Do you have 48 hours flat or barely 3 days to go skiing without a minute to lose between ski shop and change of TGV? A short summary of the best trips between stylish resorts and great hotels to know to disconnect as if you were on vacation.
The fastest in La Clusaz
The mood . Considered the closest resort in the Alps to Paris, the cool vibes of this pretty resort are perfect for two days of express watch in hand, without having to ask for an RTT.
How to get there ? The direct TGV line Paris-Annecy in 3h38 then with the Aravis taxi (count 70 € per trip).
The right hotel to put down your bag: La Ferme , the cult address of the resort where you always meet beautiful people around a raclette or an exquisite pizza. What is less known is that the institution has around ten rooms with terraces, some of which are large, ideal for going out with friends, in perfect taste, which give you the impression of having been invited. in a large family chalet. Its high added value: the chalet is located on the slopes and very easy to access.
We like: the attentive service as if a mum were watching over you with the skis delivered directly by the ski shop in partnership, the restaurant which prepares hand-sewn room service, even if you arrive by the last train, the rare nannies available if we have kids…
The extra thing: the hot sauna cabin with your feet in the snow for après ski.
From p. from 220 € per night
Good addresses to know for the weekend:
Settle down at the Grizzli snack bar, the address with a sunny terrace and the most beautiful view of La Clusaz opened by the two-starred chef Edouard Loubet at the top of the Beauregard gondolas.
Lunch at Les Joux , the resort's best restaurant, awarded by Le Fooding .
Blow up the mind- blowing blueberry tart from Patrick Agnellet, best worker in France in the village, on the church square 300 meters from the hotel.
Have a festive aperitif when the slopes close in Les Praz (same vibes as La Folie Douce ) just above La Ferme, before taking off your shoes 100 meters below.
The most chic in Méribel
The mood. A small luxury break in Méribel straight from the slopes, nestled in a cocoon. Leave the mental burden at the station: children, reservations, ski passes, everything is taken care of from A to Z.
How to get there ?The Paris-Chambery TGV line in 2h48. Then the hotel shuttle which brings you back to your destination in 1h15 (250 €). The alternative: direct Paris-Moutiers in 4h15 + ½ hour by taxi (80 €).
The right hotel to put down your bag: Le Coucou , the latest baby of Maisons Pariente (which also owns Crillon Le Brave or Lou Pinet in Saint-Tropez) on the Belvédère slope just above the roundabout with ski room within the hotel. This little gem by architect Pierre Yovanovitch expresses the idea of a cozy and contemporary chalet, with the added bonus of a Tata Harper spa with a swimming pool bathed in light. In short: kif.
We like: the crazy living spaces that make you want to chill in the evening without having to go out. The result is a beef bar to carve out a good rib of beef, an ultimately stylish cocktail bar where the beautiful people of the surrounding chalets like to come and have a drink, a very prominent Italian restaurant for its signature cuisine or even a smoking room with fireplace…
The added bonus: the dingo kids club included in the package, with activities all day long (dog sledding, igloo, astronomy, baking, etc.) and the possibility of having the children dine on their own… And picking them up at the end of their private ski lessons.
Le Coucou -Rooms from p. from €460 including breakfast.
Good addresses to trust for the weekend:
Go for the mythical veal cutlet & cream fries from the Télébar .
A picnic and a green snowshoe walk in the Tueda nature reserve between mountain and forest, far from the frenzy of the ski lifts.
To be seen and seen: mandatory lunch break at Maya Altitude , the brand new super trendy Tibetan and festive restaurant of the 3 valleys on the slopes.
L'Ekrin , Méribel's starred restaurant, is a destination in its own right. Chef Laurent Azoulay , a great lover of truffles combines the radical land of peaks that have adopted it, and high poetry in colors of his native Provence. The result lives up to the surrounding peaks and Le Jardin d'Hiver - Légumes du Jardin des Roy, which brings together some thirty vegetables, has become a signature of the house.
Le Cèpe , a 10-minute walk from the hotel – a Michelin Bib Gourmand, where chef Alain Plouzané makes an incredible porcini mushroom fondue, which he collects…
The most exotic in Tignes
The mood. Snow all year round! Perched at an altitude of 2,100 meters, Tignes has the particularity of being a ski resort in winter, but also in summer. With its neighbor Val d'Isère , they offer a total of some 300 km of slopes, the most beautiful ski area in the world.
The right hotel to put down your bag: The Diamond Rock , a brand new jewel of a hotel – it opened its doors last December – promises you an idyllic stay facing the snow-capped peaks. This contemporary refuge designed by Reyhana Studio has 62 ultra-warm and intimate rooms and suites facing the slopes, which make you want to cocoon after your day of skiing.
We like: it's hard to choose as the facilities are amazing. In addition to the spa (swimming pool, sauna, hammam), there is a private cinema room, a bowling alley, an ultra-stylish area for kids, and a ski rental service.
The added plus: the hotel's two restaurants, an author's table and a Savoyard bistro, run by the young and talented chef Max' Eon .
Room at p. from €350, breakfast included.
Good addresses to know for the weekend:
Have a raclette at the top at La Ferme des 3 Capucines , a rustic restaurant that offers its homemade cheeses, from the farm to the plate.
Lunch at the Panoramic , the highest starred restaurant in the world run by the father-son duo Jean-Michel and Clément Bouvier. The latter is also at the helm of Ursus , crowned with a Michelin star and the Green star which distinguishes the most committed initiatives for sustainable gastronomy. Two extraordinary experiences.
Dinner at Kaya , the brand new bistronomic sensation opened by a shocking duo, chef Jules Baralo and Tanguy Reymond.