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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 Thorens.

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 loss.

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 accepted.

Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).
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