It’s finally that time of year when the holidays are in sight and the weather is getting colder. It’s the perfect time to be thinking about booking a chalet for an Alpine escape.
Aprés Ski is the french term for all the activities that happen after a day on the slopes, although we have confirmed you don’t have to actually ski to partake in these winter rituals. Here are our picks for our favorite Alpine towns to cozy up in.
This cozy Alpine town is a jewel. It’s casual and small but has all kinds of incredible experiences from snowshoeing to ice climbing, paragliding to snowboarding. You can go horseback riding through the mountains in the snow. It feels like a winter wonderland being enveloped by the mountains in the valley. The aprés ski possibilities are plentiful from venerated and vibrant parties at la Folie Douce to the more intimate Le Chamonix Social Club, or even your own private aprés ski at a chalet in the woods.
You can take a scenic train from Paris (about 6 hours) or fly to Geneva which is about an hour and a half away.
Just over the border in Switzerland, you’ll find the village of Verbier in the Valais Canton. It’s the gateway to a popular ski area, the 4 Vallées. It’s known for its off-piste ski slopes, it’s a nature reserve with waterfalls and beautiful sculpture park. If you want to take a dog sled ride or hike up Mont Fort for one of the best views in the Alps and be able to enjoy the comforts of a cosmopolitan ski town, Verbier is for you.
Verbier boasts one of the best aprés ski parties in the world with fashionable and sophisticated options starting at 3 pm daily, it’s the Ibiza of the Swiss Alps.
Bar 1936 starts as the casual fun on the mountain, located on the run down from Les Ruinettes to Verbier, here you’ll usually find deck chairs and a house band playing until 5 pm. Le Farinet is a cocktail bar with dancing and Asian inspired bar food, make a reservation for a table in high season.
Verbier is a 2-hour drive from Geneva.
If you’re wanting some glitz and glamour, St. Moritz is the ultimate ski destination. With majestic views and a jet-set crowd, this Alpine town has hosted the Winter Olympics twice. If you’ve ever wanted to try bobsledding, frozen lake polo or horse racing, this is the place.
The aprés ski in St. Moritz is abundant and elegant. The plush Renaissance Bar, known to regulars as Mario’s, has banquettes and armchairs surrounding a beautiful fireplace. Cigars and cocktails with Campari, red wine, cranberry, and juniper berries keep the spirits high (and the price tags too). La Baracca is pleasantly intimate and unpretentious with Alpine home cooking, loud music and lots of dancing.
You can fly into the small airport in Samedan or take a train from Zurich.
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