Us too! So, we stay and party! An après is basically an after-ski/snowboarding party and is a great way for the members to socialize.
The Après for both Nordic and Alpine are identified on the schedule.
On downhill/snow boarding day trips, we normally leave a resort about 4:30pm or 5:00pm. On a few Saturdays during the season we'll be staying at the ski area until 10 PM to do some NTSC style après partying. This includes après at the Blue Mountain village, one in Ellicottville New York and a High-Park/NTSC après after Interclub Race Day.
Remember to bring along a change of clothes and your dancing shoes which you can store in a locker in the chalet during the day. All the public resorts have rental lockers.
Blue Mountain’s lockers are coin operated. Getting change is difficult, so bring lots of quarters, loonies and toonies. The upstairs lockers in the South Base lodge are less expensive than those in the rental area, but not as big.
Mount St. Louis (MSLM) requires a $5 deposit which allows you unlimited in-out access and you’ll receive $1 back when you turn in the key at the end of the day.
Jeans and casual wear are the norm, but sometimes there are theme parties too!
Most folks will stop skiing/boarding around 3:30pm-4:00pm so they can get out of their ski wear or boarding apparel and change into their “partying clothes”.
A few brave souls change in the bus washroom, but unless you are a contortionist, gymnast or like tight, confined spaces, changing in the resort’s washrooms is the preferred route. The buses will open about 4:00pm so members can take their skis or boards back to the bus to store them in the luggage compartments under the bus and to store their boot bags and boots on the bus.
The Blue Mountain and Ellicottville villages feature a variety of excellent restaurants and the members will congregate at the designated “Party Central” bar afterwards. Mount St Louis will have dinner specials available in their cafeteria prior to the Interclub Race Day Après. Get in line early if you are a dessert aficionado. They have an apple crumble pie that goes way too fast!
The parties will wind down around 9:30pm so the buses can depart for Toronto at 10:00pm.
Nordic Après almost always involve eating, one of our favorite activities besides cross country skiing and snowshoeing. The cost for Après is included into the cost of the day out with the club.
You may want to bring a change of clothes or stay in your ski duds, depending on your preference. Most folks change into jeans or other casual wear before we leave the resort – feels so good!