Top Apres Ski Lodges Around the World

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  • Active Travel

  • Off-the-Beaten-Path Travel

  • Austria

  • Canada

  • Aspen

  • Zermatt

  • Switzerland

  • France

  • Chamonix

  • Skiing

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Top Apres Ski Lodges Around the World
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When the slopes close and the skis are packed away, the magic of après-ski begins. This cherished skiing tradition, meaning "after ski," involves relishing in the camaraderie, cuisine and celebrations that follow a day on the mountain. I've curated a list of the world’s best après ski lodges that promise an après-ski experience as exhilarating as the skiing itself. From luxurious to legendary, these lodges provide an ideal setting for enjoying hot chocolate or a glass of champagne amidst a snowy landscape.

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Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Luxe ski-in and ski-out resort surrounded by trees with upscale rooms.

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The Little Nell

At the base of Ajax Mountain, Aspen’s only ski-in/ski-out hotel is the spot for a lively après scene, top people watching and personalized service.

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Hôtel les Barmes de l'Ours

Experience mountain luxury redefined at Hôtel les Barmes de l'Ours, where alpine elegance meets world-class hospitality.

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Imagine slipping off your skis and stepping into a world where the warmth of a crackling fire meets the buzz of evening cheer. It's magic to be found at:

MooserWirt within Hotel Mooser in St. Anton, Austria. This spot isn't only known for their slopes, but for the legendary après-ski, where the blend of lively tunes, friendly faces and cozy embrace of alpine-chic rooms makes for stories you'll tell for years. It's the kind of place where laughter fills the air, and the glow of glühwein warms your heart, encapsulating the very essence of what makes St. Anton unforgettable.

Over in Canada, Fairmont Chateau Whistler is the crown jewel of luxury après-ski lodges. Here, evenings unfold in the glow of the Mallard Lounge's fire, with signature cocktails and melodies filling the space. Whether you're soaking in an outdoor heated pool under a starlit sky or toasting to the day's adventures, every moment here is about savoring the mountain lifestyle to its fullest.

Nestled in the French Alps, Hotel Les Barmes de l'Ours in Val d'Isère offers more than just ski-in/ski-out convenience. It's a place where the après-ski scene is reimagined with a bowling alley and cozy cinema, promising evenings as exciting as the days on the slopes. The terrace views of Bellevarde Face? Simply breathtaking. It's luxury, adventure and relaxation, all rolled into one.

Aspen's The Little Nell turns après-ski into a refined celebration. At Ajax Tavern, gourmet bites and fine wines set the stage for memorable gatherings, against a backdrop of Aspen Mountain. It's more than a hotel; it's a hub of high spirits and high society, where every visitor becomes part of the Aspen family.

In Zermatt, The Omnia offers a tranquil retreat with a view of the Matterhorn that's as majestic as it sounds. Imagine unwinding in an outdoor jacuzzi or cozying up in a lounge that feels like a world away from the ordinary. This is a place where luxury meets the mountain spirit, offering a peaceful yet posh après-ski experience.

Kitzbühel's Hotel Schwarzer Adler brings the Alpine charm with its Sky Spa and traditional Stüberl, serving local specialties with a side of panoramic views. It's a blend of relaxation, indulgence and culinary delight, setting the scene for an après-ski lodge experience that's as authentic as it is luxurious.

In the heart of Chamonix, Hôtel Mont-Blanc stands as a beacon of elegance and adventure. Its location primes you for both slope-side fun and après-ski leisure in the Quartz Bar or the outdoor heated pool, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Alps. It's where history meets modern luxury, inviting you to relax in style.

Finally, W Verbier in Switzerland redefines après-ski lodges with its pulsating living room and stylish bars, making it the place to be for those who love the night as much as the day. It's where contemporary design meets mountain culture, creating a vibrant, dynamic setting for ending your ski day on a high note.

Need to Know

Each of these après-ski lodges offers a unique take on the post-slope experience, from cozy and traditional to modern and chic. They remind us that the joy of skiing extends far beyond the slopes, into the evenings filled with warmth, laughter and the company of friends old and new. So, when planning your next ski adventure, consider not just the slopes but also the unforgettable moments that await after the last run.

This trip report is part of our ongoing series on active travel. In need of further inspiration? Check out Gianna Quattrini’s trip report, Best Ski Resorts in New York.

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