The Après-Ski Tradition
Après-ski or “after-skiing” is a tradition that originated first in Norway, then moved to the Alps, where skiers would stop on the their last run of the day to enjoy a cocktail, beer or wine while still sporting their ski gear. Today this culture is an important part of any ski vacation no matter the destination. As much as I love a day on the slopes, there is something magical in that moment when you gather around a fire with your fellow skiers and a crisp, refreshing beer touches your lips.
This is one activity on any ski vacation that requires no prerequisites in your abilities. You can be a beginner, intermediate or advanced skier, it doesn’t matter. Après-ski is its own sport and anyone who comes to the mountain can play.
Here we observe some of the coolest après-ski traditions all over the world and where to go to experience them.
Fondue is traditionally a Swiss dish made of melted cheese served in a communal pot over a portable stove. Long-stemmed forks are then used to dip pieces of dip bread into the bubbling hot-pot of cheese. Does this sound delicious? Answer: yes. Add a stein or two of refreshing lager and you have yourself an après ski made in heaven, or The Swiss Alps.
BEERS ON THE SNOWY PATIO
You may think patio season is over but don’t take off all your ski gear just yet; you must observe the tradition of having beers on the a snowy patio. This tradition takes place in almost every ski village, anywhere in the world. Beers on a snowy patio is a universal après tradition. The Snowy patio at The Chalet at 11º East has fantastic views over both Bobos ski slope and to the mountains beyond.
I am not generally an advocate for “shots” of alcohol; however, when the barman tells you to participate in a shot-ski, you can’t let your team down.
You are likely to find this tradition on any of the major mountains in British Columbia, Canada. Whether you sip whisky in Obergurgl or Whistler or Revelstoke… you’ll need the Whisky after powder days on those mountains.
SCHNAPPS IN AUSTRIA
Schnapps, a distilled fruit Brandy, is the unofficial national beverage of Austria and the perfect warming mechanism to follow-up a day on the slopes. Fires, furs and warm waters have nothing on Schnapps; 2-3 sips and your body temperature will rise. While you’re at it you might as well sing a rendition of the famous Austrian ski tune, Anton aus Tirol! Ski Austria, and drink Schnapps!
Whether enjoying the luxurious bar in The Chalet at 11º East Obergurgl, or enjoying Obergurgls most famous après ski bar, the Neederhutte, you cant go wrong with a delicious Schnapps.
The Neederhutte is half way up the mountain and has live rock and roll most evenings! After several schnapps you can either ski down, or take the free skidoo if you can no longer ski!
Happy après-ski from the Chalet at 11ºEast Obergurgl, Tirol