Apres Ski in the French AlpsAlpe d’Huez, France
There are prettier resort towns in France than Alpe d’Huez, but from a purely practical sense, this has everything you could want – the Alps’ longest black run, the infamous ‘tunnel’ run, good beginner slopes and reasonable prices. Oh, and it's also one of the best party spots in the mountains.
Head to La Folie Douce, a spectacular high-altitude club that, unlike many of its counterparts, takes its entertainment seriously. A creative team travels the globe finding the best DJs and performers – musicians, dancers and cabaret stars – and each year comes up with completely new concepts, costumes and productions. It’s the combination of an amazing setting and ever-building vibe that makes this après-ski event just as memorable as your day on the slopes.
Later in the evening you might also want to try Freeride, where the drinks are priced using a stock-exchange model (rising and falling throughout the evening), and there’s a slippery dip to the loos.
Get off at the second stop of the main DMC lift of Alpe d’Huez.
Ski parties are never cheap, and this high-class, high-altitude club is no exception.
There’s après-ski at La Folie Douce from 2.30pm–5pm during the ski season.