Of the nine ski-seasons and countless holidays I’ve been on, Claviere is by far my favourite place to spend time. Whether you are on holiday or working in resort, the residents of this tiny resort always make you feel welcome. If it’s a raucous, booze and sex fuelled week you want then steer clear but if you want to combine fantastic skiing with traditional Italian mountain cuisine then book up.
For beginners and children the Claviere ski-school (the first one to be set up in Italy) is fantastic. All instructors speak excellent English and have the patience to match. For experts, most of the instructors have raced at a very high level and are more than happy to work on your technique.
The number 93 run (a long fast blue) from top to bottom is great for speed lovers! Stop in at restaurant ‘Le Coche’ for a hot wine.
My favourite place for an evening meal is in the slightly hidden away ‘Ristorante Sandro’, a friendly little place at the top of the resort near the ice rink. Or for fantastic pizza, head to the strangely named ‘Pizzaria Kilt’ or at the bottom of resort, the ‘Igloo’ or as its known the ‘Murphys Pub’.
For live music and lots of shots of Genepi, head to Grand Bouc or for a sugar cube (soaked in grappa for over a year then promptly ignited before consumption) with your pint, head to the Gallo Cedrone.