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Brides-les-Bains Travel Guide
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Brides-les-Bains was the official site of the Olympic Village in 1992, an honour earned by its position at the gateway to les Trois Vallées, which is the world's largest ski area. It has a small-town atmosphere that contrasts with better-known villages in the area like Courchevel, la Tania, Méribel, les Menuires-St Martin and Val Thorens.
The hamlet's pure water was a draw for tourists as far back as the 16th century, and now there are several health and relaxation spas centred around them, with the focus on fitness and weight loss.
While the lack of groomed slopes may put off absolute beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers will find plenty of challenges around the mountains in the Three Valleys area.
There are several good restaurants in town, and a relaxed, low-key nightlife that includes two nightclubs and a casino.
There are plenty of off-slope activities in Brides-les-Bains, including ice climbing, paragliding, dog sledding, and hiking in Vanoise National Park. There are also various spas and health centres. During the summer, there are a number of children's programmes and organised activities.
This is a very small resort and does not have the variety, facilities or exciting atmosphere of the famous big ski resorts in France.