If you’re arranging a fun activity holiday for yourself and an outgoing group of friends, you’ll want to pick a destination where there’s plenty of opportunity to party once you’ve retired from the slopes; keep reading for my top resorts with the best apres-ski scene.
If you’ve picked Austria for your action-packed getaway, the resort of Ischgl is ideal for fun-loving travelers. The winter months are known locally as the party season, and a concert is held on top of a mountain here to open and close the skiing season. Stars including Alicia Keys and Katy Perry have performed at the resort’s world-famous musical events.
There is a good selection of apres-ski bars to choose from when you decide to leave the pistes and hit the town, including the popular Trofana Alm, where waiters transport trays of beer to thirsty skiers and revellers dance sing along many timeless classics.
A more traditional drinking hole is the Schatzi Bar, which plays modern music and almost always gets partygoers dancing on the tables.
Alpe d’Huez, France
Many French ski resorts are expensive for apres-ski, but not Alpe d’Huez. If you’re planning a break with a budget-conscious, outgoing ski group, Alpe d’Huez is the ideal destination.
There are dozens of bars throughout the resort, with popular haunts including The Crowded House and the Irish pub O’Sharkeys. Smithy’s Tavern is a good spot for drinks offers and tasty Tex-Mex meals, while Freeride is a must-visit as a result of its famous bar slide to the toilets.
Saas Fee, Switzerland
The traditional skiing resort of Saas Fee has a youthful side thanks to the snowboarders who visit the settlement, and these energetic travelers head into the center of the resort come late afternoon.
You can enjoy the laid-back vibe of Black Bull as the sun sets, and then head on to Nesti’s Bar, which you shouldn’t arrive too late as the venue is particularly popular.
Popcorn is another well-known spot, and the snowboard shop transforms into a pub-cum-club after closing time. Live bands play here regularly and there’s also a quieter bar area to visit if you feel like some time out from partying.
Sauze d’Oulx, Italy
Italy’s Sauze d’Oulx resort is another great winter sports destination which also offers a buzzing apres-ski scene. Especially popular with Britons, Sauze d’Oulx has both old and new town areas, where you’ll find great restaurants, pubs and bars.
The Old Town is laid-back and traditional, while the New Town is more contemporary and upbeat. Head to the Village Cafe, which serves everyone a free first drink, while the British-owned Moncrons bar is popular for its cocktails.
When you’re feeling brave enough to dance, you can call in at one of the nightclubs, such as Banditos or Schuss, and party until the small hours.
Located in Colorado, Breckenridge is a bustling resort with an equally vibrant apres-ski scene. There are around 20 bars and clubs dotted throughout the area, and you’ll find settings to cater for all tastes.
Cecelia’s is arguably the liveliest spot, but if you prefer a more laid-back ambience choose Liquid Lounge. If you’re a live music fan, head either to the Motherloaded Tavern or Three20South to watch bands perform.