Top après ski destinations for your staff

Posted by Jo Kelly

A stay at a ski resort can make a great choice of trip for your incentive travel.

But to really create an exciting, fun, relaxing and luxurious experience for your staff, and a chance for them to let their hair down, choosing a destination with great après can give your trip the edge.

From swish cocktail bars to trendy night clubs, the après ski scene has a great deal to offer for staff of all types – whether they’re an experienced skier or not. To help you know what countries and resorts to consider, here are some top après ski destinations to take your employees on your next company ski trip.

Austria

This beautiful country has a lot to offer when it comes to skiing, from its picturesque slopes to its heavyweight lift systems. It’s also home to what’s described as some of the world’s best après ski resorts, not to mention bars, clubs and music festivals.

Top resorts include St Anton, Ischgl, and Mayrhofen.

From the legendary ski bars of St Anton, to the incredible party venue of Ischgl, and the clubbing town of Mayrhofen, with its Snowbombing festival, Austria has a great deal to offer on the après scene. Other top resorts include Gerlos, Kitzbühel and Sölden.

Italy

During ski season, this stunning destination is a bit more laid back compared with other European countries, like France and Austria. While offering a number of giant ski areas, Italy is less about sporting excellence and more about enjoyment, and the après ski scene is no different.

Top resorts include Livigno, Courmayeur, and Sauze d’Oulx.

Livigno is well-suited to ski beginners, while offering over 150 bars – more than many party towns around the world. Courmayeur has its posh dining and drinking spots, alongside cobbled streets and historic buildings. Meanwhile, Sauze d’Oulx is a much more chilled affair with some great entertaining nightlife. Other top resorts include Corvara, Selva and Cortina.

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France

The French Alps are known for providing the best variety of ski resorts and terrain in the world. And, home to where the phrase “après” originates, which means “after ski”, France also has a lot to offer on this scene to keep your staff entertained after a day on the slopes.

Top resorts include Meribel, Chamonix, and Val d’Isere.

Highlights include the mid-piste DJs and live bands of Val d’Isere, the energetic town centre of Chamonix, jam-packed with bars and restaurants to suit any employee’s taste, and the legendary nightclubs in the party town of Meribel. Other top resorts include Avoriaz, Les Deux Alpes, and Tignes.

Switzerland

With its impressive ski runs and dramatic mountainous scenery, Switzerland is hard to beat for skiing. And away from the more vibrant party scenes of its neighbours Austria and France, the country is a calmer, more relaxed après ski destination – ideal if that’s what you think your staff will prefer.

Top resorts include Verbier, Zermatt, and Laax.

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Highlights include the sun-soaked terraces at the foot of the pistes of Verbier, the live music and piano bars of Zermatt, and the mountain restaurants of Switzerland’s liveliest après scene, Laax. Other resorts include Klosters, Saas-Fe, and St Moritz.

Outside Europe

While most top ski après resorts are based in Europe, there are some fantastic places around the rest of the world too – if you’re looking to treat their staff to a long-haul destination and a once-in-a-lifetime-type experience.

Top resorts include Whistler in Canada, Las Lenas in Argentina, and Aspen in the US.

Whistler boasts five-star hotels, spas and clubs, on a backdrop of glaciers and forests. Las Lenas, one of Argentina’s largest Andean ski resorts, has its late night life. Meanwhile, the celebrity hangout of Aspen, with its luxury hotels, bars, pubs and clubs, is recognised as having the best ski après scene in North America.

Providing your staff with the best ski trips for your incentive travel

A ski trip can make a great choice of incentive travel for your staff, from those who are new to the slopes, to sports lovers and your team’s avid skiers, to those who follow the après scene. Providing you employees with such an experience can make them feel valued and appreciated, strengthening their loyalty to your company, and motivating them to perform better to do more for you, your business and your brand.

At CR Worldwide, ski trips are just one part of the incentive travel services we offer. We can quickly, design, develop and implement incentive travel trips that provide a range of benefits for you and your staff. They are:

Engaging – Our trips aim to quickly enhance loyalty and performance, create an emotional bond with your brand, and increase company awareness.

Easy to manage – Run and hosted by dedicated managers who help to execute your ideal itinerary, our trips come with exciting schedules of activities and experiences.

Easy to implement – Quick to set up, our trips are tailored to suit your staff, your needs and your business goals.

We’d love to excite, engage and inspire your staff with our services in incentive travel. To speak to a member of our award-winning team: