Whether it’s relaxing by a crackling fire with a glass of wine or dancing on the tables at La Folie Douce, après-ski is the ultimate accompaniment to a day on the slopes. With many ski resorts upping their après-ski game recently, there are now more entertaining ways than ever to top off a day on the mountain.
Ice Diving in Tignes
The natural frozen lake at Tignes 2100 offers the perfect place to try ice diving, with ice up to 2m thick creating a magical environment of ice shapes and shadows. A thick drysuit will keep you from feeling the chill, and highly experienced divers will be on hand to show you the ropes. Available in daytime and at night with Evolution 2.
Go Stargazing in Banff
Choose from an array of ways to admire the spectacular night’s sky in Banff, from night skiing, snowshoeing and ice-walking to relaxing in the Banff Upper outdoor hot springs. At 2,900m high, Banff Gondola’s evening stargazing sessions (pictured in header) combine telescopes and interactive exhibits with tips from professional photographers and warm drinks!
Pet the Elk in Jackson Hole
Top off a day’s spectacular skiing in Jackson Hole with a visit to the National Elk Refuge, where you can view thousands of elk in their natural winter habitat, as well as bison, wolves, bighorn sheep and bald eagles. The perfect après-ski adventure for animal lovers!
Try E-Fat Biking in Samoëns
Exhilirating, entertaining and a whole new way to view the mountains at night, it’s no surprise that e-fat biking is taking off in ski resorts across the world. In Samoëns, take on the Bostan slope, where you can climb 1,100 metres in elevation and enjoy an epic downhill descent on the way back down!
A Wine Ski Safari in Alta Badia
With a unique location in the heart of the Dolomites, Alta Badia is home to some of the best wines you can get on the slopes. Ski between mountain huts and sample some of the area’s most delicious offerings in one afternoon!
Visit The Snow Monkeys in Japan
The skiing in Japan is unlike any in the world and so too is our favourite off-slope activity here, a visit to the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. Wild Japanese macaque monkeys bathing in the snowy hot springs? That’s certainly not something you see in the Alps!
Sample Local Spirits In North America
Experience a ski-in/ski-out whiskey distillery in Park City, Utah! The High West Saloon is only a stone’s throw from the slopes and allows skiers to sample locally made spirits in a truly unique setting.
Over in Colorado, the Breckenridge Distillery blends water from the melted snow of the Rocky Mountains to create delicious spirits, from award-winning whiskies to flavoured vodka. The highest distillery in the world, it’s truly après with a twist.