Winter sports: how about Courchevel, this famous “inconvenient” ski resort?

The famous resort in the Tarentaise valley attracts the wealthiest people and tourists.

Dear Very expensive. ski resort Courchevel Since its inception after the war, it has had a reputation for targeting very high-end French and foreign clients. Hence the exorbitant prices. At all levels: accommodation, packages, leisure…

But that was before. Before Covid, before foreign customers, the biggest spenders avoided the snowfields of the Tarentaise valley for a while.

Nature conservation is a hot topic among Saint-Bonais.
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A long-standing “social” profession

Courchevel was born in 1946 from the desire of the Savoie department to develop the mountain tourism economy.

Two goals were clearly aimed at: first, to turn this first French winter sports resort into a “currency trap” by attracting wealthy customers who traveled to Italy and Switzerland to ski, and at the same time to restore hope to young people by democratizing the new sport. winter sports.

The “social” profession of the station was born. In the 1970s, it was highlighted by numerous social real estate programs that allowed skiing to be made available to as many people as possible.

the “bling bling” side

From the 1950s with the construction of the first luxury hotel establishment, the Hôtel des Neiges Ecortzeve (the patois name of the plant that scratches the tongues of young calves and gives Courchevel its name) developed a “bling-bling” side.

Purchased by the Barrière family in 2016, in 2019 it was placed in a very select circle of palaces.

Lac de la Rosière, Tarentaise jewel to be won.

Lac de la Rosière, Tarentaise jewel to be won.
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The innovative “ski-in ski-out” concept quickly lured these newly affluent tourists, the “ski townspeople,” who saw an opportunity to no longer take their cars to the foot of the slopes.

The bet won. Four other palaces followed, 42 hotels, including twelve 5-star…

The largest ski area in the world

Today is a layer. Mountain resorts choose an accommodation offering that allocates space to services.

For its part, linked to the 3 Valleys area, Courchevel can be proud to offer the largest ski area in the world: 600 km of slopes!

However, like other ski resorts, it is trying to develop “responsible” tourism that puts nature at the center of concerns. Because when the white gold runs out, people and rich people will miss Courchevel…

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6 villages, 6 atmospheres

Courchevel consists of 6 villages: Saint-Bon-Tarentaise (capital, 1100 meters above sea level), Le Praz (1300 m), La Tania (1400 m), Courchevel village (1500 m), Courchevel Moriond (1650 m) and finally, Courchevel (1850 m).

Villages ski lifts or free services.

35% foreigners… only

Contrary to popular belief, only 35% of Courchevel’s customers are foreigners: the British outnumber Europeans, Asians, North Americans and South Americans.

Effective this winter, many Russians will come to celebrate the Orthodox Christmas Saturday and Sunday, January 7, 2023.

“Social” station: well-paid seasonal workers

The first application to develop large-scale social housing construction.

The first application to develop large-scale social housing construction.
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With 390 social apartments, Courchevel is the best equipped resort in France. Since 1986, it has provided high-value plots of land free of charge to social landlords to enable employers of 5,000 seasonal workers to place them properly and at a lower cost.

A la carte skiing: Up to half price on weekends in 3 valleys

Packages at very discounted prices depending on the weekend.

Packages at very discounted prices depending on the weekend.
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Ski Atout Prix is ​​the name of the sesame that opens the doors of the 3 Valleys ski area with discounts of up to 50% on Saturday, Sunday and Monday (depending on the period).

€15 card (valid for three years). skiatoutprix.com

3*** stay: Le Montana in La Tania

La Tania, one of Courchevel's six villages, offers more affordable accommodation.

La Tania, one of Courchevel’s six villages, offers more affordable accommodation.
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Who said star hotels in Courchevel are expensive?

For example, a 3 day/2 night weekend at Le Montana*** in Courchevel La Tania costs €800 for 2 people (double room with breakfast and half board + 3 Valley tickets).

Aquamotion: a paradise for young and old

Aquamotion, a haven of peace and rejuvenation at 1,550 meters above sea level.

Aquamotion, a haven of peace and rejuvenation at 1,550 meters above sea level.
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It is the largest water center in Europe located in the mountains. Located in the heart of the Alps at an altitude of 1,550 m, this impressive vessel made of glass and wood combines four worlds: water, well-being, health and fun sports.

It was opened in December 2015. Aquamotion Courchevel A 25m swimming pool, indoor/outdoor lagoons, a diving pool with a diving board, another wave pool, as well as a huge 45m long 3-lane slide: Pentagliss.

Not to mention the 110m counter-current walking corridor and the fun and colorful kiddie pool for teenagers.

The slide is fun for the whole family.

The slide is fun for the whole family.
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Climbing, fitness and yoga rooms round out the exercise offerings on the first floor.

Upstairs, the Wellness area offers a luxurious spa, not to mention a bath, sauna, caldarium, salt cave, steam bath, solarium, hair salon and massage area… In short, an après-ski paradise for young and old!

Prices: child €14 (3 to 12 years old), free – 3 years old, teenagers (13 years and over) and adults €24 / aquamotion-courchevel.com

The world skiing capital of Courche

The famous Eclipse slope in Courchevel Le Praz proved its toughness in the finals of the 2022 Alpine Skiing World Cup.

The famous Eclipse slope in Courchevel Le Praz proved its toughness in the finals of the 2022 Alpine Skiing World Cup.
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From 6 to 19 February 2023, at least 600 champion skiers, men and women, meet at the 3 Valleys resort of Courchevel Méribel for the FIS Alpine Skiing World Championships.

After Chamonix in 1937 and 1962 and Val d’Isère in 2009, the prestigious international competition returns to the heart of the French Alps.

The women’s races and parallel races will be contested at the Roc de Fer track in Méribel, while the men’s races will be contested at the Eclipse track (pictured) in Courchevel Le Praz.

Training and selections will be held at the Emile-Allais stadium in Courchevel 1850. About 20,000 visitors are expected per day.

A refreshing aperitif awaits the brave who climb to the top after a few hundred meters of effort.

A refreshing aperitif awaits the brave who climb to the top after a few hundred meters of effort.
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Good deals in Courchevel

Free car park

Since 2017, Courchevel, labeled “green resort”, has just started its activities Covoit’Getthe first fleet line to facilitate short-distance daily journeys.

The principle is simple: a line, materialized parking spaces, and people who pick up anyone looking for a place. Free and without reservation.

The project includes 13 stops in the villages and villages up to Bozel, Brides-les-Bains and… Moûtiers station.

Free slopes for beginners

Courchevel beginners are pampered with free access to 10 ski lifts.

Each of the five alpine villages offers one, two or three green and blue slopes, where learning to ski can be done in complete peace and safety.

Sunset skiing aperitif

For thoughtful adventurers, there’s nothing like climbing into a sealskin to admire the sunset: this Moonlight ski tour!

A delight for the eyes and taste buds is provided with a specially prepared aperitif at the top before descending at night, by headlamp.

€50 for two hours (04 79 01 01 81)

Nordic skiing: 15 possible courses

Courchevel offers 15 Nordic ski courses free entryincluding 3 loops of 2, 5, 8, 15 and 18 km, away from the hustle and bustle of the slopes.

Various routes are available from Courchevel 1850, Courchevel La Tania, Courchevel Moriond, Courchevel Village and Courchevel Le Praz.

Lake La Rosière on snowshoes

Departing from Courchevel Moriond, the guide leads hikers off-piste through a snowy forest to this little paradise of surprising and magical tranquility. 2h 30m walk suitable for all levels.

€40/ person, equipment provided (raquette-evasion.com)

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