‘Après ski’ in French literally means ‘after ski’, so when we say après ski we are simply talking about all the non-skiing activities that we love to enjoy once a day of skiing is over.
Where to Go?
We may or may not be guilty of booking our ski holiday location based on the apres-ski culture in that area, so we completely understand if you want to take that into account when deciding where to ski.
Cheese and Beer
For many of us, après ski means letting our hair down and enjoying some local beers in a high-altitude bar or enjoying cosy mountainside vibes with a good melted cheese-based meal and a mulled wine with friends and family. There’s a real spectrum of atmospheres to suit every mood, so with a little bit of research you’re bound to find the perfect après ski activity to suit you.
What to Wear?
When it comes to the proper ‘après-skiing’ garb – you’re in luck! There are no rules – most people simply turn up wearing what they’ve been sporting all day on the slopes. Whatever on the agenda, après ski has a very fun and chilled atmosphere, so there’s no need to get dressed up… unless you want to, of course!
Music and Socialising
In our books, the best kind of après ski involves a live band and an international crowd, so be ready to meet new and interesting people after a day’s hard skiing. To find the best party to go to, we recommend speaking to the locals, or following the upcoming events at your chosen resort via their social media.
Looking for Something Else?
If you’re looking for some après ski activities with a difference, you won’t be short of ways to wind down after a day on the slopes.
For the thrill-seekers among us, for whom a whole day on the pistes isn’t enough of an adrenaline rush for one day, you can partake in paragliding, tobogganing or slalom racing.
If you prefer to take it easy in the afternoons, but still want to do something a bit different, consider ice skating, showshoe hikes, sleigh rides or a treatment or two in a spa. Because there’s no better time for a relaxing massage than after a strenuous day of skiing!
Best for Après-ski Food: Chamonix
Chamonix has an abundance of fantastic restaurants – whether you are looking for authentic French food or something a bit different, you won’t be short of options for haute cuisine in Chamonix.
If you are looking to really taste the local cuisine then we recommend French Bistro Chez Constant. Think filet de boeuf, French onion soup, fondue and oysters served in a cozy and casual environment. For something a little more upmarket, Le MATAFAN has some real photo-worthy and tastebud-approved haute cuisine.
How does sushi in the mountains sound? Satsuki in Chamonix has excellent reviews and a wonderful traditional Japanese interior and can be a welcome change from all that melted cheese.
If you’re keen to try a Michelin Star restaurant, there’s La Telecabine which has a gorgeous terrace overlooking Mont Blanc, and Hameau Albert which boasts double Michelin star status.
Alternatively, consider Résidence CGH & SPA Les Granges du Soleil 4*, where you will find a ski-in-ski out location just a stone’s throw from the slopes. The interior is adorned with gorgeous wooden beams. They also have similar spa facilities, with a heated pool, a gym, a hammam and a sauna.
Best for Après-ski Parties & Music: Val d’Isere or Les Deux Alpes
When it comes to tearing up the town after a day of tearing up the slopes, we think you’d struggle to do better than Val d’Isere or Les Deux Alpes.
Well known as a go-to place for party-goers, La Folie Douce in Val d’Isere is somewhat of an institution for those who take après ski just as seriously as their skiing. At 2,500 above sea level, you’ll be able to party amongst the clouds!
In Les Deux Alpes there’s the Alpe de Venosc area, which has some of the most happening bars in the region. Smokey Joe’s is worth a visit if you are into live music, or if you are more into dance music is more your thing then you may feel more at home at L’Avalanche.
Best for Chilled, Cozy Après-ski Vibes
For the ultimate cozy mountain après-ski environment, have drinks at Igloo Igloo, in Galérie du Pelvoux in La Plagne Centre, where you will be able to enjoy everything from groovy bass music to karaoke, to latin and funky music, all in a ‘ice-style’ bar, with cosy lighting and faux fur décor.