Morzine-Avoriaz resort information & après-ski
There is an ever-improving selection of après-ski bars in Avoriaz, one of the more vibrant of the French purpose-built resorts. Popular choices include Le Yéti (tel: +33 450 741 278; www.leyeti-avoriaz.fr) and Le Shooters (tel: +33 450 740 722; www.facebook.com/shooters.avoriaz). At Le Yak nightclub (tel: +33 450 495 166) the music keeps pumping until the early hours.
Popular venues in Morzine include Chaudanne wine bar (tel: +33 450 791 268; www.lachaudanne-morzine.com) for electro-jazz and Le Robinson (tel: +33 450 790 978), a Morzine institution that serves the famous Mutzig beer.
The free Rock the Pistes (www.rockthepistes.com) après-ski music festival takes over the area for a week each March.
There are around 30 restaurants in Avoriaz, predominantly serving French mountain staples or pizza. Among these is the popular Wild Horse Saloon (Centre Commercial du Snow), which is a lively, modern restaurant with good music and a menu including both traditional dishes and tapas.
There is a much bigger selection of restaurants in Morzine, with over 100 restaurants and cafes to choose from, including a wide choice of traditional French establishments. Among the options for local specialities is the cosy La Grange (tel: +33 450 759 640; www.lagrangemorzine.com), and La Ferme de l’Alpage (tel: +33 450 791 239), which is owned and run by the local fruitière (cheesemaker) – guaranteeing excellent cheese dishes.
For gourmet fare, L'Atelier d'Alexandre (tel: +33 450 790 079; www.hotel-lesamoyede.com) in the Samoyède Hotel has been awarded two Chef’s Hats – a high grade from the famous Michelin gourmet guide.
If it’s a quick bite you’re searching for, a pizza from Le Schuss (tel: +33 611 919 404) really hits the spot after a long day on the slopes.