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Long-standing hippie hotel in France

The bar at this groovy little ski-in-ski-out hideaway feels much as it would have four decades ago when movie movers and shakers including Steven Spielberg and David Lynch pow-wowed here over apéros. They were in town for the annual Avoriaz Fantasy Film Festival, and the spectre of Hitchcock's floating head still fills the place - on one of the vintage posters for the event hanging on the walls. Far from talking big deals, the crowd here now (30-something couples, families with teenagers) come for digéstifs after gorging on steak tartare and bubbling fondue in the restaurants. Dromonts is freshly revamped: it opened last winter as part of the chic French group Sibuet (Les Fermes de Marie, Altapura). But the hotel, built in 1964, retains elements of the psychedelic. Jocelyne Sibuet has updated the interior while keeping time with its hippie beat in trippy clashing colours of tangerine and purple, cow hides and egg chairs. Clad in cedar shingles with walls at haphazard angles and a steeply pitched roof, the exterior is just as quirky. It all fits in with the resort itself, which was the brainchild of ex-Olympic skier Jean Vuarnet and architect Jacques Labro, who wanted every building to blend into the landscape. Avoriaz is at the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area, with its 650km of pistes, and has had a good snow record over the last few seasons when other places fretted about unseasonably warm temperatures. It is car-free (all part of Labro's master plan), so the only way to get around is in horse-drawn sledges or on skis. Exploring it at night, all you hear is crunching and whooshing and the tinkle of sleigh bells. Spielberg would approve: it's just as fantastical as ever.

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