Europe’s Best Après Ski
Looking for a ski resort where the sun-setting means the party is just getting started?
Neilson Holidays’ list of Europe’s best après and party ski resorts could be all you need to plan your next ski holiday.
Après in Austria
The home of après ski, Austria has some of the best après bars in the world.
Mayrhofen: If you’re looking for a beautiful and buzzing Austrian ski resort, Mayrhofen is a great pick for you. With all you need from cafés, shops, and restaurants, and a huge choice of bars for après ski, Mayrhofen has something for everyone!
Ideal for groups, the huge party town boasts late-night pubs, bars and clubs, and also has some après bars on the pistes. The après on the mountain closes before the last gondola down, but it’s still a great way to begin an après session before heading down to the town and hitting the famous Ice Bar or the former police station, and fittingly named Scotland Yard pub for some British beer.
St Anton: The variety of bars, shops and restaurants in St Anton are excellent! The bars set high on the slopes above the village are a great starting point before you move the party on to one of St Anton’s lively après ski spots. Alongside the party venues there are also quieter places, complete with comfortable restaurants and chilled, welcoming bars.
Après in France
When in France, eat, drink and be merry! All in a beautiful mountain setting, complete with a little music and hopefully the last of the day’s sunshine — that’s French après for you.
Val d’Isère: The buzzing La Folie Douce in Val d’Isère provides the ultimate high-altitude clubbing experience on the Plein Sud slope. The party starts at 2.30pm and features live DJs, bands and champagne on an outdoor terrace.
La Folie Douce is an extremely popular destination with us Brits! And those staying in Tignes can get in on the fun too by simply skiing over to this famous bar. While visitors to other French resorts like Alpe d’Huez, won’t miss out either as La Folie Douce also has a bar there.
Tignes: When it comes to Tignes’ nightlife, Crowded House is a good place to start. It’s also well-liked with the Brits, as it’s a Scotty’s Bar, and perhaps because Jägerbombs shots are almost compulsory there.
Les Deux Alpes: The Alpine resort of Les Deux Alpes opens early for après, getting the party started in the afternoon before the slopes close. Boasting over 30 bars, there’s plenty to choose from, but Le Pano Bar complete with its DJ sets, dancers and saxophonist is a must visit.
Après in Italy
Relax and unwind off the slopes with laid-back, lengthy dinners followed by chilled-out drinks at comfy bars in Italy. The Italian culture of good food and wine means Italian après , it’s an indulgent affair.
Val di Fassa: Canazei in Val di Fassa will give you a real feel for après ski in Italy. At sunset, you can ski into the Gran Bar Pecol to try a few drinks from their extensive menu, before visiting At The Cliff for cocktails and a themed night.
Sauze d'Oulx: If you love to chase the après ski happy hours and get in as many inexpensive drinks as possible, a good few nights out in Sauze d'Oulx will suit you just fine!
Start the partying with slope side dancing to live music at Capanna Mulino. Move on to the town, and the Moncrons bar for a few cocktails or visit the well-liked Irish pub, Paddy McGinty’s where fancy dress is rewarded with a free shot.
Livigno: The tax-free party place, Livigno, boasts streets of après fun bars with outside fires to keep party-goers warm.
The resort also claims to be the birthplace of the lethal Bombardino drink, so why not try one at Kosmo and stay until the early hours. With cheap drinks and late-night themed pubs, you’ll be needing that fresh mountain air to wake you up come morning!
Sestrière: The party starts on the piste in Sestrière, and in full ski gear, straight after the last run of the day. Be sure to visit La Gargote’s well-placed sun terrace for the bubbliest après in the resort. Plus, there’s a live DJ to get the dancing going.
Après in Andorra
The Grandvalira ski area has the best choice of après ski in Andorra. With both Scandinavian style bars and outdoor party terraces, there’s plenty of places to party on the piste and in the resort towns.
Soldeu and El Tarter: Soldeu and El Tarter’s Veuve Cliquot slope side bar with its outdoor terrace and lounge offers a smooth assortment of tunes from house DJs. While L’Abarset, a huge al fresco club, with an outstanding tapas restaurant attached to it is another hot après zone. If you stay late, you’ll find yourself partying the night away with the seasonnaires.
Arinsal: You won’t miss an offer or event in one of Arinsal bars, the ‘reps’ are out in force, approaching holiday makers to give out flyers with special offers so grab those discounts and freebies when you can! If you’re lucky, in Cisco’s (the Mexican cave bar), you’ll pick up some free nachos while listening to chilled out, funky house music.