It has to be said that autumn in the Valley is all about Saint Jean D’ Aulps; we are the only commune in the valley that doesn’t stop all year round.
Of course, we still operate as a catered chalet throughout the year.
We have a pub call La National that has a quiz night on Thursdays, pool competitions Friday and darts on Saturdays serving pizza and nachos, Le Bouche à Oreille which has beautiful wine, a high quality Guinness, scrummy food and usually live music available, Le Petit Coq restaurant, serving the best beef stroganoff ever, that is to name but a few that are open year-round!
The highlight of the social calendar though, has to be the autumn fayre; The Village comes alive for two days of celebration with extreme bouncy castles, a wine exhibition and food specialities of France: Cheese, Oysters, Fois Gras. On the Sunday there is a most beautiful cow competition which sees the famous Abondance cows (The Abondance valley is behind our own and the cheese from these gorgeous bovines is my favourite!), dressed in flower head gear and paraded into town.
We dutifully made our way around the wine stalls, just to be polite and settled on a delightful pink champagne which will be available in Chalet Bernadine through the winter. After meeting up with the guests we have staying this weekend – Gareth, Sue, Kevin and Maria – we had the benefit of their research and were advised which red we HAD to try from the Rhone valley. First, the conscientious vintner took us on a journey through all of his wines (all were to my taste), culminating with the ‘one’. Hats off to the boys – this was certainly a keeper and again, we will have some in stock for the ski season but I would book in early as they may not last long!!
The weekend provides a fantastic opportunity to meet up with friends and colleagues and let off some steam, with live music continuing on into the night. It is the only place I have ever known a hog roast be replaced with a whole beef roast which starts on the Saturday and sorts out everyone’s sore heads on the Sunday with cheese and pudding to boot! Great thanks to the Saint Jean D’Aulps Ski Club for organising again.