From Après Ski to Gourmet Dining in the Alps; enjoying the finer things in life

 

It takes a lot to make the perfect ski holiday; from fresh snow and varied terrain to lively après ski and gourmet dining. And for many keen skiers and snowboarders eager to escape to the Alps each winter, ski holidays are as much about the snowy alpine slopes as they are about fine food and drink.

In today’s blog, we’re shining a light on some of our favourite Alpine destinations – where soaring peaks, sweeping valleys, vibrant après ski and traditional local cuisine combine to offer the ideal ski holiday in the Alps.

Fine-diners

For some, no day on the snow is complete without a piste-side luncheon with mountain vistas and exquisite food. Spaghetti Bolognese and a beer just won’t cut the mustard... these connoisseurs look for bubbling Champagne, fresh and locally sourced ingredients, and the services of the finest Michelin starred chefs available. There are two resorts in the Alps which stand out for their top-of-the-range dining opportunities; Zermatt in Switzerland and Courchevel in France.

Zermatt has over one hundred restaurants offering gourmet dishes, regional specialities and international cuisine. Many of them, The Capri for example, rank highly in the Gualt Millau guide which, like the Michelin guide, ranks the world’s finest restaurants. What surprises many visitors to the iconic resort of Zermatt is the number of fine-dining restaurants sitting by the pistes on the mountainsides, and for skiers looking for a dining experience to remember, those mountain lunches can be the highlight of the day!

Courchevel follows a similar theme, although more of the resort’s Michelin-ranked restaurants are found in-resort as opposed to up the mountain than in Zermatt. Courchevel has enjoyed a dedicated and loyal following for years now, and the number and quality of the resort’s top-end eateries are indeed testament to that. Restaurants such as the Chabichou and the Cheval Blanc are popular options for fine-diners. Those in search of an extra special dining experience can expect delicacies such as exquisite crayfish starters, mains of veal fillet, fondue and other specialities, truffles and sumptuous dessert menus.

Traditional restaurants in resorts like Zermatt offer some of the finest cuisine in the Alps

Traditional restaurants in resorts like Zermatt offer some of the finest quality gourmet cuisine in the Alps

Après-skiers

In France, one of the best resorts for après skiers and bar crawlers is Val d’Isere – there’s a superb après ski bar sitting on the mountain, the Folie Douce, which sees live music and table-top dancing as well as fire shows and Champagne sprays each afternoon. Renowned across the Alps, an afternoon in the Folie is a great way to start the festivities early, and the atmosphere – especially over the sunnier spring months of March and April – is fantastic. There’s also a very good selection of venues down in town for après skiers keen to keep the party going – and from stylish cocktail establishments to rowdy bars, a wide range of tastes are catered for.   

Ischgl in Austria is also superb for bars, and nowhere does après ski quite like the Austrians! Although there’s little by way of mountain-top revelry in Ischgl, the Trofana Alm sits down in town and is very similar in style to St Anton’s famous Mooserwirt bar. It’s the resort’s go-to bar for music, dancing and general après ski revelery, and the bars located in the town square are also worth a look for party go-ers looking for a brilliant night out in-resort.

For more details on the resorts detailed in today’s blog, or for advice on the accommodation options in your ski resorts of choice, we’re on hand to help. You can drop us a line on 0203 0800 200, or reach us via our online chat service.

 

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