During the winter months, skiing is one of the most popular leisure activities in several European countries. Starting in 1868 when city-dwellers could finally reach mountain resorts by train. Alpine skiing has a long traditional in the Alpine regions of Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and France. Thanks to the increased technology in cable cars, ski lifts and skis it has allowed for an increase in the sport.
Interesting facts about skiing:
– Europe holds 48% of the ski resorts, 1/3 of these are in the Alps
– 83% of the most popular ski resorts in the world are in the Alps
– In Switzerland, Austria and Norway 25% of the population ski
– The first record of a skier was 4,000 years ago, in Norway
Skiing has not only become a sport for holidays with family or friends, it is now well known for corporate ski trips ranging from incentive travel to client entertainment, creating the most memorable moments for clients and colleagues.
St Anton, Austria
With 305km including; 51km of blacks runs, 123km of red runs and 131km of blue/green runs. These are all linked and all abilities from beginners to experts the Alberg ski region is the largest ski area in Austria. St Anton boasts some of the best powder days in Europe, first lifts is already too late for fresh tracks!
When it comes to après ski you can pretty much say that St Anton is where it all began. There is no other resort in the world which can imitate the entertainment that the après ski in St Anton has. Some of the best après bars of St Anton are Mooserwirt and Krazy Kangaruh. Where waiters can carry 30 steins of beer at a time delivering them to your table, which you are dancing on.
The carnage of après ski really begins when the on-piste bars close and the final descent to the bars at the bottom of the piste begins. In most European resorts inebriated skiing is frowned upon, in St Anton it is found hilarious by locals. Once you make it to the bottom of the slopes, a final drink is suggested at Basecamp, this is the final stop of après ski.
Pas de la Casa, Andorra
Pas de la Casa is the highest resort in the Pyrenees at an altitude of 2050 metres, attracting many skiers and snowboarders who enjoy the excellent slopes throughout the winter.
Andorra has become a very popular resort with the après ski scene. Starting on the slopes at Pas 83 with welcoming staff and a warming open fire. The pub crawl then continues to Kamikaze Surf (also known as KSB) which is a restaurant/bar holding regular parties. Another restaurant that turns into a pub for après ski is El Tupi, located at the foot of the slopes.
In addition to après ski, Pas de la Casa is also known for its nightlife. All Deja Beer guests can enjoy pulling their own pints, dance music is played at Undergrounds, happy hour runs from 8pm to 10pm at Paddy’s Irish bar and the nightclubs close at 3am except for Fridays and Saturdays, when it’s 4am.
The best part about Andorra is the low tax and duty-free prices, guests will be able to find an enormous choice of shops and supermarket offering everything from perfume and alcohol to electrical goods and clothing.
Offering a short transfer from Geneva airport to Verbier (1h45minutes) it is becoming one of the most popular ski resorts for short breaks. As it is part of the Quatre Valles ski area including; Versonnaz, Nendaz, Thyon and Verbier. There are 400km of slopes up to 3330m at the highest point, the Mont Fort.
A resort which is regularly visited by celebrities such as Jamie Oliver & the Beckhams reflects the high quality of restaurants and accommodation. For an all-round weekend of skiing and fantastic nightlife Verbier is the place to go. The village has an amazing choice of nightlife including; cosmopolitan cocktail bars, lively après bars and VIP tables at trendy clubs. Verbier is a quintessential weekend destination which will be sure to impress your clients and colleagues.
Courchevel 1850, France
A resort which has always been popular as a destination for corporate ski trips as it is the perfect destination for entertaining at a high-end. Courchevel is well known for its Michelin starred restaurants, 7 in fact! As well as the most beautiful five-star hotels lining the slopes and chic nightclubs, Courchevel is the place for a winning trip.
Not only is there fine dining and beautiful accommodation. Courchevel is part of the Three Valleys, the largest ski area in the world. The Three Valleys network include; Meribel, Val Thorens and Courchevel covering 600km of pistes and 151 ski lifts. Even the most advanced of skiers will not feel like they are running out of pistes.
In terms of the après ski La Folie Douce offers open air clubbing like you have never seen before. Starting the afternoon with an impressive cabaret show with the most versatile performers, musicians and dancers. Boating unbelievable routines, the craziest costumes which are created by a talented fashion designer and impressive production. It really doesn’t come as a surprise that every show in completely unique! Fire breathers, breath-taking violinists and crazy dancers are some of the things you will be able to see.