Village life, accommodation and nightlife
Everything but Le Praz is a purpose-built 70’s nightmare. Although they’ve stuck up some wood to try to add some charm, it’s still an ugly place. The lift access from most accommodation is great, and there’s plenty to do with an ice rink, climbing wall, cinema, bowling alley and gyms. If you’ve got strong pants, you can organise a tandem freefall flying out of the tiny airport (March only). Remember to bring those Euros as in Courchevel, cash is king.
Food. If you are not catering for yourself, then it’s pizza, melted cheese in various guises or raw meat cooked at the table on a hot stone. If you’ve loads of dough then get out your Michelin guide. The D'Arbeilo in Le Praz is a good rustic place.
Nightlife has been slowly dying as the French reclaim the resort, leaving people with little choice but the few English bars or some rip-off French clubs. At 1850 it’s the Jump bar and the tiny TJ’s. Both are hotly packed with bad rugby tops and chalet girls with pearl earrings. In 1650 the Bubble, which looks like an airport departure lounge, is cool and run by attitude-free staff. If you're staying in 1550, the Taverna's a good place for a pint.
Accommodation. If cash is short, the best thing to do is get a chalet with half-board, so you don’t do all your cash on food. You can get some great last-minute deals on the web. If your wallet is fat, then there’s some great French hotels and some amazing chalets with underground swimming pools and huge fireplaces.
All the big tour operators have chalets/hotels.
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