Now that the season’s snow has arrived – after a tediously long wait – the world’s salopette wearers are grabbing their ski helmets and heading for the hills. Val d’Isère is always a popular spot with those who like a dance-floor shimmy along with their on-piste activity, and now, for the first time, loyal guests of D&D London’s panoply of smart eateries (from Coq d’Argent to Launceston Place) are being invited for a weekend of partying in the Alpine resort, as Bluebird Chelsea flies to the slopes.
The three-night trip, from Saturday March 28 to Tuesday March 31, promises to be a decadent weekend slalom though Val d’Isère’s most hedonistic attractions. The guests, all D&D Club members, will cover their travel and accommodation costs, but at the Sunday evening festivities everything is complimentary. The night begins with a drink in the hamlet of Le Fornet, before those friendly fixers of Club D&D whisk guests up the mountain in a private cable car, sipping Moët & Chandon all the way. The first destination is kitsch mountainside restaurant Le Signal (pictured), where drinks and a three-course dinner will be served overlooking the valley below, accompanied by live entertainment from a “very special surprise act”. With exclusive use of the restaurant, guests can kick their ski boots off with abandon.
Just before midnight, they will be swept to a VIP area in one of Val d’Isère’s most notorious nightclubs, Doudoun, where the drinking and dancing can continue until dawn. On Monday morning, guests can nurse their hangovers with a fizz-fuelled brunch at the renowned La Folie Douce open-air restaurant, where dancing on tables, drummers performing on the roof and magnums of champagne being winched above the heads of the crowd on an aerial wire are par for the course. And that’s before lunch is served.
Perhaps the real appeal of Club D&D’s invitation lies in the way the team intends to melt away the usual encumbrances of a skiing holiday. It will arrange transport and come up with swish accommodation ideas – waiving any organisational fee. From there it’s a social, snowy whirl of its devising. It can even arrange alternative activities for those non-skiers happiest off piste (and by that we mean altogether off). It’s a generous thank you, that’s for sure.