Its not all about the skiing! Some of us head to the mountains to be captured in one of the world’s greatest environments, to take time to reflect on our busy lives. Part of this process is, undeniably, to eat well and to be pampered. So whether you ski to eat or eat to ski we have a few recommendations that will perhaps make you question putting your boots back on after the lunch-time stop.
My personal preference is to ski hard with the guilt free rewards of great food and so to our shortlist. Although this list is in no particular order, and it would certainly be wrong to ignore the joys of Italian food, my favourites start outside of Italy where variety and choice is a welcome delight.
Chalet Pelerin is based in the remote town of Le Miroir which is set just off the better known Sainte-Foy (France). This Chalet offers a remote and beautiful hideaway and offers amazing food to do the setting justice. So if you are a rock star looking for rock star food, then this could be your retreat! It gets even better as when based here one has access to 7 resorts within a short drive with the likes of Val D’isere being one of them so it sits well with the serious skier. Another of the 7 aforementioned easily accessible resorts is La Thuile (Italy) which is accessed via La Rosiere. This is a great ski down into the main station and when you arrive it is a must to hunt out Ristorante Mainson de Laurent, another of our favourites which serves wonderful food.
Meribel (France) tends to cover all bases as far as food is concerned. Restaurants such as Le Zinc offer a contemporary gourmet experience, and is certainly raising standards at the top end of the ‘ski-food’ scale. Another favourite of ours is ‘Le Grange’ situated right in the centre of Meribel and offers a relaxed atmosphere, cosy with log fires and a nice traditional feel. The cuisine is international so there really is something for everyone and the food is good and moderately priced. However, if you are looking for great food to come to you rather than traipsing out to find it, then ‘Fish and Pips’ pride themselves on fantastic food with their award winning chefs.
Les Gets (France) also offers some great options for you foodies and, with access to one of the worlds largest ski areas, choice is plentiful on the slopes as well as in the village itself. La Paika is a ski-to gem on the mountain where you will have a no frills food experience but be rewarded with great flavor and an even better atmosphere. Avoid busy times or remember to book as it can become a bun fight. If you would like to continue a foodie theme then we LOVE the Boutique Chalet Company, who have 3 chalets in Les Gets and will certainly continue this food journey in style. In any of their beautiful chalets, they manage to create a wonderful dining experience that every family ski holiday wants to aim for. Relaxing and delicious chalet suppers, with quality family time and quality food, being at the heart of their work. The boutique Chalet Company also offers Chalets in Morzine.
St Anton (Austria) I know what you’re thinking…Gulasch soup and a bread roll? Well if you decide to head to St Anton this winter then thankfully things have moved on and these Chalets from Kaluma will blow your mind with the ‘ultimate grill’ experience. They have all recently installed ‘Big Green Eggs’. Have a look at this sample of whats possible on the ‘Egg’
• The perfect steak
• Pork Shoulder
• Coq an Vin
• Leg of Lamb
• Vertical Roast Chicken
• Fish on a plank
• Stuffed smoked mushrooms
• Smoked Lamb Ribs
And now to our one of our Italian gems and this really is a special place. San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge is a unique place, nestled in the Val Pusteria forest in the Plan de Corones (Italy), Dolomites region. It is a sixteenth century hunting lodge high in the mountains and here you will find not only that the scenery takes your breath away, but also the interior, the atmosphere and, of course, the food.