Lunch in the Portes du Soleil

Posted 30th November 2013

Lunch in the Portes du Soleil

Top 5 Mountain Lunch spots in the Portes du Soleil

With such a huge ski domain as the Portes du Soleil, the choice of lunch venue can be tough, but luckily we’ve spent many years checking out all the mountain restaurants so our guests don’t have to take any chances! Here’s our top 5 recommendations:

1) La Cremaillere, Les Linderets (Goats Village)

Ski a long morning and then settle into this fantastic restaurant in the quaint little hamlet below the Linderets bowl. The menu is extensive with a great range of local meats and game, plus seasonal accompaniments including magnificent chanterelles. Alternatively opt for the Menu du Jour, which never disappoints. A choice of desserts includes a to-die-for mousse au chocolat and a fine tarte au myrtilles. The friendly staff will advise on the best bottle of wine to suit your taste and supply you with a complimentary eau de vie’ on departure.


2) Chez Denis, Plaine Dranse, Châtel

Conveniently located at the top of the Pierre Longue chair, all skiing abilities (and non-skiers) can meet in this rustic old farm building for a hearty lunch. The menu is small and simple but everything is delicious “ with local specialities such as Berthoud, amazing ‘Beignets’ potato cakes, served with local cured ham and salad, and a huge bowl of warming soup with a great big slab of Abondance cheese. Hang your gloves and hats by the log burner and don’t forget to check out all the names of Denis’ cows that are etched on the wooden chairs.


3) Le Clos Savoyard, Cret Beni, La Chapelle D’Abondance

It’s worth skiing the area of Cret Beni for a day, especially on the busier weeks of the season, and a lunch at Le Clos makes it even more appealing. This traditional wooden building feels so warm and inviting, and the menu offers a choice of Savoyard favourites “ Fondue, Raclette, Tartiflette, or a very stylish à  la carte menu with classic French dishes, prepared and presented beautifully.


4) Le Toupin, Les Crosets (Switzerland)

Situated below the famous Swiss Wall, and with magnificent views of the Dents Blanche range, this is a great lunch spot with varied menu and consistently efficient service. Grab a quick bowl of delicious homemade pasta or relax on the sunny terrace for a 3 course menu, whatever you choose it’s a magical place to rest your ski legs.

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5) Le Corbeau, Morgins (Switzerland)

Head over the top of Super Chatel and down into Switzerland to experience this hidden little restaurant above Morgins, with stunning views of the Dents du Midi. Once inside you might decide to stay a while to enjoy the delicious specialities of the Swiss Valais region including fantastic croutes. They also do a particularly good vin chaud, served in amusing little wellington boot mugs! From here it’s just a 20 minute ski back to the door of Chaletneuf du Tenne.

Price: (CHF)

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