One of the most frequently asked questions we get is where is good for après. The quality of the après scene could make or break a ski holiday for some. After a long day on the mountain, many of us love to unwind and celebrate with a cold beer, great music and dancing. Austria has the best après bars in the world. If you crave a lively ski resort full of lots of entertainment after a day of skiing or snowboarding then look no further than the picturesque villages and beautiful mountains of Austria. Get your après boots at the ready and take a look at our contenders for the best après in Austria:
This party town is popular with younger crowds with its large club like venues such as Whisky Mule and Salven Stadl which are open to the early hours. If you prefer a quieter après venue there are plenty of more sophisticated bars in Soll such as Bella Vita and Rossini café. With around 30 restaurants and bars in resort there are plenty of options to suit everyone’s tastes.
This skiing gem has some of the best après ski in the Alps. Between Saalbach and Hinterglemm there are over 40 après venues! You are truly spoilt for choice in this beautiful part of Austria. One of the most rememberable venues is the ‘goat themed’ Goasstall in Hinterglemm. If you are with to dance in your ski boots until dinner time, look no further than Hinterhag Alm next to the Kohlmais piste.
I was fantastically surprised by the après in Mayrhofen, not only was it spectacular fun, it was great value too (especially compared to the large French resorts). Mayrhofen is a huge party town with a wide variety of pubs, bars and clubs making it a perfect choice for large groups. On piste I loved the White Lounge Igloo bar at the Ahorn and the uber cool Grillhof Alm by the Van park on the Penken side. Once back in the village head to the Ice Bar or Bruck ‘n’Stadl for the liveliest après, then if you are still wanting to carry on the party after dinner, Mo’s, Scotland Yard, Funky’s and Harakiri are open till late.
Bruck n Stadl
There was a divide in the Iglu Ski offices over the top spot on this list. We have a handful of ski experts that believe Ischgl deserves the golden crown. With incredible party venues like Trofana Alm, Schatzi Bar and the Kuhstall you are guaranteed a vibrant week of amazing après.
It’s no surprise that St Anton is the undefeated heavyweight champion with its world renowned legendary après bars. With an abundance of piste-side bars, you can’t avoid stopping off for a post-ski beverage on your last run home. The Krazy Kangaruh and Mooserwirt are 2 of the most famed après bars in resort, that are packed to the brim with skiers and snowboarders daily and the best spots to get your dose of dancing on tables in your ski boots!
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Ski holidays are an excellent way to spend quality time with a group of friends or family. If you are thinking of a group ski holiday for next season, now is the time to start getting your deposits down and securing your ideal apartment, chalet or hotel. Last winter we put together our top 5 ski resorts for groups, which included an extensive choice of ski resorts with first-rate skiing, fantastic après and a wide selection of accommodation so there is something to keep everyone happy. For this season we have chosen 5 amazing great value group ski holidays featuring our favourite properties, in top ski resorts with superb group offers including free places, lift pass deals and ski hire savings.
This is a popular chalet within a residence block located in the fantastic Les Arcs 2000 village. With catered chalet board as a standard, your group can enjoy a hearty breakfast, afternoon tea and a 4 course dinner with wine daily during your stay. One of the best features of this property is its convenient location just 250 metres (3 minutes’ walk) to the ski lifts. There are special offers throughout the season on Chalet L’Ours Brun making this a beloved choice for groups of friends and families. 13 December 2015 from £569 pp + 50% off ski/snowboard and boots hire + group discount Group discount: Book the whole chalet (12 people) and get 2 & ¼ free places
Les Arcs 2000, France
Alpe d’Huez is the best choice if you have a wide variety of tastes in your group. The amazing ski area has something for everything, there is an assortment of pistes that both skiers and snowboarders will love and a wide choice of areas suited for beginners, intermediates and experts. Non skiers can enjoy the bounty of activities ‘off the piste’ including ice skating, swimming in the heated outdoor pool, sports centre, shopping, dog sledding, snowmobiling, ice diving and much more. Plus the Folie Doche here is one of my favourite apres venues ever! I went to Alpe d’Huez last season; read my 10 reasons why this is a must-ski destination. 30th January 2016 from £679 pp + buy one get one free lift passes + group discounts Group discount: Book whole chalet (14 people) and get 10% group discount
Folie Doche, Alpe d'Huez, France
If you are looking for a lively ski resort with best après in the World, St Anton should be your top choice. This is a great option if you are a group of intermediate to advanced skiers that like to ski hard all day and then party hard at apres. Chalet Elfie is a spacious, great value chalet that is located 15 mins walk or a short bus ride away from the slopes.
17 January 2016 from £694 pp + 20% off ski/snowboard and boots hire + group discounts Group discount:Book 15 people and get 2 & ¾ free places
St Anton, Austria
Soldeu is an underrated ski paradise in Andorra that is often over looked. Andorra is the perfect ski destination choice if you are looking for a cheap ski deal, and Soldeu has a superb ski area that rivals some of our Alp-favourites. Soldeu is linked to the largest ski domain in the Pyrenees, Grandvalira, which has 210 km of extensive, varied ski runs. On a trip in March 2014, I experienced some of my favourite powder riding ever. With peaceful slopes there were plenty of fresh tracks to enjoy throughout the day and a plethora of bars to party into the early hours. Read about my perfect week in Soldeu. 28th Feb 2016 from £694 pp + half price lift passes + group discounts Call for group discounts
The Champs Avalins is one of our bestselling properties year after year because of it’s fantastic value and that it’s located in the best ski area in the World. Espace Killy is made up of 300 km of vaired pistes over Tignes and Val d’Isere. It may not be the prettiest of accommodations, but it’s the location that counts as you can ski back within 50m of the hotel. This chalet hotel sleeps up to 83 people making it a perfect choice if you can’t find a chalet of the correct size for your group. 10th January 2016 from £589 pp + buy one get one half price lift passes + group discounts Group discount example: Book 10 people and get 1 & ¾ free places
Val d'Isere, France
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What better way to ensure a white Christmas than in a ski resort? Christmas ski holidays give you a charming and traditional setting for enjoying the festivities with friends and family. Chalets and hotels are delightfully decorated, Christmas dinner is taken care of by the staff and you may even get Father Christmas stopping by for a visit! Skiing at Christmas also means that you enjoy guilt free overindulgence after a morning on the slopes.
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If you want to celebrate the festive season to the max then St Anton is your place. If you are looking for a party rather than Father Christmas, this is the resort to go to.
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St Anton village © TVB St. Anton am Arlberg / Thomas Klimmer
For a family friendly Christmas, La Rosiere in France is the place to be. The attractive, tree lined resort shapes the perfect setting for the festivities. Christmas eve kicks off with an torch-lit descent and instructors ski show, before waking up to beautiful snowy slopes on Christmas morning.
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La Rosiere © Julien Gadet
This cluster of small authentic style chalets is perfect if you are looking for an intimate Christmas with your family or group. The rustic alpine setting makes an enchanting retreat for festive period.
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Club Med Pragelato Chalets
Discover the true spirit of Christmas in Mayrhofen this winter. If you’re arriving Christmas week you can catch the last weekend of Advent at the Forest Festival to experience Tyrolean customs, the Christmas markets and enjoy the special anticipation of Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day head up the Ahorn and visit one of our favourite mountain bars, the White Lounge. The bar sits inside an Igloo and is the perfect stop for the first drink of this special day and creates an unforgettable festive experience.
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Mayrhofen Advent at the Forest Festival
For the perfect Christmas Ski Holiday this season head to the winter fairytale village of La Tania for a truly festive atmosphere. With fantastic ski slopes, chocolate box style chalets and the beautiful picturesque alpine setting, you are guaranteed a magical Christmas. On December 24th there is a Christmas party which Santa skis down the mountain to join in and then lifts are open as usual on December 25th for a fun packed day on the slopes.
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Christmas in La Tania
Head to Santa’s home for Christmas for a once in a lifetime experience. This winter wonderland tucked deep in the Arctic Circle will make all your childhood wishes come true. Meet Santa, take a ride in a Reindeer sleigh, go husky sledding and unearth this magical land. For more information on holidays in Lapland, call us a speak to one of our Lapland Experts
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"Just home from Christmas in Val d'Isere... this was the best ski holiday I have ever been on. Val is stunning, the hotel fabulous, staff sensational and skiing out of this world. We booked through Iglu. They were fantastic. Peter had great ski knowledge, offered advice and went the extra mile. " - Pamela (Dec 2015)