The 10 best apres-ski bars and clubs
Love your apres as much as your ski? Some resorts are better than others at letting their hair down.
These places know how to party, providing nights that are just as fun as the slopes. If you're not content sitting around the fire sharing your stories from a day of boarding or skiing, check outval our list of the top places to party in ski resorts.
Farinet, Verbier, Switzerland
Famous for its sliding roof that closes automatically when the snow gets too heavy, the Farinet is a short walk into town from the main Medran gondola and sets the standard for apres ski. It also features great live bands for those who love to splash their cash.
La Folie Douce, Val d'Isere, France
Take traditional raucous Austrian apres, add Ibiza-style DJs, saxophone and violin players, cabaret dancing girls, magnums of Champagne for the VIPs, and bar staff spraying the crowd with cheap fizz. The brainchild of singer and host Kelly Starlight – the campest man in the Alps.
Kaos, Kuhtai, Austria
“So bad, it’s good” or even “so bad, it’s bad”, this cheesy bar has a tiny, sticky dance floor with a pole – when you spin round it prepare for drinks to go flying. Favoured by The Telegraph ski test team and The Jump TV crew.
Krazy Kanguruh, St Anton, Austria
The first and still the best table-dance-in-ski-boots apres bar. Krazy partying to old school rock from 4 to 7pm, then a wobbly 500-metre ski to town. Started by an Aussie, built up by a Swede and now owned by local Olympic champion Mario Matt.
LongHorn, Whistler, Canada
Right at the foot of the slopes, specialising in pitchers of cold beer, attractive waitresses and live music. Shoot some pool, watch an ice hockey game on TV, stay for a burger, watch another band, stumble home at closing time.
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Malaysia, Val Thorens, France
The biggest nightclub in the Alps, Malaysia sprawls like a huge missile silo underneath the town. Walk in during the December university ski week and even the most hardened party animals are going to feel a little old. You will not be making first tracks in the morning.
Rond Point, Meribel, France
It’s a very British apres vibe at the Ronnie, handily located near the bus stop at the top of town. Live music or DJs get the crowd going on the large outside deck and there are often kickers on the piste below so you can watch jib sessions while you down shots of toffee vodka.
The Londoner, Kitzbuhel, Austria
Legendary for its post-Hahnenkamm race party, where racers are invited to serve behind the bar, the Londoner offers a loud and sweaty night out season long. No longer under British ownership – they are left running the Irish Bar, O’Flannigans, on the other side of town.
Ypioca, Livigno, Italy
Named after a brand of Brazilian cachaca, the sugarbeet alcohol used to make Caipirinhas, Ypioca makes the most of Livigno’s duty-free status, to serve some of the best-value cocktails in the Alps. One for the more mature crowd – no table dancing or oompah music, just Italian chic.
Bygget, Are, Sweden
With wall-to-wall beautiful Swedes, this is a place to avoid if you have an inferiority complex. Bygget is a rarity among ski resort night clubs in that it’s actually quite good. There are six bars, three dancefloors, and no cheesy music – shame really.
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