Après-ski 🎉 in Val d’Isère is pretty amazing and just about as cool as it gets. Here’s our guide to how to wind down, relax, and enjoy yourself as the skiing day comes to an end. So, drink champagne, vin chaud or hot chocolate 😎 and dance on the tables 💃🏽. Welcome to Val d’Isere afternoon and nightlife !
Just what is après-ski party ?
Well, as a nation, we French invented the word, so we ought to know what it means. The best definition is that it covers all the activities on offer at the end of your skiing day, regardless of whether that’s been confined to a lazy handful of runs in the morning or a full-on pounding of the pistes until the last lift has closed.
This can, of course, include heading home to your hotel, chalet, or apartment to grab your swimsuit and end the day in the peaceful setting of a pool, sauna, or spa.
But the real après-ski that we’re talking about here is more about having a good time and partying the afternoon and early evening away, while still in your ski gear (even your boots) in an incredibly relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.
Val d’Isère’s après-ski is cool and it’s an essential item on your holiday checklist. Here’s our step by step guide.
Who’s it for post-slopes party?
It doesn’t matter who you are – young, old, or somewhere in between. Après-ski in Val d’Isère caters for all ages and tastes.
What’s it all about after ski?
It’s an opportunity to let your hair down and thoroughly enjoy yourself in the company of loved ones, family, and even complete strangers ! It’s a time to unwind after all that physical and mental concentration on the slopes, to simply forget about everything else and experience the moment. That’s après-ski.
When to après ski party on the slopes?
Après-ski lives up to its name, which means it can begin at any time that you choose to stop skiing.
Begin by lingering over a long lunch in a buzzing mountain restaurant such as the Folie Douce or adjoining La Fruitière with dancers and a DJ. Relax over a glass or two of rosé in the sunshine at the Bar of the Ouillette restaurant on the shore of the frozen lake of the same name, or at Le Signal with its concerts and range of beers.
That’s it, you’ve caught the mood. Hey, I’m in holiday with friends and we’re surrounded by beautiful snow-covered mountains, so why shouldn’t I dance in my ski boots?
That’s just for starters. Here’s where you can move on to from there.
Fancy some time out? Chill over a glass of vin chaud and some delectable pastries in the lounge of one of Val’s hotels. Leave your kids in the bowling alley (at Hotel Les Barmes de L’Ours), the ice skating rink, the aqualeisure centre or at the cinema (at La Maison de Val) and everyone’s going to be happy.
If you want to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine, you’re spoilt for choice on the restaurant terraces that line the front de neige on the edge of the village – they’re all as beautiful as each other. Try L’Etincelle or the Grande Ourse with their great mountain panoramas.
For a quiet drink in warm surroundings, you could head for the bar of the Hotel l’Avancher, the Salon des Fous, La Cave sur le Comptoir, or the Salon des 5 Frères. But there’s lots of other equally welcoming spots.
For more of a party atmosphere and live music, there’s Cocorico or Le Coin des Amis – the locals love to drink here with owner Jules, who’s always cheerful and has a smile for everyone. Also there’s Le XV down by the Galerie des Cimes. Wherever you go, you’re guaranteed to have a great time in good company.
These are just a handful of the après-ski venues in Val d’Isère – there’s loads more to try out.