Claviere has a very small choice of places to eat, with only 10 or so restaurants in the village. Pizza and pasta are the staples here, and they're usually freshly homemade and very tasty. Other mountain classics like fondue and steaks are also available if you fancy a change from carb-heavy Italian.
• The Kilt – A traditional, family-run pizzeria offering stone-baked pizzas and huge calzones, as well as homemade desserts - try the caramel panna cotta.
• Il Gran Bouc – Owners Renata and Emilio have had this restaurant up and running for over 40 years. Cosy up over huge pizzas, comforting bowls of pasta and lots of cheesy Alpine dishes. They cater for all kinds of diets, with offerings like vegetarian lasagna and gluten-free pasta - and they have an excellent wine list too.
• Chalet Monsoleil – Get a lift up the mountain on a snowmobile and settle down for a meal of raclette or fondue in front of the stone fireplace.
• Centro Sportivo – Right at the bottom of the Gialla run, it's an easy stop after a day on the slopes. Settle down to a changing menu of tasty dishes that include polenta, soups, meat and orzotto, cooked to perfection by Argentinian chefs Mariano and Mariana.
• Le Graal (bottom of Montgenèvre lifts) – Reward your skiing efforts with a huge burger, steak or schnitzel and then soak up some rays on the sun terrace while you let it go down.
• Chalet Monsoleil – You'll find Chalet Monsoleil at the top of the La Coche chairlift. This Piedmontese wooden log cabin is a perfect for traditional local cuisine; game dishes, polenta and cold cuts and cheeses.
• Baita Col Saurel – For some traditional Italian mountain dishes at a great price, Matteo and his staff will look atfer you at this sun-worshipping restaurant offering incredible views over Col Saurel and La Plane.
Once the last skiers are off the mountain, you'll find that evening entertainment is centred around the hotels. There are, of course, a small selection of bars, but if you crave something more lively, jump in a taxi to Montgenèvre, a short ride away.
• Gallo Cedrone – The social hub of Claviere is at its busiest over the weekends. Once a week during après, the owner will line the bar with Italian snacks for you to nibble at. There's also live music and karaoke throughout the week too.
• Bar Roma – Stop here for some aperitivo and for a chance to meet the locals before heading off for a well-deserved meal.
The Eve of New Year's Eve
Italy seems to love a party that builds up to another party - on the 30 December guests and visitors are treated to a 'candlelight vigil', courtesy of the resort's ski instructors before dancing the night away at the 'party under the stars', which takes place in front of the ski school. Mulled wine and funky music will be in abundance.
Year in the Square
It wouldn't be New Year's Eve without fireworks, and Claviere doesn't disappoint. Come out and enjoy music throughout the evening and the obligatory sparkles in the sky at midnight - it will be a new year to remember.
• Red 93 is one of our favourites - it goes all the way from top to bottom, has varied terrain and is usually quiet.
• A lunchtime must-try is Ridugio Col Saurel - it has a sun terrace overlooking the slopes, typical Alpine dishes and a lovely, warm welcome from the owner, Matteo.
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Our friendly airport team will meet you on your arrival and get you on your way to resort. Crystal reps will be available when you get to Claviere to ensure that you have everything you need to hit the mountain on the first day. If you need anything during your trip, just check our free Crystal Ski Explorer app to find out where they’ll be, and come and have a chat. If you need assistance, you can call the Crystal team 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
All our holidays include shared transfers to and from your accommodation. However, if you would prefer a private transfer, this can be added when booking. These are taken by car, 6-seater or minibus, depending on the number of people in your booking.
Claviere is the closest resort to the French-Italian border, so skiing over to Montgenèvre once, twice or maybe three times during your holiday is nice and easy. In the mornings, enjoy the freshly-groomed pistes in Italy then make your way over to France for some even better snow in the afternoons. While you're there, make sure you stop for a hot chocolate, too. You can ski one day in Montgenèvre on Claviere's local lift pass, or have unlimited roaming rights over both countries with the Claviere/Montgenèvre lift pass.