Host an Après-Ski Party in Five Steps: Skiers on a mountain

“Après ski” is French for “after ski.” It’s a time-honored tradition of unwinding after a day on the slopes. Celebrated around the world, in every ski region, the aprés ski is part of the whole experience. Our old friend Merriam-Webster defines it as “any social activity after a day’s skiing.” So, why not plan an aprés ski party?

Sure, you can head to a ski resort and have food and drinks with your friends. But who needs skiing to have a proper aprés ski party? Whether you’re a seasoned snow bunny with lots of after-ski parties under your jacket, or a cozy-by-the-fire kind of person, here are five steps to help you host an après-ski-themed party away from the slopes. And, just in case you feel like being a little extra, we’ve got some overindulgent ideas, too.

Step 1: Set the scene

Transform your space into a cozy mountain retreat. Incorporate warm lighting, plush throws, and rustic decor. Get some white string lights, wooden accents, and some candles. If you don’t have a real fireplace, there are plenty of hours-long videos of crackling fires available on YouTube and Netflix. 

Be Extra: Project a looped video of a snowy landscape onto a blank wall to create a dynamic element that brings the ski lodge vibe to life. 

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Step 2: Plan comforting food and drinks

Skiing is a very physical activity, so it’s good to assume that skiers have worked up an appetite after being on the slopes. But even if no one actually went skiing, you should also assume that your guests have worked up an appetite. Aprés-ski parties are all about hearty comfort foods and warm drinks. Capture the essence of a fancy ski resort with a decadent charcuterie board. Keep the warm vibes going with some cheese fondue and warm soft pretzels. Put a pot of chili on with some simple cornbread. For drinks, think hot cocoa, mulled wine, and spiced cider. 

Be Extra: Set up a DIY hot chocolate bar with toppings like marshmallows, whipped cream, peppermint sticks, and some Bailey’s Irish Creme for the adults. 

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Step 3: Create a cozy playlist

It is often said that a playlist can make or break the event. And you don’t want to mess this one up! Create a playlist that includes a mix of relaxing, upbeat, and party tracks. Just because you’ve been on the slopes all day doesn’t mean people don’t want to turn up. If you’re in a bind, don’t worry – someone has already created a Spotify playlist for you.

Be Extra: Hire a musician to come and perform. An acoustic set is just the vibe for this sort of scene.

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Step 4: Make sure you have fun

Depending on the region and the resort, aprés ski parties can be about relaxation or about keeping the thrills going. Incorporate some activities for both. Grab some board games, cards, and puzzles or download some Jackbox games, create a photo booth with ski-themed props, or host a ‘best ski outfit’ contest (you may want to give your guests a heads up on this one). 

Be Extra: Get a shotski. Yes – it is exactly what it sounds like. Whether you order one online or make your own, these are always a hit at parties. Remember: don’t drink and drive (or ski).

Step 5: Send everyone off with a memorable party favor

Put together a cute parting gift bag. Include some sweets, like cutout cookies, hot chocolate bombs, or candies, a mini bottle of champagne (aprés ski is French, right?), a cozy pair of socks, or a mug. 

Be Extra: Create some custom ski lift passes and write a short personalized message. This will capture the theme of the party and leave your guests feeling sentimental from the personal touch.


Bringing the mountain vibes inside isn’t easy. But with these five steps, we’re confident your party planning will be as easy as the bunny hill. With a cozy atmosphere, lots of yummy snacks, the right playlist, fun activities, and a thoughtful parting gift, your guests will be reminiscing about your aprés ski party long after the snow melts.

Kadi McDonald is a freelance writer, marketing strategist, and proud Cleveland sports fan.