Best Apres Ski Resorts in the World

A day on the mountain isn't complete until you've had a night on the town. Here's our favourite places to have more than a few beers.

1.  St Anton , Austria

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 “ Night-life is lively. You can kick off the evenings entertainment descending on run-1, just before it meets with run-21. In any other place in the world, didi diesel would be thrown out of the bar, never mind be the entertainment, but check out the Senn Hütte for some strange singing. Next stop is ...”

Freeriding

95%

Awesome off-piste but don't hang around

Freestyle

60%

Small park but plenty of natural hits

Pistes

85%

Wide, long and some very testing slopes

2.  Ischgl , Austria

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “ If you like your night life served up Austrian après style, then you will love this place. There are no bars of any merit on the slopes luckily, but at the bottom it’s a different story. At the bottom of run 1a just next to the Pardatschgratbahn  is the Schatzi Bar in Hotel ...”

Freeriding

75%

Trees & some good off-piste

Freestyle

75%

Great Park

Pistes

80%

Nice wide, well maintained

3.  Whistler/Blackcomb , Canada

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 “ Nightlife begins at Apres. Worth checking out in the village are GLC featuring chilled live DJs, vaulted windows overlooking the slopes and a huge fake logfire  (try the swanky 'Mallard Bar' in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler for the real thing!) Amsterdam Cafe caters for a funky young crowd and ...”

Freeriding

90%

Trees and amazing off-piste

Freestyle

95%

World leader in parks & pipes

Pistes

90%

Huge array of good runs

4.  Val d'Isere , France

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “ Val d'isere is like the St Tropez of the French Alps, Full of good-looking people spending a lot of money (and most of it daddy's). Cafe Face oozes cool and chic. This is a posers paradise, you'll find them sipping champagne listening to live music being mixed with silky house tunes. Bananas has ...”

Freeriding

80%

Some tree runs & good off-piste

Freestyle

70%

Park & Pipe

Pistes

80%

Plenty of good wide slopes

5.  Solden , Austria

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “ If you're on the Schwarze Schneide mountain stop at the Sonnblick bar on run-19/20 and drink a beer before descending. On the Gaislachkogel, head to the Philips bar in Innerwald. These will get the cogs moving again.After the lifts close at 4pm, the party commences with most of the après ...”

Freeriding

75%

Some tree runs and pretty good off-piste

Freestyle

55%

Small terrain park, and poor natural

Pistes

70%

Good for intermediates but not testing

6.  Avoriaz , France

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “ Nightlife here is self-contained as you're way up in the mountains, yet, there are still several bars with good tunes and plenty of beer flowing throughout the night. Best to ask a local if anything's going on while you're there, as there're often guest DJ's in ...”

Freeriding

80%

Tree runs & some good off-piste

Freestyle

85%

Excellent Parks & half-pipe

Pistes

80%

Plenty of good slopes

7.  Saalbach - Hinterglem , Austria

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “ If youre not a fan of après ski then this place may be best avoided. If youre still reading then theres a choice of 32 après ski bars to pick from. Without question the Hinterhag Alm is the pick of the bunch, located at the top of the turmlift t-bar in Saalbach. Youll struggle to get in after ...”

Freeriding

77%

Some good tree runs and off-piste

Freestyle

65%

2 excellent parks + beginners one

Pistes

75%

Wide, well maintained & plenty

8.  Meribel , France

Snowboard Guide rating 6 out of 10 “ Meribel is package-deal central and as such, the bars are full of pissed Brits in silly hats waiting for dinner, or later on, really pissed Brits after buckets full of cheap wine they got free with their chalet dinner. Before the days' board is over, you can sink a few in the lively Rond Point. ...”

Freeriding

70%

Some trees & some good off-piste

Freestyle

74%

2 Parks & sometimes 4 half-pipes

Pistes

70%

Plenty of varied pistes

9.  Verbier , Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 “ Night life is going to cost you and cost you dear. Those who aren’t put off by the price should visit the Lounge bar which is a chilled out place for a drink, it’s close to the Après-Ski bar in the Hotel Farinetm, which kicks off late afternoon. For a late night check out The Casbah, which is ...”

Freeriding

100%

Freeride paradise

Freestyle

60%

A solid terrain park

Pistes

90%

Pistes in all shapes and sizes

Beginners

50%

Some testing lifts but English tuition

10.  Hemsedal , Norway

Snowboard Guide rating 7 out of 10 “ Things kick off at the outside bar at the base where they'll often have live music from 4pm, then its after ski in the village. A beer will set you back at least UK£5, so hold on to it tightly. The main snowboard hang out for evening madness is the Hemsedal Cafe, which is expensive, cool, and full ...”

Freeriding

70%

Trees and some good backcountry

Freestyle

75%

3 terrain parks and 2 pipes

Pistes

0%

Well pisted -although short, easy slopes

11.  Livigno , Italy

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “ The great value of Livigno attracts a young crowd who come to party, so during high season expect a rowdy time in the various bars and clubs. The Italians themselves are a laidback and friendly bunch, which helps to create the great atmosphere of the town, although their driving leaves little to ...”

Freeriding

70%

Some sweet off-piste but illegal

Freestyle

90%

Very good terrain parks

Pistes

70%

Wide crusing runs, good for intermediate

12.  Chamonix , France

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 “ It can be a real party town with lots of bars having happy hours and cheep jugs of beer. The centre of town has a bar for most and a few late-night clubs like Dicks Tea Bar (set to reopen after a fire in 2005/6) and the Jeckyl and Hyde. Theres lots of English bars, some popular with the Swedes, ...”

Freeriding

95%

Tree runs & amazing off-piste

Freestyle

70%

Half-pipe but great natural

Pistes

60%

Spread out & ungroomed slopes

Beginners

50%

Too rough round the edges

13.  Tignes , France

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “ Nightlife starts early and ends late - in fact, for some it never ends. This is a major party resort, with a wide choice of English and French bars, but you will never have enough funds to keep going in the bars or clubs as beer prices are shocking, (at around 6 euros a pint). The best thing to do ...”

Freeriding

80%

No tree runs but huge off-piste

Freestyle

70%

All year parks & halfpipe

Pistes

76%

Open motorway cruisers

14.  Sauze d'Oulx , Italy

Snowboard Guide rating 6 out of 10 “ For a beer, check out the likes of Paddy McGinty's (full on Italian name or what!) or the Banditos disco for a latenight drink, dance and some holiday ...”

Freeriding

65%

Lots of trees and some off-piste

Freestyle

40%

No park, but some natural

Pistes

70%

Some good, fast slopes

15.  Zermatt , Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “ This is one of the liveliest places in Switzerland for après ski and there are a number of good bars open till the early hours. Things kick off on the slopes après style near the village at the Hennu Stall, you can’t miss it if you’re boarding down from the Matterhorn. As soon as the sun ...”

Freeriding

85%

Some trees and good off-piste

Freestyle

65%

All year terrain parks and good natural

Pistes

60%

Lots of cat tracks

16.  Mayrhofen , Austria

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “ There is an old tradition in Mayrhofen which states after a day’s boarding you must visit the Ice Bar as soon as you step off the Penken and drink a Grolsch. This bar reputidly sells the most Grolsch is Europe and is only open 4 hours a day! It gets heaving but can be great fun. There’s a Kebab ...”

Freeriding

80%

Some good spots when conditions allow

Freestyle

90%

Amazing park

Pistes

70%

Loads of piste

Beginners

70%

Better than it once was

17.  Las Lenas , Argentina

Snowboard Guide rating 7 out of 10 “ Nightlife starts late and finishes early, so its just as well the lifts don't close till 5pm. Do what the locals do and grab a beer or a chocolate, sit outside or in the Innsbruck or UFO point until about 6pm then take a break. Around 9pm the restaurants will start to open up, grab some food then ...”

Freeriding

80%

Huge off-piste potential

Freestyle

40%

Small park

Pistes

70%

Lots of decent groomers

18.  Breckenridge , USA

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “ Night-life is pretty good and rocks until late (2am). There's plenty of beer, dancing and fine local talent to check out, including four main nightclubs and some 80 food bars.  Check out Cecilia's for dancing and Sherpa and Yeti's for some awesome live shows and bands.  Eric's is another cool ...”

Freeriding

60%

Plenty of trees and good steeps

Freestyle

95%

Top 5 parks in the USA. Small to Big

Pistes

70%

Good range , easy to hard groomed daily

Beginners

65%

Lots of good beginner slopes

19.  Zakopane , Poland

Freeriding

60%

Big open bowls in Kasprowy

Freestyle

20%

Expect nothing laid on

Pistes

48%

Well maintained but not testing

20.  Obertauern , Austria

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “ You have all sorts of different Almen and bars with the weirdest names as Monkey Circus or the Tower and Römerbar just to name a few. Its a tricky balance between some wicked drinking sessions, and getting those fresh lines; our advice  sleep when you get ...”

Freeriding

75%

Great powder spots without hiking

Freestyle

60%

Good park and some cool natural

Pistes

80%

Great slopes for all abilities