Let’s be honest, ski holidays usually revolve around the drinking almost as much as the skiing. With an abundance of après ski bars and restaurants, all serving traditional and popular beverages, you will certainly have plenty of locations and opportunities to quench your thirst.
Each country in the snowy-peaked mountains has their own unique drinks for you to try, which will have you keep coming back for more. Why not even buy a bottle of a local speciality at the airport to savour the flavour long after your return home.
France is undeniably famous for its fancy food and fine wines, and that doesn’t stop at the base of the mountain. From a silky Pinot Noir to a hardcore Génépi, there are many delicious varieties of liquid refreshments to taste during your eagerly anticipated ski trip throughout the resorts across the French Alps.
If there’s one thing Austria does best, it’s beer. There’s nothing quite like a cold beer on a terrace in the glorious sunshine surrounded by picturesque views. When it comes to après, Austrian’s are known for their carefree, gung-ho approach. Classically you’ll find shots of Schnapps floating around while you’re having the time of your life dancing on the tables with fellow skiers/boarders.
Not only famous for palatable wines and perfect coffee, Italy offers a wide variety of flavours to sip on during your ski holiday. Try the esteemed Aperol Spritz that burst onto the scenes a few years ago and exploded in popularity across the mountains, far and wide, becoming one of the most sought-after slope-side cocktails.
Swiss ski resorts tend to be sophisticated and luxurious, and the drinks are no exception. Think flavoursome goblets of wine perfectly paired with your evening meal, a glass of Glühmost on cold day up the mountain, and Jägerbombs for the wilder times in the bars.
Canada is known for their craft beer and après favourite, apple cider. Skiers in Canada are usually looking for a way to maximise their time on the slopes and so après begins a little later. Most mountain restaurants on this side of the pond are canteen style, so perfect for grabbing a bit to eat and drink before making the most of your afternoon skiing and then enjoying a well-deserved local craft beer at the end of an intense day’s skiing.