L’apogee of alpine experiences
Ski lifts sponsored by Chanel glide past pristine peaks, après-ski bars jump to night club beats, the muffled silence of Jardin Alpin, serene spas, haute cuisine, all this is Courchevel. Conceived in 1946 as a ‘super ski resort’, Olympic hosts in 1992, today the valley is the apogee of alpine escapes.
Home to L’Apogée Courchevel and the most prestigious of the Courchevel villages this is the place to enjoy elite alpine pleasures beyond the excellent skiing. Take off for a scenic flight from Europe’s highest altiport, also bragging one of the world’s shortest runways. Snowshoe through the exquisite Jardin Alpin, a hideaway of muffled peace for chamois and fox. Hit the chic après-ski or sample Savoyard specialities in the haute dining scene.
As the sun stays later on these slopes so do the skiers, and it is particularly family friendly area. It is home to the 3 km toboggan run with floodlit night luge, timed descents add a competitive element, you can speed past pines at 30 kmh. A plethora of shops, bars and restaurants make it a good drop in destination. From here Lac de La Rosière is a scenic half-day snowshoe trek where you are rewarded with a setting of majestic tranquility.
A blue run takes you down to this village which hosts the newly opened Aquamotion centre. Guests of L’Apogée Courchevel will not need the centre’s extensive spa facilities but families could enjoy the water slides, wild rivers and a wave surf zone which are not available at our more serene pool. Ski lifts and a high speed six person bubble-lift return you to Courchevel 1850.
Swing by to see a village with some local Savoyard character. In the 1992 Olympics Le Praz hosted the cross country and ski jump, the pretty forest setting is always lovely to explore for Nordic ski enthusiasts, while daredevils can still be seen on the famous landmark jumps. A bubble ski lift from the centre of town whisks you straight back to Courchevel 1850 in seven minutes, a stunning scenic ride.
In 1925 Hotel Lac Bleu opened for its first ski season, strictly for the keen who walked back up any slope they skied down. The town was rapidly developed in the sixties, not always to the benefit of the architecture though there is still a 17th Baroque church. You can reach Saint-Bon via a red run and there is a shuttle bus every 20 minutes back to 1850, or call our concierge to arrange your pick up.