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Après Ski Around The World

Discover food, traditions and activities in ski resorts around the world

Imagine this: You've conquered the slopes from first to last chair – your thighs are on fire, the snow inside your helmet has surrendered, and you're overtaken by thirst and hunger. The pressing question: Where can you find a warm spot to unwind with a drink, savour some delicious food, and finally liberate your feet from those ski boots?


Lucky for you, our in-store specialists have first-hand knowledge of the types of après you might expect. From European Alps fondue to Japanese sake sipping, enjoy new cultures, flavours, and traditions that define après-ski. 


It's not only about the food and the breathtaking landscapes – it's also about discovering the perfect gear that keeps you toasty and stylish during your après-ski experiences. Let us help you find the gear that best complements your chosen destination and style.

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So, What Exactly Is Après-Ski?

Après-ski, a 1950s alpine creation, encompasses a wide selection of post-ski activities across the globe. Picture yourself gazing at the stars while sipping on a vin chaud in Chamonix, France, or cosying up beside a crackling firepit with craft beers in Breckenridge, Colorado.


It kicks off in the late afternoon, around 4 p.m., right after your final run (never dub it your "last" run for superstitious reasons). It can stretch well into the night, especially in Austria, where the nightlife thrives into the early hours. Think of it as a happy hour that just keeps on giving.


The beauty of après-ski? Your snow gear effortlessly transforms into an après-ski outfit. Say goodbye to your trusty ski boots and swap them for a pair of fur-lined snow boots and a beanie as you stow your boards and skis. No need for extravagant outfits – après-ski's all about versatility and comfort.


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What To Wear?

When it comes to après-ski clothing, prioritise warmth, comfort, and versatility. Whether you're nestled in a cosy Swiss chalet, chasing the northern lights in Canada, or hitting the Austrian après-ski scene, aim for effortless style while keeping warm. Versatility is key!


For those fireside moments, rely on thermal sweaters, toasty woollen hats, fleece-lined gloves, and fur-lined boots or slippers. But if you're in for a more active après experience, layer up! Thin merino wool tops and leggings will keep you warm and wick away sweat, just in case you decide to hit the ice rink in Lake Louise, Canada. Add an insulating layer under your jacket for those chilly evenings.


No matter where you après-ski, accessories are so important – think warm hats, thermal gloves, scarves, and thick socks.


The European Alps

Ski Season: Approximately November to April

In the European Alps, après-ski is a way of life. In France, you'll discover sophisticated champagne toasts on the slopes of Chamonix, while Austria enjoys vibrant nightclub parties that push through until dawn. The Alps offer a diverse range of experiences, catering to both the laid-back, those who love to party and the ultra-fancy.


Best Food

Indulge in European comfort food like Käsespätzle – the Austrian take on Macaroni and cheese, rich Swiss cheese fondue, savoury raclette, and hearty stews. Pair these with traditional drinks like mulled wine (Glühwein) and soothing hot chocolate for the perfect après-ski meal.


Best Activities

Immerse yourself in the serenity of the alpine landscape through snowshoeing and sleigh riding. As night falls, the clear mountain skies allow for stargazing, or you can night ski – a thrilling way to experience the slopes after dark. Or, you can unwind in natural hot springs and visit a mountain spa to treat those ski legs with soothing body treatments and a rejuvenating massage.

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The Southern Alps of New Zealand

Ski Season: Late June to mid-October

New Zealand's Southern Alps, home to family-run ski fields and a hotspot for winter enthusiasts during Canada's off-season provide a one-of-a-kind après-ski adventure in the Southern Hemisphere. The vibe is decidedly laid-back, focusing on outdoor adventures and awe-inspiring scenery.


Best Food

Sample New Zealand's fresh seafood and farm-to-table cuisine, complemented by spiced apple juice or a glass of locally produced wine.


Best Activities

Explore the stunning landscapes through snowshoeing and winter hiking, and soak in the magnificent stargazing opportunities, particularly amazing in this region. While you may not find the same luxurious spas as in the Alps, you can still relax in remote lodges and immerse yourself in the landscape.


Ski Season: Mid-December through March

Japan offers a captivating blend of tradition and modernity in its après-ski scene. The country's ski resorts are renowned for their deep powder and unique cultural experiences.


Best Food

Indulge in delicious katsu-don (pork cutlet on rice) ramen, Japanese curry, and, of course, sushi, as winter is (said to be) the best time of year for the freshest fish. Complement your meals with hot sake or soothing green tea.


Best Activities

Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of Japanese ski resorts, where you can savour a more laid-back après-ski experience. Take time to indulge in their famous onsens (hot springs), a true must-do, often nestled in the volcanically active mountain regions.


Enjoy the beauty of Japanese snow-covered landscapes as you explore them through ice skating, sake tasting and stargazing.

The United States

Ski Season: November to May, with some locations extending into July

The United States offers a diverse range of après-ski experiences, boasting iconic destinations such as Aspen, Colorado, and Lake Tahoe, California.


Best Food

Enjoy hearty American comfort foods like burgers and hot chilli paired with hot chocolate, craft beers and local wines.


Best Activities

Similar to Canada, the U.S. has a wide range of outdoor activities, including snowshoeing, winter hiking, and some excellent stargazing opportunities. You'll find luxurious spas offering massages, facials, and body treatments to pamper yourself after a long day on the slopes.


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Ski Season: Late November to late April with some resorts extending to late May

Canada is famous for its world-class ski resorts and stunning natural beauty. The après-ski scene is known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere.


Best Food

Taste classic Canadian comfort foods like poutine and butter tarts and sip on warm drinks like Austrian-influenced Glühwein, the famous Caesar  and virgin Caesar (similar to a bloody mary but clam juice and extravagant garnish) and hot chocolate.


Best Activities

In Canada, après-ski is a diverse experience. You can go snowshoeing under the Northern Lights, unwind in natural hot springs (just prepare to search for the hidden gems!), or simply relax with spa treatments.


Enjoy live music, dance to DJ beats, or try ice skating at beautiful places like Lake Louise Ski Resort. Many resorts also offer hot tubs for post-ski relaxation. 


South America

Ski Season: Mid-June to mid-October

South America's ski resorts may be lesser-known, but they offer unique après-ski experiences. Explore the Andes and enjoy the vibrant culture.


Best Food

Try South American cuisine like empanadas, grilled steak and seafood and enjoy local drinks while enjoying the breathtaking views.


Best Activities

Dog sledding tours, sleigh rides, wine tasting and unwinding in hot springs and mountain spas are some of the most popular activities to enjoy on your day off from the slopes and during après-ski time.


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Now that you've had a taster of après-ski traditions globally, it's time to make your winter dreams a reality. Whether your next adventure takes you to the European Alps, Japan or South America, we're here to help you find the perfect gear and clothing for your après-ski experience.


Drop into your nearest Snow+Rock store for a chat about your next destination or check out our expert range of services, bookable online. 



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