Chalet Boule De Neige
£7850 - £18450
Chalet Boule De Neige is brilliantly located just a three minute walk to the Medran lift station.
Once voted the best après bar in the world, the Farinet should be at the top of your 'to do' list.
Live bands grace the stage every night creating an exciting atmosphere. The roof is retractable so when it gets too hot the roof opens and snow showers everyone inside, a truly great après experience.The Farinet opens at 4pm so be sure to arrive early to secure yourself a booth (which you may want to stand on later when it gets busy).
However, if you do not enjoy three litre jugs of beer in plastic cups (which may find themselves on your head later in the night), you may prefer a more relaxed après scene at the Farinet Lounge next door which provides a more sophisticated evening. It has a great choice of cocktails and you can watch the party unfold at the après bar through the large glass panels in the wall, safe from the rowdy crowds.The Farinet is located in the centre of town which unfortunately means it is not ski in/ski out which is a shame, however, in most people's opinion it is not to be missed.
Located at the foot of the run with the same name, Le Rouge is the perfect stop for dancing away the afternoon.
Le Rouge has a stunning terrace with a 360° view of the surrounding mountains. DJs play here every afternoon until late in the evening. Conveniently located for skiing in, straight off the baby slope Le Rouge (which is accessible from the main runs down from the mountain). However, Le Rouge is not ideal to get to the rest of town from, especially in your ski boots, and continuing night-time drinking there can be difficult as it is a 15 minute uphill walk from place centrale.
Still, due to its great selection of drinks and unbeatable outside terrace this really is the place to be seen for holidaymakers and locals alike, especially when the weather gets better. The bar has a restaurant downstairs and a small creperie attached to the bar is perfect for an après snack.
Le Rouge hosts some big mid-season parties, such as their 24-hour Mardi Gras extravaganza, so keep an eye on posters and their website for updates. Some of the best nights of the season can be found here if you are lucky with your timing.
Affectionately known to locals as 'the Tipi', 1936 is tent style bar located just above the maisonette lift.
This bar is great if you are looking for a few relaxed drinks after a day on the slopes. When it is a cold and grueling ski, 1936 can offer a refuge of cosy sofas and a stove fire to huddle around. They often have live acoustic style bands when the weather is good, which perfectly complements sitting on a deck chair watching the sun go down. However, bear in mind that Bar 1936 can get very busy due to its perfect location on your way back from a day skiing. This means that often people can be left to sit on the snow after ordering a drink which can be very annoying if your ski pants are not too water-proof.
The biggest drawbacks of 1936 are due to its 'portable' structure, the toilets in particular leave a little to be desired and the range of drinks are limited compared to other bars. The ski back to the main lift station is along a gentle path, which makes a forgiving ski if you have indulged in a few too many vin chauds (mulled wine). Occasionally during the season Bar 1936 holds Mongolian fondue nights which are perfect if you are looking for something unusual, but keep your eye on their website as these are not regular evenings.