The famous Courchevel 1850; a luxury ski resort sparkling with diamonds and wrapped in fur. It’s one of the world’s ultimate luxury ski resorts, and one that we have all heard about. Not only does Courchevel 1850 enjoy a reputation as the ski capital of the Three Valleys, it holds the trophy for being the […]
Why shouldn’t you ski in Courchevel? It’s simple. There is so much else going on for the Courchevel non-skier!
For some people the mountains don’t mean skiing all day every day or, for some, skiing at all. This may surprise you, but even as a “Ski Specialist” I agree! There is a lot that the Alps has to offer besides skiing and this is more than the case in Courchevel 1850 and its sister villages.
In this blog I delve into the long list of non-skiing activities in Courchevel to give you my top recommendations of things to do off the pistes. Some are snow related for winter fun, and others are to avoid just that. It’s yours to choose. Why bother to go endlessly and repetitively up an down a mountain when you could try something new?
Do you fancy getting out of the cold for a little while? Then the superb Aquamotion centre should be at the top of your list. Whether you are keen to keep up your fitness in the lap pool, relax in the wellness area or take the kids to enjoy the “Aqualudique” and surf zone, this is sure to entertain. Talking from experience, the wellness area is such a great place for unwinding and relieving tension. Even the most avid skier may think twice about heading onto the pistes when you show them where you’re heading.
What’s on offer?
Fitness – 25m swimming pool with lanes.
Kid fun – Leisure pool, diving pit, surf zone and children’s play area.
Relaxation – Pools with jets and bubbles, jacuzzis, sauna, steam rooms, salt pool, exterior pools and massage and beauty treatment rooms.
Aquamotion is situated in between Courchevel Village (1550) and Courchevel Moriond (1650) and with facilities like this in the valley, it is one of the reasons we say it’s not all about Courchevel 1850.
The NEW luge and other non-skiing family fun!
Get excited, put the skis away and bring out your inner child! New in Courchevel for winter 2017 – 2018 is a whopping 3km toboggan run. The new luge twists and turns its way back to Courchevel 1650 from the top of the new Courchevel Moriond bubble lift.
You can expect tunnels, tight bends and dips and and skids. If it’s still not sounding fun enough then picture shooting down here by floodlight. The course is open from 9am to as late as 7.30pm and is free of charge with a ski or pedestrian lift pass. Even if you are skiing through the duration of the day, you don’t have to miss out on the fun.
It is sure to be the highlight of non-skiing activities in Courchevel this winter!
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For those who still want to experience thrills and adventure in the mountains, then Courchevel Aventure are your people to call. They have a full itinerary of non-skiing activities in Courchevel. This ranges from husky sled riding, snowmobiling, piste-basher driving, helicopter excursions and igloo dining.
Picture yourself flying high above the resort, getting a unique view of Courchevel that only someone without skis on their feet would experience. Okay, maybe with skiing you get to hit new speeds and cover lots of ground…BUT you certainly can’t head up the mountain and it definitely uses more energy than if you were to go by skidoo, piste-basher or dog sled. See, skiing isn’t the best for everything.
Great Restaurants and Fine Cuisine
Courchevel has so many great restaurants and places for a drink but often when you are skiing, you rush to head back onto the slopes and don’t make the most of where you’ve stopped. If you take a more relaxed approach to the mountains you will find some great places to to sit back and enjoy the views, rather than whizzing past them! Here is just a little collection.
Chabichou – Two Michelin starred restaurant since 1984 and offering outstanding gourmet cuisine.
1947 – The only restaurant in Courchevel with three Michelin stars, presents unforgettable gastronomic experiences.
La Saulire – Refined and delicate cuisine. Take the Saulire lift up to meet your skiing comrades and enjoy fabulous dining with a view.
L’Aventure – Serving traditional Savoyard cuisine and high quality local produce. A perfect place in the centre of town to get a drink too.
Les Airelles – Refined culinary creativitiy on the edge of the slopes. Try the gastronomic restaurant or “Coin Savoyard” with local specialities based on the best cheeses.
Courchevel is well known to be one of the most high-end luxurious ski resorts and with this comes a high street filled with top brands and boutiques. For non-skiers in Courchevel you could browse the stores to your heart’s content.
If you like a city break to top up your wardrobe, then during the winter months why not head to a beautiful snowy paradise to make it even more of a special trip. Skiers may look stylish on the slopes but your new purchases will make you stylish year round.
Phew! If you didn’t have much inspiration for what you could do as a non-skier in Courchevel, you ought to now. The non-skiing activities in Courchevel are extremely varied, you should find something to take your fancy. Why not give us a call on +44 1202 203653 or send us an email if you wish to discuss the best chalets in Courchevel for a fun and varied winter holiday… Did you notice I didn’t say ski holiday?!