FRENCH FRIDAY #33 : Après-ski

How do you Winter?
La Tasse de Café | French Vocabulary by Mademoiselle Love
girls drinking coffee, cafe, coffee, talking, quelle surprise, coffee talk, la tasse de cafe
Pronounced: [ä-ˌprā-ˈskē ]
Definition: What a surprise!
Have you ever gone skiing and then wondered what on earth après-ski was? In case you didn't figure it out, it just means "after-ski" and it's sort of like a happy hour. Since I don't like skiing (it makes me cry!), après-ski is my favorite part of the whole process! However this is not a real French term. It's just something that English speakers made up to sound fancy- what's new? 

Amy Lynn: What a fun day of crying on the mountain! Now I'm ready for a drink! Oh look! There's a happy hour!

Simone: Remind me to never take your pathetic butt skiing ever again! And by the way, it's called après-ski in your country!

Are you by any chance going skiing this holiday season? Do you actually enjoy it, or do you go just for the hot chocolate and après-ski?
Merci Beaucoup,
Mademoiselle Love
Jenée here: 
I must admit I'm totally on board with Mademoiselle Love about skiing. When you grow up in the flat prairie lands of Louisiana, moving downhill at high speeds on thin slivers of epoxy covered fiber glass is no thrill at all. Seriously, no fun. Yet, joining friends at the ski lodge post slopes is very enjoyable. Warm drinks after playing in snow all day is a real treat. I'm sure it feels a bit more deserved after a hard days work but, oh well.

Also, après-ski is not all about the reward of cocktails, it's very much about the proper attire. It's like evening wear with an alpine twist. So think sleek black outfit with an insanely furry hat or a Beyonce style onesie with a fair isle print and killer puffer boots.

If I did ski this is what I would wear from Katherine Thomas - so après-ski appropriate too
At last, a performance ski jacket with a high fashion edge. This fabulously flattering Italian cashmere and wool fitted jacket offers everything you need on the slopes, including snow cuffs and skirt, ski pass pockets and Thinsulate™ insulation. But there’s also no need to sacrifice style for practicality, as the sumptuous Origin Assured mink collar and waist belt show. For more Katherine Thomas click here.

Simple, yet stunning, this long-sleeved British-made Merino wool base layer offers warmth and breathability, without bulk, for on-piste performance and après-ski style. For more Katherine Thomas click here.

Extremely soft and cosy, this dramatic rabbit fur snood is the perfect addition to any winter outfit. For More Katherine Thomas click here.

The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana, with a serious interest in fashion and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, who is head over heels in love with everything French and everything coffee, it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves.
Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more French lessons from Mademoiselle Love. We will discuss useful French  words or expressions for the fashionable girl. To make it even more enjoyable, we will do it over a very fashionable cup of coffee.