La Grande Ourse, Les Gets

the panoramic view from La Grande Ourse on Mont Chery
The panoramic view from La Grande Ourse on Mont Chery

So today I’m updating a post that I originally wrote in January 2013 – however I would start it in exactly the same way – “What a great day” as this hasn’t changed… each time I enjoy a morning ski and lunch at La Grande Ourse restaurant it’s a great day! La Grande Ourse stands high up on Mont Chery, at 1725m it is the highest altitude dining in Les Gets which is part of the wonderful 12 linked resorts of the Portes du Soleil.  Mont Chery is a great place to ski as it offers some great open cruisey red runs and is normally quiet out on the piste.

Inside La Grande Ourse, the picture windows bring the views in
Inside La Grande Ourse, with a modern Savoyard feel, a roaring log fire and the picture windows bring the views in

La Grande Ourse is owned and has been run by the Venning family from Cornwall for several years and they’ve really made it a special place to visit.  In addition to providing great lunches 7 days a week during the winter season, they offer high altitude dining in the evenings twice a week during the ski season.  You arrive up on the slopes for your gourmet dinner by piste basher to a warm welcome and wonderful home cooked food.  The evening views over the Portes du Soleil are amazing too.

Ross the head chef and chief carver of the hog roast - Every Sunday during the winter season a hog roast is served at La Grande Ourse.
Ross the head chef and chief carver of the hog roast – Every Sunday during the winter season a hog roast is served at La Grande Ourse.

January 2013 – What a great day! Sunday Lunch at La Grande Ourse, Mont Chery, Les Gets.  You need to get a tele-cabine and a chair lift to get to it… oh yes and be on skis!! (It is possible to snow shoe or hike up from the mid-station)  This mile-high restaurant has some of the best views over the Portes du Soleil, on a clear day the views are stunning, looking over the entire Les Gets ski area and showing the whole Mont Blanc chain in the background and to the left Avoriaz, Morzine and beyond.  There is a large terrace for outdoor dining and on a cooler winters day a great indoor dining area with a wonderful log fire to warm your ski gloves!

Le Café Gourmand - every dessert is home made
Le Café Gourmand – every dessert is home made

The smells of a wonderful pig roast greet you before you get in the door! On arrival we find we are seated right beside the chef carving the pig – great place to be if you like being thrown tit bits of crackling while you wait!!!
We enjoyed a great plate of roast pork with ALL the trimmings and stuffing, roast potatoes and parsnips and a good selection of vegetables. The pig roast is a regular Sunday feature. There are other choices on the menu if fabulous roast pork is not your thing after a hard mornings skiing!  or you can opt for the pig in a bun – light lunch option too.



Le Cafe Gourmand

This was followed by a great cafe gourmand, most of the taster size desserts were home made and the oaty rhubarb crumble was hot – delicious!  Now just to negotiate my way down the mountain after all that scrummy food and some good St. Emilion!
See my review and more photos of La Grande Ourse in my Les Gets Restaurant guide

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Hiking on Mont Chery
Hiking on Mont Chery

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