As the Grand Montets opened this weekend and there is only one day left to bag your pre-season lift discounts, the skiing season has nearly begun in earnest. As great fun as the white stuff is, my thoughts also turn to cosy mountain meals.
Last year I spent some time pondering where would be best to ski with the kidsand we settled on Argentiere. (We’ll be doing the same again this year, as it worked out nicely for us.) I also wanted to check out some restaurants I’d heard about. One such place was Les Vieilles Luge, located on Telesige de Maison Neuve in Les Houches, accessible by skis, or a 20 min walk up from Maisonneuve. Its probably one of the Chamonix valley’s few traditional feeling mountain side restaurants, often recommended for special occasions.
We booked a late lunch and found it to be warm, cosy and busy. The menu was relatively limited as you might expect but the cuisine quick and acceptable (the adults had roast duck in a fruity sauce and the kids had local sausages). The alpine decor was enchanting. I’d like to say that the ambiance was fantastic too, but we arrived just as a mature French family were paying their bill and lamenting the existence of the English. Quite understandably the staff looked rather embarrassed by the comment. Things became more relaxed after that particular family left, but its a shame when other guests make you feel uncomfortable.
I must admit that, that was the first time we’ve witnessed irritation with the Brits and one of Chamonix’s strengths is that it is welcoming to people other than the locals. However, it incentivizes you to learn the language, even if it might be just so you know what is being said about you. :-$ I suppose we should just laugh and say ‘vive la difference!’
Anyway little rant over, and here are some photos to give you a flavour of the place as we do intend to go back again even if its just for a vin chaud.
The restaurant is open throughout the ski season, lunch and dinner by reservation, or by special arrangement in the summer.