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Is it possible to be a vegan in a French Ski resort??

Fortunately the answer is yes!

We have just had a wonderful week long ski holiday in France. We have been to France les 3 vallees in the past but back then I was still eating dairy and seafood and as such it wasn't much of an issue. This time both my husband and I went as vegans and we were very concerned that French ski hotels would not cater for us - assuming we'd be destined for a week of frites and pasta in tomato sauce!

We spent hours and hours trawling through Google, looking for vegan friendly hotels or chalets and found very little. One hotel did pop-up on the search results where a vegan couple had stayed and had at least been able to eat - that hotel was the hotel Altapura in Val Thorens.

We went ahead and booked the hotel not expecting too much on the food front but we were absolutely blown away by hotel, the staff and the food! The staff and the managers are so helpful, they make everyone feel so welcome and special during the stay. They already knew we were vegan and went out of their way to provide us different and exciting meals everyday - rather than feel like we were missing out on the normal menu, it felt like we were getting extra special treatment.

Thank you so much to the chef for cooking delicious 3 course vegan meals for us every night, his cooking skills are unreal! Nothing we had was on the menu, he took on the challenge and we were absolutely impressed with his food every time. He earned the nickname “vegan chef” in the hotel!

So if you love skiing and are vegan, the Altapura in Val Thoren is a great option in France. I promise you will love this hotel!


  • location - right on the slopes

  • refined vegan food options

  • friendly staff

  • hotel shuttle bus

  • beautiful hotel

  • dog friendly


  • only one for me which is the cocktails are not the most exciting - but then this did mean we spent less money so every cloud :)