France is France and that gastronomic discoveries will find a place even on the ski slopes and a seemingly simple mountain shelter, half covered with a cap of snow, can turn into a real gourmet adventure. Here is our selection of great restaurants where you can drop by for lunch right on the skis.
Perhaps the best restaurant, not only in the ski area Champagne en Vanoise, but throughout La Plana. A huge sun-drenched terrace overlooking Courchevel and a cozy interior with a fireplace woven from the horns with intricate chandeliers, lace tablecloths and cacti on the tables.
Modern design is very harmonious and with a good sense of humor, beaten with all the attributes of a classic Alpine chalet. Smiling host Maksans, it seems, was just waiting for you. He bangs in the bar at the entrance and personally meets each guest, offering soft slippers instead of ski boots.
The menu includes traditional Savoyard specialties – bofour cheese, tartiflet, mushroom risotto, meat plate (assiette de charcuterie). If you have the strength for dessert, be sure to try apple tatin with honey. As a digest, they offer raspberry liqueur, génépie or espresso coffee, which is served on the same plate with the compliments of the chef – cream caramel, tiramisu, kiwi smoothies and homemade cookies. It is absolutely impossible to ride after such a Rabelaisian dinner. Although we honestly tried.
Family restaurant-chalet on a farm with goats, cows, donkeys, pigs and ponies. Two centuries ago, there was already a farm here, so the best in the entire resort is a tartiflet, prepared according to an old, still great-grandmother’s recipe, tourists are now devouring in the former hayloft.
You must book in advance, because the owner of the restaurant, who is also the main farmer and cook, can cook no more than ten servings at a time. Be sure to try the Tomm cheese, which is prepared here every day according to traditional recipes at exactly 15.00. Everyone is welcome to look at this process.
From the food we also recommend a salad with foie gras, ratatouille and meat specialty Pierrade – on a hot stone, you will be offered to fry yourself a duck, chicken, pork and beef. After lunch, we fed the animals, bought them with fresh eggs, cheese and milk, and drove to Montalber on a free micro bus.
By the way, Forperet is open for dinner. In the summer, you can rent a pony or a donkey for half a day and go on a mountain hike with him
Restaurant at the bottom station of the lift to the Bellecote glacier with its own ice rink. In addition to the skating rink and the mini-farm with a pony next door, the institution stands out on the slope with its street library located in an English telephone booth.
Rent skates, ride in old ice sleds or sit on the terrace with mulled wine, especially since he is very honest here, with citrus and spices. In our first parish, we saw a dozen local ski instructors here, and this, you see, is a good sign.
The interior is calm and not claiming anything, but the cook is a real find! Chicken kebab with paprika and apricot chutney, some cleverly mixed sauces for salads, noodles with vegetables, fried in a wok – sheer gastronomic creativity.
Surprisingly, even the boring vegetable soup made from vegetables here managed to be turned into something very tasty and the children finished all to the last spoon. Serving size – giant, so count your strength
The restaurant with the intriguing name “Little Red Riding Hood” was recommended to us by our guide Thierry, who has been living in La Plagne for twenty-five years. This miniature alpine chalet is surrounded by its fabulous neighbors – the restaurants “White Wolf” (Le Loup Blanc) and “Grandmother” (La grande mere).
The establishment is a wooden building with low ceilings, a crackling fireplace and a mass of antique things from a grandmother’s chest.