Booking a foreign holiday right now is trickier than trying to complete a Rubik’s Cube with your feet.
But whenever some sort of normality returns, one area we can’t wait to revisit is the awe-inspiring French Alps.
The skiing and snowboarding is wonderful (who doesn’t like whizzing down pistes surrounded by preternaturally beautiful scenery?) but we must admit that the most attractive aspect of a ski holiday infused with Gallic charm is the après-ski.
There’s something so life-affirming about exerting energy during the day with adventures on pristine powder, then refreshing yourself each evening in good company from all around the world in fab bars and bouncing clubs.
With that in mind, here are three French ski resorts with buzzing après-ski.
Portes du Soleil is a perpetually popular ski area and Morzine is definitely one of its party capitals. If you’re a fan of strong continental lager you can consume it in conspicuous quantities at the legendary Robinsons (‘Robbos’ to initiates), while Dixie Bar is nearby and boasts three separate rooms based on British, Irish and Spanish themes, live big screen sports and pool tables.
For an even livelier choice, Le Tremplin has an outdoor bar and DJs to drive tabletop dancing, while L’Opera nightclub is open until 5am and trades on a terrific soundtrack of EDM, techno and Europop.
Tip: You’ll also find live music and refreshments in Morzine at the Tibetan Café.
High-altitude skiing, haute cuisine and luxury accommodation are all calling cards of Courchevel, but this chic ski resort is also an amazing place to party.
If chilled acoustic tunes in a sophisticated setting sounds right up your street, you’ll adore Ku-de-ta, while Le Bubble in the more relaxed Moriond sector pleases its patrons with tasty snacks, live music and cut-price drinks. Meanwhile, if you’re a dancefloor diva or disco king you’ll love the themed nights and thumping tunes at Le Funky Fox, and Le Catérail is a brilliant bar for meeting friends to watch sports events and also hosts live bands in the evenings.
Tip: specialist travel agencies like Erna Low are your best bet for arranging ski holidays in Courchevel.
A pioneering ski resort since the 1930s and host site of several ski events in the 1992 Winter Olympics, Val d’Isère has a hard-earned reputation as one of the world’s foremost ski resorts.
And it’s an all action location off the pistes too, so you’ll never run short of places to party.
At Bananas bar you can embrace the novelty of drinking at separate bars for beer and spirits and the Tex-Mex food is easy on the taste buds, while fans of jazz and funk should shimmy over to the Blue Note Bar for cool vibes. Finally, if you really want to get down, don’t miss Doudoune club, a Val institution which is open until 5am and boasts the resort’s best DJs on the wheels of steel.
Tip: for chic cocktails in Val d’Isère, try Dicks Tea Bar.
This hat-trick of awesome après-ski locations will help you plan the ultimate French skiing holiday!