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Apres-ski

Après-ski 

n. Social events or activities that take place after skiing

While famed for stunning mountain ranges and endless skiable terrain, the Alps are also renowned the world over for their slope side parties, and lively après scene. And it’s easy to see the appeal. There’s something special about finishing a hard day’s skiing with a cold drink with friends and live music to help you loosen off. A little magic happens when the lifts close. Whether it’s due to the altitude, the post-skiing buzz or the fact that you’re throwing out shapes in a pair of ski boots; inhibitions drop, everyone relaxes and the parties go off!

While Austria might take the crown for die-hard après fans there are some strong contenders for the throne, including our much beloved Méribel here in the Three Valleys. If you’re in the mood a little après fun then Méribel is a great base; with a well-deserved reputation as one of the most fun and lively après scenes in the Alps. There are a wide range of banging options on the pistes if you want to start early and get warmed up, with many more bars hosting bands at the foot of the pistes to welcome you back to resort.

One of those options is a firm favourite with seasonnaires and holidaymakers alike: La Terrasse du Village, in Méribel Village. If you want to get your groove on this is the place for you. With a busy dance floor, awesome bands and enthusiastic crowd, you’ll be removing layers in no time at all. And this year they’re excited to announce that they’ll be serving up a healthy portion of après fun six nights a week. So hold on to your helmets, and loosen your boot buckles, the party is coming to town.

So what can you expect?

Make your last run of the day the blue Lapin which winds its way down through the woods into Méribel Village. At the bottom of the piste you’ll find the best bands in the Alps, fuelling your evening on a sun-drenched terrace. With their outdoor bar you’ll get that true French après scene as you watch the sunset over snow-capped mountains. And don’t worry if big snowflakes are falling, they’ve got that covered, with a huge parasol. There’s no stopping this party.

Is it just about the music?

A couple of hours of dancing in ski boots (and a beer or two) may well bring on the munchies. But never fear, you’re never far from a good feed in the Alps. And the Terrasse du Village is no exception. With a new menu and new head chef this winter expect to see big homemade burgers, fine cuts of meat, slow cooked daily specials, and a mixture of local and international flavours made with fresh, locally sourced produce.

And how about getting home?

If you’re staying in Méribel Centre or Les Allues and you need to get back for your chalet dinner, don’t panic; regular free shuttle buses operate late into the night. Although the appeal of one more song at après has been known to make chalet guests miss canapés. Or if you’re staying in Courchevel or La Tania you can take a taxi back to La Tania, where free buses will take you back to the various other levels.

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