots is Luc Reversade’s chain, La Folie Douce, often listed in the top 10 mountain restaurants in Europe. La Folie Douce certainly offers a very unique concept in mountain eating and entertainment! After a few morning runs, you can eat well here on the huge sunny terrace in one of the 2 excellent restaurants and work off any extra calories with some table dancing to live DJs after coffee! The first Folie Douce was opened over 30 years ago in Val d’Isère and since then, the fever is spreading – this year a new Folie Douce will open its doors in Alpe d’Huez. More info about Meribel
Apres-ski Les Deux Alpes
Apres-ski isn’t a French term for nothing! Here in Les Deux Alpes, the partying kicks off up on the slopes with some dancing to the live DJs on the terrace of the Pano bar. Once you’ve made it back down to the resort, the apres-ski fun carries on in one of the 30 bars on the main strip. Due to its central location the partying usually starts in La Grotte du Yeti for happy hour and if you still have the energy, then you can dance the night away in L'avalanche or Le Brésilien. More info about Les Deux Alpes
Verbier apres-ski - a touch of class
For many, Verbier may be a surprising name to see in this apres-ski section. However, once you've been there, you know why Verbier has earned its place in this list. Completely different from the apres-ski in Austria, but certainly no less attractive, apres-ski in Switzerland, and in particlar in Verbier, is done in style. The international clientele gets going early in the afternoon in one of the many trendy apres-ski bars such as the Farinet Bar. If you want to dance the night away, then the Casbah is the place to be. More info about Verbier