Après Ski in Austria and Nightlife in France
Après ski is becoming more and more important every year with the discerning British skier/boarder. That's why we made a shortlist for you with the resorts with the best Après-ski and nightlife.
Looking to avoid the perils of the queue for the first gondola, then Austria is better than any other nation in ensuring you will never see it. Austria is without question the King of après ski!
Solden après ski is probably the best in the world together with St Anton and Ischgl. The main street running through Solden is awash with indoor and outdoor bars. And for most visiting Solden in the winter, après ski is a very important part of their week. For those wanting to escape the après ski; away from the Solden main street there are many peaceful and quiet areas in the resort.
2. St. Anton am Arlberg
Everybody already knows about St. Anton, and it has in the past claimed the top spot. Apres ski action in St Anton often starts on the mountain and continues in the heart of St Anton. The base-station and the main street are lively late into the night. There are 2 places you definitely need to visite; The Krazy Kangaruh and the Mooserwirt. You'll never forget visiting these places!
Ischgl is a bit more expensive than all the other Austrian resorts, but it's still better value than the big resorts of Switzerland. The Trofana Alm claims to be the best après-ski bar in the world. The name says it all: Classic Tyrolean décor and cheesy sing-along songs with silly dances that get everyone involved. Another place that definitely deserves a visit is the Kuhstall, it is filled with a younger crowd that is partying to the lastest hits!
Mayrhofen has had the forethought to locate après-ski bars at the top of the gondola as well as at the base-station in Mayrhofen. Only few escape the après-ski. It all starts at the Pilzbar at the top of the Penkenbahn gondola. Slopeside and way before the runs have closed. The party continues next to the Penkenbahn station in the village at the Eis Bar. Here you can party till the early morning!
Flachau is one of the après ski heavy weights of the ski region to the south of Salzburg. Both on and off the slopes Flachau offers great après ski venues and après ski atmosphere. In the Flachau ski area there are endless charming and lively mountain huts whilst around the base-stations in the valley around Flachau there are bars and umbrella bars that heave from mid-afternoon onwards. From 04:00 PM onwards you can go to the Hofstadl, an après ski temple.
Unlike our Austrian friends, France might not have more après-ski related injuries than ski injuries but France has its fair share of lively resorts where dancing on the table in your ski boots with a pitcher of beer in hand is completely normal!
1. Val Thorens
Val Thorens was chosen as the location of the second incarnation of la Falie Douce and with good reason. If you're skiing nearby, you'll most certainly hear La Falie Douce before you see it. When the lifts stop the crowd goes back down the slopes to continue partying in the center, where there are many other bars and clubs! If you want to go clubbing you have to go to Malaysia, where they give you the most awesome burning shots.
2. Les Deux Alpes
In the Southern Alps, Les Deux Alpes comes up trumps for being the best night out. The well known Grotte du Yeti is located in the center of L2A. During the day you can have some beers and play some billiards but in the evening you can really get your party started here. From Foam parties to your own private jacuzzi. It's all possible in Yeti. When all bars are closed you can always go to Avalanche. The most popular club in this resort is open till 4-5 AM.
Meribel is a cracking party town with some great legendary bars and nightclubs. If you decide to have a good time in Meribel it always starts at Le Rond Point, better known as: The Ronnie. A bar located on the slopes that does jugs of beer, shots and live music. Make sure you don't get to drunk otherwhise you can't go back down to town anymore. Back in town you can still party on in The Taverne bar or in one of the other bars.
4. Val d'Isere
In the early evening you can go La Folie Douce. Here it's all about DJ's on a balcony, banging the newest house music. If you head down early you can have some really cheap beers at Cafe Face. The open up early with really cheep beer prices.. just saying! At the end of the night you can visit the famous Dick's Tea Bar, with over 30 years experience of giving Val d'Iseres party crowd a good time.
As you'd expect from one of the largest, coolest and most popular towns in the Alps, Chamonix has a vibrant party scene. And unlike many of the puropse built resorts in the Alps, which largely cater to a seasonal influx of tourists, Chamonix's size and perennial population mean it offers much more in the way of apres ski and nightlife. Tip; go to Chamonix south and visit the Monkey bar and the South bar!