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  • August 2018

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    Walking on water…
    08/06/2018

    Walking on water…

    Hark, gallant knights and fair damsels! Welcome to Kamelot Camp, the place to be if you’re looking for an activity-filled summer!The adventure begins in the little red and white chalet on the edge of Lake Vah… where you’ll find more than 15 different family-friendly activities to enjoy!How about starting off by… walking on water! Yes, it really is possible, thanks to the Waterball – a waterproof ball which you climb inside, before wandering over the lake without getting wet!If the football world cup got you all fired up, why not make up your teams, step inside your inflatable bubble...

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  • July 2018

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    Faster, higher, further
    07/25/2018

    Faster, higher, further

    The great outdoors, majestic landscapes, sport, exercise - trail running has a bit of everything! There are so many different options – so why not get your trainers on?! We talk to Hervé Franchino, who is an Outdoor Activities Manager in Courchevel.What are the trail running options on offer in the resort?We have two special waymarked routes on the Dent du Villard – both permanent: one 9km and one 13km circuit – perfect for endurance training. Plus we have the Plum KV route for performance and stamina work. You start in Courchevel Le Praz and finish at the Col de la Loze: 1,000m...

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  • June 2018

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     Find out how to start your day off on the right foot in the mountains…. and how to round it off beautifully!
    06/05/2018

    Find out how to start your day off on the right foot in the mountains…. and how to round it off beautifully!

    Find out how to start your day off on the right foot in the mountains…. and how to round it off beautifully! Read on for top tips and advice from professionals…Culinary artist and executive chef Quintessence, Daniela suggests To kick-start your day…Before breakfast, try to drink a large glass of warm water with a freshly squeezed lemon in! Lemon is alkaline and has powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties. It’s the perfect way to wake up your body, both in summer and winter. After that, how about a berry bowl? During the summer, there are plenty of red berries around, including...

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  • May 2018

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    Interview with handball champion Cyril Dumoulin
    05/28/2018

    Interview with handball champion Cyril Dumoulin

    Every year, French Handball team goalkeeper Cyril Dumoulin runs courses in Courchevel to share his passion for the sport. Meet the champion of the mountains, team spirit and good times…What’s your history with Courchevel?Living in the Savoie region for over fifteen years, Courchevel was my winter holiday destination up until the point I met Baptiste Ferry, who made me part of his training project, which was backed by the resort as part of a drive to liven up its summer events programme.What motivated you to take part in these courses? What do they do for you and the young...

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  • February 2018

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    Yves Chapuis : The manager of the altiport takes us behind the scenes…
    02/27/2018

    Yves Chapuis : The manager of the altiport takes us behind the scenes…

    With his blue eyes, the colour of the sky he's been tirelessly scrutinising for 35 years, Yves Chapuis has the keen look of an air traffic controller. The manager of the altiport takes us behind the scenes… His storyA local boy, Yves first trained to be a millwright, before becoming a contract lumberjack. Then he earned his cross-country skiing qualification and taught for 8 years. "I skied a lot in my youth because I was also part of the French cross-country skiing team, but I hung up my skis when I came to the altiport." That was 35 years ago… An aviation enthusiast and pilot in the...

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    This summer's 10 unmissables
    02/21/2018

    This summer's 10 unmissables

    With plenty of fresh air, a chance to recharge your batteries at the heart of nature and tons of activities to enjoy together, come and join us in the mountains this summer - there's no good reason not to! To get you thinking, here are our Top 10 summer unmissables!1 - Take advantage of the free ski lifts to explore the summits, be blown away by the view from the top of Saulire, discover the Grand Bois themed footpath in La Tania…2 - Attend one-off events: Pyro Symphonie Live (symphonic music concert to fireworks), Fly Courchevel (plane and helicopter first flights…), summer ski jumping...

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  • January 2018

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    Chef,  what’s your secret ingredient? Want to melt with happiness?
    01/29/2018

    Chef, what’s your secret ingredient? Want to melt with happiness?

    When you think of typical mountain dishes, fondue is bound to spring to mind! But be careful as there are several different recipes, and they all have their own secret little ingredient… Some of Courchevel’s top chefs have shared their secrets with us! To make a really good fondue, invite a few friends around, get some small bits of bread and a fondu pot and hey presto! Take a look at our chefs’ recipes… Recipe by Jean-Rémi Caillon, Executive Chef at the K2 For 6 people 400g Beaufort cheese 
 400g Tomme de Savoie cheese
 300g Tamié cheese
 40cl Chignin Bergeron...

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    The calm after the storm…
    01/10/2018

    The calm after the storm…

    This year, there’s more than enough snow on our mountaintops! Which is fantastic news of course, especially as we know the Piste Maintenance Department strive to provide us with a magnificent ski area, even after huge storms! So, how did they manage to cope with the recent climate variability? We spoke with Hervé Tuaz, head of the Piste Maintenance Department at the Société des 3 Vallées.How do you work during a weather warning?There are two things to bear in mind: the piste grooming and the ski patrollers. As far as the grooming is concerned, we tend to focus on the lower zones so that...

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    ICAROS’s dream
    01/01/2018

    ICAROS’s dream

    Fly through the air like a bird, explore the seabed… did you know that you can do all this and more in Courchevel? Just head to Aquamotion! We’ve tried and tested Icaros for you; an amazing machine that lets you embark on a fabulous experience… whilst getting fit! Of course you can dive and swim at Aquamotion, in fact it’s the perfect place with its different indoor and outdoor pools! But what we’re talking about here is a totally new experience between virtual reality and fitness…   Push open the door to Aquamotion, where an unusual machine awaits you. Climb aboard for a...

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  • December 2017

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    What if we shared some delicious moments?
    12/20/2017

    What if we shared some delicious moments?

    What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than a festive baking session using the delicious flavours of gingerbread! As our gift to you, here’s a secret recipe…Makes around twenty biscuits20 minutes of preparation time (+ 30 minutes for the dough to rest)15 minutes of cooking timeIngredients: 125g of butter80g of caster sugar100g of honey1 large egg300g of plain flour1 teaspoon of baking powder1 teaspoon of gingerbread mixed spiceWhite icing decorating pen PreparationIn a large bowl, mix the softened butter with the sugar and honey until soft and creamy.Gradually stir in the...

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  • November 2017

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    Everything you ever wanted to know about artificial snow…
    11/15/2017

    Everything you ever wanted to know about artificial snow…

    If you’ve got a question about artificial snow….we’ve got the answer! Ski area operations director, Thomas Thor Jensen, and snowmaker, Sébastien Piani, told us all about it…When did Courchevel start producing artificial snow?Thomas Thor Jensen: «The resort’s interest in artificial snow production started back in 1983, thanks to a group of visionary people who felt it was key to find out more about how it could be implemented. Today, we are one of the most experienced French resorts in terms of artifical snow production (when to produce it, in what quantities…). »What is a...

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  • August 2017

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    ‘Rafale’ fighter jet display: look to the skies!
    08/07/2017

    ‘Rafale’ fighter jet display: look to the skies!

    All set to admire the spectacular show put on by ski jumpers at the World Cup on the 11th and 12th of August? A fantastic surprise to top things off is also on the way: a demonstration flight in the famous ‘Rafale’ fighter jet in the skies above Courchevel. Captain and pilot Jean-Guillaume Martinez, known as “Marty”, an ambassador pilot who will be commentating on the show, answers our barrage of questions!How well do you know Courchevel? I’ve heard Courchevel talked about as a really beautiful luxury ski resort, which is as buzzing in summer as it is in the winter, but I’ve...

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  • July 2017

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    Get away from it all at Lac de la Rosière
    07/17/2017

    Get away from it all at Lac de la Rosière

    Get away from it all at Lac de la RosièreNestling in a forest setting, discover the Lac de la Rosière; a sparkling turquoise gem that is so easy to get to! Go for a walk or simply relax at the heart of nature in this pretty haven of peace and tranquility: a must during your stay in Courchevel.Relax at the water’s edge…Enjoy the feel of walking through the grass, dipping your toes in the lake’s refreshing waters… Close your eyes, catch your breath, let your mind wander… and don’t forget to enjoy a picnic in the fresh air! There are plenty of picnic and barbeque areas inviting you...

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    COURCHEVEL MORIOND: DON’T FORGET YOUR HARD HAT!
    07/06/2017

    COURCHEVEL MORIOND: DON’T FORGET YOUR HARD HAT!

    The resort’s Moriond sector’s got lots of surprises in store for you this winter… Since the end of the winter season, no stone has been left unturned in a bid to offer you more comfort on the slopes, with a new ski lift and a brand new 3km long toboggan run … Philippe Mottier, S3V ski lift company operations manager updates us on the works that are taking place live from the building site, where equipment is being helicoptered in as we speak. Can you tell us a little more about the refurbishment project that’s taking place on the Moriond sector? It’s a project that began last...

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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 22nd, 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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