Courchevel

Courchevel ski resortFor the coming season 2016/2017, the resort will open on Saturday, December 10th.

Courchevel consistently ranks amongst the best ski resorts in the world.

Its reputation reflects the extent of the ski area, the views and the variety of the landscapes. It attracts skiers and non skiers alike, summer and winter from all over the world.

From the luxury hotels to the more basic, from the quality of the restaurants to the quality of the pistes, the whole resort is designed for your pleasure and safety.

Courchevel expands over five villages: Saint Bon, Le Praz, Courchevel 1550, Moriond or better known as Courchevel 1650 and finally Courchevel 1850.
You can discover these five villages on skis, or for the walkers who can take advantage of the regular buses which are free and run all day until late in the evening.
These five villages are linked to other resorts: La Tania, Méribel, Saint-Martin de Belleville, Les Ménuires, Val Thorens and Orelle. Altogether they make up the area of the 3 Valleys (read about the history of the 3 Valleys). It is the largest ski area in the World with 200 lifts, 330 pistes and over 600 km of ski runs.

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Information on the Courchevel and La Tania Ski Area:

• There is one speed trap situated in Courchevel 1650 on the Grand Bosse piste where you can test your speed. You measure how long it takes you to stop.
• There are 4 good areas for beginners:

- One next to the altiport at Pralong (Zen de Pralong).
- One next to the departure of the Biollay chairlift (Zen du Practice). If you are a first time skier, the easiest way to get there is to take the Jardin Alpin lift up to the third station (G3) and after a walk up the road of 50 meters, you will see on your right the « Zen du practice » area with 3 rolling carpets lifts.
- One next to the Mickey button lift at the bottom of 1650 (Zen du Mickey).
- Another one, in « Le Praz » next to the Olympic ski Jump (Zen de l’Envolée).
These Evolution Zones for Novices are especially designed for beginners and children. Large pistes in safe enclosed areas with well adapted ski lifts, all the ingredients to create a skiing Zen. Check our Courchevel Piste Map to locate them (these « Evolution zones » are coloured in green).

A sledge run 2km long which starts at the edge of the Tovets ski run down to 1550.
• There is one area called The Avalanch’ Camp located at the departure of Suisses chairlift which lets everybody realise the true risks by skiing off piste but also, and foremost, teaches the techniques of search and rescue and the actions that can save lives in case of an avalanche.
• A snowcross trail on the Loze piste with whoops, banked curves and other sneaky pitfalls.
• One exciting park is called 'The Family Park.' It is situated beneath the Verdons lift in Courchevel 1850 and is open to everyone.
• 63 lifts.
• 562 snow canons which will guarantee you a covering of quality snow.
• 67 km of cross country trails.
• 124 ski runs which totals 150 km:

- 31 green pistes
- 41 blue pistes
- 40 red pistes
- 12 black pistes

Activities:

In Courchevel there is so much skiing you may need not another thing to do, however there are plenty more options should you decide to rest those legs or find another thrill related to snow sports such as: Tobogganing, Piste Basher Driving, Paragliding, Ice Climbing, Cross Country Skiing, Glacier walking, Helicopter tours, Sledging, Go Karting, Snow Shoe-ing, Snow Quad, Dog Sledging and Heliskiing.

Or for entertainment off the snow you could try activities such like flying lessons, hand gliding, hot air ballooning, climbing, cinema, parachuting, mountain biking, café library and many more...
To make life simple there are a number of activities all contained in Le Forum de Courchevel, situated opposite La Croisette in Courchevel 1850. It houses the activities below:

- Bowling. Open everyday from 2pm to 2am, and possibly at 11am on bad weather days. There is an array of entertainment here with 8 lanes of bowling alleys, pool/billiard tables, arcade games and internet access there is plenty to keep you amused. They also serve light snacks, soft drinks and cocktails. The bowling alley can be hired out for private functions and parties.
- Indoor Climbing. Open daily from 9am to 10pm. It runs right through the middle of the shopping centre.
- Ice Skating. This is an Olympic Ice rink, open daily from 3pm to 7pm however, on Wednesdays and Friday's extra sessions are available from 9pm to 11pm. Adults can skate from as little as 4 euros and children 3 euros. Skate hire costs 3 euros. Regular events and galas are held here so it is worth enquiring in the resort. Contact number: +33 (0) 479 083 323
- Fitness Centre and Swimming Pool. Open Monday to Friday 11am to 9pm, Sunday 3pm to 9pm. However closed on Saturday. The swimming pool is indoor and the gym is fully equipped with cardio machines, weight machines and fitness classes. The spa facilities include a sauna, Jacuzzi, relaxation area, a steam room and massage treatments. The Forum provides a mobile service, allowing equipment to be transported to chalets and hotels.
- Shopping. There are many shops and boutiques to browse through, from 9am to 6pm.

On the other hand, if you have an eye for art you could check out the exhibition rooms in Hall de La Croisette 1850 and Maison de Moriond 1650.

Defibrillator :

Easy to handle thanks to information boards, the defibrillators are available at St Bon, Praz, Courchevel 1550, Courchevel 1650 and two at Courchevel 1850. A First Aid campaign accompanied the installation of the defibrillators.

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