Skiing and partying… they just go together, don’t they?! Many keen snow-lovers seem to feel that if they don’t come home from a ski holiday needing another holiday, they didn’t do it right!
Among all the diverse and lively ski resorts in the Alps, some stand above others in terms of après ski and nightlife. At the top of the tree sits St Anton, a pretty, traditional mountain resort in the Arlberg region with a reputation as a party town.
It’s hard work exploring the pistes, parks and powder of the mighty Arlberg ski area, and — by mid-afternoon — many of the resort’s adventurous visitors have worked up quite a thirst. At the top of the main home-run back into the village, there’s a pocket of piste-side bars popular among après-skiers in search of a good time. It’s starting to get dark, you need a drink, and home is but a mere ski away… Perfect.
As thirsty skiers enjoy hot glasses of glühwein (mulled wine) and large steins of cold beer, the music ramps up and the atmosphere changes. It’s euro-party time in St Anton, people, so kick off your skis, get yourself a drink and come join the fun!
There's plenty of fun to be had on and off the slopes of St Anton.
The Mooserwirt; the home of Austrian après ski
Billed both as ‘probably the worst ski hut in the Arlberg’ and ‘the mother of all après ski bars’, St Anton’s Mooserwirt bar certainly polarizes opinion. Too-cool-for-school seasonnaires typically stick their noses in one or twice, decide it’s a bit much, and spend their time elsewhere. But for the rest of us, the Mooserwirt represents the very pinnacle of what Europarty après skiing is all about.
An acquired taste it may well be — especially for us reserved Brits — but for the bar’s dedicated Austrian and German following, there’s nowhere better. Unless you’ve enjoyed at least one beer-fuelled après ski session courtesy of resident DJ Gerhardt, you really can’t say you’ve experienced après ski at all. And no, the Folie Douce doesn’t count. This is next-level!
St Anton for families
While we’re on the subject of St Anton, it’s worth mentioning that these days the focus is shifting and becoming more inclusive to a more diverse range of visitors. For a number of seasons now, child-friendly hotels have been swinging into action, offering families the chance to ski one of Austria’s finest resorts without the rowdy crowds. If you’re considering hitting St Anton as a family and you’d like a peaceful corner of the resort to play in in peace, try the Nasserein side and properties such as the Pepi Gabl.