Top 10 - Mountain Restaurants - Experts' choice
Any ski instructor worth their salted fries knows all the best places to eat on the hill. We asked some of the best to tell us about their go to culinary temples. Mediocre slope side venues with one special dish or something you can't quite put your finger on, won't cut it for this list. Our team of experts know that a truly awesome venue for your holiday's blue ribbon lunch has got to have it all. Here are our favourite lunch venues.
CRAIG HALLIDAY - BASS DIRECTOR - VAL D'ISERE
My favourite restaurant has to be Eidelwiess in the La Fornet area of Val d’Isere. The food and drink are excellent throughout but if I had to pick one dish it would be the pork fillet in glazed honey sauce. It's not just the food or the service that makes Eidelwiess stand out but the amazing views it has of Val d’Isere and especially the Face du Bellvarde. Eidelweiss is accessible via the Mangard blue run in La Fornet and as an added bonus is close to some of Val d’Isere’s most famous off piste area’s.
HUGH MONNEY - BASS FOUNDER - LES GETS
La Grande Ourse, Mt Chéry, Les Gets - Spectacular view of the Mt Blanc Massif, plus great food, plus very friendly hosts, plus great live music! A regular lunch stop. Hugh has been helping skiers get the most out of their skiing in Les Gets since the early 90's, so if he recommends somewhere, I'm going to try it.
ELLIOT STONE - BASS INSTRUCTOR - VAL D'ISERE & TIGNES
My favourite restaurant has to be - Tete De Solaise in Val D’Isere. All meals are incredible but the one which sticks out is the cheese/meat board. The restaurant has the best views in the Val with a great sun deck which has live music most days of the week.
JOE CAIN - DIRECTOR - TIGNES
Best restaurant, The Corner, Tignes Val Claret. Pie, chips and peas. You won’t find a better pie in France. In fact they would beat most pies in the U.K. especially the beef pie yum. Prices are good too.
DAVE HUDSON - BASS INSTRUCTOR - VAL D'ISERE & TIGNES
My top choice has to be Lo Soli at the top of the Chaudanne chair out of Tignes Le Lac. The steak is the best and the views are unbeatable. I love the sun hats and its the best place for a BASS team lunch.
ANDY LOCKERBIE - BASS INSTRUCTOR - ALL RESORTS
Tuxerfernerhaus (Hintertux, Austria) Daily special, great quality and value for money. I've run many instructor training courses on the glacier, and what you need is big portions and fast service that won't break the bank.
STEVE RICKETTS - BASS MANAGING DIRECTOR - ALL RESORTS
La Ferme de Reberty. I found this little gem hidden away in Reberty, just above Les Menuires in the 3 Valleys. My family loved their lunch there so much, we went back at night. If you want to do the same, book in advance as they are always full on the night. A good selection of staple dishes, and some house specialities to die for, including the cafe gourmand for desert. Great on a sunny day and very friendly service.
CRAIG CONKIE - BASS 3 VALLEYS DIRECTOR - MERIBEL
SAM CAIN - BASS COORDINATOR - ALL RESORTS
Favourite mountain restaurant: La Sachette in Les Brevieres, Tignes. When it’s cold and windy up top it’s nice to ski down through the trees. Cosy inside with lovely food, especially the chips and special house mayonnaise.
MIKE CRAWFORD - BASS DIRECTOR AND INSTRUCTOR - MERIBEL
So there you have it, our experts' top 10 places to have lunch on the mountain. It's worth remembering that you can trust your BASS instructor to show you the best restaurant as well as the best slopes. Book early, it's easy to see why BASS instructors are in great demand.