The Best Après Ski Resorts in Switzerland


(2020-02-21 12:12:48)

 

The Swiss Alps boast steep descents, soaring peaks and iconic ski resorts – with terrain for all levels of skier or snowboarder. And when thirsty snow-lovers come off the slopes in search of après ski celebrations, there are plenty of places to choose from. Some alpine destinations stand out from others for lively bars and clubs though, so here’s a rundown of some of the best après ski resorts in Switzerland.

Zermatt

Zermatt ranks among the most famous ski resorts in Europe, with world-class restaurants, spectacular Matterhorn views, and a chic and stylish après ski scene. As you’d expect of a top-flight ski resort like Zermatt, there’s something for all tastes and budgets – and plenty of places to enjoy live music, too.

Up on the slopes, there’s a great range of welcoming piste-side bars where thirsty après skiers can start their partying off with a swing. On the way through the Sunnegga Paradise section, the Olympia Stübli serves up traditional Swiss fayre alongside buzzing après ski vibes. The valley views are spectacular, and there’s usually a live band in the afternoons. The restaurant zum See is the perfect place to stop for a warming glass of glühwein, while Hennu Stall is a go-to place for piste-side drinking and dancing.

Down in town, there’s a dazzling range of après ski hotspots to keep the party going. The Papperla Pub is popular each winter among locals and seasonnaires alike, with live music from 4pm each day. The Z'alt Hischi offers a traditional décor and lively feel, and attracts the young seasonnaire crowd, while visitors in search of something more refined can head to venues like the elegant Grand Hotel Zermatterhof. If your après ski session is slowly turning into a night on the town, head over to the Panorama Bar or the stylish Broken Bar at Hotel Post.

Zermatt après ski Zermatt's apres ski scene ranks among the best in the Alps

Saas Fee

Surrounded by thirteen peaks reaching over 4,000 metres and boasting some of the highest-altitude slopes in the Alps, Saas Fee is a skier’s dream destination. You’ll find plenty of traditional village charm, and the resort delivers on the après ski, too. There’s a great selection of lively venues and piste-side terraces for thirsty skiers and boarders to explore.

Live music fans can hit rustic and welcoming venues like Dom Bar, which serves up a fine selection of refreshing beers, fruity cocktails and sophisticated long drinks. Nesti’s is a drinking den with a strong reputation for its risky blend of glühwein and schnapps, while the Black Bull Snowbar is a great place for soaking up the sunshine on the terrace.

If you’re continuing the party into the wee hours and looking for a late-night venue, be sure to check out Poison nightclub or Popcorn – which plays the role of après ski venue and nightclub perfectly. There’s also the Living Room, if you’re out late and looking for something a little more chilled.

Saas Fee in the Alps Enjoy a blend of traditional village charm and lively nightlife in Saas Fee

Laax

Laax is famous for two things. Firstly, it’s home to some of the best snowparks in the world. Secondly, it plays host each year to the Laax Open – one of the biggest board comps in the Alps’ calendar. Aside from all this, Laax offers a superb après ski and nightlife scene – with bars and clubs ideal for those keen to ski and party hard.

The Crap Bar is named after the mountain it sits on, and ranks among the best-known venues in Laax – not least for its dodgy name. It’s a popular spot for a post-ski drink with a roster of great live music, and the extensive drinks menu has something to suit all tastes. Another busy spot for all the right reasons is the Riders’ Lobby. It’s a great spot to relax with a coffee during the day, and turns into one of Saas Fee’s hottest après ski and clubbing venues as the night wears on.

Verbier

Home to some of the finest 5* and 6* luxury chalets in the Alps, Verbier is a playground for the rich and famous... and the rest of us are welcome too, of course. This charming and traditional Alpine town attracts snow-lovers from across the world, and the après ski scene is legendary.

The slope-side bar Les Ruinettes welcomes thirsty skiers and boarders from lunchtime onwards with drinks and après ski revelry among the peaks and pistes. And lower down the slopes, the rustic Le Rouge’s sun-drenched terrace is a popular spot after a long day on the snow. 

In Verbier itself, après skiers in search of cheaper prices and a relaxed atmosphere head to le Mont Fort – popular for its live music and Brit-influenced pub feel. At the more chic end of the scale, venues like Le Farinet, Farm Club and W Off Piste – set inside the gorgeous W Hotel – serve up swanky cocktails in a stylish setting.

Verbier in the Swiss Alps Chic bars and stylish nightclubs make Verbier's apres ski something special

For more details on the resorts featured in this blog, and the accommodation options they hold for your next ski holiday, we’re on hand to help on 0203 0800 202. And for a few après ski hotspots elsewhere in the Alps, check our blog on the best après ski resorts in France and Austria.