Obviously, when we say all around us we actually mean where we would like to be – in skis, at high altitude, mountainside – and not in rainy old Blighty. It seems, however, that our daily snow-dances around the office have paid off and the white stuff is coming down thick and fast in pretty much all our favourite resorts.
With the peaks gloriously covered, great group skiing is a guarantee, but what about the après for skiing groups? If you’re not too sure where to head for the best après action or fancy trying somewhere new here is a selection of our top picks, where despite the cold temperatures, the nightlife is hot.
Val d’Isere, France
A premier ski resort offering world-class skiing, spectacular views combined with an amazing après ski scene makes Val d’Isere an absolute ‘must’ to visit at some point on your skiing travels! Après in this top ski resort is second to none for its endless choice and buzzing atmosphere. The FolieDouce situated at the top of the La Daille gondola is very famous to go and visit for a bevvie. Fancy getting piste? With some establishments open until 4am you’ll be sure to have a memorable night(or perhaps not so memorable as the case might be!). Despite the emphasis on partying, the world-class pistes and abundance of activities make the resort a fantastic all-rounder for families and groups alike.
Originally developed by a Brit, the resort is very much favoured as the British home from home ski destination and Meribel Centre is a hub of excitement with heaps of cafes, bars (with happy hours!) and restaurants. When we think of Meribel – we think of not a lot of sleep, rather a bit too much to drink, good food and late night dancing! There are over 30 bars and 4 nightclubs to choose from you’re bound to find somewhere you like to have a pint or cocktail whilst exchanging funny stories from the day’s snowy activities. There are also good facilities in the village following the Olympics (where it hosted the women’s downhill) with a swimming pool and ice rink now.
Alpe d’Huez, France
If you are looking for extra activities whilst on your skiing holiday then Alped’Huez is an ideal option. It’s not just daytime leisure activities that Alped’Huez is famous for (such as the large outdoor pool and skating rink)…the après ski scene is well known for its party vibe and deservedly so! There is an impressive collection of cafes, bars and restaurants and some very popular nightclubs thrown in the mix.
Val Thorens, France
Val Thorens is based at the top of arguably one of the most popular skiing areas in the world, the Three Valleys, and not just because it is the highest resort in Europe – it is also highly favoured for its après scene.There are some fantastic bars, restaurants and clubs to keep you busy and up to mischief on your skiing holiday. With a mixture of Brits, Swedes and the Dutch, it’s an eclectic mix of people to party with.
St Anton, Austria
Known as one of the finest ski resorts in the Alps, St. Anton is where it’s at if you’re looking to party! Après ski in this town is legendary and often starts on piste side bars coming into resort before carrying on through the night in the many central bars and clubs. All starts up high on the mountain with a bar crawl named ‘Run-1’ consisting generally of lager and European music in the lively bars. Eclipse Ski recommends using the €2 ski/board check-in at KrazyKangeroo and Mooserwirt, it works the same way as dropping your coat off in a nightclub, so you can relax when you’re out that your equipment is nice and safe.
Legendary Mayrhofen lives up to its name for being a top ski resort for many reasons and one of these is its lively après scene. You can forget ‘it’s a school night here with many places to party all week long. There are plenty of places to wind down or kick off your evening with a wide variety of bars and clubs. Mayrhofen has a reputation as being the music capital of Tyrol and you will often find an exciting line up of music concerts to enjoy whilst on holiday. One of the great restaurants worth a visit is perched at the top of black run ‘Route 17’ has a big cosy log fireplace, homely food and organic schnapps – perfect for rounding off a day of skiing.
Pretty Kitzbuhel comes to life at night with an abundance of bars, restaurants and a few nightclubs to choose from. With a great range of choice there are bars and restaurants to suit all budgets whether you are after a night in one of the Champagne bars or high end restaurants or fancy something a little more low key in the form of drinking pints in the Londoner or Flannigans. The middle of the main street is where people tend to flock for the ultimate party atmosphere. Feeling lucky and up for a flutter? Then you can wind down from a day on the slopes and try your luck in the casino.
For anyone who has dabbled in a spot of après in Sauze d’Oulx , it will come as no surprise that many of the bar owners in this Italian resort also have bars in Ibiza. Enough said! With its party vibe and wide range of bars, clubs and restaurants Sauze d’Oulx is the perfect choice for group ski holidays. The long established ski resort is also known for its long sunny days so you are very likely to be able to enjoy extended days of skiing, a nice beer at sunset and even longer nights partying!
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