Aprés days are here again, back in Val d’Isere again, Aperol and Cabaret again, aprés days are here again.
We’re swaying with a gallery of foam fun characters on the dance floor of the world’s highest cabaret, La Folie Douce.
All in ski boots and some on the tables.
Where not half an hour ago our Ski France party had been feasting on ink black squid, lobster and Prosecco.
The cork is truly out of the bottle with Covid restrictions lifted in France and aprés rules now taking precedence.
And in La Folie Douce that means throwing some shapes with giant bananas and oversized babies.
All of whom have skied to the biggest aprés party on the exclusive French resort.
Well most, with those of us who are just reacquainting themselves with the slopes after six years away, taking the gondola.
Life is a Cabaret
We’re bouncing to the house beat of the top-hatted MC, the burlesque dancers and a hip-hop Cardinal Richelieu belting out Rhythm Is A Dancer (don’t ask).
Just reward after negotiating the tour of the complex, up and down and through corridors in ski boots.
All to rightly glamour at the choice of restaurant experiences, the Classical Roman sculptures and the panoramic views.
We have after all just met the challenge of that Italian-themed feast at the open-deck La Cucucina (Crazy Kitchen).
Where waiters in smocks serve up the best fare.
And perché Italiano? Why, because Italy is just over the top of the Alps to the left.
For some though (and not guilty here) just getting back to base camp will be a task enough.
No, not our party of black run skiers, but some of our foam-costumed friends, one of whom is stopped at the pass.
By our pocket rocket host Jerrine (doubly blessed with Irish and Scottish blood) who tells him he cannot take his bottle of rosé down on the gondola.
Jerrine is un force de la nature, herding packs of overlubricated boys and girl parties away from the slopes for their own safety.
And down the gondolas.
Sway to go
I bodyswerve one at the foot, a snowboarder who has perfected the act of falling while staying upright.
And wait for our connecting coach to take us back to our contactless chalet, Chalet Davos.
Where a meal has been prepared for later and delivered.
And a jacuzzi awaits.
Aprés days are here again in Val d’Isere.
MEET YOU ON THE SLOPES