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Club Med - what do I wear?

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Staying in Club Med Val D'isere this January - used to chalets so just wondering what the norm is in terms of what to wear at brekkie etc.

Usually go to brekkie in my PJ's in a chalet but guessing that's not the norm in a club med - equally don't want to go down in my ski gear, or just in my thermals, so that means putting on jeans/jumper etc and then changing - what do people normally do?

Also read somewhere that for lunch people take their ski boots off and put them in the locker and put trainers on - is this completely necessary - it's a complete pain getting boots off and on again, I'd rather just leave them on, save the time and spend more time on the slopes!

If anyone has club med experience I'd appreciate the inside knowledge!

Thank you
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We've been to Club Med several times, and are again in January. To answer your questions:- Breakfast attire - no, no PJs. If you don’t want to go down to breakfast in your salopettes, base layer, and carry your jacket, mid layer etc., and then go straight out to ski, you will have to put on some jeans etc., have breakfast, and then go back to get geared up. Isn’t that what you’d do in any hotel though? At lunchtime; again, I don’t know any chalets or hotels that would allow ski boots in the dining room, so if you skiing back to base for lunch, you’ll need to get into indoor shoes. However, CM does often do a BBQ or similar at the ski room entrance, weather permitting, so no need to go indoors or change footwear. Hope this helps? Feel free to ask anything else - which resort are you going to?
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Club Med at Les Arcs twice

Breakfast, either ski pants and base layer or jeans and shirt (My choice) then change after brekkie - never saw anyone in their pyjamas

Lunch, take sandals down to the ski room and change in to them for lunch - VD may be different

Hope that helps
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Great, thanks so much.

We've never done a ski hotel before so yes, club med or not, I guess the question is really about hotels in general. I just imagine being boiling hot wearing all that to brekkie! And for lunch we normally just eat in the mountain restaurants where you leave your ski boots on, which I'm sure we'll end up doing here too on some days.

Have you done the lessons before?

We're going to Val D'isere.
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Also - with taking your ski boots off for lunch - how does it work when you ski over to another club med. CM VD advertises that you can ski over to CM Tignes and have lunch there - but we wouldn't have shoes with us?
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@katie28, i guess people take shoes in a back pack or eat in their socks
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Shorts and tshirt Smile
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That’s a good question! I would think it’s along the lines that @holidayloverxx, suggests, but if in socks perhaps take a spare pair. Lots of opportunities for getting wet socks, which won’t be pleasant when it’s time to put your boots back on.......
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We stayed at Clubmed twice in Tignes and La Plagne. Always wore base layer for breakfast. For lunch if you choose to sit outside, no need to take off ski boots
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Base layer AND ski pants, please. There's a snowHead who breakfasts in his thermal drawers - it's extremely off-putting.
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Perhaps wear a string of onions around your shoulders as well.
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Perhaps wear a string of onions around your shoulders as well.


Ha! Onions at the ready!
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Base layer AND ski pants, please. There's a snowHead who breakfasts in his thermal drawers - it's extremely off-putting.


Absolutely!! Base layers alone is NOT an option!
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katie28 wrote:
Hurtle wrote:
Base layer AND ski pants, please. There's a snowHead who breakfasts in his thermal drawers - it's extremely off-putting.


Absolutely!! Base layers alone is NOT an option!


Unless ski touring and staying in a mountain refuge, where some dine in base layers and nobody bats an eyelid. Very Happy
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I might be showing my age but I would hate my fellow breakfast guests to wear their PJ’s to the table even in a chalet. Bung a pair of lounge pants/joggers into your bag if you can’t bear getting fully dressed but please don’t roll out of bed & straight to the table
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most of the wives arrive at breakfast in a negligee.

Also I think you should expect that you and your husband will definitely be in separate ski school groups- I think that is how the whole Club Med thing goes, after all it is French.....
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@ed123,
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most of the wives arrive at breakfast in a negligee.

Laughing Laughing
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Bung a pair of lounge pants

Pajamas are one thing, but seeing people at breakfast in their pants would put me off my sheddies
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In France people tend not to go to the supermarket in their pyjamas to buy their fags either Confused
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Clearly all of you who are commenting about the PJs have never stayed in a chalet! Perfectly normal!!!
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Wearing ski boots in the dining room too?
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@katie28 the thread needs photos....

There can be a fine - but important - line between PJs and thermals and it's hard to advise whether both or (n)either will be acceptable without seeing the garments in question
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Big distinction. Everyone in a chalet is likely to be from UK, most in a Club Med will be french.

My french girlfriend goes bananas when I want to do things here which I'd do all the time in UK rolling eyes
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I've stayed in lots of chalets - though not for a while. I've always taken my ski boots off once inside the chalet - not that we ever lunched in the chalets. Personally I would prefer to lunch somewhere where I could leave ski boots on - as we all do in mountain restaurants. But equally, I'd want to live in a building where people weren't wearing their boots indoors - or their pyjamas to breakfast! I've stayed in a number of chalets in my time and don't remember any PJs on display - thankfully. I would hope people didn't come to breakfast in a "onesie" either. Nobody over 10 years old should ever be seen in public in a onesie. And only in private between consenting adults.
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I never said anything about Ski boots in the chalet. Chalets don't serve lunch, at club med lunch in the restaurant is included in your package. But every restaurant on the mountain I've ever been in on the 10 years of ski trips I've done, I've never once had to take my boots off before entering the restaurant - hence the question!

I also don't own a onesie!
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PJ's and onesies are perfectly acceptable in chalets at breakfast (I don't mind neglegees either!)
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@katie28

At CM:

Breakfast - t-Shirt/underlayer and tracksuit bottoms or equivalent
Lunch - if you are eating at the CM for lunch - you'll have to take the boots off. Depending on where my room is wrt to dining area/ski room I often head back to the room and dump the outer layers
If going to another CM with ski school then the instructor normally takes a ruck sack with those disposable hotel slippers. If heading off on your own (Book first) - just ask reception for a pair

PS you'll hear about an evening dress code (black and gold or whatever). Ignore that it's really only the staff.
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Great, thanks for the helpful answers to my questions.
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I find it difficult to imagine staying in an establishment that does not require appropriate dress.
DJ in the evening, though I guess a smart jacket may be acceptable at breakfast.
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@T Bar, but only with a cravat
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@T Bar, but only with a cravat

Being bare necked is an abomination.
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Spats, a monocle and (optional....we don’t wish to appear elitist) silver-topped cane, is de rigeur for us. Mind you, we do tend to turn heads when collecting the croissants
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@katie28 No problem - everyone else seems to have gone for the thread drift option Toofy Grin
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Going to breakfast in baselayers in a hotel does depend on how your wear them. There are certain looks that put you off in a good way and certain ones that put you off in a bad way.

Chucking jeans on with a t-shirt is the simplest way of looking semi respectable after rolling out of bed.

Socialising with other people over breakfast is my idea of hell so staying in a british style catered chalet is not an option for me.
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Personally, I don't think wearing PJs at breakfast is acceptable whether you're in a hotel or a chalet - if you want to wear PJs, get an apartment. Mind you, I don't wear PJs in bed so turning up at breakfast without getting dressed might turn a few heads, and stomachs I wouldn't doubt

I put on my base layers then some jeans.
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Base layer AND ski pants, please. There's a snowHead who breakfasts in his thermal drawers - it's extremely off-putting.


I suspect that there is more than one!

Depending on where I am, what time I intend to go out etc. I'd either throw on jeans/shorts and a t-shirt or wear salopettes and a base layer on top.
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@SnoodlesMcFlude, there is one egregious example
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This is why I love self-catering in an apartment - I'll wear (or not Toofy Grin ) what I feel like.

Only Mrs B and kids have to suffer then Laughing
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I don't think I've had the (dis)pleasure then Laughing
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