Attractive and sophisticated The village has a charming traffic-free core of cobbled streets and well-preserved old buildings. As the lifts close, the central Via Roma comes alive: people pile into the many bars, or browse the tempting delis and smart clothes shops - some now have doormen to stop celebrity-spotters, and some are appointment-only at peak times, we're told; there's also a good bookshop. An Alpine museum and a statue of a long-dead mountain rescue hero add to the historical feel of the place. Away from the centre, there are pleasant woody suburbs but also a lot of conspicuous apartment blocks.

For families

Some facilities There are children's playgrounds at Dolonne, Plan Checrouit and Val Veny, and a nursery at Plan Checrouit for children up to 10 years.

Apres Ski

Stylish bar-hopping You can now stay up the mountain for après (eg at the Super G) and catch the cable car down. Down in the village there's a lively evening scene - at weekends, at least - centred on stylish bars with comfy armchairs or sofas, often serving free canapés in the early evening. We like the Privé ('great cocktails', 'reasonable prices and good service') and the back room of the Caffè della Posta ('the people-watching is superb', 'laden plates of goodies arrive with each round'). Bar Roma is an old favourite and its free antipasto buffet is back. A 2015 reporter liked the ambience of the Bar delle Guides and a recent visitor enjoyed the 'great service and very good food' at Petit Bistro. The American Bar has good live music. There are three nightclubs - Courmaclub, Jset and Shatush. Or try the branch of Shatush in Entrèves (free shuttle-bus service).

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