Europe may be out of bounds, but that does not mean elements of its mountainside culture need to be.
Those in the snow know one of the perks of hitting the slopes is what comes at the end of the day – après ski.
A mountainside custom coined in the Swiss and French Alps, après ski is, as the name suggests, what comes “after” a day on your skis or snowboards.
Some European and North American ski destinations are known for their post-slope party atmospheres, Kiwis can still get a slice of the action close to home – even if your idea of action is a relaxed mulled wine by the fire.
And there’s no better place to indulge in some après than at the foot of the Southern Alps in Queenstown and Wanaka.
QUEENSTOWN: With dozens of bars all within a 1km radius, simply follow the lake’s edge or cobbled lanes and you’ll find yourself on the doorstep of many an après destination.
WANAKA: More lakeside après offerings await in Wanaka township, or if you’re heading down the mountain consider stopping at the iconic Cardrona pub, complete with roaring outdoor fire.
APRÈS AT HOME: Make the most of your bach or hired accommodation by whipping up some mulled wine or buttered whisky from home. Liven things up with some retro ski gear, and après like it’s 1980.