We just did our first ski resort and attempt at skiing this year in Jackson Hole. Here are some other great places you can get your ski on.
If you love après-ski activities as much as tackling the slopes themselves, you’re probably looking for a resort with bundles of energy, atmosphere and excitement – after all, a day on the mountains isn’t complete without a spot of sledding, an evening of ice skating, a tipple at a local bar or a night on the town.
Thankfully, many of the world’s best skiing hotspots offer an array of activities for all ages, so if you’ve already checked out the latest après ski fashion including ladies onesies and wind-blocking jackets for men and are raring to go then here are ten of the most vibrant resorts around.
1. St Anton, Austria
Located in the Arlberg region of Austria, St Anton is the place to be if you’re looking for steep slopes, backcountry routes and a pulsating après-ski scene. From pop-up and igloo bars, to drinking holes such as Mooserwirst pumping out Euro pop, you’re sure to have fun at this lively resort.
2. Kitzbühel, Austria
From one Austrian ski resort to another, Kitzbühel is renowned for its sensational après-ski scene which takes on many different forms. If you’re not dancing to live music at the Londoner pub you could be people watching at the atmospheric café Praxmair – the choice is yours.
3. Méribel, France
Located in the centre of the well-known Trois Vallées resort in France, Méribel is a long-standing favourite for anyone who enjoys plenty of seasonal fun. The après ski scene is incredibly exciting with DJs, singers and entertainers on hand to keep everyone happy.
4. Les Deux Alpes, France
The great thing about Les Deux Alpes is it has a year-round appeal with the resort’s glacier ski area (peaking at a breath-taking 3, 570 metres) making this this ideal place for spring trips, summer camps and autumn race training. As a result, the après ski atmosphere is always bustling with the Alpe de Venosc region being the most scenic and animated.
5. Livigno, Italy
Ideal for beginners and freestylers alike, Livigno attracts skiing fanatics from across the globe looking to not only take on a range of pistes but to also explore the vast array of bars and clubs too. Cheap, cheerful and the ideal place for a budget getaway, Livigno is also perfect for the thirsty self-caterer, offering more than 50 plus eateries.
6. Courmayeur, Italy
If you love nothing more than trying some of the best gourmet delights around, then Courmayeur in Italy won’t disappoint. Eating and drinking is at its heart, so at the end of a long day you could escape to one of the many eateries and sample the local cuisine including mountain hams, chestnuts with wild mushrooms and alcoholic coffees.
7. Verbier, Switzerland
While Livigno is great for those counting pennies, Verbier is more suited to those with cash to flash. An upmarket resort complete with knee-knocking off-piste runs, excellent accommodation and bars serving up swanky cocktails, it has an all-round exclusive vibe.
8. Laax, Switzerland
If cuckoo clocks, snow-covered pine forests, log huts and sunny skies come to mind when you think of Switzerland, you wouldn’t be wrong. Laax fits this stereotype extremely well, offering fantastic skiing opportunities as well as a fun après ski scene with clubs and bars found at the lively Rocks Resort at Laax-Murschetg.
9. Pas de la Casa, Andorra
It might not be the most beautiful skiing destination in the world, but what Pas de la Casa lacks in aesthetic appeal it makes up for in après-ski activities. This resort has a reputation for wild parties, with pub crawls covering all the best drinking holes in town arranged by local reps.
10. Whistler, Canada
Complete with five-star hotels, incredible shopping areas, spas, pubs, clubs and endless areas to walk and explore, Whistler in Canada attracts a young crowd of workers who radiate positive vibes. The party scene is always lively.
Debbie Farrow loves winter holidays and has attempted to visit each continent during the winter for skiing and snow boarding. Her favourite visit so far was a recent one to Switzerland.