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Escape to the Mountains... (Great Food Guaranteed)

The best high-altitude resorts in Europe are now as exciting for the quality of their restaurants as they are for the thrill of skiing down their slopes. It’s not just fondues and saucisson, says Alp lover Alexander Lobrano – although there’s plenty of that to enjoy, too…
HAUTE SAVOIE FARE Megève in the French Alps

What with the puffy clothing, the bulky boots and the skis themselves, packing your kit for a snowy getaway can be pretty daunting. There’s not much room left in the case after that lot. But luckily for food-loving types, the most essential accessories for the best winter holidays can always be found on the spot: a knife, a fork and a spoon. All you need to pack is your appetite.

It’s been a while coming, but the restaurants in Europe’s best winter resorts have moved way beyond the long-running tropes of hearty soup, sausage, fondue and other cheese specialities. In fact, the new Alpine menus are light and surprisingly healthy. The following destinations showcase what the new (and a bit of the old) eating in the Alps is about.

MEGÈVE, FRANCE

Small-town glamour

RUSTIC CHIC An unassuming chalet houses two-Michelin star Les Flocons de Sel
PHOTOGRAPHS: ISTOCK, THINKSTOCK, CRAIG ROBERTSON, FRANCIS HAMMOND, MARTIN WEISS
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Tuck into the January issue of Delicious – it’s packed with comforting recipes including Nigel Slater’s warming wonders, three-ways with meatballs, main-meal soups, Alpine recipes for mountainous appetites and a heartwarming mac ‘n’ cheese. Plus, there are great no-faff midweek meals, lighter recipes for the new year and foolproof guides to perfect Yorkshire puds, sourdough bread and pork wontons – satisfaction guaranteed.
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