For the most part, a skiing holiday in the French Alps is a sporty holiday. You wake up early, you eat relatively healthy (or plan to), you stretch and hit the slopes. But not everyone wants to hit the hay early during their ski holiday. If you’re one of the many who enjoy a good après ski, here’s a list of the best party ski resorts in the French Alps.
Sometimes, the best memories of your ski holidays aren’t made on the slopes. Sometimes you make them after (après) skiing.
While some of these party ski resorts have an outdoor terrace you need to ski down from (careful!) others on this list have bars and nightlife in the towns themselves.
Ready to see where the best party ski resorts are in the French Alps?
Chamonix, one of the best party ski resorts in the French Alps
Chamonix isn’t one of the most famous ski resorts in the French Alps for no reason.
It’s famous for its mix of extreme vertical pistes, its epic view on the Mont Blanc massif, and its wide-ranging and epic terrain. But it’s also known for its nightlife.
The Chamonix nightlife is a perfect setting for any kind of ski party holidays, whether you like a quiet night in a cosy bar, loud music right on the pistes, or a lush escapade in a nightclub that ends in the wee hours of the night.
Most people will have heard of the famous Chambre Neuf, the liveliest and loudest apres-ski in Chamonix. It’s open all day, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and attracts many different kinds of people. But Chamonix has far more to offer than that.
Bars in Chamonix
To start your night off, Chamonix has plenty of bars for all kinds of tastes. Some of our favourites are:
- Le Chamonix Social Club: 90 Rue des Moulins, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
A trendy bar with a large menu of tasty and creative cocktails and a beautiful terrace overlooking the river.
- Savoy bar: 109 Rue Charlet Straton, Argentière, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
If you’re looking for a good pub where you can have a good pint and listen to good music, this is the bar for you.
- The Office Bar: 274 Rue Charlet Straton, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Another option for pub lovers is The Office Bar, where you can drink good beer and enjoy burgers and even fish & chips.
- Micro-Brasserie de Chamonix, MBC: 350 Route du Bouchet, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Beer connoisseur? This micro-brewery offers a wide selection of craft beers for your apres-ski with style.
- Le Bistrot des Cristalliers: 109 Rue des Moulins, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Not a fan of beers? Chamonix also has a wine bar, where you can also try locally-sourced snacks. The owners of this bar are super nice.
- L’Alibi bar: 17 Place de l'Église, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
If you don’t fancy hops or grapes, perhaps a cocktail will do the trick. And as you may expect, Chamonix has a place for you. This place has a cosy atmosphere with techno-house music. Perfect for a night out!
- Le Janssen: 823 Allée Recteur Payot, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Another cocktail bar with a carefully decorated interior, for those who enjoy the finer things in life.
But the Chamonix nightlife goes beyond just the bar scene. It also has some fantastic apres-ski nightclubs for those who want to dance. The nightclubs open until very late in Chamonix are:
- Le Tof: Chamonix’s official gay bar with themed nights running until 4 a.m.
- L’Amnesia: One of the largest nightclubs in the area, this Chamonix nightclub is open until 4 a.m.
- The Bunker Nightclub: If you still have party juice after the last two, you can pop over to the Bunker. It’s open until 7 a.m. and has 45 different flavoured vodkas! Just don’t blame us if you’re too hungover to ski the next day.
- La Folie Douce: With the most famous historical one being in Val d’Isere, it decided to open another branch in Chamonix! One of the most famous hotspot in the Alps, La Folie Douce has food, dancers, and entertainment galore. It’s only open until 1 am, but it’s well worth a visit.
Morzine ski resort nightlife
Maybe Morzine attracted you for its family fun and charming Alpine architecture. This is certainly one of the best family ski resorts in France, but after you put the kids to bed there’s plenty for the adults to get up to.
Some of the best party ski resorts are alive during skiing, not after. Meaning, you party in your snow gear, on top of the mountain, and then ski down to your Alpine ski chalet after.
If you’re looking for bars in town, there’s also plenty of that available. Here are some of our favourite bars in Morzine:
- Le Coup de Coeur: Route de la Plagne, Morzine
Wine lovers will fall in love with this place. After all, the name, coup de coeur roughly translates to “falling in love”
- Le Bec Jaune brewery: 220 Route de la Combe À Zore, Morzine
There’s always something for beer lovers in the French Alps. A brasserie with a cold beer that pairs perfectly with a cold day out on the mountains.
- Dixie: 18 Rue du Bourg, Morzine
This is an Irish bar that we hold close to our hearts. Good beer, live music, great atmosphere.
- La Folie Douce: With the most famous historical one being in Val d’Isere, it decided to open another branch in Morzine! One of the most famous hotspot in the Alps, La Folie Douce has food, dancers, and entertainment galore. It’s only open until 1 am, but it’s well worth a visit.
And if you’re looking for the dancing part of Morzine nightlife, look no further than l’Opera, Morzine’s main nightclub, open every day until 5 am.
Avoriaz, world-famous party ski resort
Avoriaz is most famous for La Folie Douce, a self-declared “completely crazy, apres-ski where anything is possible, even sharing a beer with Lance Armstrong”. Perched at 1800 meters in altitude, this bar offers parties, food, drinks, and a phenomenal outside terrace with live music.
Avoriaz is best known as a family ski resort. But that doesn’t mean there’s nowhere to party. In fact, Avoriaz being a car-free resort, you can ski straight down to the party!
Some people come to Avoriaz-Morzine just for La Folie Douce! But Avoriaz also has another amazing gem, which is the Igloo Bar, a restaurant and bar made entirely of snow and ice (with a dancefloor!).
However, Avoriaz does maintain its family vibe, and you won’t find the same heavy nightlife you’d find in places like Chamonix. The only apres ski party you’ll find open very late in this Alpine town is Le Yak, which is a bar/nightclub open until 5:30 a.m.
Party ski resort by night and...party ski resort by day. Alpe d’Huez has always been known as one of the best party ski resorts in the French Alps. Its reputation has always preceded it, but it really consolidated its party animal character when it welcomed Tomorrowland Winter in 2019.
If you’re not around for Tomorrowland (or don’t like huge festivals), some cool places to go in the l’Alpe d’Huez are:
- Freeride Café - Galerie de l’Ours Blanc, l’Alpe d’Huez
At 9:00 p.m., drinks are priced based on a stock market system. Prices change every 90 seconds! The atmosphere is lively and there are pool tables and TVs with sports on.
- Smithy’s Tavern - Immeuble Igloo, Route du Coulet, l’Alpe d’Huez
Open until 2 a.m., this tavern has DJs, live music, and food for the hungry!
- L’Igloo - The Igloo is l’Alpe d’Huez’s nightclub, which is open until 4 am, and is just under Smithy’s Tavern.
Val Thorens nightlife
This is the highest ski resort in Europe. Val Thorens après ski is almost as famous as its pistes. Val Thorens attracts a university crowd as well as an older, more sophisticated crowd. And its party scene, as one of the best party ski resorts in the French Alps, caters to all.
In the town itself, you have the largest nightclub in the Alps -- all underground. The Malaysia deceptively looks like a little hut in the snow above ground, but underground you have 700 m2 of floor ready to be danced on.
But if you’re looking for a taste of home during your après ski in the French Alps, look no further than The Frog & Roast Beef, which is a British pub serving full English breakfasts and a good pint. They also have live music!
And if you’re looking for bars on the pistes themselves, Val Thorens has a couple to choose from:
Bar 360 has an outdoor terrace with live music where you can soak in the sun with a (really) cold beer. Don’t miss happy hour from 4-6 p.m.
Val Thorens is also home to one of the La Folie Douce locations, right on the piste plein sud. It naturally is one of the highest open-air clubs in Europe. Parties start at midday!
The best party ski resorts in the French Alps aren’t far
The French Alps have something for everyone. Fresh powder, phenomenal food, family fun and, of course, a great time with the copious choices of apres-skis. What more could you ask for during your ski holidays?
Have you tried any of these? What’s the best place you’ve been to?