Top 5 best apres ski resorts in Europe

What are Europe’s best winter resorts for apres ski nightlife?

You have been bestowed the great honour of being BEST MAN and now have no idea what to do. Well, you are in the right place because we will help you with your main job (yes forget the speech) its how to plan a successful ski stag do.

You are not there to plan a wedding, choose table clothes, flowers or suits, your only job is to give the groom and your best friends an adventure of a life time (no pressure…!)

The best thing you can do for the groom is to plan everything professionally and try to organize everything in a way that most of his friends will attend. Throwing a skiing stag weekend, will be the most memorable boys trip-to-date. Totally unique, combining wintersports action, with snowy bar crawls.

In this blog, we are covering the top 5 best apres ski resorts in Europe and ski resorts that are perfect for a ski stag weekend. Read on…

best après ski destinations in Europe
  1. St Anton am Arlberg

One of the most famous party resorts in Austria with 88 cable cars and 306 km of pistes that will blow you away is St Anton. Getting there isn’t a problem since there are plenty of flights from UK regional airports to Innsbruck and the transfer time from there to the ski resort is about 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Accommodation won’t be a problem because there are plenty of hotels and private rooms where you can stay, just make sure to book in advance. The most important part of every ski holiday is the legendary apres ski time and in St Anton two of the most famous bars are Moosewirt and Krazy Kanguruh which are located 500 metres above the village on the slopes. All in all St Anton is a good destination for a ski stag do, but also have in mind that this resort is mostly for experienced skiers and that the prices in Austria are quite high; so you’ll need to budget for this. A beer can set you back 12 Euros (ouch!), in Bulgaria its only 1.5 Euros. So if you like your beer, head East.

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  1. Ischgl

You may break your tongue trying to pronounce the name of this ski resort but trust me this is one of the best resort in Austria that offers awesome skiing and one of the best apres ski resorts for partying & festivals.

The season is quite long in the Alps so you won’t have any problems with lack of snow, 234 km of pistes and 40 km of cross-country routes will be more than enough not just for the beginners but also for experienced skiers in your ski stag party. Getting there isn’t a problem at all, Innsbruck airport is the closest one (100km away)and it is well connected with UK regional airports.

As well as good ski conditions all ski stag weekends want to know where the best apres ski resorts are in Europe and luckily for you, Iscghl is known as the winter Ibiza. Some of the best bars for apres ski are Kuhstall, Trofana Alm, Shatzi bar and Champagnerhutte and everyone will find something for their taste. From table dancing, chill out atmosphere and great music you will have a blast in these bars.

The only downside of this place is the cost, it won’t be cheap, so if you are looking for a place to travel on a budget this isn´t a place for you. This will not be a cheap skiing stag holiday. To stretch the £ pounds further, definitely head to Slovenia or Bulgaria.

  1. Val d˙Isere

This is one of the most famous winter resorts in France, with a very long tradition in winter tourism and of course has a solid reputation for a lively apres ski fun. Val d´ Isere is a place that will charm you and make you want to come back year after year.  With more than 300 km of pistes and many off pistes opportunites, this place is great for advanced and inter-mediate skiers.

Val d Isere is about 3 hours by road from Geneva, 2,25 hours from Chambery and 3 hours from Lyon. Being such an old ski resort Val d´Isere offers also a great variety of activities outside the slopes and you can enjoy numerous bars and restaurants, the BMW slalom course, ice climbing and many other things.

Val d´Isere after dark appeal is its liveliest apres attitude. The bars and nightclubs aren’t cheap, some with entry fees and special ticket events, but the DJs and venues are more upmarket. La Folie Douce is the most famous bar there and the buzz starts around 3pm, just make sure to catch the last ski lift down, it’s a legendary place that you just can´t miss.

The Fall Line bar, Bananas, Cocorico, La Petit Danois and many others bars will surely suit your ski stag do needs. Val d Isere is a great place to go on a skiing stag weekend but similar to Austria, the budget needed is going to be higher. Everything is expensive, from passes to the centrally located hotels. If you want something better value – with good quality snow, and half the price beer – definitely head to Borovets in Bulgaria.

Lastly, the transfer time from the airport to the resort is long, around 2 and a half hours, so its definitely better for longer stays & experienced ski groups!

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the best ski resort for apres nightlife
  1. Borovets

Bulgarian winter resorts are best for value, and without comprise. The transfers are quick, the snow fantastic and ski infrastructure is modern & fast. To compare it to France and Austria it’s half the price to ski.

There are plenty of direct flights from UK to Sofia so it wont be a problem to reach Bulgaria. When you land, there is only 67km from Sofia airport to Borovets ski resort. That’s one of Europe’s quickest resort transfers, which means more time in the pub!

When you arrive in the Olympic skiing resort there is plenty of action on and off the slopes. From bowling and air rifle shooting to snow bikes to sports bars. Many experienced snow heads say that Borovets ski stag weekends has the best apres ski in Europe (we’d have to agree).

When the bestman has to consider budget, Bulgaria ski breaks come to the rescue everytime. Best bars in Borovets for apres ski are BJs, Papa Mia, Funkys bar, Frankos and the legendry Red Lion.  Borovets as well as having wild apres ski nightlife also offers great value and reliable snow conditions. So from us it’s a big fat YES! Also keep in mind Borovets lap dancing clubs are free entry, so the groom will get those strip clubs out of his system before D-Day. So from strip clubs to nightclubs, Borovets nightlife is very good.

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best apres bars in borovets for ski stag weekends in Bulgaria
  1. Krvavec

Sneaking into top spot is Krvavec  resort in Slovenia. We recomend this ski resort because you can ski during the day and then party hard in Slovenia’s capital ‘Ljubljana’ in the evenings.

Krvavec is extremely close to capital centre. This popular Slovene winter resort is only 25 km from Ljubljana and 8km from the airport. There is 30km of well groomed pistes in Krvavec and its won the award of Europe’s best city break ski destination.

Simply put you cant beat a capital city when it comes to Apres ski nightlife… bars, restaurants, top clubs, lap-dance clubs. It really has it all. but best of all, not many Brits know about it!

The Ljubljana nightlife will impress any groom, with a wild assortment of bars, pubs and chic-clubs. Prices here are lower than in UK and you will get great value for your money and this is the reason why we encourage people to book a ski stag do to Slovenia.

Ski resorts are often quite far away from bigger cities and therefore the prices are much higher, but here you have a 2-4-1. A great ski resort and a capital city.

Some of the most famous places to go out in Ljubljana are: Klub K4, Cutty sark, Dvorni Bar, Gala Hala, Kino Šiška, Top-Club, Cirkus and The HardCore cafe strip tease club. Ljubljana has all aspects covered for the ski stag holiday, making it an affordable and exciting snow destination.

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We hope that this TOP 5 European apres ski resorts blog helped you with your choice. Just remember to re-hydrate and drink carefully.

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