When it comes to a skiing holiday, there is a lot more involved than just the slopes. A skiing holiday is also about what happens off the slopes which is where the après-ski scene comes in. Most good French ski resorts offer a range of other activities and leisure retreats too such as bars, restaurants and discos. In this article, we explore three French Ski Resorts and look at what they offer skiers when the day’s skiing is complete.
Meribel is one of the most popular ski resorts in France. Located in the heart of the Trois Vallees, Meribel offers access to some 600km of pistes, catering to novice, intermediate and advanced skiers throughout the year. However after dark is when Meribel really comes to life with visitors flocking from their chalet accommodation to the local bars and restaurants.
Meribel offers a range of dining options which include coffee shops for snacks, right through to fine dining establishments. Le Taverne is a lively restaurant-come-bar which offers an extensive yet simple menu catering to most tastes. Chez Kiki is renowned for offering beautifully cooked steaks whilst Evolution offers international cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere.
As well as restaurants, there are also a range of bars including both Cactus Café and Jacks which show live sporting events such as football, motor racing and rugby amongst others. English run Le Pub and Scots have fully stocked bars offering beers, wines and spirits whilst Le Rond Point has a wonderful terrace.
Chamonix is located in the Mont Blanc region of France and offers an abundance of ski slopes to suit every skill level. When the skiing is over for the day, Chamonix offers a selection of bars and restaurants to help you unwind and relax. For those looking for local, traditional cuisine, try Le Chaudron, La Bergerie or Le National. Munchie offers a range of Thai dishes as well as European fusion whilst fresh sushi can be found at Satsuki.
The resort offers a range of bars too including French, English and Swedish themed ones. Popular Chambre Neuf is located by the train station and fills up around happy hour. It also offers live sporting events on the big screen and regular live bands. Micro Brewery de Chamonix is also very popular with skiers and boasts beers that have been brewed on the premisies. If you’re looking for somewhere a little quieter, the Lapin Agile is a cosy wine bar popular with couples.
Portes du Soleil is one of the world’s largest ski areas and is therefore highly popular with skiers of all nationalities. Les Gets is just one of the many resorts in this area and as with the other ski resorts, when the day’s skiing is complete, people flock to the resorts’ bars and restaurants. These include the Canadian Bear Bar which is spacious, light and airy. The Irish Bar has a more romantic atmosphere and is ideal for couples looking for a more intimate hang out whilst the Bush Bar is also quaint.
When it comes to eating out, Les Gets also boasts a number of restaurants offering traditional French Alps Savoyard food. Local restaurants include Le Tourbillon, La Vieux Chene and La Tanniere, all of which offer similar food that uses local ingredients.
The Apres-ski scene at these ski resorts, and the rest in France, each has a different atmosphere so by visiting a few, you will easily be able to gauge which suits your holiday lifestyle.