A French term that means "after skiing”, it refers to the social activities and relaxation that take place after a day of skiing or snowboarding, usually at a mountain resort. Since the oldest ski resort in the world is La Clusaz (France), hosting winter sports in the Rhone-Alpes since 1907, it makes sense that the French invented this idea. Après-ski is now an integral part of the skiing and snowboarding culture, offering everyone the chance to unwind, socialize, share stories of the day on the mountain, and enjoy various forms of entertainment.

If you’re new to skiing or snowboarding, you’ll be happy to know that there’s a prize for you at the end of a grueling day of falling, time and again. If you’ve been enjoying these sports for years, then you probably have your favorite haunts.

Elements of après-ski:

Lodges and Bars: Many ski resorts have cozy lodges, chalets, or bars located at the base of the slopes or in the resort village. These establishments offer a warm and inviting atmosphere where skiers can gather for drinks and socializing.

Hot Drinks and Cocktails: Après-ski often involves enjoying hot beverages like mulled wine, hot chocolate, or specialty coffee drinks to warm up. Adult skiers may also indulge in cocktails or local beers.

Live Music: Many ski resorts host live music performances in the late afternoon or evening. Bands or DJs play a mix of genres, creating a lively atmosphere for dancing and merriment.

Happy Hour: Resorts frequently offer happy hour specials with discounted drinks and appetizers, making it an affordable way to relax and socialize.

Outdoor Patios: In good weather, skiers often congregate on outdoor patios or decks, taking in the mountain views while enjoying their drinks and snacks. Many of these areas have heaters.

Games and Activities: Some après-ski venues offer games and activities such as pool tables, darts, board games, or trivia nights..

Food and Dining: From casual cafeterias to fine dining restaurants, skiers can enjoy a hearty meal to refuel after a day on the slopes.

Spas and Wellness: Many resorts have spa facilities where guests can relax in hot tubs, saunas, or receive massages to soothe tired muscles.

Shopping: Resort villages often feature boutiques and shops where skiers can browse for souvenirs, winter gear, and clothing.

Events: Some resorts host themed après-ski events, such as costume parties, themed nights, or special holiday celebrations.

Fire Pits and Fireworks: Some resorts light up fire pits in the evening, creating a cozy ambiance for guests. Firework displays are also common during special occasions and holidays.

Local Culture: Après-ski can include opportunities to experience the local culture, like traditional music, dance, or cuisine.

Après-ski is a time for everyone to relax and unwind. Meet new people and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow enthusiasts. It's a huge part of the ski resort experience, and a favorite part of any ski trip!

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