Grand massif mountain restaurants: our top three
Nº 1 - L'aero, Samoëns
Nestled on its own ridge near the top of the Saix bubble lift from Vercland, L'Aero is a cosy mountain guest house that doubles as a mountain restaurant. Popular with ski instructors, it is one of the best-kept secrets of the Grand Massif.
In the winter they serve hearty fare and they have a refreshing menu in the summer. The plats du hour always offer great value for money and usually they'll do a deal on a bottle of rosé too, the local Gamay is always a favourite!
Nº 2 - Le Blanchot, flaine
Just off the side of the Serpentine blue piste, this sunny spot is a great place to watch skiers zip across the pistes and, often, tumble down the hill! Hence why we have nicknamed Le Blanchot, Le Crash Café.
Onion soup and their rustic burger (pictured below) are hits on their wholesome menu. You also have to try their chocolate cake: divine.
Nº 3 - La Pente à Jules, Flaine
La Pente à Jules joined the cohort of Grand Massif restaurants relatively recently but quickly became favourite, largely thanks to their signature 'super-burger'. The owners are always happy to serve you another bottle of wine and will make an extra effort if you go back more than once in a week.
If you're tight on time and want to make the most of blue-sky-powder-day then eat at the Jules Express, a stripped down fast(er) food option served from their sun terrace.
Where do you like to dine in the Alps?