Apres Ski Comes to Dublin (Part II)

As promised in my earlier blog, I wanted to give you my view on Dublin’s Christmas Market and Apres Ski Bar in Custom House Quarter.  I visited this on Wednesday night and we were lucky with the weather as it was ‘in-between’ storms Clodagh and Desmond!!  It was a calm hiatus before the next battering.

The market looks very pretty against the dark December night, with lots of twinkling lights on the stalls and a HUGE Christmas Tree.  But having visited many markets in Europe (mainly Germany) I’m afraid it doesn’t compare.  See link below to my view of the Dusseldorf Christmas Market which I visited a few years ago.


The Dublin market looks beautiful but the stalls are limited and mainly sell food.  When you visit the German markets, the majority of the stalls sell fabulous, traditional Christmas decorations that often can’t be bought anywhere else.  And the wonderful smells of mulled wine (gluhwein) stands  are everywhere.  I think there is a big gap still in Ireland for a market that can truly match the wonder of German/Austrian markets.  But then, the Germans invented the Christmas Tree so they know what they are doing in this department!!  Here are a couple photos of the Dublin market – the tree is beautiful and it’s definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

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Christmas Market at Custom House Quarter, Dublin 1

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Giant Christmas Tree at Custom House Quarter, Dublin 1

The Apres Ski Pop Up Bar (iBelieve) is a lovely festive place to go for a few drinks and food.  It looks great with beautiful Christmas trees and Hurricane Lamps (we need those right now!).  We ordered a hot, spiced cider and a mulled wine.  Both were excellent and certainly did the job.  But again, it doesn’t really compare to infamous Austrian Apres Ski bars that I have been lucky enough to visit over the years.  No one was dancing on the tables swigging Jägermeister and there was no cheesy German/Austrian Europop – but you might think that’s a good thing!


But as places to go in Dublin over the festive season, they are good options and definitely get you in the mood for Christmas.  Not many shopping days left to go now (Yikes!!)








FIS Alpine Ski World Cup / Eurosport

I’ll admit that I’m a total Ski Bore and can talk about it and watch it for hours on end (it’s my husband’s fault as he got me into it).

If like me, you can’t wait for the BBC’s Ski Sunday to come around again in January (and then it’s only on for about 5/6 weeks), you need to watch Eurosport.


This is available on most Sky TV subscriptions and shows lots of different types of European sports.  But at this time of year, it is dominated by Skiing as the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup starts each year in late October and runs until March/April the following year – so you are never short of fabulous ski events to watch!

Competitors attempt to achieve the best time in four disciplines: slalom, giant slalom, Super G, and downhill. The fifth event, the combined, employs the downhill and slalom.

The World Cup is held annually, and is considered the premier competition for alpine ski racing after the quadrennial Winter Olympics. Many consider the World Cup to be a more valuable title than the Olympics or the biennial World Championships, since it requires a competitor to ski at an extremely high level in several disciplines throughout the season, and not just in one race.

Races are mainly hosted in the Alps, with regular stops in Scandinavia and North America.  This keeps me entertained all through the winter – but unfortunately watching world class skiers doesn’t seem to improve my technique much!!


Ones to watch this year are:

Lindsey Vonn (USA) – now she has recovered from serious injury, which kept her off the circuit for one or two seasons, she seems to be an unstoppable machine again.  She was dating Tiger Woods of all people (didn’t she see all the stories about him)!  Surprise surprise, they’ve broken up so her skiing will hopefully be great this season.


Aksel Lund Svindel (Norway) – another skiier recovering from injury. But this year he’s back and is a class act to watch.   He’s already on top of the leaders board so far this year!



Après Ski Comes to Dublin (Pop-Up Bar)

There is currently a lovely Christmas Market at Custom House Quarter, George’s Quay, Dublin 1 (Nov 26th – Dec 23d).  It includes a gigantic Christmas Tree and an Après Ski Pop-Up Bar!!


I have sampled many Après Ski Bars and Christmas Markets across Europe so I will try this on Saturday (Dec 5th) and let you know my verdict!

There are lots of festive events in Dublin this year – see link below for a list of the activities.




(Source: Rise of the Guardians: http://www.fanpop.com)




Ski-Fest Weekend 7/8th November

The Ski Centre in Sandyford, Dublin is holding a Ski Fest Weekend on 7/8th November 2015.

See website for details: http://www.skicentre.ie


Pick up New Guides

Crystal’s New “Guide to the mountain” and Snow+Rock winter catalogue packed full of the latest and greatest. 10% OFF Snow+Rock Coupon – just ask at reception

Ski Prep Demo – 2:30pm Sunday

Want to understand how to edge and wax your skis? Chat with Matthew the resident Ski Technician!

Try New Ski Gym Classes for only €5

Saturday 2:30pm

Sunday 12:30pm

Weekend Special Offers

“Summer pricing on 10 Lesson and €100 off Membership”

Personal Training

50% off your first session must book on the day!

Hypoxi Trial session €19.99 – Great for guys & girls… treat yourself like the stars and shape-up in only 4 weeks for Christmas. Works for Victoria Beckham, Cheryl Cole, Robbie William and Simon Cowell… pop in and chat to Lisa, Jonathan and Alexa.

Join the Crystal Club Ski Trip – Rated as one of the best trips ever last year: “All-in-deal” – only €1,179

And much more….