Are looking to experience some of the very best après ski in the Alps with live music, outrageous outfits and some serious table stomping? Then you need to visit La Folie Douce for après ski. With an unmatched atmosphere, La Folie Douce is the ultimate slope-side après ski destination. So whether you’re looking to party at the Val d’Isère Folie Douce, enjoy a late lunch in Méribel or soak up the sun in Val Thorens and Les Arcs. Take a look at our pick of must-visit Folie Douce locations:
La Folie Douce Val d’Isère is the original. This après spot was opened in 1981 by entrepreneur Luc Reversade and his mother and head chef Mamone. Luc’s passion for entertainment combined with his mothers cooking became a hugely successful combination. His dream of entertaining clientele with open-air shows and live music continues to be wildly successful. Located at the top of the La Daille gondola, this Folie Douce is frequented by skiers en route home. Guests can enjoy fantastic food and drink, DJs, and live bands on the open terrace, which is lively from mid-afternoon until the lifts close.
Méribel lies in the Les Allues Valley at the centre of the world’s largest ski area the Three Valleys. Known for its lively après scene Méribel is popular with British and French holidaymakers alike. The Folie Douce in Méribel is located in the middle station of the Saulire Express cable car and is a must-visit après ski destination for skiers in Méribel and Courchevel. This Folie Douce comprises of an outdoor bar, clubbing experience area and two restaurants; La Fruitière and La Petite Cuisine.
Alpe d’Huez is a party town, home to lots of busy bars and lively mountain restaurants. After a great day on the mountain, skiers and snowboarders flock to the Folie Douce Alpe d’Huez terraces. Situated at the 2300m at the top of the six-man super fast Marmottes lift, La Folie Douce Alpe D’Huez offers the whole Folie experience. Dance in the open air until dusk and then take the wobbly descent down the easy blue run into the village. In addition, this Folie Douce hosts Tomorrowland festival every year at the end of March, bringing the electronic sounds of Ibiza to slopes, providing the ultimate Folie Douce après ski experience.
Located on the piste just under the Plein Sud chairlift. Val Thorens Folie Douce has live music daily from 2-5:30 pm. The party starts after lunch as DJ’s are accompanied by musicians and entertainers. This Folie Douce has a reputation for being the liveliest destination on Val Thorens slopes, attracting a crowd of university students and partygoers. Moreover, book a table in the Veranda VIP section for an additional charge and enjoy more space as you let the champagne flow.
Megève après is generally a more sophisticated affair as skiers enjoy cocktails and champagne instead of the traditional après clubbing scene. In addition, this Megève Folie Douce sits between St Gervais and Megève at the top of the Mont Joux chair lift at 2000m offering stunning views of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe. This is the perfect place to enjoy a refreshing glass of champagne, outdoor music, and the cabaret show, which starts at 2.30 pm until lifts close.
One of the livelier French resorts, Avoriaz’s après scene has a hedonistic reputation. Open from early December every year, La Folie Douce Avoriaz is the must-visit après destination in the Portes du Soleil ski area. Famous for its afternoon après sessions, La Folie Douce in Avoriaz also has La Petite Cuisine, a self-service restaurant open between 11.30 am and 3 pm. In addition, La Fruitière is a more upmarket restaurant open for lunch and dinner. La Fruitière will also host the extravagant après parties for which La Folie Douce is famous. Between 2 pm and 6.30 pm each day, expect live DJs, singers and performers.
The Chamonix edition of the Folie sits within the very first Folie Douce hotel. This Belle Epoque hotel offers excellent food and cocktails in the hotel’s Le Janssen Cocktail Club. In addition, there is an early-evening acoustic band, a dinner show most nights, an aerialist who performs throughout the evening, plus a nightclub into the early hours. La Folie Douce Hotel is perfectly positioned in the centre of Chamonix town and at the foot of the Savoy green ski slope.
The newest Folie Douce to hit the slopes is in Les Arcs. Bringing its legendary dancing on tables and après ski vibe to the Paradiski area. Opened in 2019, this branch of La Folie Douce is accessible by foot and via the Gondola des Villards. Similarly, guests can enjoy one of the bar’s famous shows, all accompanied by progressive DJ sets, live concerts and aerial spectaculars from the in-house team of performers. Alongside the traditional terrace bar area, La Folie Douce Les Arcs features three on-site restaurants: La Fruitière, La Petite Cuisine and Le Butcher. With menus devised by the head chef to match the atmosphere of each restaurant.
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