Valmorel resort information & après-ski
As with most purpose-built French resorts, Valmorel is not a place for hedonistic nightlife; but there are a dozen bars on offer and the resort’s tourist office lays on entertainment and activities four evenings a week.
Straight after skiing, head to La Source (tel: +33 479 098 310) at the base of the slopes, which offers a good drinks menu featuring a range of cocktails. As the evening progresses, you can head to the livelier night-time bars, including friendly Le Café de la Gare (tel: +33 479 098 643), the quirky Le Jimbo Lolo (tel: +33 686 973 714; www.jimbololo.fr) and Le Pub du Bourg (tel: +33 479 098 666; www.hoteldubourg.com), a popular saloon bar with an open fireplace, pool table and games.
There are several dozen restaurants in Valmorel ski resort, and the growing number of 4- and 5-star accommodation options is driving up the resort’s gourmet dining offering. But most restaurants in Valmorel are simpler, family-friendly affairs.
Among the more affordable options is Le Jimbo Lolo (tel: +33 686 973 714; www.jimbololo.fr), which has a South and Central American vibe, serves tapas and Mexican fare, and is fun until closing time at 0200. Le Café Alpin (tel: +33 479 069 022) also offers good-value and tasty dining with its selection of pizzas.
For regional dishes, including crêpes and raclette, La Flambée (tel: +33 479 098 161) is a good choice; while another local favourite is Le Petit Prince (tel: +33 479 098 171; www.restaurant-lepetitprince.com), which cooks up Savoyard specialities including pierrades (meat cooked on a hot stone at the table). Le Prariond (tel: +33 609 884 405; www.leprariond.com) also serves simple local cuisine but with the added bonus of stunning views of Mont Blanc.