“Après-ski” in the Tyrolean Zillertal region

11 May of 2013 by

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Last March, Ben and I were invited for a blogtrip in Tyrol, and more especially in the Tux Valley. Four sunny days of relaxing time, on the white snowy slopes, with nice people from different regions of Europe. The atmosphere was relaxing, friendly, and also festive… In the après-ski bars!

Do you know the meaning of “après-ski”? In France – Ben and I are French – this word (litteraly meaning “after skiing”) represents the kind of boots we wear when we are not skiing, after skiing.

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Moon Boot après-ski boots

We were surprised to rediscover this French word with another look. It’s funny to know that in the Austrian Alps (as in other countries in the world), it has another meaning that the one we have, in France.

Après-ski refers to going out, having drinks, dancing, and meeting new people (sometimes charming) after skiing. Skiers and snowboarders stop at bars before going to their accommodation (back from the slopes), still wearing all their ski/ snowboard clothes.

Après ski Quebec movie (1971)
Après Ski, Quebec movie (1971)

That’s what we did, in the Tux Valley. And we discovered two different kinds of après-ski, with two very different atsmospheres.

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Kaser Mandl and Hexenkessl

Hexenkessl après-ski: big place, a lot of students and young people, foreigners, old and modern musics, place of seduction.
http://www.hejorama.com/lieu-Hexenkessl-aprsski-bar-1214.html

Kaser Mandl après-ski: our favorite one! Smaller bar, young and old people, families, friendly and convivial. The owner is Dj-Mox, a fantastic Austrian man who plays music in his bar between 3pm and 6pm, with typical Austrian and Tyrolean songs, and who likes singing in his mike, talking to people, making people dancing or singing. Very funny and unforgettable moments guaranteed!
http://www.hejorama.com/lieu-Kaser-Mandl-aprsski-bar-1215.html

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If you plan to go skiing in the Tux Valley next winter, we strongly recommend you to wear your most beautiful and trendy “après-ski boots”, and to have drinks (schnapps!) in one of these two après-ski bars.

Hexenkessl
Vorderlanersbach 80 · A-6293 Tux · Zillertal
http://www.hexenkessl-tux.at/

Kaser Mandl
Vorderlanersbach 268 – A-6293 Tux – Zillertal
http://www.dj-mox.at/zillertaler_musikantenalm/zillertaler_musik.html

Tschüss!

Maéva

(a big thanks to the Tirol Tourism Board,Tux-Finkenberg and Lea Hajner from Tripwolf!)

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  1. Hilarious! I am surprised to know that Austrians use the word Apres Ski for chilling out (after skiing). However, the idea of hanging out before going to accommodation seems to be quite fascinating.

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