Our Ultimate Ski Bucket list continues. So Far we have brought you the Top 5 Michelin Star restaurants to visit in the Alps and The Top 5 Off Piste Experiences. This week we look at the best places to party after a busy day on the slopes.
These days apres ski is as much a part of the holiday as the skiing and snowboarding itself. With this in mind we want to add the top 5 apres ski bars in the Alps to our Ultimate Ski Bucket List. Are there any not featured that you think deserve a mention? Probably. There are hundreds in the Alps so we had to whittle it down to 5 of the best. There is one thing in common with all of these bars. For the experienced apres addicts our there, see if you can recognise what it is.
I think the best way to introduce the Hennu Stall to those who have not been is by using this review on Google by Brent Sarver…
“Can this place be cloned and put on every mountain in the world??? Affordable beers, warm libations, good music, a fog machine!!!, good music, and a great location after a long day of skiing. Best aprés ski I’ve experienced. Definitely check it out AT LEAST once while you’re in Zermatt.”
The Hennu Stall is located towards the lower section of the Furi to Zermatt slope. It is know for its laid back atmosphere with dancing in ski boots commonplace along with skis topped with shot glasses.
Fancy dress, live music,toffee vodka. This mountain side apres hut has it all. It is definitely one that you need to experience.
No list of the best apres ski bars is complete without the world renowned La Folie Douce. The Folie Douce is now in 5 winter resorts and 2 summer resorts so why have we picked the Val d’Isere bar? Well, this is where it all began. It was the original La Folie Douce.
The founder, Luc Reversade, wanted to create a place where good food and partying could meet and so took the idea to Val d’Isere. The success of La Folie Douce has been incredible, so much so that it is now offered as a franchise. Most seasoned skiers will have heard the name and the majority will at some point have experienced the amazing shows and DJ sets that the venue puts on.
The Mooserwirt is St Anton’s most popular piste-side apres ski bar. The bar serves great food and portions are on the generous side. There is as much going on inside the bar as outside, at 3pm each day “The Final Countdown starts. All the shutters inside close and the light show begins. It is then that crowds start flocking in and spilling out on to the terrace outside. Skiers can be seen in their boots dancing on tables to an array of music, mostly German party hits which always get the party started.
The bar is huge, with a large Schnappes hut, a large terrace and a restaurant. It is the place to be seen in St Anton. Austria is widely regarded as having the best apres ski in the Alps. The Austrians know how to throw a party. Gluwein and Schnappes are accompanied by Jagerbombs and steins of beer. It gives the feeling of a Munich beer hall during Oktoberfest, but on the ski slopes in Austria.
The Rond Point or Ronnie’s as it is often referred to is one of the best apres bars in the lively resort of Meribel. Located at the meeting point of the Foret, Rhodos and Doron pistes it is located in the Rond Point enclave of Meribel on the main home run down to the centre of the resort.
The bar holds regular events and even hosts freestyle events on the piste outside. With a snack bar downstairs and large bar inside and out the bar has a large capacity so attracts hundreds of thirsty, hungry and lively skiers and snowboarders looking to continue their day long after the ski lifts have closed.
Cocorico is the other big Fish in the icy pond of Val d’Isere. Together with La Folie Douce, these two apres bars seemed to have nailed down the apres ski scene in Val d’Isere.
Think big parties each afternoon where live bands mix with DJ’s to create a party atmosphere. The apres scene at Cocorico has been likened to some of the craziest apres bars in Austria with large beers and dancing on the tables all on the agenda.
With hundreds of apres bars across the Alps it was always going to be difficult to pick 5 of the best, however we hope you like and agree with our top 5. The fact that they all share is that they are all ski-in/ski-out apres bars. Easily accessible whilst still wearing your ski or snowboard boots.
After eating a Michelin star lunch, exploring the best off piste areas and then partying the evening away in one of these apres bars, you are definitely going to need somewhere luxurious and welcoming to stay. That’s where we come in, we offer the top 100 chalets across the Alps just within our Ultimate Luxury Chalets Collection. With such a varied range of chalets you are sure to find one to meet even your most exacting of requirements. Have a look for yourself and see what you think of them.
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