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Not many sports are as well known for their partying as skiing and snowboarding are. Apart from the summer-holiday party hotspots like Ibiza, Ayia Napa, Mykonos etc, few towns in the world can rival ski resorts for night-life, and some resorts are as famous for the quality of their bars and nightclubs as they are their pistes!

So where are the liveliest ski resorts in Europe ? Well, our basic rule is that if you want decent après ski, Austria is still king but we can't just have a list of ten Austrian resorts, so other areas also make our top ten...

Flag   1. Ischgl (Austria)

When it comes to après-ski, Ischgl is not only the party capital of Europe, but the entire skiing world. It start early, and finishes late. Early afternoon haunts include the Kuhstall smack in the centre of the resort, the Trofana Alm and the Ice Bar. Plenty of trashy sing-a-long europop and oompah-band music being belted out to get you in the mood for early evening, when it seems the entire holidaying population is staggering the streets and hitting the bars.

The Kuhstall remains popular in the centre around this time, along with the nearby Fire and Ice bar, the Hollboden (famous for it's live music) and the Kitzloch. All these bars stay open late and their are also a wealth of dancing clubs, the resort has its own Pacha at the Madlein Hotel whilst the Arena nightclub at the Trofana Royal is one of the most popular places in town. There are also a number of lap-dancing clubs to keep lap-dancing fans happy !

The whole thing may sound like mayhem but it's all done with a decent, unthreatening-vibe, you don't get the feeling that you've wandered into some sort of Bendidorm in the mountains.

Flag   2. St Anton (Austria)

St. Anton is probably the only resort in the world that can get close to challenging Ischgl for the title of après-ski party capital. The après-ski scene starts as early at lunchtime for many places and many skiers. The Krazy Kanguruh Bar is one of the Alps most famous and ensures a seemingly endless party atmosphere up on the slopes. Down in town there are plenty of wine bars, nightclubs and cheesey Euro-pop bars.

Flag   3. Mayrhofen (Austria)

Plenty of Irish, Scottish and English bars in the town. The Ice Bar at the base of the main gondola is Europe's biggest single sales point of beer !

Flag   4. Solden (Austria)

Flag   5. Soll (Austria)

Flag   6. Kitzbuhel (Austria)

Flag   7. Saalbach (Austria)

Flag   8. Chamonix (France)

Flag   9. Pas de la Casa (Andorra)

Flag   10. Verbier (Switzerland)

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