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  • January 2017

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    Discovery
    01/18/2017

    Discovery

    A tour of the slopes! 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;...

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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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