The Best Apres-Ski Activities in the Alps
The Best Apres-Ski Activities in the Alps

The Best Apres-Ski Activities in the Alps

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In the luxury ski resorts of the Alps the apres-ski activities are just as alluring as skiing, and can be as relaxed or as exhilarating as you would like. There is a huge selection of activities for all ages, from exclusive bars to fine dining. Here, we outline the handpicked best luxury resorts in the Alps, based on their apres-ski offerings.

 

Zermatt

 

Be amazed by the igloos of Iglu-Dorf in Zermatt. It’s the highest igloo village in the Alps at 2,727m above sea level. The igloos are designed by international artists and reconstructed every year just off the Riffelhorn piste. The open-air Igloo Bar is a fun, sociable place to recover from a long day on the slopes. Visitors can sample a delicious Swiss cheese fondue and homemade mulled wine with a breathtaking vista of the 

Matterhorn Mountain.

 

If igloos do not appeal, head to the Snowboat Bar and Yacht Club Restaurant. Not only is this boat-shaped venue by the river renowned for its sumptuous cuisine, but it’s also celebrated for its exquisite cocktail menu; drinks are made with premium spirits and the freshest ingredients. Alternatively, After Seven serves multi award-winning cuisine by master chef Ivo Adam, a major player within the Swiss gastronomic scene. Later, try the civilised piano bars at the Zermatterhof and Mont Cervin Palace before retiring to the lavish comfort of your luxury chalet rental in Zermatt. 

 

From igloos and snow boats to lofts, Zermatt really leads the way in terms of ski resort architecture. After sampling the local apres-ski activities, you might want to head back to a luxury chalet as stylish as the Heinz Julen Loft to continue the party. The famous local designer showcased his incredible panache by creating his very own party pad, which is now available to rent.

 

Courchevel

 

High-class Courchevel enjoys a refined apres-ski scene, which includes plenty of relaxation and pampering. For example, at the ‘ski-in, ski-out’ Chalet Muztagh, guests can enjoy two separate lounge areas, a private bar and a poolside chill-out zone for the ultimate in blissful relaxation. In the rare instance that your luxury chalet rental in Courchevel 1850 doesn’t offer a spa, the one at Hôtel des Trois Vallées has a sauna, a mosaic-tiled Turkish bath, and an oversize Jacuzzi. The wood-panelled spa showcases an incredible modern design. A recent renovation left much of the original furniture by Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouve and Pierre Paulin in place. For some retail therapy, join Courchevel’s discerning demographic and choose from more than 100 upscale boutiques. 

 

There are eight Michelin-starred restaurants in this ultra-exclusive resort. The palatial Pierre Gagnaire Pour Les Airelles in Courchevel 1850 was the first to be awarded two Michelin stars and takes pride of place on Jardin Alpin Piste. Le 1947 is another outstanding two Michelin-starred restaurant, but it has a more intimate atmosphere since only 25 people can be seated at one time. Les Caves is the preferred choice for late night parties and locals and tourists head there when all other bars are winding down. 

 

 

Chamonix

 

Chamonix has a lively apres-ski scene that starts in the afternoon and goes on until the early hours. The straight-off-the-piste trade starts at bars such as the Chambre Neuf Brasserie and Bar. Late night revellers make a beeline for the BPM, Bar du Moulin and La Cantina and there’s a casino for those who enjoy the thrill of a bet. It’s a great place for families too, with an ice-rink, husky sledding, a climbing wall, bowling and a cinema. 

 

Chalet Valhalla is ideally located, just a stroll away from town but next to the forest. If you feel too tired for the apres scene, you can luxuriate at home on the sumptuous sofa in front of the fire, or relax in your own private Jacuzzi.

 

Chamonix also offers excellent fine dining options, not least at the Albert Premier. The restaurant is situated in heart of Chamonix and is run by head chef Pierre Maillet. The two Michelin-starred restaurant offers delectable cuisine inspired by the local region, as well as impeccable service. The sommelier can help you select a wine from the 950 choices on the wine list. For the most stunning views in town, visit the superb Restaurant Atmosphère in the centre of town and get a table by the river. Chamonix also has a range of shops with high-end brands like Chanel, as well as fantastic sports shops for skiing equipment. 

 

Val d’Isere

 

What really sets Val d’Isere apart from competing resorts is its number of high quality bars - both on-piste and off-piste. Cocoricos is hugely popular and perfectly placed for an early apres ski with spectacular views. Dicks Tea Bar is an institution of the Alps: it serves fabulous fresh fruit cocktails and live music, which make way for the clubbing crowds from midnight to five o’clock in the morning.

 

The apres-ski options in Val d’Isere are as varied as the skiing and combine an exemplary dining scene and chic nightlife. La Grande Ourse is a great choice for fine dining in a rustic chalet with open fireplace. Of course, if you’ve rented a luxury chalet like Chalet Marco Polo, you might never want  to leave the property. This opulent chalet houses an entire floor dedicated to wellness with an indoor jet stream pool, hot tub, hammam, massage room and gym. Bring the après-ski back to your own expansive balcony with heated seating from which to drink in the stunning view towards La Face piste.

 

If you’re interested in a luxury ski chalet rental at any of these resorts, or others in the Firefly Collection, please contact us. We can advise you on the best resorts for après-ski to suit your tastes.

 

 

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