We stayed at chalet Dauphinelle in Feb 2012. Our chalet host Andy Coe made us exceptionally welcome, was an excellent cook, guide and all round champion of Val T.. so much so that by mid week, he was able to ski with us in his afternoons off and show us his favourite runs! The chalet itself was simple and traditionally charming in a chintzy but acceptable way- it's not luxurious but its comfortable, warm and homely, so I would recommend it. The showers are hot and powerful and the pool and sauna good for a nice dip to sore throbbing limbs.
The Fox next door was a great pub and good for apreski and live music- we encountered a pretty mental band with a lead singer with a raspy croaky voice, who did covers of all sorts of classics from led zep to guns n roses through to fleewood and even madonna. Odd but entertaining and loads of random jazz hands and whoops to keep you entertained.
On Andy's night off we went to a fab restaurant but cant remmeber the name for it (ask jack- the resort mgr -as its his favourite) which gets booked in advance and lived up to the hype. Its expensive, but delicious. its on sunset road or something. Name is Cow Bell or Dairy Maid or something.
A heads up: Its well worth investing in jagermeister and beer from the supermarket for the chalet as the pints can come in at around £5 a pint and shorts were closer to £7.50 a drink in Val T generally, so you might want to drink for a while at home and take advantage of happy hours for apres-ski.
One thing you dont want to miss is le folie douche- a bar on the slopes- which kicks off at around 2.30pm. There you will encounter bustling crowds hanging out in the sun, lots of partying on tables, people posing and supping champagne and generally everyone throwing themselves around to banging house music- its excellent!
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