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Holidays & Travel: For the non-skier

Chris Madoc-Jones
Chris Madoc-Jones
Chris loves skiing and combines this with a passion for helping you to get the most out of your holiday.
By lunchtime I'm done with skiing and will head straight to apres, I've already been to Val d'Isere and Val Thorens so where else should I head to?

Val Thorens and Val d’Isere are certainly two of the liveliest resorts in the Alps so topping them may be quite difficult! However there are two that might just be able to rival them – but beware you may need to take a little bit more cash with you…

Number one has to be St Anton in the Austrian Arlberg, just as famous for its après ski as it is for its off piste skiing. St Anton is all about après, it continues right through until the evening so there isn’t really a need to head out clubbing later! You have to take in both the world famous Mooserwirt (rumoured to sell the most beer per square metre in the whole of Austria) and Krazy Kangaruh (owned by Olympic gold medal-winning skier Mario Matt) après bars on the slopes for the true St Anton experience. Expect pumping oom-pah-pah music, dancing on tables, copious amounts of beer and be sure to stay for at least two days so that you can do both justice.

Secondly is Verbier in the Swiss Alps. Not only does it possess some of the best skiing in the world, much of which is thigh burning off piste that will have you shattered by lunchtime, but its après ski is legendary. Follow the route I took last March to take it all in. Start off with a quick drink in the sun at Bar 1936 on the slopes into town before decamping to Pub Mont Fort for 4CHF happy hours beers – by far the cheapest I have ever found in the Swiss Alps! From here head down to Farinet for pumping live music to take you right through to dinner time. If you’ve got time have a quick change and head out for one of Al Capone’s famous pizzas before heading back to Pub Mont Fort (8CHF beers by now) and then to The Farm Club – Verbier’s most famous nightclub. Be sure to dress well and turn up relatively early to avoid missing out on a Verbier institution.

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