Après ski is a huge part of ski culture and is a must do after a long day on the slopes. UK skiers and snowboarders see it being just as essential as the skiing and boarding itself as it continues to grow. Expect to sink a lot of shots and steins of beers whilst dancing on tables in your ski boots to absurdly loud euro pop.
Iglu Ski in Val Thorens
Val Thorens, France
It is fair to say that the highest resort in the Three Valleys and in Europe is one of the liveliest après resorts with a large variety of bars on offer. The most popular venue is La Folie Douce where you can refuel with a delicious, yet expensive, lunch at La Fruitiere next door before après carnage at Folie. Dick’s Tea Bar, the very British Frog and Roastbeef, Le Saloon and Bar 360 are other prevalent spots. Le Malaysia claiming to have the largest dancefloor in the Alps is the all-nighter option as it is open from 10:30pm to 4am. VT attracts university ski trips and ski clubs so be prepared to keep up with the youth!
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Recommended holidays: Club Med Val Thorens & Chalet Catherine
Folie Douce in Val Thorens
St Anton, Austria
Renown as the après capital of the Alps where there is something to offer everyone. Mooserwirt is the most iconic with trays of steins and shots of schnapps offering a unique Bavarian experience. Krazy Kangurah (KK’s), Taps and Underground on the Piste in the town are more recommended options.
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Recommended holidays: Sporthotel & Chalet Hotel Rosanna
The Pilzbar is where it begins with an umbrella bar and terrace located at the top of the Penken gondola. When back down in town Scotland Yard close to the centre serves UK beer with a pubby atmosphere whilst Bruck’n Stadl delivers the best party with the nutty-but-brilliant euro-pop party atmosphere. The Arena Club in the Hotel Strass is seen as one of the resorts best club scenes. Mayrhofen is known for its week-long Snowbombing festival in the spring. It is Europe’s largest music festival in the snow with past headliners such as Fatboy Slim and Dizzee Rascal.
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Recommended holidays: Chalet Stoanerhof & Chalet Hotel Ferienhof
Val d’Isere, France
Home to the first Folie Douce apres ski bar, Val d’isere is a hit for Brits and is Iglu Ski’s best-selling resort. It is stylish and spenny but totally worth it! There are endless top quality bars on-piste and off with the new competitor being Cocoricos. Other popular places include Dicks Tea Bar, The Underground and The Morris Bar.
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Recommended holidays: Chalet Hotel Val d'Isere & Chalet Champs Avalins
The infamous La Folie Douce chain is taking the leap into the life of hotels and is set to be the ultimate après venue of the winter 2018/19. It is taking over from Club Med Chamonix with a December 2018 opening and suits all. It will have a magnificent sun deck with après from 5 to 8pm then a bar with a DJ inside that will carry on till early hours of the morning.
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Recommended holidays: Folie Douce Hotel & Chalet Hotel Sapiniere
CGI of new Folie Douce Chamonix hotel bar
Visit Zermatt with its elegance and tasteful atmosphere where you see the backdrop of the stunning Matterhorn and the zoning laws where buildings cannot be over a four story chalet. Start off slope side at Olympia Stubli or the Hennu Stall, then head into town to the Papperla Pub and the Pollux Bar for a local feel. Later on head to the Broken Bar Disco at the Hotel Post and dance the night away on the famous wine barrel – this is a must do for all après lovers! The Loft Lounge Club in Hotel Post is a strong option for over 25s.
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Recommended holidays: Hotel Butterfly & La Perle Apartments