A day spent hiking up alpine peaks or carving powder calls for post-slope socialising. The tradition of aprés ski, or the act of having a bevy once the ski lifts stop, first came about in the early 1950s when snow sports like skiing became more accessible.
In New Zealand, there are two mountain-top bars to choose from for a post-ski session at Coronet Peak, while a Champagne bar awaits at the top of Cardrona’s Chondola with the Wakatipu Basin in the distance.
Perhaps the country’s most exclusive aprés ski experience can be found on a ridge more than 2000 metres above sea level in Mackenzie.
Established in 2020, the Bad Decision Hut is said to be the highest whisky hut in the world. The bivvy-style hut sits on the more than 100-year-old Glenmore Station, a 19,000-hectare merino, deer and cattle station bordering Lake Tekapo and Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.
Glenmore Station is run by fourth-generation owners Emily and Will Murray and offers three bookable huts so visitors can experience the backcountry terrain by ski-touring, 4WD driving and guided walks.
With room for up to 10, and luxuries like log burners and kitchen facilities, the huts are a popular option for skiers in the winter months. But what the Bad Decision lacks in bed space, it makes up for with its whisky collection – built up over time from ski touring parties.
The best way for whisky lovers to enjoy a dram on the ridge is by booking space at a hut in-season and pre-ordering a bottle from Whisky Galore in Christchurch sounds perfect!