As coronavirus restrictions are easing on a global scale, you may be thinking about starting the search for your perfect ski home. But, where to begin? One of the first things on your agenda should be finding the ideal resort. As well as great skiing, after spending the last few months in lockdown, you could be looking for somewhere that offers a lively atmosphere and plenty of ways to unwind after a day on the slopes. So, here are our top choices:
High up in the Dolomites, Selva Val Gardena boasts a wealth of beautiful scenery. Selva itself is a long roadside village surrounded by the stunning mountains near the head of Val Gardena. Offering plenty of challenging ski slopes, it’s the seasoned skier’s dream and also has some brilliant après-ski options. There are plenty of bars on the slopes for sunset drinks with 360 views. In the evenings, enjoy live music and dancing before waking up the next day in the peaceful Dolomites.
The après-ski in Mayrhofen caters to all ages, so no matter who you are or where you’re from, you’re destined for a great time. Around 30 huts cover the pistes, which include both quieter and livelier bars, pool halls, giant igloos and an ice bar. If you’d rather end a day of skiing in a more relaxed fashion, there are still opportunities for some peace and quiet. Head to Sauna World for a much-needed dose of R&R.
Go to Meribel for afternoon drinks on a sunny terrace, accompanied by live music and a joyful crowd. This picture-perfect resort offers a huge array of bars and clubs which run into the early hours. For a night off, why not explore the culinary delights of Meribel. Experience fine dining or opt for favourites such as fondue and raclette.
Val Thorens, France
Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe and is well known for its buzzing après-ski scene. Ski straight into the highest pub in Europe or enjoy one of the many lively bars and clubs that the resort has to offer. Often considered to be the noisy neighbour of Meribel and Courchevel, it hosts a variety of luxury hotels and residences and is no longer just a place for rowdy university ski trips. If the partying gets too much, you can still find a quiet spa to relax in.
For a touch of sophistication, choose Verbier. There’s, arguably, no other ski resort that approaches après-ski with such class. The clubs have an exclusive feel and boast stunning interiors. As you’d expect, however, they can be pretty expensive. If you’re looking for more affordable options, there are many popular bars that you can spend the evening in without breaking the bank.
With its affordable après-ski, great skiing and beautiful surroundings, it’s hard not to love Livigno. There are over 100 places to eat and more than 150 bars to choose from, more than any other ski resort in the world. For a different way to wind down after skiing, Livigno also has plenty of shops for a spot of retail therapy, including a large shopping mall.
To find out more about choosing the right resort and buying your own ski home, make sure to get your free copy of our France, Spain and Italy Buying Guides. They explain everything you need to know about the buying process, give you useful advice on safely transferring your money over and about what to expect with taxes and fees.