Great little resort for families but not a great deal to keep advanced riders smiling
Sunrise at 1600m / Photo: Steve, WSG
Puy st Vincent is split into 3 main villages. At the resort base at 1400m you will find a selection of traditionl houses that date back over a 100 years. The village has a permenant population of about 250 locals that have been in the area for generations. The largest village is located at 1600m, this purpose built concrete complex is not going to win any beauty contests but it provides lots of accomodation options.
In this area you'll find a good number of services and restaurants, as long as it's not nightlife you're looking for. The complex consists of a large number of self catered studios and apartments, served by a reasonable supermarket, a bakery, takeway, 4 restaurants, a few hire/sport shops, a some tourist shops. They also have a very small heated outdoor pool if want a break from the slopes. If you really can't be bothered to cook, but still want a night in, then a number of place do a ready to go fondue kit, and you can also order some nice local savoir fayre to take away. Just up the road from 1600m is the recommended La Chaumiere restaurant, and the Le Petit Chamois in the village is probably the pick of the bunch.
The 1800m village is a much more modern affair, with a number of smaller wooden clad apartment blocks. You'll still need to head down to 1600m though to find the best services.
The best mountain restaurant by far is the L'etoile des Neiges, located near the top of the Les Pres chairlift