Après ski in Mount Etna

Après ski in Mount Etna


As you’d expect, the après ski scene isn’t what visitors might be used to from holidays in the Alps. Instead of all-night clubbing and fire-side drinks, there are a few Mediterranean-style bars and restaurants.  Less than a decade ago, the Betulle Hotel had been the go-to destination for a quick après ski drink, but it was destroyed when lava engulfed it and hasn’t been rebuilt.

Vineyards are scattered all over the foothills, and a glass or three of the local organic wines makes a very satisfying alternative to the usual off-piste madness.

Here and there, there are a few of the little comforts of the more traditional ski resort. Hot chocolates are sold in almost every café around the mountain and souvenir shops stock a strong local liquor known as ‘fogo de Etna’, which will warm the throat if nothing else.

The majority of restaurants in the area are located in Rifugio Sapienza, though none are really haute cuisine. For the best of Sicily, head out of the park and to the coast where it’s easy to indulge in traditional fare and a more buzzing nightlife. Catania makes for a fun evening out.