After a hard day on the slopes there is nothing better than sitting back, relaxing and then partying until dawn at a whole host of Après Ski events. From the mountain top bars to the slope side saloons, you can dance yourself merry!
With ski season in full swing, there's no better time to retreat to the slopes. Here are our top 5 European ski resorts famous for their snowy après ski.
Val Thorens, France
A top choice for avid skiers and thrill-seekers, Val Thorens is the highest altitude winter sports resort in Europe. From a zip wire into the town to a surrounding of dramatic peaks, the resort offers slopes for beginners and experts alike.
Due to its high altitude Val Thorens delivers a huge ski season from November to May. That means once Halloween's over it's onto the slopes, skiing all the way into Easter on the 140km of pistes.
Off the slopes and into the bars, après Val Thorens has you flying down the 1800m zip-line, over the ice skating track and into an array of lavish wine bars. Most of the bars and clubs are situated in rue de Gébroulaz (rue de la soif) or 'thristy street' as it is also known. However, if you're after a mountain top experience then the 360 Bar at the bottom of the Moraine and Portette chair lifts.
Across the border in Northern Italy, located close the Switzerland's border, Livigno is 115km of skiing heaven dated back to the 16th century. Also known as 'Little Tibet' due to is secluded demeanour, you can get lost in the beauty of the Alps.
Once your skiing day is done it's time to hit the duty-free shops. Get your souvenirs, Christmas shopping and birthday gifts all rolled into one.
If you fancy a night out then there are a whole host of activities to get stuck in to. From the Thursday night skiing session, to the illuminated sled track perfect for the whole family there is always an adrenaline activity to get your skis/snowboard into.
Alpe d’Huez, France
Skiing back into France for a hot chocolate or a glass of Seyssel sparkling white, we're heading just north of the Ecrins National Park and into Alpe d'Huez. Equally as good in summer as it is in winter Alpe D’Huez is an ideal location for mountain biking and hiking as well as your much loved winter sports.
For the après skiers it is the Tomorrowland's Winter Festival each March that attracts them to the town. Over 25 thousand people travel from all over the world for a week of adventure, music, and partying like never before (according to their website) anyway. Some of the biggest DJ's in the world have headlined on the main stages.
Oh, and the wines pretty good too!
On the Eastern border of France, just a stone’s throw away from the glorious Lac de Tignes, sits the ski resort of Tignes. Tignes is one of the highest ski resorts in the Alps at 2,100m, and has over 300km of pistes with 154 runs, so you’ll easily find a run to enjoy.
Made up of five villages the après ski has something for everyone. Most of the action happens in the main hubs of Val Claret and Le Lac. Here you'll find the Dropzone a south-facing terrace host to some of the cheapest beers in town. Serving snacks alongside table football, pool and live bands, the Dropzone transforms into a nightclub once it hits 10pm.
St Anton, Austria
For our last stop on the après ski tour it has to be St. Anton, Austria. The cosiest little town with just over 2470 inhabitants, St Anton guarantees slope after slope of beautiful snow and mountain air. Experience snow like never before on over 340km of slopes.
For the sunset drinkers and the after ski party animals, St Anton is the spiritual home of après ski. The infamous Moosewirt bar with a motto of, 'Probably the worst après ski bar in the St Anton' is a classic après ski bar. Alongside this you've got the Krazy Kanguruh established in 1965 - they know how to party hard on the slopes. Here you'll find a beautiful sun terrace with views out of St Anton.
All that's left to do is to hit the slopes!