Après-ski in Val d’Isere

Après-ski in Val d’Isere

Après-ski starts in Val d’Isere as early as mid-afternoon and carries on until there’s no-one left standing. Notorious and occasionally boisterous, the place is packed with clubs, bars and other noisy night-owl niches. Even the spa therapy centres in the upmarket luxury hotels come equipped with loud music and a bar mostly furnished with sumptuous sofas – great for nursing bruises and strains before a combination of massage therapy and alcohol relieves the pain.

Many of the dozens of clubs and bars in the town centre have their own big-name DJs and live bands in addition, ensuring nearby hotels have double-glazing installed. Styles range from exclusive upmarket to eccentric little hideaways, with prices matching the décor and location. On the upside, happy hour in a number of upscale establishments is somewhat open-ended. The closest to ‘quiet’ anywhere in town is the cosy, friendly Le Pub on the main street next to an internet café. Another favourite for entirely different reasons is Banana, a late-night haunt of chalet girls. For a riotous and rowdy night out, try Dick’s Tea Bar, which serves alternatives to tea mostly involving vodka until at least 04:00. If it closes before then, the night’s considered a failure.