Winter news 2019-2020

Nouveautés hiver 2019-2020 Courchevel

We are preparing a wonderful winter for you in Courchevel… Here’s an exclusive sneak-peek at some of our new developments for next winter!

The ski area
Courchevel - domaine skiable

A new 10-seater gondola lift 
The snow front in Courchevel Le Praz, the entry point to the ski area, has been completely reconfigured for this winter. Following a redesigned route, a new 10-seater gondola lift will connect Courchevel Le Praz to the centre of Courchevel 1850 in under 6 minutes. The departure station will be housed in the new Alpinium multiservice building and the arrival station will be just beneath Courchevel 1850’s Croisette. The entire snow front has been redesigned to provide easier and more practical links for pedestrians, the top of the toboggan run has been reorganised and the Tovets chairlift has been moved to a slightly new position. 

Les Creux Noirs, THE powder spot
Welcome to Freeride LAB, Courchevel’s powder snow laboratory, the perfect place to become an unparalleled all-terrain skier! This demanding high-altitude sector leading to renowned off-piste areas and unique panoramic views is now reachable on foot or ski touring skis (100m difference in height) to the 2 red runs and the black run, which will be left ungroomed but made safe throughout the winter.

An Indian Winter
This winter, the Native Americans are returning to their territory in the wild canyon of Courchevel Moriond. Skiers can follow in the tracks of the brave young American Indian Kaya, and meet the spirits of the mountains whilst having fun.

A new 4-seater chairlift
Les Grandes Combes chairlift now links the new 4-star Écrin Blanc hotel, opposite the Aquamotion aquafun centre, to Courchevel 1850. A new 1-kilometre blue run will also provide access to the area.

The events
Evénements hiver Courchevel

Le Roc Merlet - 24thth-25thth January 2020
The legendary Roc Merlet Derby is changing format to become Le Roc Merlet – an individual time trial. You need to be invited by a resort ambassador to take part. After a course recce the day  before, participants set off from the summit of Courchevel Moriond (top of Les Pyramides button lift) and head down to the snow front.

Le Winter Legacy by Alexis Pinturault - 11th April 2020 
This fun new event combines skiing, music and a party atmosphere! On the programme: a 4 person or individual start for a brand-new ski race comprising a series of several disciplines over the Combe de la Saulire (moguls, giant slalom, skicross, waterslide…), entertainment and a concert.

Les PLUM MOONtain Races - 10th January, 7th February and 6th March
The PLUM MOONtain Races are back after a 5-year absence. This exceptional ski mountaineering climb to the Col de la Loze takes place under a full-moon. After dinner at Le 1928 slopeside restaurant, everyone skis back down holding a torch aloft. An accessible, highly unusual sporting event!

Courchevel - famille

A very warm welcome to Mira!
All winter, children can meet Mira, Courchevel’s very fluffy, very happy new mascot. Whether on the slopes or during activities and events, she’s only too happy to pose for your photos and she has some wonderful surprises in store.

Did you know ?
Courchevel bears the Family Plus label, the guarantee of a great family holiday! Personalised welcome, entertainment and activities, adapted to suit all ages, special rates, accessible services and shops: the whole resort bends over backwards to make your family feels like VIP.

Ensuring teenagers aren’t left behind!
Ski schools are always vying to come up with the best way to help the whole family enjoy their break to the max, especially teenagers. For example, First Tracks offers also activities that complement skiing depending on the weather and time of year. At the Courchevel 1850 French Ski School, a new Top 6 Freeski lesson lets 13 - 18 year olds discover freestyle, freeride and thrills in small groups (6 maximum). At the Courchevel Moriond French Ski School, Team Rider courses are aimed at young snowsports enthusiasts: boardercrossskiercross, safe off-piste skiing sessions for beginners, as well as jump sessions for beginners and improvers. And on top of all that, Aquamotion passes for teens are included with every course. At Oxygène ski school, teenagers with an appetite for snow can take part in Pro-Rider group lessons. The aim: to gain more confidence and improve your technique on the slopes with moguls, boxes, slalom stadium and powder snow.

As well as
The Mountain Guides Office runs Wintercamps for 13 - 18 year olds. On the programme: 3 days of off-piste skiing with an introduction to ski touring, while acquiring the mountain safety basics.

Ski schools and guides
Courchevel - école de ski et guides

A French Ski School office is opening in Courchevel Le Praz
Now you can book your ski lessons in Courchevel Le Praz, from an office housed in the Alpinium building.

A new reception for the French Ski School’s Piou – Piou Club in Courchevel Moriond
Extending over 160m2, this new area welcomes 3 to 5-year olds before their ski lessons and during breaks. With a dedicated reception, a large room for mid-morning and afternoon snacks, a ski room with boot warmers etc. embarking on an adventure with Piou-Piou couldn’t be more comfortable!

Off-piste section at the Courchevel 1850 French Ski School: ESF Mountain Academy
The opportunity for a real experience “Off-piste skiing with the ESF” with a safety workshop (avalanche beacon, probe…) for recognising the risks, getting to know the terrain, and of course enjoying a range of itineraries in Les 3 Vallées.

A new concierge service from New Generation
The New Generation ski school now offers an in-resort concierge service so you can organise all the elements of your stay in the blink of an eye: heliskiing, off- piste adventures, restaurant bookings, transfers, childcare, etc.

Courchevel  - équipements

A new multiservice building
Alpinium is a new multiservice building that blends perfectly into the landscape. The aim is to modernise and improve the resort’s facilities, rearrange the snow front in Courchevel Le Praz and provide additional parking.
• A 2-storey car park for 500 cars.
• A 350 m2 modern multimedia library comprising a games room and art workshop.
• A sports ground that will be home to the 2023 Alpine World Ski Championships finish line, with a roof terrace viewing point.
• A new gondola lift and new lift arrival station connecting Courchevel Le Praz to the centre of Courchevel 1850.
• As well as: an indoor children’s play area, multi-purpose hall, entrance lobby with skipass sales desk, ESF French Ski School desk, Courchevel Tourisme information area, toilets, ski lockers, a room for local associations…

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