Best Après-ski resorts

Apres-ski is a short party which is held between finishing your skiing and heading back to your chalet or hotel for your evening meal, usually around 3-6 ish. There is usually beer, shots and dancing involved, so make sure you have feeling in your legs still!

Most skiers find the apres-ski side of the holiday as important as the actual skiing or boarding. It usually occurs when you are still in your ski gear, just got back off the slopes and sat with your friends celebrating your days skiing.

Grab a cold beer, listen to the music, dance on the tables, all with your ski boots on. If it's a nice day they are outside on the sun terrace, if it's not so nice skiers usually head to an indoor area with strong tables and a good vibe.


Best resorts for apres ski holiday

Soldeu, Andorra

Soldeu is famous for its lively apres-ski scene. There are plenty of fun and friendly bars throughout the village where you can drink and dance the time away. Skiers will find a majority of the bars along the main road, but there are a few on the road behind Hotel Himalaia.

Every night there is live music at The Harp, an Irish themed bar, and Fat Alberts is open from mid afternoon until early morning, perfect for those that want to party though the night. Soldeu is a fantastic place for apres-ski.

Pas de la Casa, Andorra

Pas de la Casa has a reputation for being one of the wildest party resorts in Andorra. Visitors come to Pas de la Casa not just for the excellent slopes, but also the apres-ski scene. There are a multitude of bars and pubs open right into the early hours.

You can step off the slopes late afternoon and you can be in the middle of all the entertainment within minutes. A quick stop off before heading back to the chalet or hotel for dinner. After your evening meal, there's no stopping you heading back out to carry on from where you left earlier.

Sauze d'Oulx, Italy

Start your apres-ski session off at the Derby Bar or the Crowded House where you can enjoy a couple of drinks. After this why don't you head to the Schuss or Banditos club to dance the night away. The apres-ski scene in Sauze d'Olux starts early and finishes late in the evenings, so there are endless possibilities.

Apres-ski can be as lively or as quiet as you want it to be. There are numerous cocktail bars, pubs and well priced restaurants to enjoy.

Soll, Austria

Soll is a very popular party town with younger skiers as it has large clubs like Salven Stadl and the Whiskey Mule. These venues are open to the early hours of the morning. It is one of the best resorts in Austria for apres-ski as it offers plenty of bars and restaurants to get your teeth in to.

For those that still want to enjoy the apres-ski scene, but prefer something a bit more on the quiet side, Bella Vita and Rossini cafe are the more sophisticated places to head to. They are great places to enjoy but they are much quieter.

Mayrhrofen, Austria

Mayrhofen is an extremely lively resort with enough bars and clubs open until the early hours of the morning to keep you going. This lively party town is a fantastic choice for large groups of friends who enjoy going out and having fun after a hard day on the slopes.

The liveliest apres-ski will be found at the Ice Bar or Bruck 'n' Stadl, which are in the village itself. Whilst on piste you can enjoy a drink at the White Lounge Igloo Bar. Here you can see the ice sculptures or sit on a chair admiring the views and sunshine.

St Anton, Austria

St Anton is top of the list when it comes to apres-ski resorts. There are so many amazing apres bars here you are spoilt for choice. One place highly recommended is the Mooserwirt. This is a very popular bar as it sells more beer than any other bar in the Alps. Beers are served with shots of Jaeger or Willys mit Pear. Start your apres-ski here and you can party until dawn.

After you have finished your apres-ski session at the on-piste bars, you can head down the slopes to the bottom and continue your evening at Basecamp. This bar is usually the final stop for many skiers who are on their way back to their chalet or hotel.

Val d'Isere, France

Apres-ski is big in Val d'Isere. Prices of beers can be expensive here, but it is worth every single penny. It has many bars across the resort and some fantastic hot spots including The Morris Bar, Petit Danois, Bar La Rosee and The Underground.

Folie Douce is situated at the top of the La Daile gondola and plays live music late in the afternoon. Cocorico is the newest addition to the apres-ski scene in Val d'Isere and it is located at the bottom of the slopes.

Chamonix, France

Chamonix is a relatively large town with excellent apres-ski. There is an endless choice of bars, restaurants and discos in the resort centre. There is nothing more satisfying than a cold beer in a great atmosphere to top off an excellent days' skiing.

In each ski area there are plenty of bars where you can enjoy an early apres-ski in the sunshine, before heading to your chalet or hotel for dinner. If you like a little flutter, there is a world class casino in the centre of town with slot machines and black jack.