The sun sets behind the mountains as you finish your last run of the day. The snow sparkles with winter magic and your ski squad is headed to the lodge where they'll ditch their helmets for cozy beanies and swap their skis for flutes of champagne. It's time for Après Ski (our fav time of the day).
So...what is après-ski, exactly?
Après-ski is a French term that literally translates to “after ski." The now popular phrase is defined by Oxford Dictionary as “the social activities and entertainments that take place in hotels after a day of skiing.” Or snowboarding. Or snow-mobiling. Or just hanging out in the snow (like us).
Après-ski culture changes a bit from place to place but no matter where you're vacationing, it's a major part of the ski experience and can be just as enjoyable as the actual skiing or snowboarding. It typically involves gathering at a resort or mountain village with friends and fellow skiers to relax, unwind, and celebrate a day on the slopes often with dining at a ski-in/ski-out restaurant or après-ski bar, enjoying live music or a DJ, or soaking in a hot tub or spa.
Although our slope performance isn't exactly X-Games ready, we like to think of ourselves as professional Après-skiers. Check out our tips below. You'll thank us later.
HOW TO APRES SKI LIKE A PRO, ACCORDING TO SOLARA'S SLOPE SQUAD:•
STEP 1 | KEEP COZY + SKI ON.
The key to staying warm is LAYERS! We recommend sicking with three layers: a body-hugging base layer, an insulating mid-layer and a waterproof outer layer (your cute ski jacket for defense against the harsh elements). Don't forget your skin! Winter-proof your face with our rich, creme-style SPF, Time Traveler, for luxe, ultra-hydrating + sweat-resistant slopeside protection. Unlike your other sunscreens, Time Traveler SPF is loaded with skin-changing actives like powerhouse antioxidants that deliver intense moisture (bye, tight skin), Certified Tahitian Monoi to help repair past damage at the cellular level + clinically supported Double Peptide blend to help plump fine lines.
STEP 2 | APRÈS-SKI.
After the last run of the day, head to the lodge for the evening. Get a well-deserved warm beverage in hand and swap your ski boots for a pair of fuzzy socks. If it's been 2 hours since your last SPF application, it's time to #reapply. This time, go in with a few drops of Guardian Angel Sunscreen Milk for fireside cheers-sing, skin-plumping protection! This Luxe formula's Super Proteins (a 5 amino pentapeptide) help plump fine lines + stimulate collagen and elastin production for summer fresh skin all winter-long and Adaptogenic Triphala (three Ayurvedic + adaptogenic superfruits) helps address oxidative stress, rebuild structural proteins and stimulate selective youth genes. No lackluster winter skin here!
STEP 3 | SET THE VIBE.
Your Après-ski celebration isn't complete without a rad playlist to set the vibe. Press play on our ultimate Après Ski Playlist curated by @djcassandra_
to accompany your slopeside champagne sippin'.