Les Mérégers (+33 611 28 19 83) is in a dramatic setting below the Combe de l’Aiguille Noire, where the Mérégers black piste crosses the Selles blue. It’s the mountain chalet with the best reputation of the local high-altitude restaurants here. The welcoming owners and staff provide a varied menu that includes steaks, salads and tartiflette, along with soup, pizzas and pasta. Les Chalets de l’Arméra (+33 479 59 29 41) is situated right beside the remote-feeling Grapil blue piste in the Valmeinier sector. This chalet-style bar-restaurant has a sunny terrace with great views over the nearby ski terrain and across the valley to Valmeinier. It serves hot meals and snacks, along with daily chalk-board specials at reasonable prices. Open in the evenings, too.
Savoyard mountain chic
La Maison d’Ageline (+33 479 59 31 97) is in the village, but delivers the traditional Savoyard mountain-chic ambiance, with friendly service and a realistically-priced menu to match. Among the usual tartiflette and fondue are some interesting variations, such as fondue au vin pétillant (meaning ‘with sparkling wine’) and there’s a bewildering selection of home-made ice-creams, including the elusive caramel au buerre salé. There’s a children’s play area, too.
Le Kôsa Krûta (+33 611 44 84 89) is a small, friendly central snack bar serving sandwiches, panini, soups and salads, and regional dishes (to eat in or take away). Everything is made to order, using fresh local produce. They also offer vegetarian options – you just have to ask. Open daily from 10am until 6pm.