Top 10 Apres-Ski Scenes
St. Anton, Austria
St. Anton (tack on “am Arlberg” for the town’s proper name), Austria, is prided on being one of the birthplaces of skiing, offering up superb alpine pistes, an attractive village of domed churches and cozy chalets, and an after-the-slopes party scene that has simmered to perfection through the generations. The compact pedestrian zone means you can give your legs a rest off the slopes, as just a short stroll finds dozens of bars, restaurants, and gasthofs serving up schnapps, locally brewed beer, and lots of good fun. Some après-ski faves include Mooserwirt, with its elbow-to-elbow crowds and live DJs, and The Underground on the Piste, a British pub that's your best bet for a pint of Guinness and live music. Late-night discos, karaoke bars, Austrian accordions, and even places where you can fox-trot until dawn promise a little something for everyone. In fact, you needn’t look further than the top of the slopes for a little aperitif to kick things off – huts serving up glühwein (hot red wine spiked with a local schnapps) make a tempting proposition on the pistes.