Kick things off during the afternoon by settling for vin chauds at a slopeside café like Col De Bretaye. You can relax on the terrace with a sunny view of Mt Blanc and the surrounding runs - if you haven’t had lunch yet, we’ve heard the steak tartare is amazing!
Down in the village, the Plaza el Gringo has 3 bars that are popular with both tourists and locals. The liveliest is the El Gringo disco and there’s also the VIP club and Charlie’s that do a good range of drinks and have DJ’s most nights. The Moon Boot Lounge is an attractive modern building in the town centre, serving legendary cocktails and often hosting guest DJ’s and themed parties. Le Sporting has its own jazz bar whilst Harambee in Gryon often puts on concerts and discos.
With Heston Blumenthal raving about the food in restaurants like Lac des Chavonnes and L'Etable, you can enjoy some pretty amazing meals here. Les Francis is a definite favourite for its value for money Italian classics (the crepes are pretty tasty too). El Gringo has a reputation for the best pizzas in town and there’s even Asian cuisine at Sushi-B and Vieux Villars. For a taste of traditional Swiss mountain food, Tisonnier specialises in fondues, raclettes and rostis and has a lovely open fire.
All the classic winter activities are at hand including an ice rink and a 2km sledge run. The Télébob track at Gryon is sometimes open at night and there’s also a sports centre with bowling and a swimming pool.
Non-skiers have the awesome benefit of the Liberty Pass which gives you unlimited travel on the main ski lifts and entrance into most tourist attractions. There are loads of souvenir and craft shops as well as various wellness facilities. If you’ve got time to spare during the day, the Bains de Lavey thermal baths are an hour’s bus ride away, or closer to home is the stunning Royalp hotel spa – complete with gym, swimming pool (with fireplace!) and Jacuzzis.