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We are open until 6:00 PM
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    IMPORTANT - Please note: We accept bookings with children and infants on any date in Bear Lodge on room by room bookings, or on any date in any chalet if occupying the whole chalet. Also in all chalets for departures on 15, 22 & 29 Dec 2021; 6 & 13 Feb; 27 Mar; 3 & 10 Apr 2022 . Bookings made online outside these parameters unfortunately will not be accepted. 


What Is Après-Ski?

Four friends in ski clothing sitting on mountain restaurant terrace with drinks

Skiing and snowboarding are some of the most exhilarating activities on offer during the winter. However, the adventure doesn't end when the skis come off at the end of the day. As afternoon transitions to evening, a different kind of magic begins to unfold in the ski resorts of the Alps. This is the world of après-ski (pronounced “ap-ray-skee"), a popular tradition that extends the joy of a day spent on the mountain into the night.

From cosy chats by the fire with a glass of wine in hand to lively parties that last into the early hours, après-ski is a celebration of a great day on the slopes with friends and family. Join us as we delve into what makes après-ski an indispensable part of the skiing experience.

What exactly is apres-ski?

The term "après-ski" comes from the French language, meaning "after ski," and it encapsulates everything that happens after the ski boots are unbuckled and the final run is completed. While its origins are deeply rooted in the Alps, the concept of après-ski has traversed mountains across the world. Après-ski is as much a part of the skiing experience as the sport itself, offering a blend of social interaction, relaxation and entertainment that caters to skiers and non-skiers alike.

Three friends enjoying a beer after skiing

What do you drink at après-ski?

When the sun goes down and the temperature drops, we recommend warming up with a glass of delicious, mulled wine or hot chocolate with a dash of rum or whisky. Hitting the spot quickly, they will instantly help you unwind and relax if you’ve been feeling nervous on your skis. On a sunny day, it’s hard to beat a refreshing ice-cold beer, an Aperol Spritz or a chilled glass of rosé...

Barman holding glass of Aperol Spritz

Can you enjoy après-ski if you don't ski or snowboard?

Absolutely! Whilst some après-ski venues rely on access on skis or snowboards, many après-ski bars are at the foot of the slopes and others such as the legendary Folie Douce in Val d’Isere is easily accessible via cable car. Just take the free shuttle bus down to La Daille then take the La Daille gondola up to the restaurant. Perfect for non-skiers who still want to party or those who don’t fancy skiing back down the slope when the bar closes.

Top tip: make sure you don’t miss the last gondola back down!

What do people wear for après-ski?

Contrary to what you may think, there is no dress code when it comes to apres-ski. The majority of skiers and snowboarders will party in their ski gear but if you prefer to pop back to your chalet to freshen up first, then jeans or leggings, a warm jumper, jacket and some comfy boots are the way forward.  

Top tip: don’t forget your hat and gloves as the temperatures can plummet once the sun goes down.

What shoes do you wear at après-ski?

Traditionally skiers party in their ski boots though if you want to dance the night away with warm, toasty feet, then you might prefer to invest in some Moon Boots or treat yourself to the pros’ favourite snow boots, Sorels.

Husky dogs pulling sled in snow

Is après-ski just about drinking and partying with friends?

The meaning of après-ski expands beyond drinking. You can experience a host of activities in the mountains that you simply wouldn't find on any other holiday. For thrill seekers there are zip lines, bobsleighs and moonbiking, for a something more chilled you can enjoy dog sledding, ice skating or a relaxing massage.

Read all about the best activities for non-skiers in Avoriaz or indulge in some winter activities for daredevils.

Line of people on snowmobiles at the end of the day

What are the best après-ski bars in the Alps?

Here are some of our favourite après-ski spots...

Large crowd of people dancing on terrace of La Folie Douce on a sunny day

Best après-ski bars in Val d’Isere:


Good to know:
  • Located at the bottom of the ski slopes in the centre of Val d’Isere
  • Open every day from 3pm – 9pm and until 2am on Sundays
  • Après ski with band or dj
  • Over 18s only
  • Check out Cocoricos on Instagram

La Folie Douce

Good to know:
  • Located at the top of the La Daille gondola
  • Cabaret every day from 12.30pm - 2pm
  • Shows every Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Open all day until 5pm
  • Closing party 27th April 2024
  • Check out La Folie Douce on Instagram

La Rosée Blanche

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Best après-ski bars in Morzine:

Happy Hours Bar (Ardent)

Good to know:
  • Located in Ardent at the bottom of the gondola
  • Legendary cocktail’s including the Tequila-cello and The Scary Cocktail (Our Wednesday punch)
  • Food served from 8am to 8pm including their famous ‘Chilli Cheese Fries’
  • Shuttle buses back to Morzine (Montriond Bus, Ligne M and MBis – takes 23 minutes, last bus leaves Ardent at 6pm)
  • Check out the Happy Hours Bar on Instagram

Bar Robinson

Good to know:
  • Located at the bottom of Rue du Bourg in the centre of town
  • Open from 3pm – 9pm Monday to Saturday
  • Home of Mützig beer
  • Burgers and snacks served daily (except Sundays)
  • Check out Bar Robinson on Instagram

Best après-ski bars in Avoriaz

Globetrotter Bar

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Le Tavaillon Bar

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Best après-ski bars in Les Arcs

Les Belles Pintes

Good to know:

O'Chaud Bar

Good to know:
  • Located in the village of Arc 1950
  • Club-style bar serving gastronomic finger food and cocktails in elegant surroundings
  • Cosy atmosphere during the day, party vibes in the evening
  • DJs and live music
  • Check out O'Chaud Bar on Instagram

Family in ski kit sitting on snow with hands in the air

If you’re unable to make it to the Alps to sample the après-ski, then why not gather your friends and enjoy an apres-ski-themed party at home

Tempted by all this talk of skiing and socialising? Whether you're in search of a crackling fire, a sumptuous feast to satisfy your après-ski hunger or a tranquil space to soak in the panoramic mountain views, our luxury catered chalets provide the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable ski holiday.  

Not sure which resort is best for your group? Our Alpine Advisors are on hand to answer your questions and help you select your dream chalet... 

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