The ski season has arrived! We’re ditching our festival tents and sunnies and donning our long johns to head straight to the pistes. These days simply going to the mountains to ski is only half of the fun, we’re looking for an après ski that will help us unwind after a long day shredding down mountains, but which resort to choose? Not to worry, here the inside track on the hottest après ski bars on the slopes.
#1 Ischgl, Austria:
Ischgl isn’t the cheapest of the Austrian resorts and there are definitely less expensive ones out there but it is still fantastically good value for money compared to the enormous and pricey resorts in France and Switzerland. The self-dubbed best après ski bar in the world, The Trofana Alm, really does live up to its reputation for being the party capital of the slopes. True to its name, the Tyrolean decorated bar has great service, a lively atmosphere that gets everyone involved in a cheesy sing-along. If you’re happy to mingle with lots of other Brits then head to the Kuhstall bar that plays a more youthful selection of English club music and usually draws in a large and energetic crowd.
A badly kept secret, St. Anton is well-known for being a top partying destination, as well as having a challenging terrain that pulls in the some of the best skiers in the world who also love to party. The Krazy Kanguruh is one of the noisiest and wildest après ski bars in Austria – living up to its name you’ll be in for a crazy night. Directly opposite the piste from the KK, the Moosewirt blares out Austro/German pop anthems which, whether you’re familiar with them or not, gets the crowds on their feet and dancing on the tables!
If you’re partial to watching a bit of reality TV series Made In Chelsea then you’ll be familiar with the casts’ obsession with ski resort Verbier, Switzerland. Being a magnet for posh, rich twenty-something’s, naturally, it is one of the most expensive resorts to visit, so steer well clear of this one if you’re on a tight budget. One way to make your Swiss Franc’s stretch that little bit further though, is to hop from bar to bar around the village taking advantage of the happy hour offers. Favourite amongst the seasonaires, the Farinet bar, for its great cover bands, it also has a sliding roof which opens when the party gets too hot, offering some fresh air, and sometimes a bit of snow fall too – which is always an experience!
If you’re trying to take a trip to the slopes without breaking the bank then Alpe d’Huez, is definitely worth a try. The skiing is fantastic here and the partying is one of the best with this resort drawing in more and more youngsters looking for great snow and cheap nights out. There’s loads of bars to try, so a pub crawl should definitely be on the cards at some point so you can cram them all in but top of your list must be the slide at Freeride bar. The UK dominated über resorts in France, such as Val d’Isere and Meribel are still good fun, but it seems like they may have got a little bit big for their snow boots, prices have rocketed in recent years. You can get so much more for your money somewhere like Alpe d’Huez and it’s still got a fantastic reputation for its après ski bars.
#5 Livigno, Italy:
If you love to shop as much as you like to party then Livigno is the tax haven resort for you. Known for its shopping as well as being the ski resort with the most bars in the world – there are around 150 to choose from! If you fancy more of a sophisticated affair then Italy is the right place for you as it’s slightly calmer in the après ski hours than the wild resorts of Austria. So for a refined evening of fine dining and drunken merriment in the vast choice of bars, Livigno is a really great resort. It’s impossible to visit every bar but try Mickey’s Pub, Gulliver Pub or grab a delicious cocktail at Ypioca!