Your Essential Guide to Après-Ski
If you’re heading off on a ski holiday, Après-ski is one experience you don’t want to miss! It’s all about having fun and sharing stories with fellow skiers, whether you’re hanging out in the hotel bar, a cosy chalet, or dancing the night away in a nightclub – there’s something for everyone!
If you’re new to the après scene and not sure what to expect, we’ve got you covered! From what to wear and what to order at the bar to the best hot spots in the world to take part in this ski tradition.
What is Après-ski?
The tradition of Après-ski first originated in Norway and quickly made its way across to the French Alps. It was at this point that the custom was firmly adopted by the sociable French culture and named Après-ski.
The French Term Après-ski translates to “after ski” or “after skiing.” By the Oxford Living Dictionaries, it’s referred to as “the social activities and entertainment following a day’s skiing.”
Today, après-ski provides an umbrella term for popular post-ski activities; it can refer to everything from champagne toasts, and slopeside cocktails at a bar in Perisher, to craft beers around fire pits in Aspen.
Most recently, après-skiing has become much more than just drinking and nightlife. These days there are so many different activities to choose from, with some of the most popular options including:
- Ice skating
- Wellness activities such as a massage, hot tub or sauna
- Eating out at restaurants
- Watching a movie
- Playing pool or darts
- Visiting a casino
Depending on where you are in the world, Après-ski starts from around 4pm. You can of course attend earlier to bag yourself a prime position, but don’t fear! You won’t need to cut your ski day short to attend the main event, as Après usually runs until around 6:30/7pm.
Places across the world that celebrate Après-ski
Many ski resorts across the globe have adopted the idea of Après-ski activities. From Perisher, Australia, to Whistler, Canada, here are a few of the top locations to celebrate it.
White Spider Restaurant and Bar at our very own Eiger Chalet is one of the top recommended bars to enjoy Apres-ski. It’s the go-to in Perisher Valley to sink into our comfy, cosy, chairs and unwind. Get ready to wine and dine with a cocktail in hand, a heart-warming wine or craft beer. Our live music will keep you and your fellow skiers entertained into the early evening.
The classic Canadian Après scene includes a fireside seat with a steaming bowl of cheesy, gravy topped poutine, Canadian beer and a spicy Caesar.
In France, the Après parties are like open-air nightclubs on the snow, The early evenings are filled with champagne, DJs and the chances of people dancing on tables is high.
While Après-ski culture is less widespread in Japan, many major Japanese ski resorts are developing their entertainment, and nightlife options. The Niseko area, in Hokkaido, is famous for its cosmopolitan clubs, live music, bars, and high-end restaurants.
What to wear to Après-ski
The best part about Après-ski is there isn’t really a dress code — even if you plan to end your ski day in a high-end wine bar. For the most part, people walk off the slopes with their skis slung over their shoulders and head straight to Après. There’s no real need to change clothes or freshen up, since everyone will be in similar attire. Drop your skis at the ski rack and get ready to have a couple of drinks and a whole lot of fun!
If you’re not skiing the slopes, but want to join family and friends for a drink, we recommend keeping it warm yet casual — think jeans, boots, a jacket, and a beanie and you will fit right in with the rest of the crowd.
What to drink at Après-ski
Skiers enjoy a range of different beverages. Popular choices for après are often hot drinks such as Vin Chaud or Irish Coffee.
As Après continues, skiers will often move on to a crisp beer, a flute of champagne or a glass of red wine. Shots are also a common feature when it comes at an Après session. You’re almost certain to come by a shot of Peach Schnapps when skiing in Perisher.
What to expect at Après-ski
At our very own White Spider Restaurant and Bar, we offer enjoyable live music from the early afternoon with a dynamic ambience. We want you to sit back, relax, and warm your soul with your favourite drink in hand.
Enjoy a few bar snacks with a glass of wine while watching the night skiing or the spectacular Perisher Fireworks every Tuesday and Saturday night. Our restaurant and bar is without a doubt the best way to end your day on the slopes.
And there you have it! You’re now equipped with everything you need to know about Après-ski!