Posted on 20 October 2017
Courchevel, home to 17 five-star hotels – not including three elusively-named “Palaces” – decadent chalets, designer boutiques and 11 Michelin stars across seven restaurants is about to get even better. But how do you improve on perfection we hear you cry? With the 2017/2018 ski season just around the corner we’re exploring what the most luxurious ski resort in the world has up its sleeve in the coming months.
The resort will welcome the addition of two new five-star spas this winter, including a holistic offering from Aman Le Mélézin, to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Set over two floors, skiers can soothe their bodies and minds in the hydro-therapy area, the 45-foot lap pool set beneath vaulted ceilings and a hammam where Turkish-style treatments will be provided.
Part of the largest ski area in the world – Les Trois Vallees – Courchevel already offers access to more than 26,000 acres of skiable terrain, over 320 downhill tracks, more alpine trails than you could shake a ski pole at, heli-skiing adventures and much more. But that isn’t enough for this ambitious resort. If after watching the first women’s parallel slalom in the history of the FIS World Cup in December you’re left thinking “I could do that”, the resort is now giving you the chance to prove it on its new Epicéa run – a permanent competition-level stadium that’s open to everyone.
Getting up the slopes is about to get even easier thanks to an ultramodern 8-seater gondola lift, which is able to transport 2,400 people an hour. If you thought the local ski area couldn’t get any more scenic, think again. The new lift has been constructed in accordance with Courchevel’s minimum visual and environmental impact policy, allowing 30 pylons to be removed.
3 kilometre toboggan run
You’ll be able to hop in the gondola to reach the top of a new 3km toboggan run that is set to open at the start of the 2017/2018 season. Kids of all ages will be able to glide down to Courchevel Moriond’s snow front day or night thanks to its fully illuminated course.
State-of-the-art eco-friendly snow makers
As a member of the exclusive altitude ‘Club of 1800s’ Courchevel offers excellent skiing from December through to late April, in a spectacular setting. However, even the highest resorts can’t rely on Mother Nature to supply the white stuff all the time. To guarantee great coverage throughout the season, Courchevel leaves no stone unturned, by utilising the very best snowmaking equipment. This winter the kit has been modernised yet further with the introduction of 115 state-of-the-art machines, meaning that 75% of its “snow factory” is now “eco-friendly.
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