Just one of the things www.snowangel.co.uk loves about après ski is that it’s for everyone – no matter what your age. In fact, on your next ski holiday, you’re just as likely to find yourself straight off the slopes and dancing next to some Russian oligarch as you are to a five-year-old enjoying their first outing on skis. That’s why we’ve compiled the ultimate après ski guide for toddlers all the way through to big kids – just like us!
For kids of all ages
In terms of Austrian après, the Nederhutte in Obergurgl rivals St Anton. Expect a young crowd here and typical Austrian fare. Head here at 4pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday when the owner kicks off the entertainment by jumping onto a table for a guitar solo before the family band join in.
We had the Schweinsripperl (spare ribs, salad and garlic bread), but there are also giant sharing platters (ham, cheese bread and pickles) for groups, which go down a treat with a huge mug of gluhwein.
This place gets pretty hot and sweaty with free shots, seriously bad dad dancing and song words on screen so you can sing along too. Listen out for Ja, wir wollen de eisbaeren sehen, oh oh oh oh oh, wir haben die eisbaeren so gern (translated: as yes we want to see polar bears, oho, oh, oh, oh, oh. We really like polar bears) Weird…yes! But by the end of the week we guarantee, you won’t be able to stop singing it!
Plan to get there by 2pm to get a decent table and don’t hesitate to bring your kids, this is a real family affair. If you’re game for skiing down after a few drinks, it’s just one run back to the town or you can wait for the skidoo shuttle if you’ve enjoyed too much Tyrolean hospitality. Look out for Thursday here, which involves dancing and dining out – ideal for raclette and fondue, make sure you book though, because this place gets banged out.
For little kids
Approximately three hours from Grenoble airport, Avoriaz has just been voted the number one family resort. A no car resort, the littles ones will adore travelling in the village by horse drawn carriage. But that’s not all. With its new indoor water park designed by Centre Parcs, bowling alley, outdoor ice rink, and cinema, the kids will never want to leave.
If you’re looking for kid-friendly food, then make a stop at Changabangs, a burger joint and a popular hangout for snowboarders. We love the burgers and curly fries here, it’s also an easy place to meet during the day, especially if some of your group are on foot. The guy who set it up is a base-jumping fanatic, so don’t leave without checking out some of the crazy photos!
If you’re in your teens and you’re looking for Kavos or Magaluf style après ski, then head to Pano Bar in Les Deux Alpes near Grenoble. Ibiza-style après kicks off here every day from 3pm in the form of an open air disco. There’s usually a sea of boards and skis at the top of the Jandri Express and this place is definitely the liveliest après ski bar in the area. It’s the closest thing you’ll find to Austrian après in the French alps. Dancing on tables, raving in ski boots, and the odd topless dancer. There’s happy hour from 3pm until 5pm and once the music dies down, everyone braves the last run back down into the resort. Great fun!
For thirty somethings
The Krazy Kanguruh in St Anton needs no introduction and is famous for being one of the liveliest bars in the alps. It gets going in here every day from about 4pm and is on the main piste back into the village. There’s a mainly Aussie/English and Swedish crowd. Spend time either at the main bar where the earlier après ski kicks off or stay on and head to the ‘downunder’ bar with music and dancing. You can pick up Aussie food here too.
Make sure you remember where your skis are, because with so many people meeting here it can be a bit of a scrum getting back down the mountain for the last run of the day.
For big kids
Located above Val Thorens en route to Mottaret on the Plein Sud blue run, you’ll find the Rolls Royce of après, La Folie Douce. The action kicks off around 3pm with DJ’s and a saxophone player mixing in a bit of jazz. By 4pm the party is in full swing with people dancing on tables in their ski boots. It also has a VIP area so you see the occasional Russian oligarch spraying everyone with a 2500 euro bottle of champagne. Priceless! Don’t worry if you have little kids too, they’ll feel absolutely at home here.
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