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February 21, 2011 07:26 ET

Skip the Slopes and Go Get Piste: Top 10 Apres Ski Destinations

Cheapflights.co.uk Helps Travellers Ditch the Skis and Head Straight to the 'Apres'

LONDON--(Marketwire - February 21, 2011) - A less than ideal number of snow inches doesn't have to mean dumping the late ski tradition. Cheapflights.co.uk, the UK's leading website for flight price comparison, maps out the world's ten best locations for après ski recreation. 

"Let's face it, snow is beautiful and the skiing part itself only last for a few hours. It's the atmosphere that makes travellers head for the slopes year after year whether they ski or not, so why not take some time out in a white wonderland and just enjoy the after party," says Nadine Hallak, Travel Expert for Cheapflights.co.uk. 

Here we explore five of the Cheapflights' Top 10 Après Ski hotspots:

Chamonix, France
Known for its excellent value for money, this alpine resort is also full of life, full of love, and full of celebrities. The UK's national sweetheart Kylie Minogue often plans parties here, while Tiger Woods' now former wife used it as an escape haven during their recent public calamity. Attracting female fame, Mont Blanc is a great place for girlfriend getaways and mixed parties alike to its numerous venues including famous haunt Le Privilege, a lounge bar serving great cocktails and live music. 

St. Moritz, Switzerland
This is jet set at its finest; its dry-air "Champagne Climate" makes St. Moritz a go-to for skiers and snowboarders. Sharing trails with Silvaplana, Celerina, and Pontresina makes for a diversity of slopes, lounges and social scenes that create an attractive and fun atmosphere. Serving up indulgence in the form of ski fondue, lobster, sun decks and terraces, the après ski offering here is positively decadent, lasting well into the night. 

St. Anton, Austria
Extremity is the name of the game here; St. Anton's slopes mean its visitors ski hard and reward themselves by playing hard afterwards. Once the clock strikes 3pm, the slopes are abandoned and the bars are flooded. Popular venues include Senn Hutte, which has a German show encouraging guests to dance on tables while Krazy Kanguruh, right on the piste, is known for its party atmosphere. The resort's broad range of late night clubs and karaoke bars makes for great excuses to miss the slopes the next morning. 

Cortina, Italy
Often referred to by Italians as "salotto dei famosi" meaning "the celebrities' living room", Cortina has been known to draw epic A-listers dating way back in the form of Ingrid Bergman, Brigitte Bardot and Clark Gable. Revel in the real Hollywood's authentic footsteps... or ski tracks and rub elbows, or ski suits, with the well-to-do modern folk that decorate its slopes today. Enjoy a wine extravaganza in venues like Via del Mercato that houses over 700 different kinds, or Blues Bar Lacadel at the base of the Socrapes for something more low-key.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming
It may not be an immediately obvious ski destination, but it happens to be a celebrity hotspot attracting A-list regulars such as the likes of Uma Thurman and Harrison Ford. If it's good enough for Indiana Jones then it's good enough for all. Wyoming's landscape is a glorious sight to soak up by day while, by night, it serves up a mix of authentic western saloons and cosmopolitan elegance to suit all desired experiences. For fancy dining, visitors can suit up for the Four Seasons, and for casual fun, a drink at the Many Moose or Million Dollar Cowboy Bar is just the ticket. 

For the full Top 10 Après Ski, visit http://news.cheapflights.co.uk/2011/02/top-ten-apres-ski-destinations/

To look for the nearest skiing airports to these destinations, visit http://www.cheapflights.co.uk/travel-tips/skiing-airports/

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