11 Greatest Après Ski Resorts In The World
Which ones are left to tick off your list?
The French tradition of après-ski (meaning 'after') generally involves a few beers on the slopes at around 3pm before dancing on the tables in your ski boots, wobbling down the slope to your chalet and promptly throwing up in the toilets.
Après can be a more mellow affair if you're French or over the age of 40 - along of the lines of quaffing vintage wines - but that's not what we are talking about here.
This list sums up the very best mountain resorts for afternoon boozing, because that's half the fun, isn't it?
St Anton am Arlberg, Austria
If you are looking for a banging nightlife, then St Anton is one of the best places to go - they have half a dozen seriously good après bars right on the piste.
Kicking off with the infamous MooserWirt, once described by Playboy magazines as "the mother of all après ski bars". Think hundreds of people and beer served to your table (so you don't have to stagger to the bar). In fact, this place is said to consume 5,000 litres of beer every day in peak season.
The Krazy Kanguruh is slightly higher up the mountain - and another 'must visit' in St Anton. It was founded by ex-Swedish ski racer Gunnar Munthe in 1974 and pumps beer out to punters on the sun terrace everyday from 3pm until after dark.
For a more traditional Austrian vibe, head to Sennhutte, just off the main piste from the Zammermoosbahn chairlift to St Anton. Expect DJ Didi Diesel on the decks and lots of rowdy Germans.
Whistler Blackcomb, Canada
Whistler Blackcomb isn't only a mecca for skiers and snowboarders, it's a party village like no other.
The Longhorn Saloon is a Whistler institution, located at the foot of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Drink copious amounts of BC brewed beer, served by the very friendly staff before getting on the dance floor to stomp those ski boots.
Merlin's is just as popular après joint, famous for its nachos, cosy cabin-style decor and crazy party vibe. It's also definitely worth stopping by Dusty's for a plate of his famous BBQ ribs.
Local legend has it the bar was named after a stuffed horse called Dusty who used to sit behind the bar. Rumour has it a female raver stripped off and jumped on Dusty's back - the animal came to life and bucked the woman out into the snow, before galloping off into the night.
The picturesque alpine town of Morzine transforms into après partiers' dream come 3pm.
As the crowds slowly roll in off the mountain, the first stop is Bar Robinson's or Robbos, a tiny French cafe run by two older folk. This is no Folie Douce but it's always the most packed après bar in town. It only serves one beer, Mutzig, a strong lager that's guaranteed to get you fired up for the evening ahead.
Further down the road, Le Rhodos is famed for its Toss The Boss nights, where you roll the dice and have your chance to win your round for free. Tibetan Bar attracts big crowds, as does the Cavern. If you happen to end up at the Ardent bubble, go get a drink in Happy Hours - you won't regret it.
The big news for ravers who want to continue the après party into the early hours - famed club Le Paradis now in its second season after the recent revamp. It definitely rivals the glorious L'Opera for dancefloor antics.
Once an old mining town, Breckenridge is now one of the most popular ski resorts in North America. It's not only home to insane snow and the highest chairlift in North America (at 12,480ft above sea level) but it's also got a seriously good après scene.
The T-Bar at the base of Peak 8 is known for being an afternoon booze stop. It's not quite as raucous on the slopes as it is in Europe, but you can still grab a few local craft beers in the sunshine before catching the gondola back to town.
If you're looking for a lively place to drink, Copper Top on Beaver Run is a melting pot of seasonaires and holiday makers who flock to this joint for the pumping music and to watch people careering down the mountain.
When you head into town, make sure you stop by Mi Casa, the Mexican restaurant with over 100 different types of tequila to try. Americans also love a good "Irish pub" - try Burke and Riley's Pub or for Napper Tandy's late night food and Irish draft beer.
Mayrhofen and après go together like bacon and a hangover. This small Austrian village is world renowned for hosting some of the most mental après parties the world has ever seen.
The biggest event of the year is Snowbombing when hundreds of riders turn out onto Mayrhofen's slopes for a week of riding and raving big-name music acts. Rudimental, Basement Jaxx and Fat Boy Slim are all lined up for next season.
When festival season isn't underway, there are plenty of watering holes to keep you entertained. Love Europop? (who doesn't?!) Head to the Pilzbar at the top of the Penkenbahn gondola. Once you've drunk your fair share of Stiegl, slide yourself across to the Ice Bar next door.
Later on, decamp to Scotland in the village centre for more table dancing, beer swigging and rowdiness with the local Austrians and Germans.
Las Lenas, Argentina
Argentinian après isn't like European après. Forget dancing on the tables at 4pm before collapsing in a drunken stupor by 10pm. In Las Lenas, boozing starts late and finishes in the early hours of the morning.
Riders won't start eating dinner until around 10pm before piling into the local bars and clubs around midnight.
The bar in the main Piramid is the place to go for pool and cheap beers. We recommend getting there before midnight to nab a table. If it's dancing you're looking for, then head over to UFO Point for techno/electro tunes after midnight.
Make a move over to La Cima if you fancy some karaoke before stopping by the casino for some late night frittering.
Val d'Isere, France
We couldn't run an après round-up without including Val d'Isere. Starting on the slopes, you can't go without visiting the infamous La Folie Douce where tunes are blasted out of speakers everyday from 3pm to 5pm with revellers guzzling champion and chanting in their ski boots.
Back in town, Victor's is known for having some of the best après vibes around. Enjoy an ice cold beer and tunes on the terrace before heading inside for their deadly 9pm to 11pm happy hour.
Saloon is also super fun if you want to listen to a live DJ, play pool and knock back a few jagerbombs at the end of the day. They also have a ski guard who watches over your planks so they don't get nicked. Handy!
If you're hanging with the parents and want something a bit fancier, get over to Les Barmes de l'Ours Bar next to the Face piste. They have a log fire, live music and a huge selection of nice wines and beers to choose from.
People rave about the après in Sölden. Others call it "fearsome". Either way, you're not likely to have a dull afternoon boozing in this Austrian town.
The party kicks off at the Giggijoch lift end of town with Kuckuck dealing out shots of Spiegelei, which literally means "fried egg" and it's served in a real egg shell. Schirm Bar is guaranteed to be packed with seasonaires chugging large quantities of beer.
Head into town and you'll find dozens of bars down the main strip, including Chris & Co, an Irish pub with cheap beer and live sports. The underworld themed bar Joker is also a great place to stop by if you like drinking alongside flames and goblin motifs while sitting in an old chairlift chair suspended from the ceiling!
Livigno enjoys a tax-free status which is good news for après lovers. While alcohol doesn't seem necessarily cheaper, the bartenders are definitely generous with free pouring shot measures.
There's an après ski umbrella bar at the bottom of pretty much every lift with people dancing on the decking to dodgy Euro pop.
Gulliver Pub has a giant selection of beers while Tea del Vidal claim to have invented the famous bombardino, a hot drink made from Advocaat and brandy, topped with whipped cream. A bit like 1970s classic the Snowball, except hot and more potent.
However, the night doesn't really kick off until after dinner. There's no problem locating bars in Livigno - there are 150 of them, more than any other ski resort in the world. We recommended starting at the Kuhstall bar in the centre of the village and following your nose from there.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown is without a doubt the best après town in New Zealand. Ripples of its party-loving culture have spread across the world.
The winter kicks off in June with the annual Winter Festival, featuring frisbee golf tournaments, a dog derby (where farmers slide down the snow with their dogs), fireworks and obligatory all-day partying.
Back in town, the après options are numerous. The Buffalo Club has epic themed nights (including a 90s rave) plus two happy hours (yep, two!) One from 5pm to 6pm and then another from 10pm to 11pm. We recommend staying for both.
Classy bods should head to The Bunker serves the best lychee martinis in town. For somewhere a bit more classic and mellow, head to the Cardrona Hotel for a well-earned pint.
What do you think of when you think skiing in Bulgaria? Cheap. Booze. Which is why is why it's definitely one of the best places in the world for après. A pint here costs just over £1.
It's not a giant resort like Whistler, but that doesn't mean your watering hole options are limited. Alpina is run by a British couple and is known for selling the cheapest drinks in Borovets, so always a good option to start. Titanic Bar is slightly harder to find but the atmosphere inside and the
Frankos is the place to go if you're looking for loud music and a dancefloor to bust out some embarrassing dance moves. After midnight, head to the Buzz Bar - the name says it all.