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 (3 Bourg-Morel; tel; 04 7909 8310) 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: 04 7909 8643), the quirky Le Jimbo Lolo (29 Bourg-Morel; tel: 06 8697 3714; www.jimbololo.fr) and Le Pub du Bourg (tel: 04 7909 8666; 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, which has a South and Central American atmosphere, serves tapas and Mexican fare, and is fun until closing time at 0200. Le Café Alpin (5 Bourg-Morel; tel: 04 7906 9022) also offers good-value and tasty dining with its selection of pizzas.
For regional dishes, including crêpes and raclette, La Flambée (tel: 04 7909 8161) is a good choice; while another local favourite is Le Petit Prince (7 Bourg-Morel; tel: 04 7909 8171; www.restaurant-lepetitprince.com), which cooks up Savoyard specialities including pierrades (meat cooked on a hot stone at the table). Le Prariond (06 0988 4405; www.leprariond.com) also serves simple local cuisine but with the added bonus of stunning views of Mont Blanc.