Transfer time from Geneva Airport: 1 hour and 40 minutes in normal traffic
Elevation: 900m – 1800m
Best feature: Quiet, unspoilt pistes and beautiful views.
St. Jean d’Aulps is surrounded by the beautiful villages of Seytroux, Le Biot and Essert la Pierre, and the little resort town of La Grande Terche. These towns have a smaller English population than Morzine and Les Gets, and are renowned for being much quieter, with a classic French village feel and stunning views of the surrounding Vallee d’Aulps.
St. Jean is in the centre of the action and is easily the liveliest of the four villages, and is closest to the ski area, La Grande Terche, which is just a short drive up the hill. La Grande Terche offers quiet pistes, amazing views and mellow skiing, making it perfect for families who want a quiet trip away, especially at the busy times around Christmas and February half term. The Domaine Roc d’Enfer links the resorts of La Grand Terche and Bellevaux-la-Chevrerie, which makes a nice little circuit and is included in the Portes du Soleil lift pass if you want to go a little further afield.
Our Favourite Places to Eat
Le Petit Coq: Amazing cakes, an eclectic range of meals and tapas and super-friendly service make this little hidden gem one of our favourites.
La Bouche a Oreille: A new addition to the St. Jean restaurant scene, La Bouche a Oreille serves amazing tapas, pizza and salads, plus some awesome wines and cocktails. Yum.
Our Favourite Bars
Le National: More affectionately knows as Bar Nash, this is a friendly local bar and one of the main haunts of the the British residents of St. Jean. They do good pizza and bar food, too.
Bar Avalanche: The place to be in La Grande Terche, l’Avalanche is the premiere après spot and locals’ hang out of the Domaine Roc d’Enfer. It’s owned by a lovely Frenchman who always makes you feel welcome.
Our Favourite Rental Shops
Ski Flash: Based in the centre of St, Jean d’Aulps, Ski Flash is a branch of the Skimium empire and offers low cost, good quality gear, and plenty of accessories to buy.
Muffat Sport: Right at the bottom of the cable car in La Grande Terche, you can rent and store you gear and get great professional advice – plus, Muffat Sport is a branch of Skiset, so you know it won’t disappoint.
Our Favourite Chalets
Ski Cosy: Run by our colleague, Cat and her partner, Chris, the Ski Cosy chalet provides guaranteed amazing food, friendly, welcoming service and anything else you could possibly want from a chalet holiday (not that we’re biased or anything!).
Chalet Shufu: A luxury bed and breakfast style chalet in the centre of St. Jean d’Aulps. It offers amazing food with a little Chinese flare, flexibility and, of course, friendly service.