Making The Most of Your Time in Courchevel – A Sample Spring Itinerary
A short stay in Courchevel is always fantastic, but ensuring you make the most of your time in this iconic alpine region can be difficult. Right at the heart of the largest ski area in the world and bursting with extraordinary amenities, you could easily spend several months in Courchevel and barely scratch the surface.
Which is why it’s a good idea to plan your trip strategically, in accordance with a few tips from the experts. Just to illustrate how much incredible enjoyment can be packed into a single day, we’ve put together a sample itinerary that takes in some of the key highlights you really won’t want to miss.
Rather than following the crowds to the main gondolas, head over to the Plantrey chairlift in the morning where you’ll find much shorter queues and less crowding in general. If the conditions are good, Bouc Blanc towards La Tania is one of the best early runs to enjoy, though be sure to head to the right as you reach the Bouc Blanc chair lift at the bottom, in the direction of Le Praz via Murettes. Mornings tend to be wonderfully quiet on these runs, making the gorgeous vistas you’ll enjoy and you pass through the trees even more enchanting.
Next, take the foret and then Bouc Blanc chair lifts right back up to the top of La Tania, enjoying the wonderful Loze piste heading back down in the direction of Courchevel. Ski instructors flock to Loze for its perfect balance of steep sections, flats and rolls – once again, a great piste to tackle early in the day. The same also goes for Creux, which tends to get a little bumpy and busy in the afternoons. Head to the top of Courchevel 1850 by way of the Verdons and then Vizelle gondolas, before taking Creux toward the Aguille de Fruit chairlift.
You’ll probably be feeling peckish at this point, so we highly recommend trying out the Pilatus restaurant – a haven for glorious hot drinks and decadent snacks.
After this, head over to the Pralong chairlift before taking the Super Pralong to reach the Suisses chairlift. On the way up, take note of the condition of the Suisses piste – if it seems to be in good condition, it’s absolutely unmissable. Head back to the top of Courchevel and feel free to indulge in any of the amazing blacks and reds you haven’t yet tried out – Saluire, Pylones and Piste M always ranking very highly with regulars.
When the hunger pangs return, take the Chenus gondola or the Coqs chairlift to reach Soucoupe – a highly-recommended local restaurant. Serving up glorious and generously-portioned grilled meats with accompanying local produce, it’s the perfect place to replenish energy reserves for the afternoon.
For a more relaxing end to the day, take the Pralong and Biolay chairlifts to access several slopes that tend to remain in much better conditions throughout the day than others. They’re also comparatively gentle and uncrowded, allowing you to soak up the scenery, bask in the sunshine and generally drink-in everything that makes Courchevel such an incredible place to be.
Author: Oliver Robinson – Supreme Ski & Snowboard School
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