Every winter we see something new pop up in the Courchevel Valley. The 2015/16 season is no exception – luckily we’re here to keep you au courant with this years new additions.
Aquamotion, Courchevel Village
Two years in the making, December sees the opening of the huge new Aqua Centre down in Courchevel Village (1550). When finished, the centre will give holidaymakers the opportunity to take advantage of an indoor and outdoor pool, 25 metre training pool, aqua bikes, diving boards, river rapids, climbing wall and even an indoor surfing unit! Of course the centre also has a spa area with sauna, hammam and beauty treatment areas. This should be a fantastic addition to the resort for those who fancy a day off the slopes.
Following in Val Thorens’ footsteps, Courchevel has installed free public Wi-Fi at the top of the Vizelle, Suisses and Marmottes lift. Perfect if you want to show off to your friends on Facetime or if you feel the need to post that selfie of you on the chairlift.
Alpine Legends Superpass
If Courchevel’s approximate 150 kilometres of local pistes isn’t enough for you, some of France’s best resorts have come together to offer you around a whopping 1400 kilometres of pistes! The resorts of La Plagne, Les Arcs, Meribel, La Tania, Courchevel, Val Thorens, Les Menuires, Tignes and Val d’Isere fuse to form one masive ski area. Between some resorts transport is easy by public bus, train or even taxi. Why not save yourself the hassle by hiring a car?
Koori – New Japanese restaurant in Hotel L’Apogee
Opening for the 2015/16 season, Koori (the Japanese word for ice) is bringing a touch of the orient to the slopes of Courchevel. Chef Jean-Luc Lefrancois and his team present a fantastic menu with highlights such as Dragon Koori rolls and a scallop dish prepared with shichimi togarashi, combava, chizo and lotus shoots.
Brand new to the piste maps this season is a PEUF logo. This mysterious symbol (you can see it on the Chanrossa and Jean Pachod pistes) means that the annotated piste will have guaranteed powder after snowfalls. Perfect for practicing your powder turns! Pistes with the logo include Jockeys, Jean Blanc, M, Combe des Pylons and the runs down from the Chanrossa and Creux Noirs lifts. Obviously we only recommend these to the more experienced skiers, but if you’re a good intermediate why not give it a try!
Whether you’re planning on visiting Courchevel for the first time or the fiftieth time, I can guarantee that the ever changing pistes and activities mean you never get bored! If you’d like to know more about Courchevel as a resort or would like to talk to us about luxury ski chalets in Courchevel, why not drop us an email or call us on +44 (0)1202 203653.