Après Ski Resorts

Go big on the hill and in the bar in the world’s liveliest ski resorts.

St Anton

Huge Arlberg area, Awesome après ski, Extensive powd...

Great for:

  • Groups
  • Non skiers
  • Off-piste

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Meribel

3 Valleys ski area , Excellent ski schools , Lively a...

Great for:

  • Families
  • Groups
  • Non skiers

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Verbier

Vast interlinked 4 Valleys area, Vibrant and varied ...

Great for:

  • Families
  • Groups
  • Non skiers

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Val d'Isere

½ of Espace Killy, Fantastic après, Traditional cho...

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  • Families
  • Groups
  • Non skiers

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Ischgl

Some of Austria highest slopes , Awesome après , Fam...

Great for:

  • Snow sure
  • Groups

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Pas de la Casa

Largest ski area in Andorra, Great place to learn, Va...

Great for:

  • Après Ski
  • Cheap
  • Tax free shopping

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Val Thorens

Highest resort in Europe, Top of the world's biggest...

Great for:

  • Families
  • Snow Sure
  • Non skiers

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Whistler

Largest ski area in North America , Consistently vo...

Great for:

  • Groups
  • Families
  • Non-skiers

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Mayrhofen

Freestyling heaven, Tyrolean charm, Altitude & Snowbo...

Great for:

  • Families
  • groups
  • après ski

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Aspen

Ski legend, 4 mountains , As classy as it gets

Great for:

  • Celeb spotting
  • Non Skiers
  • Varied ski area

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Top 10 Most Popular

Whether you prefer belting out the classics from a table top, meeting the locals at the bar or lounging in a mountainside deckchair - nothing quite beats a spot of après after a smashing day on the snow.

From the posh parties of Switzerland to raucous Austrian stein swinging, we’ve done our level best to get around the world in 80 (ish) beverages, and bring you the finest it has to offer in après ski.

Top 10 ski resorts for Après Ski

St. Anton will go down in history for its boundary breaking bashes. We have two venues to thank for its world-dominance - the first, Krazy Kanguruh, is the spot many think rip-roaring après ski was born, while the Mooserwirt’s rumoured to dispense more beer per square metre than any other in the Motherland - and both are based above the town, opposite one another. If you make it out and down the slope, there are plenty of bars at the bottom waiting to catch you. Underground (hidden away behind the Galtzig Bahn) and the Picadilly Bar are top spots to refuel, with live music and line your stomach for the grand finale, in Post Keller and Kandahar. Both open till the wee hours, ladies go free at PK, and star-European DJs keep the music pumping at Kandahar all night long.

A major contender for Britain’s Favourite Ski Resort, this place draws in thousands of us every year, and about half come for the après alone. Top of the bill is the illustrious Le Rond Point, a.k.a The Ronnie, which is in full jug-smashing swing from 3pm every day. Nowhere else quite embodies the twin ideals of cold beer and crazy times like this world-famous Meribel staple – and the house’s special toffee vodka will see you dancing on the tables in your ski boots in double time. The arrival of a new Folie Douce has brought outrageous entertainers, fancy-dress-clad revellers and showers of champers to the area, and the faint echo of the latest euro-house and techno until the lifts close. By the time you’ve made it back down the piste, head to Jack’s – the king of live music, and a popular den for seasonaires. Drop into O’Sullivan’s for more serious après-antics (St Paddy’s is a blast here), then it all ends at the biggest, baddest club in town - Le Loft, where staying till sunrise is almost obligatory.

Regardless of whether you’re blue-blooded, a billionaire or one of us mere mortals; the vibe is infectiously hedonistic here. Le Farinet (crowned ‘World’s Best Après Ski’ bar by Which?) is always jam-packed for its live music acts, swanky soirees and exclusive VIP booths. Order one of their “oversized” jugs of beer (or a Tattinger Pornstar Martini) and you’ll soon be up on your feet and raising the roof - helped by the fact it opens mechanically, which is absolutely magic when it’s lightly snowing. Anyone who’s anyone has to experience the furiously posh Farm Club: Get your name on a bottle of Absolut (they’ll keep it behind the bar for you) and dance the night through. At the end of the day, no visit to Verbier would be complete without a pit-stop at Pub Mont Fort, especially during happy hour – or wonderful Le Rouge, where a a rosé on the terrace is nothing short of heavenly.

The birthplace and continued HQ of the inestimable Folie Douce, where champagne showers and Kely Starlight’s weird, wonderful entertainment have been drawing crowds since the 80’s. On the raucous richtometer, this is closely followed by Dick’s Tea Bar (beer pong + slippers for tired feet = GENIUS) where après ski morphs into a rammed dance floor with big name DJs. For boozing bargains, half price beers and slashed-price cocktails pull merrymakers off the streets and into the steamy walls of Bananas. Le Petit Danois is the go-to for a breather from full-on booze, without losing any of the lively atmosphere – scoffing a Viking Tower Burger’s should get you nice and ready for the grand night ahead.

Trofana Alm has to be on every après-skiers bucket list; jam-packed and rocking with oompa and DJ tunes until 8pm. Stop by the rustic Kuhstall for another double shot of what’s Ischgl’s all about – big crowds, big beers and loud music. Another member of the Ischgl dream team, the Pacha Club, takes over after dark, opening heavily guarded doors to fans of its sister club in Ibiza (rumour has it Paris Hilton's a fan). Trofana Royal’s five-star night spot, The Arena, wipes everywhere else off the map for the title of most luxurious club; where you can sip Cristal and watch the shenanigans unfold from your very own VIP booth. But Ischgl didn’t earn the title of après capital on glitz and glamour alone... No-nonsense beer-peddlers, like the Golden Eagle pub, serve up a down-to-earth blend of Austrian beer and good music. Then of course there are the ‘Top of the Mountain’ concerts – three a season - which draw over 18,000 party-goers (each), with headliners like Robbie Williams and Elton to keep the season rocking and rolling in style.

Tax haven Andorra keeps drinks as cheap as can be – throw in a shedload of seasonaires who’ve spent their summers partying in Ibiza and you have Pas De La Casa. If it wasn’t for the snow, it would be easy to mistake this place for the Balearic’s, with Cala Bassa Beach Club’s med food, hammocks and summer soundtrack bringing beach vibes to the mountains. Back in town, kick things off at the Red Lion, where a happy hour beer costs less than a bottle of mineral water elsewhere in Europe and chocolate bar-themed shots are on everyone’s lips. This should warm the blood for the double happy hour at Paddy’s Irish bar… Next up is Milwaukee for your fill of sweet and smoky American BBQ on rib shack nights. Purchase a plateful and you’ll find yourself tangled up in a 90 minute all-you-can-drink session. For the tail-end of the evening, the club scene branches out in two distinct directions: either Underground, which closes earlier and mixes indie and rock, or Bilbord, which features big-name DJs from – you guessed it - the Ibiza elite.

As student party capital of the French Alps, like any good undergraduate jamboree, après in VT begins as early as two in the afternoon and doesn’t give out ‘til sunrise. By the time you call it a day on the slopes, house and electro will be thumping from Bar 360 and Folie Douce, two on-mountain daylight clubs. Folie’s champagne showers always get more airtime than 360 - but 360’s revelry is just as raucous, and you get more beer for your buck. Later on, you’ll find seasonaires and locals tipping back pitchers of long island ice tea at Saloon bar, or enjoying beers at the highest pub in the Alps, the Frog and Roast Beef. Summit, Panda and Baramix are all perfect places to drink and dance until midnight approaches, but as the clock strikes, drop everything and get over to: Malaysia. The biggest and highest club in the Alps looks like an unassuming timber hut on the outside, but once downstairs, feel your jaw hit the floor as it sprawls out into three rooms, with 4 bars, headline DJ acts, live music and crowds who won’t be seen anywhere else.

Settling for nothing less than absolute perfection; besides having endless slopes and stupidly good snow, Whistler’s also Canada’s après king. Dropping off the base of the main gondola you’re just a few steps away from Garibaldi Lift Company ‘GLC’, purveyor of a corking “Caesar” (a Canadian Bloody Mary…) and huge live music events. Stop by for their frequent, utterly crazy Smirnoff House Parties, or check out fantastically named local band She Stole My Beer. The alcohol-fuelled institutions in Canada are almost all based in grills, quite ingenious really, as it means dinner rolls seamlessly into drinks and dancing. Local legend, Dusty’s, hold some of the biggest bashes. Merlin’s does local DJs and quirky cocktails – why wouldn't you mix bacon and alcohol in a jam jar? At the opposite end of the scale, the regal Mallard Lounge looks out on views of the Blackcomb Mountain that are almost dazzling enough to distract you from the liquid dessert menu; we still crave their salted caramel chocolate martinis… The Belvedere Vodka Ice Room is the COOLEST place to down a mean tipple. Don one of their goose-down parkas, brave the -32°C temperature and take your pick of the the 50+ vodkas on offer (50 shots for $50 if you’re here as a group…).

Scotland Yard, one of the top taverns here, is a clue to the strong British crowd who roll up in Mayrhofen each season. A former police station, the cellar where they once locked up the drunk and disorderly is now crammed with barrels of British brew to fuel them up… For good old fashioned Austrian cheer, Brück'n Stadl’s your place, with an Oktoberfest vibe and a dance floor that’s packed-out until the wee hours. Competing for top spot, the Ice Bar at Hotel Strass comes alive at 3pm with DJs, dancing, and a polar bear mascot (they even do kebabs and cheeseburgers to cure hunger pangs). But by far the coolest of the lot – and worth at least one pit stop - is the White Lounge’s Igloo Bar, an on-mountain drinking den crafted from snow and ice with spectacular views of the Zillertal. These venues are filled to the rafters for most of the season, but the festival weeks are another matter entirely. Two of Europe’s biggest mountain festivals bring a serious buzz to the town, with Snowbombing featuring Fatboy Slim and Dizzee Rascal in recent years, and Altitude bringing comedians like Jimmy Carr and John Bishop.

This is the world’s ski cocktail capital – they even dedicate a week to the tipples, the “Après Ski Cocktail Classic”, where the world’s best mixologists come to the mountains to do what they do best. If you’re hunting down a cocktail in the rest of the season, you’ll find the fanciest at celebrity haunt 39 Degrees - their signature Botox Martini comes with a wrinkly cherry and a smooth one... For scenic sipping, order yours at Cloud 9, where the views over the Maroon Bells are unbeatable. If you prefer champers, you can always blow $1000 on 39’s Armand De Brignac bubbly, or make a pit stop at the Little Nell’s pop-up champagne and caviar bar, Oasis. There are some cool music venues, too - Belly Up (its sister venue in Cali’s one of the best live music spots in the USA) hosts big music events throughout the season, with previous small town performers including John Legend, SEAL and Snoop Dogg...

Apres ski resorts are the places where the best parties in the mountains happen! If you're looking for the best ski resort night life and the best off slope facilities, then this list of the ten best apres ski resorts in the world is the place to start planning your wild ski holiday.

If you like to let your hair down after a day on the hill and there's a particular country you're interested in, read about its liveliest resorts in our Top Ten guides to the best après ski in France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and the USA.


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