There’s nothing better than a sun terrace on a blue-sky day when you’re skiing in the mountains. Whether you’re looking to kick back in a deck chair with a beer or spend lunchtime sipping rose and eating a la carte food, we’ve found some of the best sun trap outdoor seating in Les 3 Vallées for you to enjoy.
Le Bouc Blanc on La Tania side of La Loze is a good choice for lunch or dinner and one of the best value in the valley. It has a large sun terrace and serves up 12 different types of foie gras. The legendary Bistro du Praz at Courchevel 1300 has changed hands since its heyday, but still has a great reputation.
La Soucoupe in the Loze sector definitely falls under the expensive bracket. Service here is typically French so don’t expect any special treatment. Expect to wait for your food and it’s always rammed. Definitely worth a stop off though, if only for the extensive views, great seafood and meat grilled on traditional wood-burners in front of you.
Les Chenus is a perfect choice for a late lunch if you’re coming from or going to Meribel. It’s located by the Chenus chair, which heads back to Meribel. The terrace offers beautiful views and good, cheap food, including a fine French onion soup. The menu features a good selection of traditional Savoyard dishes or lighter meals including salads. Les Chenus is open for dinner few days in the week.
Le Rond Point is the place in Méribel to head for straight from the slopes après. The sun terrace is always jam packed here and there’s live music most days. There’s a snack bar here to soak up the happy hour beer and there’s also a serviced restaurant, which knocks up salads and pizzas. Food is served here from 11.30am until 3.30pm and then in the evening from 7.30pm. The Vin Chaud here is served in individual pitchers and comes with free cake. I mean what’s better in life than free cake.
Les Marmottes is a traditional pub-restaurant at the base of the pistes in Bruyeres, serving local Savoyarde produce and pizzas at great prices. The big terrace here is perfect for sunny days.
If you want to enjoy slope side deck chair lounging on a huge terrace then head to Bar 360 in Val Thorens. This place has a steady stream, of people passing through all day until the crowds descend here at the end of the ski day for one of the several resident DJs and bands. Once you’ve danced your socks off there’s a great little noodle bar here too.
Frog and Roast Beef champions itself as the highest Brit pub in Europe. And it does what it says on the tin, fry ups to cure the meanest of hangovers, fish and chips and steak. There’s a daily happy hour from 5.30 until 7.30 with live music, cheap drinks and the obligatory dancing on tables. Find them on the Plein Sud Blue run.
And of course do not forget the legendary Folie Douce with the highest dance floor in Europe but also a very good restaurant La Fruitière with a sunny terrace.
Chalet Chinal Donat is located at the top of the 3 Vallées Express gondola at 2,360m. There’s a mountain restaurant has both self-service and waitress-served options which serves up traditional mountain food which you can enjoy from the sun trap terrace.