Renowned for its wild afternoon parties that begin at around 3pm or 4pm, La Folie Douce pumps out some thumping bass that you will probably hear as you ski the surrounding areas. The large wooden tables are there to be danced on, while bartenders spray champagne over the crowd. A live saxophonist also adds to the jazz of the place.
For even the keenest skier, this can be quite a challenge. You will need to be up for first lifts, skip the long lunch and celebrate your achievement at après-ski instead (if your legs haven’t already turned to jelly). Essentially, you must cover the four corners, which encompass the top of Tignes Glacier, Tignes-les-Brévières, Val d’Isère Le Fornet and Val d’Isère La Daille, which is also where you will find La Folie.
If you’ve ever envisioned yourself as a pop star, here’s your time to shine. Cocorico is a live-music bar playing everything from Kings of Leon to old classics. You’re bound to know at least some of the lyrics and will soon be singing along at the top of your lungs, with a beer in your hand.
The Haute-Savoie is well known for its hearty cuisine that will warm you and fill you up after a long day of skiing. Whether you opt for tartiflette, cheese or beef fondue, or raclette, you absolutely must treat yourself to a tarte aux myrtilles for dessert. What’s more, it’s rude to decline Genepi after your meal; this digestif has great herbal qualities and is also said to soothe sore throats. The Ski Gallery & Fondue Factory is renowned for being one of the best places for the local cuisine in the area.
If you have always dreamed of being able to fly, you don’t get much closer to it than paragliding with Val d’Isère Parapente. As you ski off the side of the mountain and take off, you can take in some magnificent views over the glistening mountains. The adrenaline is addictive, and chances are you’ll be booking another session soon after you’ve landed.
When the sun’s beating down on you and the snow is becoming slushy, you are fully excused from skiing to go and lounge on the comfy seating and deck chairs and the lap up the sun on the terrace of Ouilllette Plage. During the warmer months, barbecues are held here too. Who’d have thought you were in a ski resort?
This is the only place to be seen after dark; the club is famous for its frivolous parties and for hosting a long list of celebs. With bottles of Bollinger everywhere and a young crowd, you’re bound to have a great time – just make sure you don’t miss the next morning’s skiing because of it!
Val d’Isère boasts some fantastic shopping, and whether you’re looking for the crown jewels, new ski wear or just a cosy hat to keep your head warm, they have it all. Seasonaires love Planks Clothing.
If you see yourself as a pro skier or boarder, why not test this out in the snow park? Whether you’re nailing your first 180 or practising for the X-Games, Val has a great park with features for beginners, intermediates and experts, so have some fun on these jumps, rails and boxes.
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