Wintersports have a long tradition leading back to the 19th century, and probably as traditional as skiing and snowboarding itself is Aprés-Ski. Or so we’d like to think.
Holidays are the time of the year when you break out of your daily routine and dive right into your true, unleashed self. What better way to end a long and exhausting day on the mountain, than with a beer and some friends? And then some Jägerbombs and more beer, until in the blink of an eye you find yourself dancing on the table doing moves that would make your mother weep with people you have never seen before in your life – and hope to never see again after this night. Even though you'll have no memory of the debauched nights whatsoever, you still find yourself doing it time and time again. And that’s okay!
We care for you and don’t want you to end up frustrated because the place you went to is stacked with families and everything shuts down at 10 pm, so we collected a few of the best and most talked about Aprés-Ski resorts in Europe where sending it at the bar is as mandatory as sending it on the hill.
Even though Slovakia might not pop into your head immediately when you start planning a winter holiday, it won’t hurt to think outside of the box for once. We all know that Eastern Europe is well known for cheap beer. So even if the Après-Ski scene might not fulfil your illustriously high standards - which you should probably not over think because you’re definitely just as cheap as everyone else - you won’t care after enough booze anyways.
Right now they are offering a special Bikini Skiing Package, though sadly this does not mean that you will see Eastern Europe megababes snowboarding in flaps of fabric but you’ll get a voucher for the Liptov Tropics, which is okay too. There are plenty of bars and restaurants but Happy End sounds most appealing. You know why, but you won't remember.
This might come as a bit of a surprise, but once you have ridden through the resort for a couple hours, you will notice that there are about a gazillion Aprés-Bars right up on the hill and on the side of the slopes.
We do not advise you to try to pub crawl them, because from personal experience we can tell you: this will result in losing both people and your judgement of what you’re capable of. Their snow park is sick too, in case you’re considering riding more than just the route from one bar to the next.
With about 150 bars, Livigno apparently is the ski resort with the most drinking havens, ever. Yes, you shouldn’t always believe everything the mighty Internet God says, but we don’t care because this sounds most splendid and we want it to be true. You probably can’t visit them all, but you can at least man up and try.
Before you head home after your trip of debauchery, you shouldn’t forget to be a big spender and go shopping like a mad man, because Livigno is a tax free zone. Liquor, electronics, ham the size of an overweight child - you'd better stock up.
If you’re lost now because 150 bars has gotten you kid/candystored, our local Livigno insider tells us you should definitely hit up Alegra: “Good music, good people, good beer!" Enough said.
We all know that this list would never be complete without the infamous Mayrhofen. If you are planning to go completely batshit crazy, don’t miss out on Snowbombing. Thousands of Brits piling up in the streets, on the slopes and most importantly the bars, clubs and basically everywhere you can buy drinks at any hour of the day and night.
At times it might feel surreal, almost as if you crawled through a wormhole and entered another dimension, but embrace it and everything will be fine. Don’t worry, though, Mayrhofen’s nightlife will give you plenty of parties throughout the rest of the season too, just make sure to stop by the Scotland Yard Pub (and try not to black out too soon).
Dance on the tables, chairs and everything you’ll find that hopefully won’t give up under your weight, but don’t rely on your fellow drunkards to catch you when you fall down. That being said, Chamonix is one of the top spots for Aprés-Ski in France. Head to Monkey Bar for an escape of the tourist traps and try to keep up with the local’s drinking and partying habits. If you’re too hungover to actually go up on the mountain to sweat it out the next day, there’s plenty of other entertainment. At the Casino you can gamble your budget for your next night out (or lose everything you have in the world), because France is a lot of things – but being cheap for sure isn’t one of them.
If you’re a fancy fella or just like to surround yourself with wealthy people to feel more like them, St. Anton is the place to be. Arlberg is one of the most breathtaking areas to go snowboarding but this is about partying, so that’s what we’ll talk about now. It’s not cheap and it’s not exceptional but if you want to watch the highsnobiety party like crazy savages, you’re guaranteed a wild ride. Head to Mooserwirt to get carried away by Austro Pop, C-list celebrity sightings, schnapps and ski boot stomping. It doesn’t get any more real than that.