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6 winter resorts to visit if you ski hard and après-ski even harder
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The best après-ski resorts

6 winter resorts to visit if you ski hard and après-ski even harder

Words— Kyle Bernard

So you spent a long day on the slopes — muscles aching, nose a little sunburned — it's time to kick back with a few beverages. While the French came up with the term "après ski" in the 20s, it was the Nords who came up with the tradition half a century earlier—clever as they are. 

 

We've done a bit of research to find the best places to post-ski party. With après ski this good in so many countries around the world, winter doesn’t seem so bad.

 

 

St. Anton, Austria

 


 

 

When it comes to après ski, St. Anton is the reigning champ. Sure, it helped invent alpine skiing, but it takes après ski to a whole new level. Three decades of winter party dominance and counting. What makes St. Anton so special? The international crowds, iconic indoor and outdoor bars, world-renowned DJs, live shows and so much more. You can expect a seemingly endless supply of beer, Jägerbombs and pretty damn good food.

 

For a more laidback atmosphere, sip on a warm bowl of soup, or try a glass or three of warm Glühwein (mulled wine popular in Austria and Germany) under dimly lit lights in a cabin style lounge.

 

Where to après ski:

 

 

 

Whistler, Canada

 


 


Whistler, British Columbia has it all, and then some. Friendly operatives, helicopter skiing, and snow-capped mountains are a staple. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The après ski may be better than the actual slopes. Shop all day or unwind with a massage and spa treatment. Knock back a few beers and munch on endless snacks on a pub-crawl. Hungry for more? Turn it up a notch with afternoon tabletop dances, live bands or karaoke.   

 

After sunset, Whistler’s party scene takes on a life of its own. Catch live sporting events and party every single night of the week. Oh yea, there are themed parties too. As far as winter resorts and après ski goes, Whistler is the real deal. Welcome to the Great White North.

 

Where to après ski:

 

 

Livigno, Italy

 


 

 

Like almost everything else Italy has to offer, Livigno doesn’t disappoint. It’s not the most glamorous ski resort, but what it lacks in looks, it more than makes up for in vibes. Old chalet type houses transformed into warm and charismatic bars, more restaurants than your stomach can handle, shopping, and drinks so cheap you’ll probably think they’re free (after a few glasses) what’s not to love?

 

Last but not least, don’t miss the Skieda festival in the spring. Great weather conditions, music and people. What more could you want?

 

Where to après ski:

 

  • Bivio Club
  • Stalet
  • Daphne’s Pub

 

 

Pas de la Casa, Andorra

 


 

 

Andorra is a small principality hidden away high up in the Pyrenees Mountains. It’s home to Pas de la Casa winter resort. Quite frankly, it’s the furthest thing from trendy or high-end. And that makes it the perfect place for huge après fun (read: debauchery). They take pride in their out of control Monday night pub crawls and dirt cheap shots.

 

Chow down on delicious deli food, dance to thumping pop and EDM beats, take part in a friendly game of competitive drinking (yes, you can keep score) or all of the above. Pas de la Casa is a partygoer’s frozen paradise.

 

Where to après ski:

 

  • Deja Beer
  • KYU
  • Billbord

 

Aspen, USA

 


 

 

No respectable après ski list is complete without Aspen, Colorado. It’s a go-to American ski resort for the rich and famous. It’s also home to several celebrities. The chefs are famous too. Other resorts have shops, bars and restaurants. Aspen has a shopping district, wine tasting and some of the finest restaurants in the state. Belly Up regularly books live shows from some of the biggest artists around so, if you’re lucky, you may even be able to see a live performance by everyone from Lauryn Hill to A-Trak to Buddy Guy to Justice to LCD Soundsystem (and even standup from the likes of Dave Chappelle).

 

Skip through the snow, or skip the slopes altogether. Either way, Aspen is as good as it gets.

 

Where to après ski:

 

 

 

Val d’Isère, France

 


 


Compared to the rest of the resorts on this list, Val d’Isère is cool, calm and collected. That said, it still knows how to have a good time. The spirit of the resort is captured by one of its main attractions, aptly named la folie douce. Translation: the gentle madness. It’s about being free, fun and festive. At Val you’ll find buzzing après venues like clubs, sports bars and in true French fashion coffee and pastry shops.

 

If you’re looking for clean and simple fun in a wintry setting, Val d’Isère is the place for you.

 

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