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Best Mountainside Bars in Les Arcs

A quick guide to vital refreshment stops on the pistes

Featured in: | Sam Birch, Les Arcs Reporter | Published
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It is springtime. The weather is better, the evenings are longer and the urge to sit out on a bar terrace with tasty beverage is irrefutable. 

With these relevant points in mind I have created a quick guide to the slope-side bars where you can rest awhile after, during, or even before a hard day’s skiing. To increase the fun, the guide has taken the form of a trump-style card game.

There are a huge number of bars throughout the resorts so, to be included in this guide, a trip on a lift should be necessary (unless you are a crazy ski-tourer or extreme pedestrian). The lowest of these bars is at 1900 metres and, in general, they afford spectacular views over the ski area and surrounding valleys. There are seven bars included (which is one a day, every week) so you should be able to develop your suntan regardless of where you are staying.

Les 3 Saveurs

This small bar and restaurant above Peisey-Vallandry is very reasonably priced and provides stunning views towards Pont Baudin. It is best accessed from the Grizzly or 2300 chairlifts and is only a minute’s walk up from the top of the Peisey lift. Being so close to the Cabri beginners’ area, it is a good place to meet the less-experienced members of your group. With direct runs back to Peisey, Vallandry and Arc 1800, you can have a cheeky late drink without worrying about missing that crucial last lift.

Aux Enfants Terribles

There is nothing tragic about this huge restaurant just below the top of the Vallandry lift, and the only surreal thing is sunbathing on a thick bed of snow (although I would recommend the deckchairs). The building comprises a restaurant, a bar, a self-service snack bar and a large terrace overlooking the Perdix and Forêt pistes. A large selection of crêpes are advertised in addition to a variety of meals and drinks. Close to the Flocon button lift, this is a great place for new skiers and snowboarders to get some well-deserved rest without leaving the mountain. Like the Peisey lift for Les 3 Saveurs, the Vallandry lift can be used by pedestrians wishing to join their skiing friends at the pub.

La Blanche Murée

Slightly off the beaten track, this smaller (but very popular) bar/restaurant is situated just below the Transarc mid-station, where the Charmettoger blue run heads left. This makes it easy to reach for learners used to the Charmettoger lift. You can also get there by taking Rêches from the top of the Derby lift. The terrace is not as large as some and you can wait a short while for a table during very busy periods.

Chalet Grillette

The lowest of all the bars on this list, it is still a respectable distance from Arc 1800, so predominantly for active skiers and snowboarders. Sat on the edge of the Grands Mélèzes piste, you can quite happily sit out and watch your contemporaries flying past. Les Arcs is a gorgeous area, so none of the views are anything less than beautiful, but Chalet Grillette has one of the less spectacular aspects in this exceptionally-gifted guide. Being only a short ride from the nearest village, it is a good option for a last-minute drink in the late afternoon. Whilst getting back to Arc 1800 is simple, taking the last section of Belvédère, then Forêt, to Vallandry can be a bit of a chore

La Crèche

Probably the best known, the highest and the most easily found of all the on-piste bars, La Crèche is at the top of the Col de la Chal. This means skiers (and pedestrians) can visit straight from Arc 2000 via the Arcabulle and Plagnettes chairlifts, or from Arc 1800 using the Transarc gondola. At the back, a capacious terrace allows magnificent views of the untouched and unpisted side of the Les Arcs ski area. With end-of-day returns possible to almost all of the villages, it is a good option for a “finisher,” especially if you are skiing with people from different resorts.

L’Altiport

Right next to the Snow Park, this bar/restaurant has primarily outdoor seating with two main terraces and further seating laid out closer to the Arpette piste. There is normally music playing but the absolutely best thing about L’Altiport is the “entertainment:” the bar is adjacent to both the Water Slide and Big Air Bag, which can provide hours of fun for all the family. Perhaps after a few refreshments, you might even give one a try yourself..

L’Arpette

With a restaurant, self-service “canteen,” snack bar and outdoor bar, the Arpette has a lot of choice for food and drink. Although large, it is a fairly typical place. That is until lunchtime is over, the DJ gets on the decks and you can hear the tunes pumping across the mountain. At 3.30pm Happy Hour starts, meaning pints of Peroni for €5, and it is not unusual to see dancing on the terrace, the tables, or any available standing room. Normally the liveliest place in this guide, boasting a real après ski vibe, you can easily get back to both Arc 1600 and 1800, with Vallandry being a bit further along.

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