Après ski: where to find fun after a day on the slopes

The day doesn’t end when the skiing stops. Discover all of the amazing activities you can enjoy off piste.

The world of après ski

There’s no doubt that the main part of a skiing holiday is the actual skiing itself. There really are few things in life more liberating than strapping on a pair of skis or a snowboard and swishing down a snowy mountain. But if skiing is the only focus of your holiday, then you’re missing out. As a day on the slopes comes to an end, there’s a world of après ski to explore afterwards and it promises a whole other kind of fun.

So, what exactly is après ski? Well, it depends entirely on what you want out of your perfect ski holiday. If you plan on whizzing down the slopes and then relaxing afterwards, then après ski is spa treatments, massages and evenings spent in the sauna, soothing sore muscles or swimming in an indoor or outdoor heated pool.

If you want to let your hair down, then après ski is a cocktail (or two), socialising and dancing at some of the best bars and clubs. And if you’re a true foodie at heart, then après ski means enjoying delicious food in stunning settings.

So whatever you’re looking for after your day’s skiing, read on to find the perfect ski domain for you.

Mountainside meals

Skiing is hungry work. It’s important to keep your energy levels up, but there’s no point filling yourself with just any old sustenance, not when there are unforgettable meals to be eaten. And you can always burn off anything overly indulgent on the slopes the next day.

Restaurants in Courchevel, Les Trois Vallées

If it’s top class food that you’re after, the first destination on your list should be Les Trois Vallées. Not only does this ski area comprise eight different domains in – as the name suggests – three different valleys with a top altitude of 3,230m and 600km of skiable slopes, it also is home to some of Europe’s best restaurants.

The domain of Courchevel is famous for having more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other ski domain. Highlights include Le 1947, named for the vintage of its most illustrious wine, Azimut and L’Oeil de Boeuf, where you can watch your steak cooked on an open fire.

For a mountainside lunch, head to Bel Air where the hearty portions of comforting French favourites will give you more than enough fuel to get to the end of the day. Grab a seat out on the terrace for lunch with a view.