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European ski holiday resorts with the best off-slope scenes for students


For many students a ski holiday is about not only hitting the slopes, but wholeheartedly embracing the nightlife and trying out the off-slope activities on offer before you leave. Skiing is the perfect holiday choice for packing as many experiences as possible into those precious breaks from studying.

Before you leave, be sure to first find ski clothing websites who offer ‘student package’ deals on all accessories, leaving more money to enjoy the nightlife at the top student-friendly resorts that we’ve shortlisted for you below:

St Anton

The location of the movie ‘Chalet girl’, St Anton is world famous for its après-ski scene which attracts flocks of young people every year. The lively bars are almost as renowned as the skiing itself, and you don’t even have to stray too far from the slopes to try out the two most popular ones. Located on the Galzig Piste, Krazy Kanguruh is a popular destination to start off the night, or head over to Mooserwirt for the dancing and DJ sets. Head out on your ski holiday in mid-December and enjoy the live music après scene on a whole other level at the Après-Ski Hits event which host international bands and DJs.

Val d’Isere

Val d’Isere is another resort common with students due to its vibrant atmosphere. With a number of clubs open until the early hours of the morning, there is plenty of choice for making the most of both the days and the nights on your holiday. And it can all be enjoyed on a student-friendly budget if you make the most of the happy hour deals on offer at many of the venues.

La Plagne

This is a perfect resort for those that want to make the most of the Alps experience by expanding their horizons past simply the ski slopes and bars. La Plagne is now offered by most specialist ski holiday companies due to providing the opportunity to sample some more original cold weather activities. For skiers that fancy a downhill thrill with a twist, the resort offers a bobsleigh experience on the course that was used in the 1992 Winter Olympics. The bravest can descend the track in a real bobsleigh at speeds of 120km/hour, or those that prefer a less hair-raising experience can choose the bob raft which reaches a more manageable 80km/hour.

La Plagne offers other unique experiences including a climbing experience on a 24 metre artificial frozen ice waterfall, and to top it off the resort was named the world’s most popular ski destination in the 2014 International Report on Snow and Mountain Tourism.

Photograph by Ski Trysil

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