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  • April 2017

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    The Piou-Piou Club’s secret garden!
    04/04/2017

    The Piou-Piou Club’s secret garden!

    A safe fun area, magic carpets to take you back up to the top, a yurt to sit inside and tell stories, smiley faces at the end of the day… welcome to the ESF Children’s Village in Courchevel Village. Director, Loïc Lemoine tells us more about this children’s paradise! What facilities does the ESF Courchevel Village provide for children? First of all there’s the Maison des Enfants, a spacious child-care centre which welcomes children from the age of 18 months to 12 years, also providing meal options for both skiers and non-skiers. Several free activities are organised throughout the...

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  • March 2017

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    Experience the good life in March and April…
    03/06/2017

    Experience the good life in March and April…

    In April, the ski season is far from over! In Courchevel you can ski until April 23rd, and that’s no joke. Don’t pack your skis away too quickly, you might miss out on an amazing day… even if you’re not skiing as a matter of fact! Step this way to experience the good life in the mountains… Discover 5 reasons why you should make the most of it until the very end…1 The softest of snows…There’s nothing better if you’re learning to ski or fancy trying your hand at something new, like snowboarding or even freestyle… When the snow’s softer, you don’t need to worry too much...

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  • February 2017

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    WHERE ELSE BUT COURCHEVEL?
    02/20/2017

    WHERE ELSE BUT COURCHEVEL?

    Unique, exclusive, unconventional, amazing, fabulous, unusual, magical, exceptional - there’s no shortage of words to describe the many different experiences on offer in the resort! Here’s a brief overview of what makes up Courchevel’s DNA - you (probably) won’t find it anywhere else…Incredible art gallery on the slopesMagical beasts in the mountains up above the resort: colourful dogs and pandas created by Julien Marinetti and Richard Orlinski’s monumental bears. You just have to take time out to capture some amazing moments with these crazy animals for posterity!More...

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    Once upon time: NOTRE DAME DE L’ASSOMPTION CHAPEL
    02/15/2017

    Once upon time: NOTRE DAME DE L’ASSOMPTION CHAPEL

    Hidden in a little clearing among the trees in the centre of Courchevel - the Notre Dame de l’Assomption chapel was bulit in 1953 and later extended - and still holds Mass!A pyramid-shaped, open-air, timber-framed chapel was built at the current location when the resort was first created. In 1953, Denys Pradelle and Jean Prouvé came up with a new design, associating the sacred place with light and nature. The effect of the transparency between exterior and interior is enhanced by a sliding glass partition to the south elevation, allowing the light and the sun to flood in.The church is...

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    Valentine's Day Shopping
    02/06/2017

    Valentine's Day Shopping

    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you’re short of ideas? Here are a few unique moments to share with your sweet half... Eternal rosesStabilised by cold temperatures, this red rose will last for years! Jasmine Fleurs – Rue de l’Eglise – Courchevel – 9.30am/12.30pm and 3pm/8pm  Set your heart on somethingInterlaced hearts form an unbreakable Lalique paperweight…Jasmine Fleurs – Rue de l’Eglise – Courchevel – 9.30am/12.30pm and 3pm/8pm  Soft-heartedBaccarat revisits Snoopy, the famous comic book dog who wants to give you his heart! Jasmine Fleurs – Rue de...

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  • January 2017

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    Discovery - UFOs seen on the on the slopes!
    01/30/2017

    Discovery - UFOs seen on the on the slopes!

    Whether you’ve been standing at the edge of the slopes, sitting on the chairlift or standing at the top of a snowy peak - you must have seen a few strange, mysterious and even amazing objects by now … We got you wondering – and now we put you out of your misery!But what can these enormous tubes protruding from the rocks actually be?They’re blasting machines – connected to a shelter that you can also see on the edge of the slope: the Gazex system! When there is a major fall of snow, the slope maintenance team deliberately triggers avalanches with the system, setting off a gaseous...

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    We’ve tested First Track – just for you!
    01/23/2017

    We’ve tested First Track – just for you!

    A magical moment before the runs open for the day It’s 8.20 am and the sun’s rays haven’t reached Les Verdons gondola lift yet. The gates are still shut but the ski lift team opens them specially for the lucky group of skiers about to experience the first few runs of the day on La Saulire – all to themselves… The smiles get bigger as the gondola rises to the top, people get chatting and make new friends, getting into a discussion with the ski patrol team on their way to work… and hey – we’re at the top already! Perfect timing: the first rays of sun reveal an amazing...

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    We’ve tested the «Sunset Track» - just for you!
    01/23/2017

    We’ve tested the «Sunset Track» - just for you!

    As the sun goes down… Who hasn’t tried to hop onto the last gondola lift to enjoy one final descent, squeezing every last drop out of your day on the slopes… What if we gave you the chance to be one of the last skiers on the empty runs, closing the ski area with the ski patrol team? Well the Sunset Track is exactly that, and we’ve tested it just for you! We met at the ski patrol chalet at the top of the Saulire. From there, the views over the surrounding mountaintops (turning a warm pick colour in the late afternoon sun) were simply stunning. As part of the lucky few invited to...

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    Discovery: a tour of the slope!
    01/18/2017

    Discovery: a tour of the slope!

    Whether you’re a beginner or experienced skier, with the family, in sunshine or fog, a fan of breath-taking views or tranquil skiing… Courchevel has the perfect run for you! Here’s a quick overview of our secret (or not-so-secret!) spots so you can enjoy them to the fullest… In the sun! Behind La Saulire, the sunshine-bathed Les Creux Noirs summit offers breath-taking views: a luminous cirque dominated by minerals, L’Aiguille du Fruit, La Pointe Emilienne, Le Roc Merlet… Don’t forget your sunglasses! The Moriond sector is a paradise for sun worshippers; enjoy beautiful...

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    An explosive method for making your ski area safe
    01/09/2017

    An explosive method for making your ski area safe

    Who hasn’t been woken up on their ski holiday by a booming blast from the summits? It’s doubtless a worrying sound the first time you hear it, but one that signifies heavy snowfall! And that’s got to be good news hasn’t it?! Let’s go in search of this sound’s origin: Gazex, Catex and other explosives… One heavy snowfall (usually 20cm or more) and it’s time for the slope team and avalanche blasters to set their alarms for very early the next morning… The battle begins at 5.30am when everyone gets to work on a single goal: making the ski area safe before it’s open to the...

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    History
    01/02/2017

    History

    A cool placeWith its Olympic ice rink, Courchevel has always been very fond of ice skating. Let’s take a quick look back at the history of the resort’s love affair with ice skating, which dates back to the 1930’s… At that time, the tennis courts at the Lac Bleu hotel in Saint Bon turned into an ice rink during the winter, providing a fun activity for holidaymakers.After it’s official opening in 1946, Courchevel felt it only right that it should have an ice rink, just like all the other major resorts. Well, in 1950, it was up and running! Located in Le Plantret, it was made of...

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  • December 2016

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    10 reasons to… dive into Aquamotion!
    12/27/2016

    10 reasons to… dive into Aquamotion!

    1 Chill outIndoor and outdoor lagoons, whirlpool baths, salt cave, saunas, steam room, caldarium… enjoy some well deserved relaxation and well-being in the aquawellness area - just what you need after a week’s skiing!2 Enjoy aquasports Of course you can do a few lengths in the 25 metre pool, but why not have a go at aquasports too? Want to know what it’s all about? Well, it helps with muscle tone, fitness, slimming and pushing yourself that bit harder… Try your hand at aquafitness, aquaboxing, aquabike, body palm or aquafusion; various levels are available.3 Surprise your...

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    Shopping
    12/20/2016

    Shopping

    Merry Christmas!Looking for a last minute Christmas present? We’ve checked out what our local shopkeepers have to offer and have found a few interior décor, accessory and other ideas that are sure to make your loved ones happy…Soft and cuddly!Soft toys, marmot slippers, husky dog and reindeer slippers… children will love these cuddly snugglies!Available at the Elle et Lui shop – Rue des Tovets – Courchevel -10am/12.30pm and 3pm/7pmTighten your belt!It’s the trendy, colorful accessory that no discerning sports lover or fashionista should be without! Unbreakable, waterproof,...

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    In search of...
    12/14/2016

    In search of...

    A children’s paradise Holiday time is here! The Family Plus labelled resort of Courchevel guarantees a personalised welcome for families. With entertainment and facilities specially adapted to suit all ages, and activities for little ones and adults alike, the whole family will be spoilt for choice! All you have to do is enjoy it to the fullest… On the slope Perfectly designed for families, Courchevel’s ski area is brimming with easy and safe runs (Zen Zones) and fun areas where you can enjoy yourself: the Family Park for budding Freestylers, the Stop Zone for setting yourself a...

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    70 years on: A little history…
    12/13/2016

    70 years on: A little history…

    Courchevel’s first chalets and hotelsJust over 70 years ago, Courchevel was no more than untouched territory at an altitude of 1,850 metres! Everything needed to be created and organised totally from scratch… and they managed it! Discover the first buildings of a resort that was to become a benchmark in terms of mountain layout and organisation…Before the official creation of Courchevel in 1946, one hotel had already been built in 1908 Saint Bon. In the early days, «Le Lac Bleu» was a humble café-restaurant known as «Chalet Curtet», welcoming summer visitors from the towns and the...

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  • November 2016

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    Behind the scenes with…
    11/29/2016

    Behind the scenes with…

    The piste grooming impresarios
    During the inter-season, the men working behind the scenes don’t let up the pace for a second! Half of the drivers are already on standby, on hand to get their piste groomers out to prepare the slopes at the first sign of snow… Stripping, cutting back, mulching, shaping the slopes with mechanical shovels, grassing… in the summer, we’re already thinking about the winter! Every blade of grass is tended to within an inch of its life so that teams employed by the Société des 3 Vallées ski lift company (S3V) can groom the runs easily, even with minimum snow cover (20-25cm). «As soon...

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