Let’s face it. For many of us, we ski to après. If skiing’s post-hoc ritual is high on your vacation must-haves, than than a ski trip to the Alps should be next on your list. Not only is it the birthplace of the term après-ski, but it’s also the perfect setting thanks to a prevalence of exceptional on-mountain restaurants that turns into afternoon party sites, stunning Alpine views and excellent libation choices (like French, Swiss and Italian wine and spirits and German or Austrian beer).
Here are some of Europe’s top spots for après-ski:
Krazy Kangaruh | St. Anton, Austria
Established in 1965, the Krazy Kangaruh, also referred to as “KK”, is recognized for being the original home of après-ski in St. Anton. With a terrace that transforms into one large open-air dance floor—be sure to bring the SPF for an unmatched dance party and one of the most amazing views, this lively spot is a favorite among locals and guest alike. Make sure to come hungry as the menu is to not be skipped.
Where to stay: Located within walking distance of the pedestrian district, The Banyon hotel isn’t just convenient to St. Anton’s après-ski spots, but also just a short 200 yard walk to the Galzig cable car.
Rond-Point | Meribel, France
Located on the main piste into Meribel, the Rond-Point has enjoyed a long-standing acclaim as one of the top après-ski spots. With live bands, occasional DJs, an amazing a la carte restaurant and grade-A snack food, Ront Point, aka “Ronnie” beckons après-ski enthusiasts.
Where to stay: Offering a delightful chalet-style hotel, and providing ski in, ski out access to the infamous slopes of Les Vallees, Club Med Meribel L’Antares now!
Farinet | Verbier, Switzerland
After a long day in the backcountry, head to Farinet for their happy hour special, and beer on tap.
Located next to the Medran gondola, Farinet is the best place in Verbier for live music. With a sliding roof you can still catch those afternoon rays before sunset, whilst staying warm inside with a glass of mulled wine.
Where to stay: Perched at 1,531 meters (5,022 feet), W Verbier was named World’s Best Ski Hotel 2016 at the World Ski Awards. Open year-round and featuring six bars and restaurants, W Verbier has 123 rooms and suites each with a fireplace and a private balcony.
Principe delle Nevi | Cervinia, Italy
A glamorous ski in ski out hotel, Principe delle Nevi (“Prince in the Snow”)’s onsite restaurant/bar Alpe Giomein turns into one of the most happening parties and late afternoon lunch hubs in Cervinia. Located in one of the sunniest spots of the resort grounds, Alpe Giomein’s terrace in the afternoon is not to be missed
Local’s Tip: Take run No. 3 from Plan Maison, leave your skis/board at the door, grab a lounge table on the terrace, stay for a late lunch and order yourself a glass of rose. Saluti.
Where to stay: Family run four-star hotel, The Sertorelli Sporthotel is located in the center of the resort, with easy access to best après-ski locations and lifts.
Chambre Neuf | Chamonix, France
After clicking off your skis or unstrapping your board, don’t think twice–head straight to Chambre Neuf. Located just opposite the train station, Chambre Neuf is open every day and hosts the area’s best and most famous après-ski band six days of the week (Sunday–Friday). Reputed as having one of the liveliest and loudest après-ski bars in Chamonix, Chambre Neuf is a favorite amongst locals and suggested to all tourists.
Grab a late lunch before dancing the night away, and try the special of the day, which is normally two or three dishes, influenced by Swedish, French and/or Asian cuisine.
Where to stay: Located in the center of the resort only a short 250- to 500-yard walk from the lifts, Boutique Hotel Le Morgane includes spacious rooms, complimented by a private balcony with mountain views.