Welcome to Brides-les-Bains
Brides-les-Bains was the official site of the Olympic Village in
1992, an honour earned by its position at the gateway to les Trois
Vallées, which is the world's largest ski area. It has a small-town
atmosphere that contrasts with better-known villages in the area
like Courchevel, la Tania, Méribel, les Menuires-St Martin and Val
The hamlet's pure water was a draw for tourists as far back as
the 16th century, and now there are several health and relaxation
spas centred around them, with the focus on fitness and weight
While the lack of groomed slopes may put off absolute beginners,
intermediate and advanced skiers will find plenty of challenges
around the mountains in the Three Valleys area.
There are plenty of off-slope activities in Brides-les-Bains,
including ice climbing, paragliding, dog sledding, and hiking in
Vanoise National Park. There are several good restaurants in town,
and a relaxed, low-key nightlife that includes two nightclubs and a
casino. During the summer, there are a number of children's
programmes and organised activities.
There are several buses and shuttle services that transfer
passengers to Brides-les-Bains from Geneva and Lyon, however
driving is the easiest option. There are several car hire companies
in Moûtiers, which is the nearest train station.
Information & Facts
French is the official language.
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can
be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels,
though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major
credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques,
particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and
last Sunday in October).