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  • As the name itself reveals, après ski is a concept born and bred in France, before spreading to alpine hubs across the globe. It’s no surprise that drinking, eating, partying—celebrating in some form—sits at the top of the priority list for skiers everywhere. Compared to the U.S., the après scene in the French Alps literally goes from dusk ’til dawn. It features a higher fur to Gore-Tex ratio, more wine and elaborate cocktails, better food, more electronic dance music than acoustic guitar, more dancing in general, and a significantly larger crowd. Expect to shed some layers amid the collective body heat. Here are just suggestions for where to start your post-slopes partying.

  • Come to surf, golf, take tours, or simply to bathe in the sun and relax in a fitness center in Biarritz.

  • Over the years, this multi-faceted destination has become a leading light on the international tourism scene, lit by the aura surrounding the village of Saint-Tropez.