Why You Shouldn’t Ski in Courchevel! A Guide to the Top Non-Skier Activities
December 20, 2022 by Rebecca Bradshaw
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 and 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, indoor rock climbing and fitness classes.
Kid fun – Leisure pool, water slides, diving pit, surf zone and children’s play area.
Relaxation – Pools with jets and bubbles, Jacuzzis, sauna, steam rooms, salt pool, caldarium, exterior pools, aromatherapy and massage and beauty treatment rooms.
Aquamotion is situated in between Courchevel Village (1550) and Courchevel Moriond (1650). With facilities like this in the valley, it is one of the reasons we say it’s not all about Courchevel 1850.
Toboggan Runs & Non-Skiing Family Fun!
Get excited, put the skis away and bring out your inner child down Courchevel’s whopping 3km toboggan run! Twisting and turning the way to Courchevel 1650 from the top of the Courchevel Moriond bubble lift, this family non-skiing activity is sure to bring smiles across the faces of all ages who take part…
You can expect tunnels, tight bends, dips and skids. If it still doesn’t sound fun enough, then imagine shooting down here by floodlight. Even if you are skiing through the duration of the day, you don’t have to miss out on the fun.
If you’re looking for more toboggan runs in Courchevel, the sledge slope from Courchevel 1850 to Courchevel Village promises further toboggan fun. Stretching a distance of 2km, the run features a 300m vertical descent and average incline of 15%, as well as being floodlit from start to finish for evening descents.
They are sure to be a highlight on your Three Valleys family holiday this winter! For other family non-skiing activities, Courchevel 1850 also has a bowling alley, indoor ice rink, local cinema, horse riding and a 12m climbing wall!
Unique Non-Skiing Experiences in Courchevel
Non-skiing activities in Courchevel still produces the thrills and excitement skiers crave on a mountain adventure. With a range of exhilarating activities available for non-skiers, Courchevel lets you experience a variety of mountain fun, from husky sled riding to snowmobiling, helicopter excursions to igloo dining – there is even the chance to go piste-basher driving, paving the way for your skier friends!
For a truly unique non-ski experience in Courchevel, why not try hot air ballooning, paragliding or skydiving? 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 without skins and believe me, that uses more energy than if you were to go by skidoo, piste-basher or dog sled. See, skiing isn’t the best for everything.
Visit Courchevel Aventure to create your tailor-made itinerary of activities for your next holiday in Courchevel.
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 sit back and enjoy the views, rather than whizzing past them! Here is just a little collection below, but for a full breakdown of the best restaurants in Courchevel, check out our top Michelin Restaurants in Courchevel 1850 blog – it’s sure to be a mouth-watering read!
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 creativity 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 luxury ski resorts for shopping, and with this comes a high street filled with top brands and boutiques. Featuring luxury names such as Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, Dior, Fendi and Moncler, just to name a few, shopping in Courchevel is as extravagant as the ski resort itself. For non-skiers in Courchevel, you could browse the stores to your heart’s content – a non-ski activity in its own right. There are also several ski rental shops, but with all the prior listed activities in this blog, non-skiers in Courchevel won’t need to worry about these!
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?!