Veganuary has reached the ski slopes of the French Alps
Could that be the faint death knoll of the cheese fondue we hear?
If you've been on a European ski holiday, you'll know menus in the mountains are typically loaded with cheese, meat, eggs and carbs with dishes designed to fill a hole and restore energy levels after a long day carving up the slopes.
Think Croque Monsieur, tartiflette (a French-style cheesy potato bake with pickled onions and charcuterie) and cheese fondue with grilled steak to dip. Not exactly vegan friendly.
With over 250,000 people taking part in Veganuary 2020 UK chalet company Ski Beat are saying loud and clear: "no meat or dairy does not necessarily mean no skiing."
Pea and mint soup served as Chalet Pierra Menta in France
Any ski enthusiasts taking part in Veganuary can rest assured that each of their 59 chalets across France, nestled in popular ski resorts such as Val Thoren, Meribel and La Tania in the Three Valleys, serve delicious vegan options for the whole of January and beyond.
A seven night stay at Chalet Pierra Menta in La Plagne 1800 in the heart of the French Alps, for example, includes cooked vegan breakfast, afternoon tea with home-made vegan cakes and three course vegan evening meals, free of meat, dairy and other animal products.
The chalet also runs on a zero emission bio-mass heating system and also uses melted snow where untreated water can be used within the chalet, so it's an eco-friendly base as well.
Chalet Pierra Menta in La Plagne 1800 in the heart of the French Alps
“Ten years ago it was rare for our guests to request a meat free diet but now our chalet staff are trained to prepare and serve meals free from animal products," says Laura Hazell, Ski Beat’s sales and marketing director. "They can prepare vegan breakfasts, home made vegan cakes, and three course evening meals, such as our pea & mint soup followed by Moroccan chickpea casserole, parsley couscous, cabbage, cumin roasted carrots, and Vegan chocolate mousse.”
The chalet company have confirmed non vegan partners and friends accompanying will be offered Ski Beat’s regular menu or a vegetarian option.
“Our aim is to ensure all of our guests eat heartily and healthily, and that our hosts cater for food preferences and intolerances across the board," Hazell adds.
A tasty vegan dish served at Ski Beat chalets throughout January
Plagne 1800 is in the heart of the Tarentaise region of the French Alps with great views of Mont Blanc. Sheltered in a quiet spot among the pine trees just below Plagne Centre, the self-contained village is the perfect spot for a family ski holiday.
Ski Beat’s Veganuary ski holidays depart throughout January with package holidays from £499pp (saving up to 30% in the January ski sale) including return flights and airport transfers.
Book your Veganuary ski holiday with Ski Beat here.