Refuge de Porcherey
This is the best spot in the gigantic Evasion Mont Blanc ski resort! It’s a refuge built from planks of wood that have darkened with age, equipped with a rustic dining room (old soup tureens, dateless skis) and a terrace with incredible views of the Aiguille de Bionnassay. And it’s all just a few snow-boot steps away from Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce. Here you’ll find the ski patroller-chef Hervé Jacquemoud, who – with 13 years under his belt – delights the crowds (skiers in the winter and hikers in the summer) with his convivial menu. The other day: a colorful raw vegetable salad (red cabbage, raw beets, black radish, grated carrots), lettuce and sesame seeds; then delicious sautéed veal à l’orange (or a chuck steak with chimichurri); before a respectable tarte tatin, chosen from an array of homemade tarts displayed on the credenza. Worth knowing: the refuge can accommodate up to 19 people in its dormitory. // A.S.
FEELING THIRSTY? Organic beers from Les Brasseurs Savoyards (€5 for 330 ml) and a few natural wines: a Savoie red (€25 a bottle) or white (€22) from Giachino, a Morgon from Lapierre (€38)…
PRICE: Menus €25-32 in the winter and €24-30 in the summer.