Best ski resorts for après-ski

Après-ski is arguably the best part of the ski holiday! A tradition that really took off in Austria several decades ago, the party atmosphere that takes over the slopes as soon as the lifts close is becoming ever more popular in France and across the Alps. Whatever your mood, you’re sure to find something you’ll love on this list of the best party ski resorts.

© St. Anton am Arlberg

Après-ski is a lifestyle at St. Anton – in fact, St. Anton’s legendary MooserWirt and Krazy Kanguruh bars helped kickstart the tradition of après-ski in the Alps. Good luck skiing drunkenly back to the village in the evening! Read more...

  • “Après-ski capital of the world”
  • One of the first party après-ski resorts in the Alps
  • Thousands of litres of beer consumed every day
© Val Thorens
France, Val Thorens

The highest ski resort in Europe is also one of the French Alps’ best spots for après-ski. From the crazy atmosphere at La Folie Douce, 360 or Le Monde to one of the quieter wine bars, Val Thorens has something for everyone. Read more...

  • Part of Les Trois Vallées, one of Europe’s largest ski areas
  • International vibe
  • Full event calendar during the winter
© Mayrhofen
Austria, Mayrhofen

The party starts on the slopes with the Pilzbar and keeps right on going to the Brück’n Stadl and the Arena Night Club in the village. If you’re doubtful about getting that far, consider spending the night in the White Lounge. Read more...

  • Home to Snowbombing music festival
  • 30-odd choices for après-ski pubs and nightclubs
  • Unbeatable lively atmosphere
© Ischgl
Austria, Ischgl

With the slogan, “Relax. If you can…,” Ischgl plays hard and parties hard. Grab a drink at the Paznauner Taja before heading back down to the village centre to hit up the Schatzi, Niki’s Stadl or the Trofana Alm. Read more...

  • Top of the Mountain concerts open and close the season
  • High-altitude, snowsure resort
  • German-style après-ski
© Les Deux Alpes

Les 2 Alpes is one French resort that has fully embraced the party-hardy meaning of après-ski, with happy hour to boot. The Pano bar on the slopes boasts live DJ’s; move down to La Grotte du Yéti and then to the main strip. Read more...

  • Cosmopolitan and international
  • Lots of young people
  • Main strip jam-packed with bars, pubs and restaurants
© La Folie Douce
France, Val d'Isère

Après-ski is an institution at Val d’Isère, home to both La Folie Douce and the Dick’s Tea Bar nightclub chain. Cocorico’s is another go-to option for sunny après on the terrace, or hit up Café Face for cheap beer. Read more...

  • British-French vibe, with live outdoor entertainment
  • Excellent French cuisine
  • Rowdy nightclubs alternate with cosier establishments
© Méribel
France, Méribel

Méribel has been called a “mini-Britain,” and you’ll feel right at home in the Doron Pub or O’Sullivans. For a change of scene, hit up Jack’s Bar for comedy and live music. Don’t miss the toffee vodka at the Rond Point. Read more...

  • Skiing in Les 3 Vallées: access to over 600km of pistes
  • Very British feel
  • Lots of variety, from comedy clubs to live music
© Saalbach-Hinterglemm

Saalbach is only just beginning to get the recognition it deserves as an après-ski hub, led by Austrian joints such as the Goaßstall and the Hinterhag Alm. Floodlit slopes guide you off the mountain after a raucous session. Read more...

  • Growing in popularity with the British public
  • Charming mountain restaurants
  • Huge varied ski area
© Kitzbühel
Austria, Kitzbühel

Après-ski at Kitzbühel is a hodgepodge of lederhosen, strudel and karaoke, with joints like The Londoner showcasing a different live band every night. A plethora of trendy establishments are on offer for the fashionable crowd. Read more...

  • Tyrolean ambiance with attractive medieval centre
  • Dedicated area for snowboarders
  • Popular with the jet-setters
© Alegra, Livigno
Italy, Livigno

Livigno’s position near the Swiss border makes it a viable alternative to more posh resorts such as Verbier and Zermatt. Duty-free drinking at the Italian resort has, not surprisingly, done wonders for its après scene. Read more...

  • Tax-free haven: cheap drinks and shopping
  • Snow-sure skiing with terrain for all levels
  • Plenty of bars to choose from