Oct 23, 2023 / LIFESTYLE

The top resorts for après-ski

Once you’ve taken off your skis, what happens next? Whether you’re the type of person that wants to sip craft beer on a terrace looking out to breathtaking mountain views or wants to dance until the small hours, this guide is for you. We have picked the best resorts for après-ski.

Aspen, USA

Located right at the base of Aspen Mountain, you’ll find Ajax Tavern. It is known for its famous fries, cooked twice, and even more delicious with the addition of truffle. Plus, it boasts of tasty double cheeseburgers, great cocktails and an extensive wine list.

Situated halfway up the mountain, the patio is the perfect place to people watch. Also positioned on a mountain is the oldest place for après-ski in Aspen, the Sundeck, it boasts of a spacious patio with a huge rock fireplace to take in the views.

Then, for intimate gatherings with a lounge-style ambience, head to the Wine Bar. Listen to DJs spinning vinyl records while sipping on sparkling wine. Meanwhile, for fantastic choice of live music, head to Belly Up.

Verbier, Switzerland

Living room of a ski chalet in Verbier, Wallis, Switzerland.

Ibiza in the snow, anyone? From 3pm each day, thanks to the resident DJs, the upstairs bar and terrace vibrate with people chatting, drinking, and dancing at La Rouge.

Welcoming adventurers since 1977 and offering a “home away from home” feel, Pub Mont Fort is famous for its parties, themed nights, and live sports. For a more high-end après-ski scene, head to the renowned 5* hotel, W Hotel Verbier for cocktails.

Finally, if you are keen to dance until 4am, then your go-to will be Farinet South Bar and nightclub.

Chamonix, France

In Chamonix, Chambre Neuf is the place to head for live music from 17:30 to 19:30, Sunday to Friday.

Conveniently situated at the top of town near the train station, Chambre Neuf attracts many British and Scandi holidaymakers, keen to experience the laidback, warm atmosphere. Plus, there is a two-for-one happy hour between 9 and 10pm. Nearby, you’ll find Elevation 1904, it has excellent views of Mont Blanc from its terrace and offers a slightly quieter vibe.

Excitingly, Chamonix has its own microbrewery, Micro Brasserie de Chamonix. Try craft beer made with Chamonix water, have a boogie to the live music and you can even catch some live sports. Another must-visit venue is La Folie Douce. You’ll be able to see live shows, including aerial artists.

Park City, USA

Exterior of a ski property in Park City, Utah, United States.

In Park City, main street buzzes with après ski venues, such as the Spur & Grill Bar with its offering of live music, beer on tap and brick oven pizza.

No Name Saloon has indeed made a name for itself with its brilliant combination of live sports, craft cocktails and the opportunity to relax in front of a fire. For live music, wonderful mountain views and craft brews, head to the Umbrella Bar.

Meanwhile, whiskey fans should check out High West Distillery, it has a store, restaurant and you can tour the distillery itself.

St Anton, Austria

The après-ski scene in St Anton is legendary. Frequently called the best of the best is MooserWirt, which advertises itself as the “baddest” après-ski bar on Alberg Mountain, it is known for its boisterous atmosphere and great DJs. Right next door, with an amazing sun terrace view, you’ll find Krazy Kanguruh.

Taps also benefits from a happy hour and a live DJ from 3pm. Other brilliant spots include: Underground Bar, Murrmel, Hell’s Club and Basecamp.

Val d’Isere, France

Living room in Val d'Isere, France.

Val d’Isere offers craft beers in cosy pub corners to dancing on tables. If the latter is what you are after, head to La Folie Douce.

Another superb place to visit is Le Petit Danois, known for its powerful Red Eric Beer and live music. In the daytime, it’ll help nurse your hangover too with its Full English Breakfast.

Meanwhile, La Cave sur La Comptoir is a cosy, small wine bar with an enclosed terrace, complete with a firepit – perfect for more low-key evenings.