No, Ischgl really is not a cheap destination at all, but does it really matter when it comes to after ski? Trofana Alm will offer you everything that you are looking for after a long day out on the slopes: classic Tyrolean interior accompanied by singalong and fabulous service by strong barmen and girls. If you are searching for slightly more modern facilities, you can try Schatzi Bar, as long as you can handle girls dancing on the bar.
2. St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria
A few years back, St. Anton would probably have been number one on this list, but it is now a good runner-up. St. Anton is not for beginners and that is also reflected on the audience found in the after ski. The volume is high, new skiers continuously join and it is just wonderful. Krazy Kangaruh is a real institution on the after ski scene and Mooserwirt will offer you great German pop music.
3. Rond Point, Meribel, France
Rond Point really is a mountain hut bar in Meribel, quite notorious for dancing and partying with very high volume. In addition, the scenery is magnificent. The terrace is located on 1,600 meters above sea and you can hear live music every afternoon. Ski back down to the village – or take the bus if you had too many drinks.
4. Hinterhagalm Tea Bar in Saalbach, Austria
Hinterhagalm is two stories high and a legendary venue in the Saalback valley. Loud Austrians who won’t hide when the sing-a-long or dancing starts frequently visit this place. You arrive here by taking the ski slope Kohlmais, quite close to the centre of Saalbach. The slope is luckily equipped with flood lights, which may be useful to guide you on your way back home.
5. White Lounge in Mayrhofen, Austria
No list of after ski place would be complete without mentioning an ice bar. The White Lounge is a six meter high igloo and is most suited for a romantic rendezvous or a quiet afternoon with friends. Candles light the white walls made out of snow and the atmosphere is unique. Just as in a few other ice caverns, you can stay the night here.
6. Elsie's in Zermatt, Switzerland
If you have the budget for it, you really should pay a visit to Elise’s in Zermatt. This place is high end, but still comfortable for most visitors. The place is filled with champagne and mink coats, but order a glass of white wine and oysters and you’ll fit in.
7. Livigno, Italy
This town offers more than 150 bars and really is a fun-packed place. Even if Livigno has belonged to various countries over the years, the town still has a distinct Austrian atmosphere. Visit The Kuhstall, Mikey's Pub, Gulliver Pub or the Echo Pub. If you are in the mood for cocktails, pay a visit to Jpioca. In short, Livigno offers so many bars you can never visit them all during your ski holiday.