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Les Soirées au Chalet de la Marine, Val Thorens

Chalet de la Marine, Val Thorens, les 3 Vallées, French Alpes, raclette, cheese, Swiss fondue

Looking for a romantic and truly special experience in the snow? And do you like a good traditional ‘Fondue Suisse’ with Gruyère AOC and Vacherin cheese? Then look no further. This is the experience you have to book when you are skiing in the French Alps. Today I will show you all about dinner and romantic snow fun in Val Thorens.

Chalet de la Marine, Val Thorens, les 3 Vallées, French Alpes, raclette, cheese, Swiss fondueAround 18.30h this beast of a ‘SnowCat’ will pick you up at the bottom of the slope.
Chalet de la Marine, Val Thorens, les 3 Vallées, French Alpes, raclette, cheese, Swiss fondueHello, there’s our ride. You can book the snowcat with your reservation for dinner at Chalet de la Marine, all very easy, all very organised. The cabin is heated and the ride up is not even 15 minutes.
Chalet de la Marine, Val Thorens, les 3 Vallées, French Alpes, raclette, cheese, Swiss fondueLet’s go!
Chalet de la Marine, Val Thorens, les 3 Vallées, French Alpes, raclette, cheese, Swiss fondueWhat a beautiful evening it was. Almost full moon.
IMG_6575At the end of a day skiing, the valley of Val Thorens looks peaceful and pretty, with he sun behind those white mountains.
Chalet de la Marine, Val Thorens, les 3 Vallées, French Alpes, raclette, cheese, Swiss fondueCold or not, if you go out you have to look a bit nice? So my dotted legs are definitely IN for mountain adventure in the evening.
Chalet de la Marine, Val Thorens, les 3 Vallées, French Alpes, raclette, cheese, Swiss fondueHappy feet!
Chalet de la Marine, Val Thorens, les 3 Vallées, French Alpes, raclette, cheese, Swiss fondueHappy me!
Chalet de la Marine, Val Thorens, les 3 Vallées, French Alpes, raclette, cheese, Swiss fondueThe Venue
After the approximately 15 minutes up in the SnowCat you arrive at Chalet de la Marine, one of the better and nicer places to go to when in Val Thorens. It’s open daily for morning coffees (or chocolat chaud with marshmallows! Yum!) and delicious mountain lunches (hello scallops and oysters and lobster). At la Marine you can choose either for the more upmarket restaurant, if you have the time (I always prefer to MAKE time for that), but if you are a true ski addict who actually prefers to take his or hers bread-from-home in backpack during skiing, then there is a ‘canteen’ style restaurant at La Marine with excellent pizza, sandwiches and simple mountain food too, downstairs, just off the slope. But if you have time visit the main restaurant for lunch. It’s really good. And on special evenings they organise Dinner Parties, like this ‘Les Soirées au Chalet de la Marine’ party with Fondue Swiss. Scroll down for more about this cheese heaven party.
Chalet de la Marine, Val Thorens, les 3 Vallées, French Alpes, raclette, cheese, Swiss fondueChalet de la Marine, Val Thorens, les 3 Vallées, French Alpes, raclette, cheese, Swiss fondue
The menu
The restaurant interior is very nice and romantic, with soft sheep skins on the chairs and a roaring fire. The staff is welcoming and friendly, the Champagne is ice cold and the beers too. One can relax, chit-chat a bit and whenever you are ready for food, you can tell the serving team. First you get a beef bouillon (broth) with vegetables, as a starter/warm up. And then you get the Fondue Swiss Gruyère AOC et vacherin Fribourgeois with choix de charcuterie (assorted cold meats) and a salade verte (green salad), oh and baguette, of course, delicious small pieces of crusty French bread. And lots of red wine. You cannot make me happier!
Chalet de la Marine, Val Thorens, les 3 Vallées, French Alpes, raclette, cheese, Swiss fondueFondue Swiss, with charcuterie and salad. This Swiss Fondue, with Gruyère and Vacherin Fribourgeois, is absolutely the best cheese fondue I ever had. ONLY IN FRANCE.
Chalet de la Marine, Val Thorens, les 3 Vallées, French Alpes, raclette, cheese, Swiss fondueReally, really good. If I see this again, I want it again.
Chalet de la Marine, Val Thorens, les 3 Vallées, French Alpes, raclette, cheese, Swiss fondueChoix de charcuterie.
Chalet de la Marine, Val Thorens, les 3 Vallées, French Alpes, raclette, cheese, Swiss fondueSmall cuts with lots of crust, French baguette.
Chalet de la Marine, Val Thorens, les 3 Vallées, French Alpes, raclette, cheese, Swiss fondueSalade verte.
Chalet de la Marine, Val Thorens, les 3 Vallées, French Alpes, raclette, cheese, Swiss fondueAfter the Swiss Fondue Feast it was time for dessert! There is a massive dessert table at Le Chalet de la Marine with a big choice of homemade desserts.
Chalet de la Marine, Val Thorens, les 3 Vallées, French Alpes, raclette, cheese, Swiss fondueFor example this custard with pistache and chantilly cream. Or this mousse au chocolate.
Chalet de la Marine, Val Thorens, les 3 Vallées, French Alpes, raclette, cheese, Swiss fondueRaspberry tart….
Chalet de la Marine, Val Thorens, les 3 Vallées, French Alpes, raclette, cheese, Swiss fondueYum.
Chalet de la Marine, Val Thorens, les 3 Vallées, French Alpes, raclette, cheese, Swiss fondueAnd Marshmallow fondue with melted chocolate.

The Facts

A dinner party (Les Soirées) at Le Chalet de la Marine is an evening out I cannot recommend highly enough. Very special, romantic, fun, friendly staff, the most delicious Swiss cheese fondue you can dream about, excellent wine list, an experience to go up in the evening with the Snow Cat. Torches and fires when you leave again. I loved it! Prices for the menu start from 53 euro per person, excluding drinks. The SnowCat transport is about 12,50 per person – and is really worth it. Keep in mind everything is expensive in the mountains, especially in Les Trois Vallées in France. I found the whole experience really good, the quality of the food as excellent and the staff very nice and friendly. So if I’ll be every again in Val Thorens for skiing, I would go here again. Click here for the website of Le Chalet de la Marina, which is a great place too for lunch during your day of skiing.

*Note: I have not been asked, paid or invited to write about this special place in the French Alps. It was my own idea to share this experience with you. All images are mine, made with a Canon EOS M3 camera. 

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