Apres Ski in St-Luc Chandolin

The St-Luc and Chandolin villages are peaceful during the day and at night. Apart from the main hotels – the lovely Hotel Bella Tola & Spa, the Grand Chalet Favre, the Grand Hotel du Cervin and Hotel Le Beausite – there are just a handful of bars and restaurants to choose from.

The Villages of St-Luc and Chandolin


The historic centre of the village at 1,650 metres with its authentic charm, a few historic hotels and numerous traditional Swiss chalets, offers a range of traditions and events all year round. St-Luc is also home to the renowned François-Xavier Bagnoud Observatory (OFXB), which offers memorable stargazing opportunities for astronomy fans.


At an altitude of nearly 2,000 metres, the smaller village of Chandolin is one of the highest villages in Europe inhabited all year round and boasts even better views. A perfect destination for those seeking peaceful relaxation at high altitude it enjoys a particularly high level of sunshine and has been a firm favourite among the rich and famous for many years.

Apres-Ski Bars & Nightlife in St-Luc Chandolin

Most of St-Luc Chandolin’s guests are content to head back to their accommodation to relax after a day on the slopes. Accordingly, the après ski scene is laid back and limited to a small selection of cafes, bars and restaurants. If all you need for après ski is to enjoy a few drinks and a good meal after a hard day’s skiing you will be fine. Only Pub Azimut remains open after midnight. 

Pub Azimut, St Luc

The liveliest and most popular bar in St-Luc, Pub Azimut is a fun place for drinks from 7 pm until late. Address: Route Principale, CH-3961 St-Luc. Open from 19:00 to 02:00 Mon-Sun.

Le Tapouk, St Luc

Le Tapouk is a popular open-air après-ski bar on the Place de la Marmotte in the centre of of St-Luc that is only open in winter. Address: Place de la Marmotte, Route de Vissoie, CH-3961 St-Luc. Open from 16:00 to 20:00 Mon-Sun.

Le Tir’Bouch, St-Luc

A popular café and bar in the centre of St-Luc and a fun place to visit for an aperitif and to enjoy savoury and sweet crepes in addition to Valais fondues and Swiss dishes including Gruyère double cream for dessert! Address: Route du Funiculaire 1, CH-3961 St-Luc. Open from 16:00 to 23:00 Mon-Sun.

Le Panoramik, St-Luc

Le Panoramik is a small and friendly Swiss-Belgian bar in the centre of Saint-Luc offering an extensive selection of Belgian beers and a simple menu including great burgers, Vegan curry, tasty desserts and amazing views of the valley. Address: Route Principale 1, CH-3961 Saint-Luc. Open from 07:45 to 21:00 Mon-Sun.

Le Ratrac Bar, Chandolin

Le Ratrac is a pop-up bar with outdoor seating and built around an old snow grooming machine from the 1970s. Located at the bottom of the Illhorn slope in Chandolin (or above the Tourist Office if approaching from below), it’s a fun spot for après ski drinks and music after an exhilarating day on the mountain. , DJs on Saturdays. Open from 15:00 to 19:00 Mon-Sun in winter.

Sunset Bar, Chandolin

The Sunset Bar at the Chandolin Boutique Hotel is a great place for après ski drinks with music and a friendly atmosphere and opens only on Saturdays. Address: Route des Plampras 10, CH-3961 Chandolin. Open from 16:00 to 20:00 Sat.

Restaurants in St-Luc Chandolin

Val d’Anniviers is proud of its Valaisan food and St-Luc Chandolin offers great opportunities to enjoy raclette, fondues and other Swiss mountain fare at restaurants scattered around the villages including the main hotel restaurants.

The Chez Ida and Le Tzambron restaurants at the Hotel Bella Tola, the Brasserie du Cervin at Grand Hotel du Cervin, the Veranda restaurant at Le Grand Chalet Favre, Hotel Le Beausite and La Fougere Hotel & Restaurant in St-Luc, and the Chandolin Boutique Hotel restaurant in Chandolin, are all open to non-residents for lunch and dinner. Other options include:

Café Restaurant Poste, St-Luc

The Café Restaurant Poste menu offers a choice of reasonably priced traditional Valaisan dishes including locally cured ham with salad, a selection of fondues, the house speciality Charbonnade de Boeuf as well as other meat dishes including burgers made from chicken, beef or lamb. Cooking daily from 12:00-13:45 and 19:00-20:45. Address: Route Principale, CH-3961 St-Luc. Tel: +41 27 475 15 08.

La Fougère, St-Luc

The Hotel Restaurant La Fougère offers traditional Swiss mountain food and pizzas including raclette pizza and is a popular restaurant for lunch or dinner and après ski with lovely views from the terrace. Address: Route Principale 67, CH-3961 St-Luc

Restaurant Le Chalet, Chandolin

Le Chalet Restaurant offers a stylish combination of rustic and modern decor, and its menu offers a great choice of Swiss-Italian gourmet cuisine including fresh pasta dishes, delicious pizzas and desserts, all of which are homemade from only the best local ingredients. Children’s menu available. Address: Route des Plampras, CH-3961 Chandolin. Tel: +41 27 565 65 40.

Other Activities in St-Luc Chandolin

St-Luc Chandolin offers a small selection of charming boutiques offering local crafts and souvenirs as well as cosy cafes and restaurants with stunning mountain views.

Other activities catering for non-skiers include the OFXB Observatory, delightful hiking trails for winter walking, ice skating and sledging. For relaxation, there are wellness centres providing spa treatments and rejuvenating massages.

François-Xavier Bagnoud Observatory (OFXB), St-Luc

St-Luc is home to the famous François-Xavier Bagnoud Observatory (OFXB), which offers fans of astronomy an unforgettable night-time experience. The OFXB is a leading observatory at an altitude of 2,200m equipped with state-of-the-art telescopes and a cutting-edge digital planetarium in the mini cinema room (15 seats). Join a public group or schedule a private group to enjoy memorable animations of the Universe and views of the sky at night. If the weather is favourable, the OFXB offers alternating and complementary naked-eye and telescopic observations from the observatory terrace. When the weather is unfavourable, planetarium sessions are available. Groups meet at the bottom station of the funicular in St-Luc 15 minutes before the appointed time. Reservations and payments are made online. Web: www.ofxb.ch

St-Luc-Chandolin, François-Xavier Bagnoud Observatory, St-Luc

François-Xavier Bagnoud Observatory, St-Luc © Sierre-Anniviers Marketing

Winter Walking and Hiking Trails in St-Luc Chandolin

The Val d’Anniviers Tourist Information website gives brief descriptions of a dozen family-friendly walking trails in St-Luc Chandolin, including pushchair-friendly routes for families with toddlers, and more hiking trails nearby in Grimentz-Zinal. Enjoy short walks (1-3km) in under an hour within and around the lovely villages of St-Luc and Chandolin or easy hiking trails (5km) that cross the ski area and longer walks including the trail from St-Luc to Cabane Bella Tola (8km) involving more climbing and descending and the 11km St-Luc Planets Path walk via Tignousa to Hotel Weisshorn for good walkers.

Ice Skating in St-Luc

The skating rink in St-Luc opens in winter is illuminated at night and is open until 9 pm. Ice skates can be hired in the sports shops in St-Luc and special skates are available for small children. Patinoire de St-Luc, Route du Prilet 147, CH-3961 St-Luc. Tel: +41 27 476 17 10.

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