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Après-ski bar in the Austrian ski resort of Ischgl.

Après-ski (French: after skiing) is going out, having drinks, dancing, and generally socializing after skiing.[1][2] It is popular in the Alps, where skiers often stop at bars on their last run of the day while still wearing all their ski gear.[3] The concept is similar to the nineteenth hole in golf. This can also happen anywhere in the world where there is snow. In the United States, the term is rarely used, but would more broadly describe the atmosphere of ski resorts and ski culture, ski themed architecture and decor, and the ski oriented lifestyle in general. Sometimes, there are even beach chairs and live music on the snow, slopeside.

Après-ski is particularly popular in Austria for example, the Austrian ski resorts St. Anton, Ischgl, Sölden, Saalbach-Hinterglemm and the Zillertal. In the Netherlands, après-ski huts are found in many clubs and bars. In these huts, après-ski music is played, which is mostly covers or parodies of old songs. These huts are aimed primarily at young adults and teenagers.

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  1. ^ "Definition of après-ski". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Fry, John (2006). The Story of Modern Skiing. University Press of New England. pp. 39–40. ISBN 978-1-58465-489-6. 
  3. ^ Lund, Morton (March 2007). "Tea Dance To Disco. Après-Ski Through the Ages". Skiing Heritage Journal 19 (1): 6–12. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 

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