The top 50 best apres ski resorts in Europe and beyond! Discover where to travel for skiing and snowboarding merriment this spring season.
Where the slushy snow is calling, blue skies, sun and crucially, apres-ski to the max. Some destinations you perhaps wouldn’t expect, some very famous names and plenty of lesser known unmissable destinations. Before you know it this article will lead you to book a last-minute getaway! We know Apres Ski isn’t the most important thing but when it comes snowy adventures in the mountains but we still love it.
We devised a star rating system, each destination will get a star rating between 1 and 5 for it’s level of apres ski awesomeness. You can explore the full 50 destinations or you can select a country of your choosing. Scroll to the bottom and find out which country won best for apres too.
We are diving right in with Cervinia. Cervinia has a special place in my heart as I spent 6 seasons here and for that reason, I think its time to share the secret that Cervinia has some epic apres ski spots! Wednesdays/Thursdays and Fridays are the days for big-time apres, particularly Thursday and what’s most cool is you can work your way down the mountain. Start at Plan Torrette at the top of the Cretaz chair lift, then head down to Principe then down into town and inevitably to Dragon!
Think doing the ski boot dance with the guides, think cheesy Austrian and Norwegian music then throw in hella ski shots. Enough said no? The hotel is plush and super fancy but the staff and locals still know how to get down with the tourists.
Imagine if you could have the cosines or a British pub but in the mountains. That’s what you have at Dragon. Excellent draft beers and cider in a laid back atmosphere right at the bottom of the slopes. There is also a dingy dance floor underground but its totally charming.
Fine, yes, I did it again, put in another personal fave resort, I’m not even getting a commission for them, in the walking tourism board for Courmayeur for free! But Courmayeur is another place I did a season, and I grew up skiing here. So 15 years of knowledge, finally get to use it. Courmayeur has an INSANE mountain, with incredible freeride and touring capabilities. After a day of exploring, what better way to wind down than at apres. The scene is more low key, but it’s getting even better year on year.
In contrast with have Bar Roma, this bar, or instead, this INSTITUTION is much older and a well-known name mainly for its absolutely stunning apres ski buffet. Maybe you won’t be dancing on the tables but no one does aperitivo better than the Italians so enjoy some deliciously cocktails and fill your boots with their famous free buffet.
Super G is a comparatively new spot and it is bring together the flashy fur coat high class vibes for Courmayeur with the laid back, party and ski loving. The collaboration makes for a fun, lively and slick apres ski. Plus is on the piste so its legit.
There are few places on the planet more beautiful and stunning that the dolomite mountains. Selva is no exception, through the sheer beauty of the area, tourists have flicked to discover the mountain and the apres ski vibe have exploded. You can find chilled destinations and more relaxed and fun places too.
Saltos Apres Ski in Val Gardena (Selva) is the excellent meeting-place for ski and mountain enthusiasts who, after spending a great day on the Dolomites wonderful slopes, want to spend some more time with friends, to party, dance and listening some good music in a unique setting.
You can comfortably day that La Stua gets a little rowdy sometimes and that is exactly what you want for apres, lights, dancing, music and beer steins! Perfect after a long day skiing.
Sauze is a picturesque little town in the Italia mountains, part of the milky way ski area. Snow sure, fun and playful mountain with a tremendous seasonnaire atmosphere, you can easily see why the apres ski is becoming more famous. People may not flock from around the world, BUT if you have the chance, a spring ski trip here would be super.
New Scotch Bar, part of the Hotel Stella Alpina you can the perfect balance of cosy and apres ski. The bar has a log fire and plenty of comfortable seating, ideally placed at the foot of the Clotes ski piste, and beside Eydallin Sport ski hire it beacons a diverse crowd!
Live music regularly, DJ sets and cheap drinks and food, Ghost bar is a must-hit spot when in the area. Its a very laid back feel and you are likely to meet some awesome new people.
Sestriere is the first purpose built resort in Italy but it has retained the charm of any classic Italian resort. Weekends and public holidays aside you tend to ski straight on to the lifts which is a massive draw. For snowborders and freestyle skiers there is a snowpark that offers a slope style area to test your ariel skills and the slopes are immaculate.
From the french Après-ski vibes. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, bring the French apres ski method it Italia! The concept is to start the party just after your day of skiing… with the boots still on! Gargote is a fantastic restaurant on the slopes of Vialattea, also accessible from the street. What more could you want?
Dieci HP takes Italian refinement to the next level. It’s the perfect hedonistic mix of class and atmosphere. Boasting a killer menu of house special cocktails (as well as the classics) and plenty of liv emusic and DJ’s, you just know you are in for a good time!
Livigno isn’t just a duty-free heaven, it’s also an apres-ski paradise. If you were thinking expert level apres ski was only to be found in France and Austria then you need to clean the snow from your ears and listen up. Next time you are booking an apres-ski adventure, head to Livigno. This resort emerges from the valley a lively village, full of atmosphere and culture which is a pretty heady combination. Soak up the Italian atmosphere with a long lazy lunch then head on down to the gondola base on both the Carosello and Mottolino sides of the valley to enjoy the apres, Italian style. This means top-quality wines, excellent beers both local and imported plus spirits all at a very reasonable, quaffable price.
Situated at the bottom of Mottolino gondola, Kosmo is the place that you can reach with your skis still on in any moment of your day. For a tasty lunch break, a toast all together or to dance with great music: whatever your needs are, Kosmo is the place to be. When it comes to après ski have a break around here: at Kosmo you can enjoy live performances.
“What changes, from summer to winter is the “personality” of the hotel: during winter time, from 3 p.m., our terrace begins to warm up in a party atmosphere; our DJs and our young barmen will make you live unique emotions to the rhythm of the hits of the moment and of the past and will make you dance and sing at the top of your voices with your ski boots still on your feet!”- Enough said!
Alta Badia is a super cool destination where old meets new. Centuries-old culture and tradition meet modernisation, with the inspiration of youth. Pretty cool and if you are feeling fancy, no other valley in the Alps has such a density of highly decorated restaurants in such a small area, including 3 Michelin-starred restaurants with altogether 6 stars.
Las Vegas lodge is a spot. Perfectly situated, from the large windows characterising the restaurant and the balconies at the Lodge you can enjoy an unforgettable panoramic view and wonderful sunsets with a cocktail in hand. No matter if for a holiday or just a break during your Sellaronda tour you have to stop by for a drink and a dance.
Straight in at 5 stars, apres ski doesn’t really get better than at destination like Val D’Isere. Atmosphere by the bucket load but sadly with general costs to match. However if you can save us and enjoy while you are there, you will genuinely have the experience of a lifetime. A ski trip to Val is the epitome of fun in the sun. . . But in the mountains.
Outside Après Ski Bar in the heart of Val d’Isère. Live Music DJs & Entertainment daily Ski in, Bus in, Walk in. Its the best combination and a quintessential apres ski spot.
Folie Douce, what can I say that hasn’t already been said? Its a tradition, an institution, a genuinely amazing apres ski experience in the French Alps. The Val d’isere spot it everything you need for an apres ski experience and more.
Tignes is like the cooler, more chill younger sis of Val D’Isere. The sister that smokes and wears a leather jacket and is always grounded for giving the teacher the middle finger. Wait, I may be getting confused with an American stereotype here, but you get what I mean. Tignes is chill, cool and full of fun no matter what is most important to you when on a ski holiday. Challenging terrain, good restaurants and killer apres ski.
“The Loop Bar – in prime position, ski in/ski out, at the bottom of the Trolles slope in Tignes Le Lac. Complete with a huge sunny terrace ideal for the huge après ski sessions with the best live bands in the Alps, along with big party nights with top DJs. The Loop Bar has a fantastic atmosphere and also offers 4 big screens showing all the sport you could wish for. Endless Happy Hours and drinks deals – this is THEE party place to be.”
"After 5 glorious years, The Marmot Arms has established itself as THE place to be for holiday-makers and seasonnaires. Whether you need a full English breakfast before hitting the slopes, amazing burgers for lunch or dinner, a lively and revitalising après-ski session, a thumping night-time DJ set, or just a place to while away the hours on a white-out day, we have everything you need and more. “
Les Deux Alpes is perched at an altitude of 1650 metres on a high plateau at the edge of the Ecrins National Park, south-east of Grenoble. The steep slopes rising to the east of the town provide access to the main ski area, which culminates in glacier skiing at 3421 metres. Les Deux Alpes also boasts the largest skiable glacier in Europe, guaranteeing the winter skiing conditions and providing snowsports action throughout the summer.
Apres ski is never better than at Pano bar. Crazy atmosphere with fun at the epicentre, right on the slopes at 2600m. Every day you can enjoy our DJ set, dancers and saxophonist.
Après-ski atmosphere guaranteed Umbrella is in a perfect spot. With a musical atmosphere at the bottom of the slopes, the party can be heard from hundreds of meters away beaconing you in.
Les Arcs is a unique destination. Everything is in extreme, the severity and raw nature of the landscape, the quality of the food, the longevity of the culture and the awesomeness of the apres ski. You can enjoy a ski holiday here full of feeling and experiences.
Wednesday is THE night for apres ski. On the terrace, you will find a bar serving a range of drinks and cocktails with a DJ playing every Wednesday afternoon so that you can enjoy the après ski on the slopes. Ideal!
Nestled in the beautiful Alpine valley of Les Allues, Meribel is a renowned ski resort where you can experience that quintessential ski holiday. Stay in a traditional wooden chalet, admire stunning mountain scenery, ski one of the biggest domains in the world, and let your hair down at one of the famous apres-ski bars.
Established in 2004 and has become a firm favorite amongst locals and returning holidaymakers. [With] “a unique selection of cocktails, world wines and of course only the best live acoustic music the Alps have to offer. We create an unforgettable experience in our truly stunning surroundings.”
Another solid entry from Folie Douce, how did this brand get it so right in every gosh darn location? As good as any of the other spots, Meribel Folie is a place for locals and, and they bring their apres A game every opening day!
Val Thorens is a state of mind, an attitude and an altitude. It’s a french ski resort that combines the best of skiing with the best of atmospheres.
Relaxed, lively and perfect for foodies, it’s a friendly, sociable place where you can progress exactly the way you want to, at your own pace, whilst enjoying a huge range of experiences. The ultimate goal: to really feel alive!
They have only gone and done it again! Folie Douce basically won this, they win apres ski every damn day! Val T Folie is particularly renowned for the music, sax players Fabou and Dr Audinos add a touch of groove to the tune, and it’s enough to have hundreds of people going wild every day. Really.
“Europe’s Highest Party- Party at 2368 meter in Europe’s highest ski resort, Val Thorens all season long with the world’s best DJ’s and MC’s. Start lounging in the sun and at 14.00 we’ll slowly turn up the volume to move you into a different world!”
“Cham’ is a destination popular the world over. In the streets of this high-mountain town you’ll hear languages from every corner of the globe. But the people who come to this ‘summit meeting’ share the same way of thinking, the same love for mountaineering, its legends and its ethics.” Not to mention its killer apres ski and without doubt, the best seasonnaire atmosphere in the world.
All day, all night- what was that cheesy pop song from a few years ago, you know the one, well it was written about La Terrasse! Come the evening we get cosy with sunset cocktails, great beers and an extensive snacks & shares menu. At night things liven up with great drinks promos as well as local bands and DJ’s sending the place jumping into the early hours.
The bar in Chambre 9 is somewhat legendary in Chamonix with one of the best after-skis in the area. Our live band deliver a great performance 6 days a week and the atmosphere is truly electric. A must for those who appreciate a good after-ski party!
Verbier is another solid favourite. The resort has oodles of Swiss charm through the chocolate box chalets, the imposing mountains and blissful food. Raclette anyone? CHEESE! There is an excellent seasonnaire atmosphere and like wit the other resorts, where there are seasonnaires, there is almost always amazing apres ski. Live large with bottles of Dom or enjoy cheap beers; there is something for everyone. One of the best places to ski in Switzerland.
The bar is situated on the piste just down from the Medran top station and serves cheap but delicious food and as you can imagine, on an afternoon as the sunsets and well beyond, you will find drinks and music on the terrace to enjoy the views.
Located on the run down from “les Ruinettes” to Verbier, this is THE place for your après-ski. Enjoy a last stop on the slopes and savour a hot wine before skiing down to the resort.
Just across the border from Cervinia, we have Zermatt. I world-famous resort with eyewateringly high prices but an atmosphere, mountain, infrastructure and culture that makes up for it. As beautiful as it is innovative, this resort has a modern lift system and plenty of epic apres ski.
Hennu Stall in a Zermatt institution. Situated right on the piste ont he run down, Hennu is in THE perfect location. Day in day out, throughout the season, its the best spot to party.
It doesn’t get more quintessential that Iglu Dorf, this Iglu bar is created and crafted anew every season, built from the ground up and beckoning people with a real Swiss apres party. Hotdogs, burgers, beer in a stein and shots are waiting for you.
St. Moritz is thoroughly cosmopolitan. The Alpine resort’s blend of glamour, lifestyle, sport and pristine nature outshines even the world’s greatest cities. Breathtaking landscapes meet culinary extravagance, highclass events, luxury and design to create a uniquely exclusive lifestyle that can only be found in St. Moritz.
Music Summit is the embodiment of Swizz apres ski. We are talking magnum bottles of champagne served by fancy wait staff, mixed with thumping music, table dancing and singing along to classics mixed by international Dj’s. Win-win.
Laax is home to a world famous snowpark, impressive mountains and an atmosphere that charms people from all over the world. Modern lift system, plenty of apres ski activities aside from dancing until the sun goes down too.
Located directly at the valley station in Flims, the Legna Bar offers a boisterous after ski atmosphere with good music, DJs and live acts.
Above the “Hangar” the “Satellite Bar” – formerly rockbar – invites you to enjoy the sun in the fresh air. Every Saturday and Sunday, a DJ creates a great atmosphere and gets the guests in the right mood for the evening party in the valley.
A whole mountain in Davos Klosters is dedicated to freestylers’. On the Jakobshornbahn you will find a snow park, a half pipe and several mountain huts and après ski venues. Drag lifts are a necessary evil for most of the single-board snowsport addicts. Davos Klosters mountain rail & cableways have taken this to heart. Since the winter of 2011/12 all long drag lifts have been replaced by comfortable chairlifts. Jakobshorn, which has been geared towards snowboarders since the late 1980s, can thus strengthen its reputation as the snowboarders’ mountain.
The outside snow bar is surrounded by umbrellas to protect you from the falling snow while radiant heaters will keep you warm. The inside bar is always open: Come inside and snuggle up in a cozy corner if you get too cold outside. The famous DJ Robbi, who has been in charge of the mixing desk since 1998, is a guarantee for great atmosphere.
Warmth, hospitality, a fantastic view of the Sertig valley and the surrounding mountains. A super spot to wind down at the end of the day.
Action and leisure, relaxation and adrenalin – these are the basic ingredients of a successful skiing holiday. Thanks to 58 modern lifts and 139 kilometers of perfectly prepared pistes of all difficulty levels, everyone from beginners to pros will have a variety of ways to have fun skiing and snowboarding. Plus world renowned Apres ski!
Mo’s is a spot. Serving food from all over the world and still managing to do it well. an extensive wine menu and oodles of excellent beers, it seems like the natural place to to dance the night away.
During the cold and snow covered period of the year everything is about party party party… After a dreamy and refreshing skiing day in one of our top ski resorts around Mayrhofen or the Zillertal, international top DJs will bring you into the right mood for Après Ski.
World famous skiing, a resort synonymous with skiing and the star of “Chalet Girl” the movie where is fell in love with this spot again! Excellent apres ski, varied and exciting slopes and next level freeride. A nice long season too.
A good day of skiing in the Arlberg is not complete without an après-ski party! So, you’ve had a great day on the slopes? You’ve enjoyed some good banter and friendly competition with your friends? Or you’ve just survived your first day with a couple of planks strapped to your feet? Now you are looking for the perfect location to finish off this great day? Then you’ll find it at the Krazy Kanguruh!
The daily ski from 3.30pm. Music is provided by DJ Gerhard, who has been spinning records at MooserWirt for almost three (!!!) decades. Now, in true family tradition, Gerhard’s son Thomas is slowly taking over. Things get crazy here.
Sölden is Austria’s only ski area to have three peaks higher than three thousand meters with spectacular viewing platforms that are easily accessible via mountain lifts – holidays with guaranteed wow moments!
At Schirmbar – in the middle of the ski area of Sölden – the best burgers in the entire ski area await you, as well as good music and a cozy atmosphere .
“Where a ski day turns into an epic ski day. Where a ski holiday turns into an unforgettable ski holiday. Where an event turns into the highlight of the year. Ischgl, right in the Tyrolean Alps in the valley Paznaun, is the perfect setting for pleasure-seekers and winter sports enthusiasts!”- Ischgl
Our cowshed is one of the best known and most popular locations in the Alps for apres ski. Here the party lovers meet for après ski, dancing and celebrating until the early hours. Our DJs provide mood and varied entertainment.
It is known as THE Top Apres-Ski Hut in Ischgl . Live music, DJ’s and the exuberant parties that take place every single day throughout the season.
Kitzbühel is the home of skiing, a classic Austrian ski holiday experience. Skiing is traditional in Kitzbühel, as it has been for over 125 years. The Kitzbühel ski area is extensive, stretching across the states of Tirol and Salzburg and offers world class apres ski.
A great flair for apres ski, Jimmy’s know what they are doing, the competent service of a friendly and attentive team, the quality of food and drinks as well as a good selection of music are essential components of their success.
Nestled in the centre of picturesque Kitzbühel , deep in the Tyrolean state of Austria, the Londoner has been a huge favorite of our winter and summer tourists and the local party animals for over 25 years.
If you ask any Swede, skier or not, they will most likely know about Åre. Being one of the largest resort in Scandinavia, offering great skiing, famous events and a lively party scene have put the small village of Åre on the map. Beginners and families can enjoy the area of Åre Björnen, which is designed with children in mind with loads of friendly facilities and slopes. The expert rider can enjoy the ride down the difficult world cup series slope, and if you are keen for freeriding, great powder areas can be found on the front and rear side when the conditions are good. There is also a world class snow park at bräckeliften.
Tott Hotel is situated in one of Åres prime locations with magnificent views over the mountains, Åresjön (the lake) and Åre village. At Tott you live next door to the slopes as well as the village, ideal if you want to experience an active holiday and stay close to everything!
Legendary apres ski in the most beautiful location. Fjallgarden is idealistic, the views are amazing, and the apres ski is right on the slopes. Music, dancing, no one parties like the Swedes so what better place to turn up after skiing for the day.
The home of skiing in Norway, Hemsedal is effortlessly cool, slick and full of Norwegian charm, not to mention the warm and happy Norwegian hospitality. The ski resort is incredibly well looked after and at the end of a day charging the groomers, you can spend basically your entire life salary on killer apres. It will be worth it though.
Next level apres ski on 3 different floors. We are talking classy service mixed with people still in their ski gear dancing until well after dark. Plus the season runs long after the alps closes so you can get your apres ski fix well into April.
The beacon of awesomeness, the levels of which we have only seen over in Europe from places like Chamonix; in fact, you could describe this place as the Chamonix of the US. Big mountains, the kind that makes your heart beat a little faster, brushing shoulders with industry heroes and prices that will make your eyes water a little, I am of course talking about Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
The Mangy Moose is, and has been since 1967, one of Jackson Hole’s most popular restaurants with locals and visitors alike–we offer really good regionally sourced food, signature drinks, (try a Spicy!), local brews, live music and a great wait staff to serve you.
Whistler Blackcomb is consistently ranked the No.1 year-round resort. With over 17 alpine bowls, four glaciers, 200 trails, 8,171 acres of skiable terrain and a one mile vertical rise, the choices of where and what to ski/ride at Whistler Blackcomb from beginner to advanced terrain are staggering. You will surely work up an appetite to kick back and relax at the end of the day, eat, drink and relax- apres ski on Tuesdays and Fridays are particularly epic!
Dusty’s Bar & BBQ was named after Dusty, a stuffed horse that rode into Whistler in 1979 in the back of a pick-up. He was placed in the bar, and for almost a decade, watched over the regulars as they partied the nights away.
One full moon Friday, legend has it a female partier stripped totally naked and jumped on Dusty’s back. Dusty bucked into life, burst through the bar doors, shook the shocked nude woman into a snowbank and galloped off into the night, never to be seen again.
The moral of the story? This is a place that will put the Wild back into the West.
Located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler’s Upper Village—Merlin’s vibe is just one small reason why après sessions are so off-the-hook.
Merlin’s has cultivated the spirited vibe of an old-school recreation room party (free of fun-depriving chaperones) with its laid-back mountain cabin décor. The spiritual home of local rockers, The Hairfarmers, Merlin’s offers good times, mountain-high nachos and flowing brews on tap.
Can you imagine much better than apres ski Aussie style, you just know its going to be awesome. Its a case of quality over quantity. Thredbo Resort is Australia’s best ski resort and premier year round destination, nestled in the beautiful Kosciuszko National Park. Open all year round, Thredbo Resort is home to Australia’s highest lift and longest runs, offering oodles of snowy terrain to suit all levels in addition to terrain parks and dedicated beginners area. It is also home to the bustling Thredbo village offering ski-in ski-out accommodation, lively bars and restaurants.
Schuss Bar is the home of alpine entertainment! Schuss Bar features the best in live comedy, high energy music, themed locals nights and televised major AFL games on it’s flat screens all winter long. The best place to let your hair down after riding the world famous Thredbo snow parks.
Thats it thats all folks. A fully comprehesive list, a bucket list if you will, of the best places to ride and enjoy apres ski. As what is a ski holiday with out knowing that at 3pm, you can ski right up to the bar, slam your money down and down” Garcon, un beer danke” when appologise for being offensive but enjoy your drink nether the less, while dancing to cheesy music with your pals.
You are probably dying to know which country came out on top in our star rating? I aim to please:
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