Nestled among the tree-lined ski slopes of Val d’Isere’s chalet-laden Fornet area, L’Edelweiss is in one of the most beautiful spots in the Espace Killy. Val d’Isere can be known as a cold, desolate landscape with harsh winds, and not many pretty areas to sit, all of that lunar landscape imagery disappears on a good day at Edelweiss.
The run down to the restaurant offer twisting, turning pistes with plenty of opportunity for little cut through tree runs, a wonderfully interesting area of Val d’Isere to ski, in fact you can really work an appetite here. On the approach to Edelweiss it looks like the most perfect mountain lodge, somewhere you perhaps dreamt of on your first journey to the Alps…a real chalet.
If the weather is bad then the indoor bustles with the sound of chinking glasses and a crackling fire, but when the sun shines the terrace seats a large number of people with a view down the valley to die for. This really is the end of the valley and it is sheltered as such, in fact the weather never seems too bad to sit out up here, but it could be the food that’s so magical everything else is irrelevant.
The menu is certainly not expensive; in fact it’s really quite small, just a few starters and a few mains from the Savoie regions done very, very well. In fact I haven’t eaten Tartiflette like it anywhere else in the French Alps. The waiters are attentive to every detail, assuring that bread and water are never empty and your wine glass never even nears the bottom. You really won’t want to leave so make sure you book a table for the time you want it, as you don’t want to be pushed out too early. If you haven’t booked a table then don’t even bother at this restaurant, there’s never a chance of so much as a stool for one…it’s that popular! You’ll just have to ski on past, back down to Val d’Isere and grab a sandwich from your chalet.