Being an Australian there is not much opportunity for skiing in my home country apart from the creatively named “Snowy Mountains”. So it was not until last year that I put a pair of skis on my feet for the first time and almost immediately fell over. While I am seriously lacking in experience and any sort of coordination on the skiing front I rather enjoy the main aspect of a ski trip … the apres ski. What could be better after a day spent falling over in the snow than sipping a warming vin chaud.
MTV boyfriend and I have just got back from a weekend in Morzine in the French Alps and I spent most of the time in a state of fervent anticipation of the food and drink that was to follow our days activities on the slopes. There is something about all that mountain air that really builds up your appetite. Luckily the people of the Savoie region are experts at feeding hungry skiers and our lunch on the mountain at Les Mouilles was no exception. The restaurant is perched at the top of one of the chairlifts so is only accessible during the day. A simple wooden chalet style building it offers a perfect vantage point to look out over the mountain and see the skiers come hurtling down the slopes.
MTV boyfriend had a simple but decent omelet. I ordered the tartiflette a regional specialty of cubes of potato served with nuggets of bacon and topped with a melted layer of Reblochon cheese. Reblochon cheese is a local cheese that is similar in taste and appearance to Brie. This delicious but artery clogging delight was tempered by a plain green salad in true French style. Dishes of melted cheese and potatoes seem to be a recurring theme in French ski resorts however who am I to complain. At least after having spent the morning skiing you feel like you deserve such a rich and indulgent lunch. I was determined to improve my skiing if only so that there would be more excuse to return to the French Alps for tartiflette.
Details: Les Mouilles, Le Pleney (Ph +33 (0) 609 958 119)
Damage: Pricey (It’s a ski resort – everything is)