Lonely Planet (UK) - - Journal - Jessica Ryan Lonely Planet's Prod­uct Ed­i­tor @jes­sim­ica _ryan

I only went to Val Thorens in the French Alps to ex­pe­ri­ence the leg­endary après-ski, so after an un­suc­cess­ful first day of ski lessons I stomped off the slopes vow­ing never to try again. Much to my dis­may though, I learned that the Holy Grail of bars, La Folie Douce, was lo­cated in a chalet on a ski slope at 2,500 me­tres, ac­ces­si­ble via a one-way chair-lift go­ing up. The de­scent had to be done on skis. My ski­ing skills hadn’t im­proved much by the next day – but I headed up the moun­tain nonethe­less. The party, set among the snow-capped peaks of the Alps, was in­cred­i­ble – but when the bar closed at dusk, my route home es­sen­tially con­sisted of me tum­bling most of the way down the rapidly ic­ing slope, then be­ing (lit­er­ally) tan­dem-skied the re­main­der of the way by my six-foot-three friend wear­ing a bright-yel­low ski-suit.

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