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POSTCARD FROM REBERTY - Petra Shepherd, Reberty
Wednesday February 7, 2018 - Email this article to a friend

We report from the hamlet of Reberty that sits above Les Menuires in the mighty Les3Vallees. NEW




I've been astonished reading about all the snow in the Alps this winter and so there was only one thing for me to do.

I had to find out and to see the stacks of snow with my own eyes.

With more snow falling in December than apparently the whole of last season, there would be no excuse this year for a mountain meltdown on an icy run.

This was going to be the year to perfect my skiing in ideal conditions.

I chose the small village of Reberty, one of the satelite villages, that together with Les Bruyeres, Preyerand, Les Fontanettes and La Croisette make up the resort of Les Menuires.

Reberty is basically a small high altitude (2000 m) hamlet of traditional wooden chalets with direct access to the entire Three Valleys.

With multiple options of lifts from the village (Sunny Express, Bruyeres bubble, La Masse) you can ski directly to Val Thorens, Meribel, Saint Martin de Belleville and towards Courchevel.

Having for the last two seasons seen no snow in resort it was wierd to see quite so much of it.

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I felt for the dustbin men on their weekly rounds trying to actually locate where the dustbins might be and as for some cars, these seemed lost forever under metres of snow and then what happened - it rained!

A minor blip and although we missed a day's skiing the next 4 more than made up for it, the kind of snow and weather you get once in a lifetime.

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I was staying at a super schuzzy chalets run by PowderNShine (try saying that after one too many genepys!).

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The newly renovated Chalet Le Chamois has an enviable location right next to the piste and the pub - what more can you ask for?

It has all the requisite chalet requirements, a log burning stove and comfy rooms but what sets it apart is the quality of the cuisine.

No bland nursery food, no boring lasagnes but exquisitely presented dishes by top rated chefs, and the sort you'd find in a fine dining restaurant but without the stuffiness.

Brandy chicken liver pate, cod, Parmesan crisps, celeriac and capers, chocolate fondants, braised ox cheek, pork loin, duck tartar,chocolate fudge cakes, almond and cherry cake, I could go on and on but these were some of the most memorable.

Each night wines are matched to dishes and described by the giggling chalet girls, their least favourite task but still done charmingly.

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Now PowderNShine is reknown for its cuisine and we have reported on it in the past on PlanetSKI:

It's well known that ski hosting is banned in all guises throughout France, so instead the chalet has a large lever arch file of graded ski itineraries from beginner to expert.

I loved the honest and easy to follow descriptions "Grand Couloir is one for the expert skier that wants to challenge themselves, one of the steepest marked runs in the world and in many opinions one of the scariest runs you can attempt", so one for me to definitely avoid.

The idea was to improve my skiing and with the full 3 valleys on offer I chose several of the Intermediate suggestions with tips on where to stop for lunch.

However, with such good conditions and so many legendary runs to experience - the two red runs down from the Mont du Vallon bubble, the red run Christine in Val Thorens and of course everyone's favourite Jerusalem, I wanted to clock up the miles and mainly opted for a quick Panini instead.

After all that exercise, the chalet has a lovely south facing balcony directly overlooking the Boyes run with naturally a hot tub to soak your aching limbs.

On the chalet staff night of I can highly recommend a visit to Chez Pepe Nicolas, an alpine restaurant between Les Menuires and Val Thorens.

'Chez Pépé Nicolas' is the story of the family of Nicolas Jay, who was an Alpine farmer and one time mayor of St Martin de Belleville.

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He acquired the mountain chalet of 'La Chasse' in 1957 so that he could take his goats and cows to pasture in the summer and make Tomme cheese.

Every year, his expanding family would spend the summer there together, living and working in the high mountain pastures.

Three of Nicolas Jay's grandchildren, Eric, Bruno and Thierry, took over the farm in 1986 and gradually added a little bar, eatery and educational farm which later became a restaurant with evening entertainment and a museum.

The innovative menu combines contemporary cuisine and traditional Savoyard dishes.

Local appetisers such as Bellevilloise with polenta,ham, tomme pastries from the Valentin pasture, or Adrien's Bruschetta with grilled bacon and melted cheese will have you wishing you hadn't succumbed to the daily 2 cake chalet tea.

Also on offer are the usual fondues, croziflettes and tartiflettes, portions are generous and not one to resist a fondu I opted for the latter, one of the best I've ever tasted.

What sets the restaurant apart is the way it cleverly combines a rural mountain atmosphere with decidedly hip touches, straw bales covered in plastic and somewhat bizarrely the head of a cow made entirely from cow dung giving the thumbs up or more like hoofs up sign.

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It definitely go the thumbs up from me as did the ski-doo trip back to our taxi.

Les Menuires has lots going on this winter as reported earlier on PlanetSKI.

The Priscilla Queen of the Desert or more like Sylvester King of the Slopes in me likes the sound of Gay Ski Week.

I imagine enormous fun but even on a quiet week, there are plenty of people wearing their onesies on the slopes.

I saw all manner of unicorns, penguins, Santa's and elves (had they got lost, it was late January).

I'd previously only ever seen this amount of dressing up during carnival weeks in Austria and Switzerland.

This trend really seems to have taken of and they're not all university students but some adults that should know better.

On my week-long visit, I skied for miles and miles covering most of the 3 valleys so much so that I thought I had skied into Switzerland, well the Savoyard flag looks re markedly similar to the Swiss one.

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Les Menuires was an ideal base from which to explore such a vast area and as for Chalet Le Chamois, ski in ski out chalets don't come much better than this.

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For more information on Les Menuires then see here.

For details of Powder N Shine then check out its web site that has full details of the holidays on offer.

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