Where there’s epic pistes, there’s got to be an après-scene to match. With so many fantastic ski resorts across Europe, it can be tricky to pick the ideal hangout for you and your group.
Sink your teeth into the best après-ski in Europe using our lowdown of the top party ski resorts below:
- St Anton am Arlberg, Austria
- Sauze d'Oulx, Italy
- Val d’Isère, France
- Méribel, France
- Verbier, Switzerland
1. St Anton am Arlberg, Austria
This energetic resort has a reputation for bringing the party to the pistes. St Anton is also home to one of Europe’s oldest ski schools and has a variety of runs to tempt skiers of all levels, whether you’re just starting out or fancy yourself as a hardened pro. All this and more will leave you well up for heading to buzzing bars like the famous MooserWirt afterwards. EDM and DJ sets take centre stage in the biggest, bass-filled clubs around here.
2. Sauze d'Oulx, Italy
This Italian idyll is super-popular in the Milky Way area. It’s a champion choice for red runs, so if you’re a middle-of-the-road skier, you’ll be in your element.
But what you really want to know about is the après-ski, right? There are more than 30 restaurants and, because of the close proximity to Turin, many are traditional Italian pizzerias and trattorias specialising in pasta. You’ll be in for aperitivo hours with free nibbles, Aperol spritzes, craft beers, extensive wine lists and more.
3. Val d’Isère, France
Here you have it – one of the liveliest, most well-known resorts in the French Alps. Between November and May, Val d’Isère boasts fantastic snow conditions and it’s also held a fair few winter sports games and championships.
Off the pistes, Val d’Isère is equally recommended as a party ski resort. La Folie Douce is the winning pick – think laid-back vibe, table service, fab French food and divine wine.
4. Méribel, France
Right at the core of the massive Three Valleys area, you’ll find an even split between how good the runs are for beginners, intermediates and advanced-level skiers. But past the sculpted couloirs and trench-like slopes, it’s all about the downtime. Gourmet French bistros rub shoulders with classy Italian food joints. Try toffee vodka and the widely-talked-about Mützig Old Lager while you enjoy live music.
5. Verbier, Switzerland
Snow-capped Verbier is one of Switzerland’s most shouted about. It’s an A-list hangout with bragging rights to chic chalet accommodation, but the cocktail of charming pubs, VIP clubs and old-school discotheques is what it’s all about.
Ice Cube talks itself up as bringing Ibiza to the Alps, while other venues are more about pints than Champagne. From cheese fondues to cheesy pop, you’ll find the craziest mix of Swiss food and 90s tunes.
Posted: 19th Sept 2023.