31/10/2013 | by Nina Zietman
The setting of the town is a match for any in the Alps, but like many French resorts, the architecture is a bit of a mess, with its mix of 70’s apartment blocks and wood clad hotels. However, there are loads of off-slope services, including a cinema, bowling alley, sports complex and an outdoor climbing wall. It is a busy package tour destination so expect a lot of tourist junk shops, but there are a couple of decent snowboard shops too. The nightlife goes off seven nights a week, with things starting early and finishing late. ‘Smokey Joes’, near the main gondola station, is good for a beer after the slopes, and it has a big screen for the football games. There’s the obligatory Yeti Bar too, but the real place to go is Smithy’s, which gets messy later on. The Red Frog is a friendly Brit haunt with free wi-fi, and Pub Le Windsor is a great little bar with a massive whisky menu. L’Avalanche and L’Opéra are the places to head in the wee hours – if you can still stand.