Our top 5 pit stops in the Portes du Soleil
With so many restaurants and bars to choose from here in the Portes du Soleil, it’ll take more than a winter season to try them all but we're determined to give it a go! Our top 5 mountain pit stops (so far) include a nice variety, something to suit every mood, taste and pocket…
A down to earth bar and terrace at the top of the Nyon lift which plays funky laid back music throughout lunch time where you can enjoy a BBQ or wood-fired pizza. Then in late afternoon the atmosphere builds to a full on dance party. Locals come here for the well-priced drinks, staying long after the lifts close to experience the hot tub and bar in the double decker bus.
Is everybody looking for the perfect hot chocolate when they go skiing, or is that just me? I think I may have found it; it's about 10 inches tall with lashings of cream, served in a sunny spot in the Lindarets bowl and best enjoyed whilst lounging in a deckchair. The food and the music are great too, whether it’s for a quick mountain snack or a full on lunch or even a glass of Champagne.
It may be referred to as the "long, cold, windy lift" by many but when you take the Mossettes Chair, it's worth knowing that whatever the weather you’ll be above the clouds – it’s where the highest altitude restaurant, the Cookie Café, is located. Relax on a nice comfy sofa and drink in the view of the surrounding French and Swiss peaks. If you’re stopping for a bite, tuck in to their renowned gourmet burgers, thick fries and a fresh milkshake. The restaurant has a wide variety of choice and even serves breakfast for the early risers.
The Grand Ourse
This seems like an ordinary mountain restaurant with a tasteful Savoyard interior, sun deck and the usual mountain fare but it’s actually the highest restaurant in Les Gets at 1750m. It sits on the quiet, uncrowded, open slopes of Mont Chery and because of its altitude, it has some of the best views of Mont Blanc in the area.
The menu is mouthwatering with a Sunday hog roast, Thai spiced mussels, lobster and scallop Tartiflette, fresh pizzas and pasta. For a totally different mountain experience, go at night where you’ll be transported by snow cat, to cosy up by the log fire on sheepskin covered seats for a wonderful evening of great food.
Fast becoming the place to be is Happy Hours Bar. Get yourself to the Ardent lift in the morning and you can start off the day with a morning coffee whilst getting your skis serviced next door. Grab a bite to eat before heading up the Ardent gondola or load yourself up with nachos or their tasty burger on your way back down at the end of the day. They’ve got lively music each evening and you can't help but shake your hips and do the clompy ski boot dance on your way to join in the fun.
We’re still working our way around the rest of the Portes du Soleil for you but these should keep you going if you’re staying with us at The Retreat for a short break or ski weekend.