What’s on in Courchevel this December?

What's on in Courchevel this December

 

You’ve made the choice to travel to Courchevel this Christmas, a wise decision, but what else is available outside of the plentiful skiing opportunities?

Thankfully, there’s much to be excited about this December, with a host of athletic, social and business events taking place across the resort.  All this activity can be hard to keep up with, but luckily we’ve grouped it all together in one place.

Here’s a comprehensive list of what’s on in Courchevel this December.

Courchevel Opening and Winter Season Beginnings (9th December)

To celebrate the opening of the Courchevel winter ski season, the resort is hosting a Marshmallow Party with music DJ sets from 2pm. Kick off your winter holiday right!

Date: 9th December

Location: 73120 Saint-Bon-Tarentaise, France

World U20 Ice Hockey Championships (10th – 16th December)

Organised by the international Ice Hockey Federation, Courchevel will be co-hosting the under 20s Ice Hockey World Junior Championships with Meribel.

You can expect intense competition as the Bleuet’s face off against Austria, Germany, Hungary, Latvia and Kazakhstan to try and better their bronze medal achievement at last year’s German World Cup.

Date: 10th – 16th December

Location: Rink Du Forum, 73120 Saint-Bon-Tarentaise, France

Cristal Festival (13th – 16th December)

This yearly gathering of communication and media professionals aims to provide networking opportunities, competitions, conferences and workshops over a three day period.

A broad range of creative work and advertisement is featured, with over 1000 attendees with additional keynote speakers to discuss the latest trends and industry developments.

Date: 13th – 16th December

Location: Alpine Garden District, 73120 Saint-Bon-Tarentaise, France

 

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Audi Fis Ski World Cup, Ladies Alpine (19th – 20th December)

Now celebrating its eighth year, and with over 15000 spectators, this skiing event takes place at the Emile-Allais Slalom Stadium. The first day will be dedicated to two rounds of the Women’s World Cup, while Wednesday will focus on the parallel slalom qualifications and race.

Date: 19th – 20th December

Location: Club des Sports Courchevel, 73120 Saint-Bon-Tarentaise, France

Ladies Night Tour (21st December)

A five date tour that begins in Courchevel, the Ladies Night Tour is an international women’s alpine circuit event that will feature athletes such as Taïna Barioz, Anne-Sophie Barthet, Noémie Larrouy and Morane Sandraz.

An intense competition in a luxurious, night-time setting, this will be an exciting ski experience for audiences and participants alike.

Date: 21st December

Location: Emilie-Allais Slalom Stadium, 73120 Saint-Bon-Tarentaise, France

Santa Comes to Courchevel (23rd – 25th December)

Father Christmas comes to the ski resort this Christmas! Starting from the 23rd, you can expect to find him at the resort from 6pm, featuring music, magic and entertainment.

Date: 23rd – 25th December

Location: 73120 Saint-Bon-Tarentaise, France

Post-Christmas Village Shows (26th – 29th December)

Performances, entertainment and shows are in no short supply this winter at Courchevel, with a plethora of ongoing routines running throughout the three days succeeding Christmas.

Terres D’Histoire (26th – 29th December)

A barrel organ performance available to resort visitors in all villages between 3pm and 6pm.

L’Areopostale (26th December)

A comedic travelling show that runs from 2pm to 6pm in La Tania and Courchevel Moriond.

Le Bestiaire Alpin (27th – 28th December)

Looking for something a little more children-orientated? This theatre merry-go-round, featuring a musical comic, is available for two days at the Place du Bachal and Place du Forum – an excellent choice for family entertainment.

La Tete Dans Let Etoiles (28th December)

Following the musical trend, this street performance blends juggling with sound and runs from 2pm in Courchevel Village, 4pm in La Tania and 5pm in Le Praz.

Bric A Brac Orchestra (29th December)

This orchestra performance is set for 5.30pm – a tuneful experience you don’t want to miss!

Date: 26th to 29th December

Location: 73120 Saint-Bon-Tarentaise, France

New Year’s Eve Festival (31st December)

The world turns up to celebrate New Year’s Eve and Courchevel is no exception! You can expect live shows, music, entertainment, dance parties and fireworks to count down to the big event. It’ll be near impossible to skip this one!

Date: 31st December

Location: 73120 Saint-Bon-Tarentaise, France

Now that you’re all clued up on Courchevel’s winter calendar, all you need is the right accommodation. Make sure to arrange your luxury ski chalet and get the holiday experience you deserve this Christmas. Explore our fantastic 3 Valley chalets and book your place today.

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What’s on in Méribel this December?

A wide view of the valley as a skier descends the slopes.

Nestled in the heart of the Three Valleys is Méribel. Famous for its welcoming atmosphere and picturesque, wooded landscape, Méribel is one of les Trois Vallées’ most popular resorts.

For those of us who have booked a ski-holiday this December, or perhaps are tempted to, Méribel has a lot to offer. The ski area opens on the 9th of December, ready to welcome keen skiers to its slopes.

From ice hockey championships to pub quizzes, Méribel offers something to suit all holidays. Here is our list of what’s on in Méribel this December.

Parc Méribel Olympique (Daily)

Built for the 1992 winter Olympics, Méribel’s Olympic centre offers everything from snow-shoeing to horse-sleigh tours. The perfect winter activities!

The centre also features an ice rink, open from 2.30pm to 7pm every day.

These winter sports are ideal for those looking to keep active even when off the slopes.

Quiz and curry nights (Saturday Evenings)

You can’t beat an old-fashioned pub quiz!

If you fancy a more relaxed Saturday evening, quiz nights are ideal.

Be on the lookout for quizzes, as numerous bars are known to put them on throughout the season, including Evolution, O’Sullivan’s and Munster.

Live Music from the Wingmen (Every Sunday)

Head down to Evolution every Sunday evening for a live music delight.

Evolution bar is frequented year after year by those who stay in Méribel.

You’ll be entertained by the band The Wingmen and treated to an extended Mojito o’clock, so you can enjoy the music in style.

What’s not to love?

Free Sled Run (9th December)

To celebrate the opening of the ski area, the Yeti Park area is putting on a free sled run on the 9th of December.

This is a chance to have some fun in the snow, and is sure to get you in the mood to hit the slopes!

World U20 Ice Hockey Championships (10th – 16th December)

From the 10th to the 16th of December, both Méribel and Courchevel will jointly host the under-20s ice hockey championships.

The championship brings forward teams from 6 different countries and is sure to be a thrilling experience.

For those wondering, the French team is called the Bleuets!

The Brewer’s Den (10th December)

Opening on December 10th is the Brewer’s Den, the highest smokehouse in France.  The Brewer’s Den offers a range of craft beers and a sublime menu that includes a 12-hour slow cooked brisket.

The den is open from 5pm to 1am every day.

The Brewer’s Den runs a multitude of events. On Sundays, sample the delicious menu and their range of on-tap craft beers. On Fridays, head down to the den for Mexican night! The food is simply exquisite.

Whether you love food, beer, or both, the Brewer’s Den is the perfect place to relax after a tiring day on the slopes.

Piste de L’Himalaya (14th December Onwards)

Fancy a night of hot chocolate and sledging? If so, you may want to try the unmissable experience of the Piste de L’Himalaya by night.

Méribel’s breath-taking views are even more impressive when lit up at night. This experience is sure to make your holiday a truly unforgettable one.

Luckily, this event happens throughout December, starting on the 14th.

Sunday Lunches at Evolution (17th & 24th December)

If you love tradition and fancy a delicious roast on a Sunday afternoon, head over to Evolution bar.

Running on both the 17th and the 24th of December, Evolution’s Sunday lunch service is sure to be a welcome treat after a day on the slopes.

A snowman resting in the snow.

Christmas day in Méribel (25th December)

If you’re lucky enough to be in Méribel for Christmas day, you may be wondering where to get your Christmas dinner.

Evolution is serving an all-day feast, featuring up to three courses of sumptuous and gourmet food from 12-10pm.

The Skaters from ‘Patin Libre’ (29th December)

Also based in Méribel’s Olympic centre, is an event that will display a fusion of ice-skating and street dance, put on by the skaters from ‘Patin Libre’.

This event will run on December 29th from 20:00.

Expect to witness some truly impressive and original choreography!

New Year’s Eve (31st December)

Spending your New Years in Méribel?

Every year, ESF ski school organise a torchlight descent, where the instructors ski down the mountain, complete with complimentary mulled wine for the spectators.

Come midnight, be part of the tradition of heading to the town’s centre to count down to the new year. The atmosphere is simply infectious and will help you celebrate the beginning of 2018 in style!

There are many bars and clubs in which to celebrate, so you’ll certainly be spoiled for choice. We recommend the Taverne bar and restaurant for a fun-filled evening of good food and bubbles!

Hopefully we have shown you that there are events to keep everyone happy this December in Méribel.

If we’ve succeeded in convincing you to visit Méribel this winter, find out more on how to book one of our luxury chalets here. Have an unforgettable holiday!

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The Best Ski Schools in Meribel

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Meribel has plenty of slopes to provide visitors with endless exercise and fun, but it’s important to familiarise yourself with the schools that’ll offer you the lessons you’ll need throughout your trip.

Unsure of where to look?

Thankfully there’s a wide selection to pick from, so finding the ideal ski school shouldn’t be too difficult. Plus, we’ve made it even easier to find the right fit with our comprehensive list of Meribel’s best ski schools.

 

Parallel Lines Snow Sports School

After 17 years of development and experience, Parallel Lines offers a well-tailored and fine-tuned skiing experience with a wealth of options. Take advantage of inclusive group sessions and get the kids out with the ‘Children’s Ski Safaris’ lessons, or opt for a more streamlined affair with private sessions.

Address: Aire Chaudanne, 73550 Meribel, Les Allues, France

Languages: English and French

Trip Advisor Star Rating: 5

Trip Advisor Quote: ‘I would highly recommend these amenable, intelligent teachers.’

Contact Number: +44 (0) 844 811 2779

 

First Tracks Ski Coaching

Specialising in private lessons, coaching and guiding for all abilities, this small team of roughly 15 fully-qualified instructors is ideal for families, groups or corporate parties. They also offer extra activities such as ice climbing, heli-skiing and torch-lit descents.

Address: Rue Des Verdons, 73120, Courchevel, France

Languages: English and French

Trip Advisor Star Rating: 4.5

Trip Advisor Quote: ‘They are reliable, safe and fun which is perfect for a ski holiday.’

Contact Number: +33 7 81 82 82 83

 

New Generation Ski and Snowboard School

Led by Zoe Campbell, who has over twenty years of experience in Meribel, this school takes on all abilities and levels. The team will show you the best spots around the resort, find the best terrain to build your confidence, and focus on bringing you as much fun as possible.

Resort: Courchevel 1650

Address: Courchevel 1650, Courchevel, France

Languages: English and French

Trip Advisor Star Rating: 5

Trip Advisor Quote: ‘Overall a wonderful experience and ended up confidently on the blue slopes at the end of five lessons. Highly recommend New Gen Ski!’

Contact Number: +33 4 79 01 03 18

 

Snow D’Light Ski School

Snow D’Light caters to both children and adult skiers, with small group classes and private lessons available for skiing, snowboarding, telemarking and ski touring. With sixteen years of experience, all ski instructors are fully certified and selected to provide you with a smooth, fun experience.

Address: Route de la Chaudanne, 73550 Meribel, Les Allues, France

Languages: English, French, Russian, Spanish, Dutch, Italian and Portuguese

Trip Advisor Star Rating: 5

Trip Advisor Quote: ‘All in all a fantastic experience.’

Contact Number: +33 6 64 81 60 10

 

Oxygene Ski and Snowboard School

Oxygene is a family-friendly school that provides lessons for all ranges of ability. With specially-designed sessions for both children and adults, this is the perfect school for those who have never hit the slopes before. You can choose from skiing, snowboarding and guidance programmes.

Address: 73550 Meribel, Les Allues, France

Languages: English and French

Trip Advisor Star Rating: 5

Trip Advisor Quote: ‘Very impressed with Magic and its staff, would recommend to friends.’

Contact Number: +33 4 79 08 53 56

 

British Alpine Ski School (BASS)

BASS has a variety of services on offer including private lessons, group sessions and long term training. Much like other schools, kids courses are available along with adult-specialised training.

Languages: English and French

Trip Advisor Star Rating: 5

Trip Advisor Quote: ‘By far and away the best skiing lesson I’ve ever had. I would highly recommend to anyone, regardless of ability.’

Contact Number: +33 4 50 74 78 59

 

Marmalade Ski School

You’ll find plenty of choice with Marmalade, with private ski lessons, “how to” sessions, off-piste guiding, freeride camps, snowboarding, telemarking and heli-skiing. All instructors are highly qualified and determined to develop your confidence on the slopes.

Address: Route du Centre, 73550 Meribel, Les Allues, France

Languages: English and French

Trip Advisor Star Rating: 5

Trip Advisor Quote: ‘We spent a week with Nick Fletcher as our instructor and all around guide. He was spot on with helpful instruction to move intermediate skiers to a higher level. Learning was fun and the skiing was sensational!’

Contact Number: +33 7 71 85 62 79

 

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The Snow School

Looking for a more personal ski experience? Established in 2010, The Snow School designs progressive lessons that are suitable for all ranges of skill level. All sessions are taught in English and are specialised for both children and adults.

Address: Route des Chalets, 73550 Meribel, Les Allues, France

Languages: English and French

Trip Advisor Star Rating: 5

Trip Advisor Quote: ‘Best thing we ever did. The kids ski in smaller groups with instructors who know them really well. Our kids made so much progress. Highly recommended.’

Contact Number: +44 7733 251915

 

Alpine Masters Ski Academy

This school has more of a primary focus on private coaching, helping you to accelerate rapidly. With an expert team, areas of improvement will be recognised and analysed, meaning you’ll be flying through the ranks before you know it!

Address: 73550 Meribel Valley, France

Languages: English and French

Website Quote: ‘Thank you so much – the children had a great time! According to them the best instructor ever! We’re hoping to see you next year.’

Contact Number: +33 (0) 6 25 56 49 01

 

The Development Centre Ski School

The Development Centre emphasises a focus on your individual styles, skills and requirements, offering customised ski coaching that aims to meaningfully develop your ability. Private, group, children and off piste ski lessons are all available for whatever suits your needs.

Address: Route de Centre, 73550 Meribel, Les Allues, France

Languages: English and French

Trip Advisor Star Rating: 5

Trip Advisor Quote: ‘Confidence that the kids are receiving excellent tuition whilst having enormous fun is incredibly reassuring. Look forward to using again next year!’

Contact Number: +33 6 85 88 05 91

 

Prime Snowsports Ski School

Managed by an English speaking, fully qualified instructor, Prime Snowsports accepts all levels of ability, children, adults and complete beginners. This is ideal for those looking for an intimate, personal skiing experience that has your expectations in mind. Bookings are available for full days, 4-hour morning private lessons, afternoon sessions and weekly schedules.

Address: Meribel, Centre, France

Languages: English and French

Website Quote: ‘That’s what skiing with Steve and Jules is like: skiing with your friends who also happen to be incredibly knowledgeable about the area, experts in helping you improve your skiing and great fun to spend time with.’

Contact Number: +44 (0) 7564 380 846

 

ESF Meribel Ski School and Childcare

Fancy taking your skills off the beaten path? ESF Meribel Ski School gives you the option to undertake off-course sessions alongside private sessions. Follow a professional and explore The 3 Valleys in complete safety.

Address: Chaudanne BP 17, 73550 Meribel, Les Allues, France

Languages: English and French

Trip Advisor Star Rating: 4

Trip Advisor Quote: ‘This really made the holiday very enjoyable and we could not recommend the school highly enough.’

Contact Number: +33 4 79 08 60 31

 

Lara Ski School

If you’re seeking a personal, singular instructor that you be confident with, Lara’s Ski School could be the fit for you. You can expect a unique experience with a fully qualified British Snow Sports instructor. Lara has experience with hundreds of clients and you could be the next!

Address: Fleur Etoile, Le Villaret, Meribel Les Allues, 73550, Savoie, France

Languages: English and French

Website Quote: ‘Lara is a fantastic and fun ski instructor who has been superb teaching our seven year old to ski. The progress he made was simply amazing. We will definitely be returning and will use Lara in the years to come.’

Contact Number: +44 (0) 7590 556 385

 

Prosneige Ski School

This renowned ski school has offices based in Meribel with detailed level systems to determine your skill and ability. If you’re looking especially to improve and further advance your performance, this may be the ski school for you.

Address: Immeuble Le Tremplin, 73550 Meribel, Les Allues, France

Languages: English and French

Trip Advisor Star Rating: 4.5

Trip Advisor Quote: ‘Would definitely recommend this ski school!’

Contact Number: +33 (0) 4 79 00 36 46

 

This list is designed to provide you with a wide selection of schools, ensuring you make the most of your trip from the outset. Now that you’ve got your lessons set, view the availability of our luxury ski chalets in Meribel and make your booking with Alpine Infusion today.

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The Best Ski Schools in Courchevel

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If you’re thinking of hitting up the slopes in Courchevel this ski season then it’s important to get to grips with all the different schools that provide lessons during your stay. Courchevel has a plethora of options when it comes to professional ski instructors, but it’s worth looking into all of them to see which one best suits your needs.

Luckily for you we’ve listed all of the best ski schools in Courchevel to make sure you’ve got everything covered when it comes to skiing lessons during your holiday.

British Alpine Ski School

BASS are dedicated to providing the best learning experience possible, offering group lessons no bigger than six people to ensure you get the most from your instructor. BASS have something for everyone, teaching all levels and ages, promising to improve all with their training.

Resort: Courchevel 1850 and 1650

Address: Place Du Baraty, 74110, Morzine, France

Languages: English

Trip Advisor Star Rating: 5

Positive Trip Advisor Quote: ‘I went from being quite a nervous skier, who could get down most runs but with little technique, to a confident skier with technique! We had lessons every morning and we came on leaps and bounds.’

Contact Number: 0033(0)619778557

 

Bureau des Guides Courchevel

Guides has many activities for the most daring, specialising in the backcountry tracks, and providing mountain guides to give you the best possible experience. Offering activities that appeal to a range of fitness levels, Guides has something to appeal to the traditional, or the more free-spirited.

Resort: Courchevel 1850

Address: Maison de la Montagne, 110 Rue de la Croisette, 73120 Courchevel 1850, Saint Bon Tarentaise

Languages: French and English

Trip Advisor Star Rating: 4.5

Positive Trip advisor review quote: ‘Stimulating and breath-taking.’

Contact number: +33(0)6 23 92 46 12

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Cab 9 Snowboarding

At Cab 9, the focus is on giving you a safe and professional lesson from their team of expert instructors, without losing the fun and sociable aspect of skiing. High levels of instruction are combined with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Address: Galerie des Cimes, 73550 Meribel, France

Languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian and Russian

Trip Advisor Star Rating: 5

Positive Trip Advisor Quote: ‘Good value for money. Relaxed. Tailored sessions in line with new tricks we wanted to learn. We all thoroughly enjoyed our private sessions.’

Contact: +33 (0) 768 46 39 11

 

ESF Courchevel 1550

ESF 1550 offer fun and versatile lessons to suit all ages and skill-sets, even offering a nursery so everyone can enjoy the holiday. Their private lessons are personalised, suited to your needs alone, ensuring you have the best experience possible.

Resort: Courchevel 1550

Address: 215 Rue des Rois, 73120 Courchevel, France

Trip Advisor Star Rating: 3.5

Positive Trip advisor review quote: ‘My children learned skiing and discovered a passion thanks to the instructors of ESF Courchevel Village.’

Contact number: +33479082107

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ESF Courchevel 1650

ESF 1650 boast a wide range of action-packed activities  and experiences, whilst still being inclusive of all ages and abilities. Combining high-quality instruction with adventure, ESF 1650 are sure to meet even the highest expectations.

Resort: Courchevel 1650

Address: Maison de Moriond, 73120 Courchevel, France

Trip Advisor Star Rating: 4.5

Positive Trip advisor review quote: “If you are older and want
the confidence of an experienced qualified teacher this is the place or if you are young and want fast rapid movement!! The ESF teachers know the mountains and how to best progress you and your ability.”

Contact number: +33479082608

 

ESF Courchevel 1850

With over 350 qualified instructors, ESF Courchevel 1850 school prides itself on offering something for everyone. From 18 months all the way up to adult, their professional instructors will improve your technique and get you feeling comfortable on the snow. They even provide off-piste skiing lessons if you want to reach the next level.

Resort: Courchevel 1850

Address:  La Croisette, Rue du Forum, 73120 Saint-Bon-Tarentaise, France

Languages: Bilingual in 12

Trip Advisor star rating: 4.5

Positive Trip advisor review quote: ‘These are the best ski lessons I’ve had in Europe.’

Contact number- +33479080772

 

ESF La Tania

ESF La Tania is based in the heart of ‘Les 3 Vallees’, with a dedicated team of instructors who are eager to share their passion. La Tania prides itself on its diversity, so whether it’s snowboarding or skiing, beginner or expert, they have something to please everyone.

Address: Centre de la Station 73120 La Tania

Trip Advisor star rating: 4

Positive Trip advisor review quote: ‘These guys are experts and can easily take a beginner from zero to confident on greens in a few hours.’

Contact number- + 33 (0)4 79 08 80 39

 

First Tracks

First Tracks have a small but experienced team of hand-picked instructors, catering to all ages and abilities, and going above and beyond the usual requirements of a ski school. The team possess unparalleled knowledge about the mountains and are passionate about what they do, ensuring that you have an unforgettable holiday.

Address: First Tracks Ski Coaching, Rue des Verdons, 73120, Courchevel

Languages: French and English

Trip Advisor Star Rating: 4.5

Positive Trip Advisor Quote: ‘All the guides treat each group as individuals, listening to you and what you would like to achieve.’

Contact number: +337 81 82 82 83

 

Marmalade

Offering a wide range of activities, including heliskiing, Marmalade guarantees to improve your skiing with their small but dedicated team. Whilst professional, the lessons are fun and enjoyable, seeking to improve your confidence along the way.

Address: Route du Centre, Meribel, 73550 Meribel, Les Allues, France

Languages: English, French and Italian

Trip Advisor star rating: 5

Positive Trip Advisor Review Quote: ‘you really do get what you pay for – can’t recommend them highly enough!’

Contact number: +33 771 85 62 79

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Momentum

Promising the best British ski lessons in Courchevel, Momentum have over 40 years combined instructing experience. All instructors seek to make you a better and more confident skier by sharing their enthusiasm and passion with all, from those who just want to have fun, to those dedicated to improving their technique.

Address: Rue de la Chapelle, Courchevel, France

Languages: French and English

Trip Advisor Star Rating: 4

Positive Trip Advisor Quote: ‘This is the second year we have used Momentum Ski School in La Tania. Once again , just excellent.’

Contact number: +44 (0)131 235 2306

 

New Generation

New Generation ski instructors can be found in both Courchevel 1850 and 1650, and they like to add a little twist to their teaching. Instead of focusing on the old fashioned drills they add little extras to switch things up, like games and challenges.

Resort: Courchevel 1850 and 1650

Address:  Immeuble Le Ceylan, 73122, France

Trip Advisor star rating: 5

Positive Trip Advisor Review Quote: “Overall a wonderful experience and ended up confidently on blue slopes at the end of 5 lessons.”

Contact number: +33479010318

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Prime

Prime seek to quickly improve your confidence and skills to ensure you spend most of your holiday exploring and having fun. They specialise in private lessons that are tailored to the individual, even offering an introduction to ski touring or snow safety lessons for those looking to push themselves further.

Positive quote from website: ‘It says it all when the children (15 and 17) said of our Courchevel holiday this season ‘It’s the best skiing holiday we’ve ever had.”

Contact number: +44 (0) 7564 380 846 / +33 (0) 6 44 38 47 13

 

Oxygene Ski School

Oxygene is a family-run ski school in Courchevel with instructors based all over the Three Valleys (and a few other resorts, too). They provide group lessons and private ones if you want to cram more in, and they even have a heli-skiing option if you want to explore the mountain from the highest possible descent.

Resort: Courchevel 1850

Address: Courchevel 1850 – Place du Rocher – White Storm shop – 73120 Saint Bon Tarentaise

Trip Advisor star rating: 5.0

Positive Trip Advisor quote: “I can’t recommend this school highly enough – use them!”

Contact number: +330479010181

 

RTM Snowboarding

RTM offer English-speaking ski lessons in several resorts around the Three Valleys, helping beginners, intermediates and advanced skiers with their technique. If you’re interested in landing the dream job of teaching people to ski all winter then RMT also offer BASI training, giving you the qualifications you need to become an instructor.

Resort: Courchevel 1850, 1650 and 1550

Address: Rue du Forum, 73120, Courchevel, France

Languages: English

Trip Advisor star rating: 5

Positive Trip Advisor Review Quote: If you’re looking for ski or snowboard lessons we would recommend RTM. All ages and levels catered for.’

Contact number:  +33615485904

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SkiSchool

With 10 years of experience, all the instructors at SkiSchool are fully certified and able to teach any level of skier. All instructors are able to adapt their lessons to the specific needs of the group or individual, and a great effort is made to find you the perfect coach.

Contact number: +33 6 75 505209

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Skizen

Skizen focus on making you a more confident and experienced skier, with an experienced team of instructors and tailor-made programmes. Skizen are equipped to deal with all levels, with lessons for children as well as off-piste tracks for the more experienced skier- even offering heli-skiing for those who seek an extra thrill.

Languages: French, English, Spanish and Russian

Positive quote from website: ‘Perfect knowledge of the ski area, a lot of patience and always good advice. But above all a good atmosphere and a very good spirit.’

Contact number: 0033 678 797 440  /  0033 608 512 385

 

Snow D’Light Ski School

Snow D’Light has carefully selected each of its ski instructors to ensure you receive the best tuition possible. Dedicated to giving clients an unforgettable and enriching experience, Snow D’Light employ only ‘fully certified’ instructors.

Address: Marine Sports – Precision, Route de la Chaudanne, 73550 Meribel Centre, France

Languages: English, Russian, French, Spanish, Portugese, German, Italian and Dutch

Trip Advisor star rating: 5

Positive Trip Advisor Review Quote: ‘Snow D’Light are an excellent ski school.’

Contact: +33 (0) 664 816 010

 

SnowLimits

Offering high-level tuition for great value, SnowLimits offer group or custom lessons, and everything in between. Catering to all levels of skier, the team is made up of highly skilled and experienced instructors who aim to give you the best experience possible.

Address: Savoie, Auvergne Rhone Alpes, 73120, Courchevel, France

Languages: English

Trip Advisor star rating: 5

Positive Trip Advisor Review Quote: ‘they always focus and deliver on outstanding instruction. They ask what it is that you want to achieve and then work with you to help you get to your goal breaking down the objective into understandable chunks and building the complete picture.’

Contact number: Phone (summer): +44 (0) 798 998 8774

Phone (winter): +33 (0) 615 48 59 04

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Supreme

Supreme offer lessons in Courchevel 1850, 1650 and 1550, promising an unforgettable skiing experience with excellent tuition from a diverse team of experts. Supreme offer everything from children’s lessons to skill sessions, tailoring your skiing experience to you.

Resort: Courchevel 1850, 1650 and 1550

Address: Rue de la Chapelle, Le Praz, Courchevel, 73120, France

Languages: English

Trip Advisor Star Rating: 5

Positive Trip Advisor Quote: ‘It is a great pleasure to be instructed by real professionals with a passion for skiing and with a real gift for instruction and explanation. All of the instructors seem to have a knack of finding the perfect balance between introducing new skills, consolidating existing learning and encouraging progression, which has been enormously valuable to me. I would recommend them to anyone at any level.’

Contact number: +33 (0)479 08 27 87/ +44 (0)20 3744 1655

 

Sweet Snowsports

At Sweet Snowsports, a dedicated team aim to provide the best ski and snowboard lessons possible- simple as that. The British-run company understand that no two clients are the same, therefore each lesson is tailored to the individual, covering all levels from beginner to expert.

Address: Rue de la lac, 73120, Courchevel, France

Languages: English

Trip Advisor Star Rating: 5

Positive Trip Advisor Quote: ‘All of their instructors are excellent and very knowledgeable. They always have lots of different exercises and tips to help improve your skiing and suit all abilities.’

Contact Number: +44 (0)131 6080857

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 The Development Centre

TDC have completely rejected the ‘one-size fits all’ premise of skiing, preferring a sports-coaching approach to help improve your skill and technique. The instructors’ enthusiasm is infectious, and promise value for money, but also great fun.

Resort: Courchevel 1850

Address: Rond Point des Pistes, Snowberry Ski Shop, 73150 Val d’Isere, France

Languages: French and English

Trip Advisor Star Rating: 5

Positive Trip Advisor Quote: ‘I was encouraged to have three mornings with TDC as a complete beginner. It was the best decision I made! I started with Steve for three hours and his teaching technique and tone was perfection, helping me to progress quickly.’

Contact Details: courchevel@tdcski.com +33 6 85 88 05 91

 

The Snow School

During your lessons with The Snow School, a highly experienced team will make it their aim to show you the best of what Courchevel has to offer.  Catering to all ages and abilities, The Snow School is a flexible and devoted company, using a system called VAK (Visual, Auditory, Kinetic) to allow the client the best possible chance of understanding a task.

Resort: Courchevel 1850

Address: Route des Chalets, 73550 Les Allues, France

Languages: French and English

Trip Advisor star rating: 5

Positive Trip Advisor Quote: ‘Excellent. Superb. Totally satisfied.’

Contact Number: +44 (0) 7733251915

To ensure you make an informed decision, we have listed all of the best ski schools in Courchevel. We hope this starts your holiday off on the right foot, as it is so important to find the option that suits you best. For your next step, view the availability of our luxury ski chalets in Courchevel and make your booking with Alpine Infusion today.

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Best Upcoming Winter Events in Courchevel This Season

Snow is on the way, the luxury chalets are being prepped and of course, Courchevel is getting ready to welcome skiers from around the world for another incredible ski season. If you’re planning a trip to Courchevel then you’re in for a treat. There are tons of events to get you even more excited about that winter holiday, including ski shows, festivals and so much more. Here’s a rundown of the best upcoming winter events in Courchevel for you to add to your diary.
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Audi FIS Women’s Ski World Cup – December 19th and 20th   

So, not only do you get to ski yourself, you get to watch professionals show you how it’s done. Get ready to watch world-class women skiers in this year’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup, the ladies will be descending on the Emile-Allais stadium for a giant slalom! The event times are:

Stade Emile-Allais:

10:30: Ladies’ Giant – 1st run
13:30: Ladies’ Giant – 2nd run
14:15: Flowers ceremony in the finish area

Le Forum – Ice Rink

You can then go to the ice rink to watch the award ceremony and an amazing ice show.

18:00: Doors open
18:30: Ceremony and show

On top of all that excitement, there will also be a DJ, free entertainment and activities, a band and an aerobatics demonstration going on throughout both days! You can watch the video from last year to get you even more excited.

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Ladies Night Tour – 21st December

5 ski resorts and 5 stages, it’s all about the ladies this year in Courchevel. It’s your chance to meet the famous skiers that just competed in the FIS World Cup in a more friendly and relaxed atmosphere. They will also be competing in a parallel slalom, so put it in your diary to come down and cheer them on!

Some of the names involved include Taïna Barioz, Anne-Sophie Barthet, Noémie Larrouy and Morane Sandra, just to name a few!

Christmas Fun – December 23rd till 25th

We’re dreaming of a white Christmas… And we’re going to get one in Courchevel. Christmas is truly magical in the Three Valleys, and not just for the kids. Who knows how Father Christmas will arrive this year? In recent times he’s been on skis, a sledge and a snowcat! We’re excited to see what magic he’ll bring this time.

Throughout the week you can also walk through the winter wonderland. There’s nowhere in the world where you can enjoy Christmas quite like Courchevel.

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New Year’s Eve – December 30th and 31st

Nobody does New Year’s Eve like Courchevel. Everywhere you go there will be champagne popping, the smell of gorgeous food and happy faces. Throughout Courchevel, there are shows, music and entertainment to help you countdown the new year, but the best event of all is the famous December 31st dance party on the snow front. Dance the night away and watch the incredible fireworks display when it reaches midnight. You’ll be greeting 2018 in style, that’s for sure!

Event times:

10.30pm: Concert
00.00am: Fireworks
00.00am to 02.30am: DJ

Snow and Fire Ski Show – 12th/20th/27th February

You do not want to miss this one, the event is back for another year and all the stops are being pulled out once again. Courchevel resort and ESF Courchevel ski school have teamed up to put on an amazing ski show. Expect various skiing techniques, old to new disciplines, flaming torches and projectors to wow the crowds. Courchevel definitely isn’t shy when it comes to fireworks, and after the ski show, you can take in the sights whilst sipping on mulled wine.

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International Festival of Pyrotechnic Art – Dates to be confirmed

The Festival of Pyrotechnic Art attracts over 8,000 spectators every year, and it’s not hard to see why. Fireworks and music connect as one, our eyes are filled with stimulating colours and the backdrop of stunning snowy mountains is something you’d be hard pressed to beat! When it’s over you will hear the appreciation for the ethereal artists from the roars of the crowd, proving why the pyrotechnic festival returns year after year.

The evening kicks off at 6.45pm with Courchevel ski instructors putting on a torchlit descent, then at 7 pm the fireworks and fun begin.

Ski Et Toiles – 15th till 17th March

After a long day on the slopes, it’s time to unwind and catch up on the movie scene. For three days you can discover a range of unreleased film previews, giving producers and distributors the chance to test their films before their official release in France. Not only that, it’s also a great opportunity for movie buffs to meet the film producers and have a chat with them about their work. If you’re a fan of big screen entertainment then this event is perfect for you!

Dynastar x3 – Mountain Triathlon – April 15th

If you’re a cycling, trail or ski touring fan then you’re going to love this event. Amateurs and specialists can compete in the triathlon, on their own or in threes. Everyone starts at the lowest point of Courchevel in Le Carrey (830m), before making their way to the highest one, La Saulire (2,710m). It’s a real test of endurance and a treat to behold for alpine sports fans.

As you can see, there’s a vast array of amazing events in Courchevel this ski season. So now you know where you’re heading, it’s time to sort out where you’ll be staying. Make your trip the holiday of a lifetime by staying in some of the most luxurious chalets in the Three Valleys. Find out more and book your luxury Courchevel chalet today. Then all you need to do is sit back and countdown the days until your unforgettable ski holiday!

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Best Upcoming Winter Events in Meribel This Season

There’s a chill in the air and the leaves are beginning to fall, this means one thing: Winter is coming. And once again the 3 Valleys is open for business, welcoming people from all over the globe for another magical winter holiday. Meribel is known for its top of the range skiing, amazing nightlife, 5-star food and accommodation, but it also hosts an array of fun winter events for everyone visiting! We’re here to help you add the best upcoming winter events in Meribel into your calendar to maximise your holiday.

BBQ & Quiz at Evolution Bar – 21st October

Fun, food and games, what more could you want from a Saturday night? Get your thinking cap on and join the Evolution Bar for a night of quiz fun! Arrive at 7pm for lots of fine food and drinks before the quiz kicks off at 10.30pm.

Menu

Meat Platter: €18 per person
Faux Filet, BBQ Ribs, Chicken Goujons, Pork Belly, Prawns and all served with homemade chips, grilled tomatoes, grilled mushrooms and salad.
Vegetarian Platter: €18 per person
Stuffed Aubergines, Stuffed Peppers, Falafel, Baba Ganoush, Harissa and served with homemade chips, grilled mushrooms and tomatoes and salad.

Beaujolais Nouveau – 16th November

This is why France is so great, they have a whole day to celebrate wine! Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine made from Gamay grapes and was made to celebrate the end of harvest. Join in the tradition at one of the many bars that host wine tasting sessions. If you’re a wine lover, this event is not to be missed.

This Is Home Premiere – 8th December

Head to The Lodge to watch the ultimate skiing movie! The film chronicles what it means to be a freeskier today and follows professional athletes around the world and how they ski back in their hometowns. Expect giveaways, prizes, delicious food and a fantastic bar!

You can watch the trailer of the movie here.

Ski Area Opening Day – 9th December

Get your ski and boards ready because the day is here! Saturday the 9th is the 1st day of winter in Meribel, the brand-new ski lifts are all set and the snow is ready for you. There have been changes on and off the pistes to improve your skiing experience this year, we’re not sure how it can improve from last year’s amazing ski season but anything is possible in Meribel!

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Piste de L’Himalaya by Night – Fortnightly

Night sledging, music, hot chocolate and marshmallows! We can’t contain our excitement for this event and luckily, it’s on 2-3 times a month, so you’re guaranteed to not miss out on this one! Bring the whole family and head to the summit of the Yeti Park with the Combes chairlift from 17:30, enjoy the night views of Meribel and sledge down the green Himalaya run.

It’s €10 for the evening or €5 for one go, but best of all it’s free for children under 13 if accompanied by an adult.

New Year’s Eve – 31st December

If you’re heading to Meribel for NYE, you’re guaranteed to head into 2018 in style! When it’s creeping up to midnight, be sure to join the masses of people going to the town centre for the big countdown. A Huge fireworks display and champagne corks will explode into the air at midnight so be sure to mind your heads!
Make sure to plan ahead if you want to go out partying in one of the amazing Meribel bar/clubs, many of them require tickets which will sell out fast! So, make sure you check their websites and social media so you don’t miss out.

Some of the bars to look out for:
• The Rond Point
• Meribar
• O’Sullivans and The Den
• Jacks Bar
• The Doron Pub
• Scotts Bar
• Lodge du Village.

Celebrations for Russian Christmas – 6th January

So, Christmas is over and the January blues are starting to kick in…Not in Meribel. The celebrations don’t stop here, on 6th of January, Meribel throws a big Christmas party for Russia! Start off your evening of partying with complimentary mulled wine and hot chocolate at Chaudanna, along with a torch-lit descent, ESF ski snow and another firework display to enjoy! What’s a party without a DJ? Good job DJ Truck will be providing the best music for you to dance to.

Europa Cup – Skiing Speed Events – 17th till 21st January

So, you get to ski and watch some of the world’s top skiers compete on your Meribel holiday! The skier will be taking on the legendary Roc de Fer piste in Super-G, Combined (Super-G and Slalom) and Downhill.
Here’s a rundown of the daily events:
• Wednesday 17/01: Descent Training
• Thursday 18/01: Descent Training
• Friday 19/01: Descent
• Saturday 20/01: Alpine Combined
• Sunday 21/01: Super G

In case you’re unsure of the events:
Super-G: A mixture of speed and technique, the Super-G lies between downhill and giant slalom. Feeling for the snow at high speeds in order to do the sharper turns with finesse.
Downhill: A blend of high speeds and turns on a medium-to- steep course, making use of the natural contours of the terrain.

Ski Test Tour – 21st till 24th January/9am-5pm

4 days, 820 stores, 1,862 retailers and lots of testing! This ski event gives distributors, retailers and brands a chance to come together in Meribel to test and view the new ski ranges for 2018/19 ski season. A great opportunity to see the best skiing gear this upcoming season!

Australia Day – 26th January

Here at Meribel, we like to celebrate all cultures! So, throw another shrimp on the barby and get in your fancy dress to celebrate with the Aussies from down under! Expect lots of Australian flags, people drinking fosters and lots of hats with wine corks dangling from them.

MTB Winter Tour – 11th till 16th March

Of course, there’s much more to do in Meribel other than skiing and snowboarding, you can enjoy fat biking every day for 4 days from 9 am till 12 am, starting off at La Chaudanne. This allows you to discover Meribel in a different way and see the beautiful sights and take in the amazing views. Also getting some well-needed exercise to help with all the delicious food you’ve been eating.

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Piste Bash Festival 2018 – 12th till 16th March

A festival and skiing combined? That’s what dreams are made of. Coming back for their 5th year, they bring a jam-packed schedule of local talent, regular favourites and huge names to the streets of Meribel. Including an eclectic mix of DJs and comedians. Additionally, the stages will combine open air events in the afternoons and as night creeps in, the acts will move to the Meribel bars and nightclubs for the night revellers.

“Previous years have been a celebration, seeing the likes of Chali 2Na and Krafty kuts proividing the beats, Henning Wehn providing the laughs and the Cuban Brothers providing the sexy underwear” – Piste Bash Festival Facebook

Be sure to check the Piste Bash Festival Facebook for the upcoming lineup and ticket announcements.

3 Vallees Enduro – 1st April

Amateur skiers rejoice! This event is for you. There are tons of fun activities to enjoy, in each of the 3 Valleys resorts, including: Big Air Bag, Freeride, Giant slalom, Moguls, Skicross, Triplette des Belleville, Boardercross, Family Schuss, Adri’Naline and Speed Skiing. Anyone is welcome to join in on the fun, from beginners to pros to families. Take part in groups of threes and see if you can win the host of games! And of course, it wouldn’t be as good without a Savoyard buffet lunch to stick to your teeth into.

3 Valleys Charity Day – 11th April

Saving the best till last, probably one of the best events in Meribel every year is the 3 Valleys Charity Day. There’s a whole line up of fun, including performances from favourite local bands, a BBQ & other food tents, VIP lounge, outside bars provided by the Ski Lodge and of course, bouncy castles for the kids!

All proceeds go to the Sebastian’s Action Trust in the UK and La Ligue Contre le Cancer in France, an amazing day for an amazing cause.

As you can see, there are events for just about anyone in Meribel, which is why so many people love to return every year with friends or family. Now your events are planned and written in your calendar, it’s time to start arranging your accommodation. Give your trip away the finishing touch with some of the most renowned luxury chalets in the Three Valleys. Find out more and book your luxury Meribel chalet here. Now, you can tick that off your to-do list, relax and get ready for another unforgettable ski holiday!

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What’s new in Courchevel for the 17/18 Ski Season

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Courchevel is without doubt one of the most luxurious ski resorts in the world. It’s a firm favourite with skiers all over the globe, and improvements have been made in the off-season to make this world class resort even better. From new ski lifts to more snow cannons, the added touches will benefit everyone’s Courchevel ski holiday and make for yet another remarkable season. Find out what’s new in Courchevel for the 17/18 ski season and start counting down the days to winter!

Brand New Ski Lift

How does less time on ski lifts and more time skiing sound? Well, 22 million euros have been spent this year to replace the old gondola lift, which has been there since 1974. “We strive to protect the area in which we live and work,” said Courchevel’s ski area director Thomas Thor-Jensen. “That means having installations which consume less energy and are less restrictive on the land on which they stand.” Not only has this made the lift system more environmentally friendly, but it will also be faster and more comfortable for passengers. Now you’ll be able to reach the summit in less than 7 minutes!

A 3000M Toboggan Run

This is probably the most exciting new feature coming to Courchevel this winter, and we absolutely cannot wait to give it a try. A car racing themed toboggan run will make its debut, hosting a whole range of surprises. With four tunnels and a 450m vertical descent you’ll really be putting your skills to the test. This run will be open every afternoon and you can even do some night time tobogganing! Get to the very top and race your family and friends down this adrenaline-charged run; a not-to-be-missed experience during your stay in Courchevel. We have a sneaking suspicion this could end up as one of the the most exciting ski runs in the Three Valleys.

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Improved Children’s Area

When you’re on a Courchevel ski holiday it’s the finer details that make your trip truly special. If you’re travelling as a family then you’ll be delighted to hear that a second magic carpet has been installed in the Piou-Piou Club’s Secret Garden, which takes the little ones back to the top after their little ski run. One of the magic carpets isn’t as steep either, so the children who are new to skiing will be able to use this one to progress at their own pace. All of this means you can relax knowing your family is having a great time in Courchevel.

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More Snow Cannons

This year is all about being eco-friendly, with the newly installed snow cannons being more efficient and economical than before. There are now 115 new snow cannons in spots around Courchevel, taking the overall total up to 714. This means that over half of Courchevel’s entire ski area can be covered by snow cannons, helping to make those powder days even more special. More snow equals more skiing so news like this is always welcome!

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Cowboys and Indians

The children are spoilt for choice this year in Courchevel, and this year they can even go exploring and discover the Cowboys and Indians area, which has tons of fun activities. You can meet ‘Loup Gris’ (Grey Wolf) in his tipi encampment for archery, face-painting, toasted marshmallows and stories of brave adventurers. On top of this there’s the ski area, with slopes which are ideal for beginners, with gentle, wide pistes and easy access.

Book Your Courchevel Ski Holiday Today

Even regular visitors to Courchevel will have plenty of new things to see this season. And for the first-timer, you’ll never want to leave this luxury ski resort! Desperate to get your holiday booked? Take a look at the availability of our chalets in Courchevel this winter and make your booking before it’s too late!

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What’s New in Méribel for the 17/18 Ski Season

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Méribel is without doubt one of the premier ski resorts in the world, and each year it only gets better. During the off-season the experts have been hard at work making sure the Three Valleys retains its position as one of the ultimate skiing destinations, all set for the grand opening on 9th December 2017. There have been changes on and off the pistes to improve comfort and pleasure for skiers, and extra attention has been paid to the finer details which will add value to your Méribel ski holiday. These are the big changes coming to Méribel for the 17/18 ski season.

Improvements to Ski Lifts & Access

The ski lifts are constantly improving in Méribel, and every year they receive upgrades. This season they have replaced the elderly Roc de Tougne draglifts with a new chairlift, which will get visitors up the mountain much quicker. This new lift has a high-speed setting and 6 seats, transporting skiers up to the summit in just three minutes. Even in poor weather conditions, the chairlift will still operate, allowing the link between Méribel and Saint Martin Belleville, Les Menuires and Val Thorens to be open at all times.

Better Facilities for Beginners

If you’re a beginner to skiing, you’ll find it even easier to learn the ropes in Méribel. Two of the green slopes have been re-designed and the Escargot slope in the Tougnète now has an alternative green route just for beginners. Additionally, part of the beginner Blanchot piste above the Altiport has a new path to make the drop easier and less daunting. Meribel is definitely a great location if you’re heading up the mountains for the first time.

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More Fun Areas for Children

A Meribel ski holiday is for everyone, and that includes families. Those of you travelling with children will be happy to hear that they’ve improved the popular ‘Yeti Park’ in Méribel Mottaret. There are now even more fun features, including modules and characters on the 3.4 km Black Forest Mission sled run. They’ve added a zip-wire, toboggans and igloos, and we’re sure there will be at least a few parents who also enjoy this part of the resort this season…

Free WiFi on the Slopes

Some people prefer a digital detox when they’re on a skiing holiday, but obviously when you’re in Méribel the temptation to shout about it can be too much! Now you can tweet, upload your amazing snaps to Instagram and keep in contact with everyone back home whilst on the slopes. All thanks to the extended WiFi spots around the whole resort, which means you’ll spend less time looking for signal and more time making your friends jealous!

More Relaxing Spots

We all need a well-deserved break during a hard day’s worth of skiing, if not to catch our breath then definitely to take in more of the scenery. Well now you can take a seat on some of the newly designed furniture dotted around the resort, including a heart-shaped sofa for all the lovers to enjoy. You’ll also find dragon hammocks on the Pic Bleu and foam benches at la Chaudanne and Altiport. These spots will be joining the existing cabins, where you can charge your phone and get free WiFi.

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More Snow Cannons

Let’s face it, the most important part of any ski resort is the powder, and Méribel has increased its snow making facilities even more this year. The Altiport reservoir has doubled in capacity, which means that over 65% of Méribel Alpina’s ski area now has snow cannons!

New to Alpine Infusion – Chalet Serendipity

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This winter we welcome Chalet Serendipity, one of the most luxurious and beautiful chalets in the Three Valleys. Located in a private enclave, Chalet Serendipity’s south-facing aspect provides unrivalled panoramic views across the Méribel Valley, and you can even ski back to the front door. It’s four stories high, has 6 master bedrooms (all with an ensuite), pool, sauna, games area, bar, cinema, massage room, ski room and underground parking. What more could you want from a luxury Meribel ski holiday?

Book Your Méribel Ski Holiday Today

As you can see, Meribel will be better than ever this winter season. Desperate to get your holiday booked? Take a look at the availability of our chalets in Meribel this winter and make your booking before it’s too late.

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Why You Should Go Skiing in Courchevel – What the Experts Say

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The biggest ski area in the world, beautiful scenic views, delicious food and perfectly groomed pistes. It’s no wonder why people dream of skiing in Courchevel every winter. If you’re looking to spoil yourself this ski season then this area of the French Alps is the ideal location. Courchevel is a ski resort with the perfect setting to spend time with family and friends this winter holiday, or to relax and unwind with some of the best après-ski in Europe. Still not sure? Well, we’ve rounded up some of the best writing from travel experts who tell you exactly what they think about skiing in Courchevel.

A Skier’s Paradise

“The snow here is usually some of the best in the whole ski area, and there’s terrain to suit everyone from beginner to expert.” – The Telegraph

Besides the luxurious chalets and gourmet restaurants, Courchevel is part of a huge skiing playground which makes it the best place to practice your skills. It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional, beginner or even a freestyler, skiing in Courchevel will allow you to show off your skills and give you plenty to discover every day.

“All resort villages are linked by an efficient and frequent free bus service and enjoy pretty woodland settings. From the slopes above there are good views to Mont Blanc and over the valley to Champagny and Bellecôte in the La Plagne ski area.”

Find the full article from The Telegraph here.

Family Friendly

“Despite the significant presence of fur-clad ladies with small dogs (also in fur coats) under their arm, Courchevel is family-friendly.” – The Guardian

Courchevel is packed with ski slopes, and it has great starting areas for kids to start sliding down gently. This includes the Village des Enfants, with 5km of gentle child-only pistes. With a wide selection of ski and snowboard schools you’ll never struggle to get some lessons in, making Courchevel a great spot for families to learn to ski together.

“Children as young as 18 months start by sliding on tiny skis in soft supple boots, while over-threes have more formal lessons in the snow playground. The Village also has a chill-out room (with TV) and canteen. And if your little one doesn’t enjoy the experience, you’ll get your money back.”

Find the full article from The Guardian here.

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Everything You Need

“Extensive, varied slopes – many visitors don’t leave this valley.” – Ski Club

Whether you’re most interested in the skiing, the shopping, or joining in the party when the sun goes down, Courchevel will probably have just what you need. With so many things to see and do you can visit countless times and still discover hidden gems.

“Many of the fast chairlifts have an electro-magnet system that works in conjunction with special bibs to hold children securely onto the chairlifts.”

Find the full article from Ski Club here.

Bragging Rights

“Perhaps equally important to those who return year after year is Courchevel’s brag-value – most of your friends are going to be impressed.” – Mountain Passions

Mountain Passions go into detail about the luxurious side of skiing in Courchevel, and for good reason. The resort is known to be a celebrity hotspot and with so many designer boutiques and fine-dining restaurants you’ll have more than enough places to treat yourself.

“The reputation has substance, too – everything, from the piste preparation and capable lift system to Michelin-starred restaurants, vibrant après-ski and near-limitless bespoke services, has a premium stamp.”

Read the full article from Mountain Passions here.

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Every Day is a Celebration

“Courchevel is buzzing with excitement from the beginning of the season to the end: Big, popular parties; high-class events, meetings, and moments of sharing; friendliness, exchanges, and new friends.” – france.fr

Sometimes skiing during the day is just not enough, and you want to explore more in this magical luxury resort. Well, luckily for you skiing in Courchevel always has something else to offer, whether it’s events, parties or just moments of happiness, the night is sure to be well spent.

“Courchevel organizes events for all: Festivities are organized each winter for the World Cup of Alpine Skiing, Christmas, New Years, and Easter, bringing together thousands of visitors.”

Find full article from France.fr here.

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Skiing in Courchevel will Test Your Abilities

The long sweeping red run Creux is fabulous to hit mid morning once the snow’s had a chance to soften, while the black M piste is often inexplicably deserted.” – Ultimate Ski

With 150km of pistes and 62 lifts there’s always going to be a ski run to give you a challenge in Courchevel. Or take the short trip to one of the connecting valleys to widen your horizons even more.

“The Three Valleys is fully deserving of its top rank among the world’s elite ski areas. This enormous French ski area.”

Find the full article from Ultimate Ski here.

Book your Courchevel Chalet with Alpine Infusion

Luxury Ski Chalets

Courchevel is a traditional alpine ski resort at the heart of the Three Valleys in France. Over the years it has developed a reputation as a world class ski resort entirely dedicated to all types of winter sports. With 27 green runs, 44 blue runs, 38 red runs and 10 black runs it’s an ideal playground for all levels of skiing and snowboarding, along with endless off-piste opportunities.

Courchevel Winter Prices and Availability

Don’t miss out this ski season, make sure you’ve got your chalet all booked up for the upcoming winter. Check out the availability for our Courchevel chalets and make your booking today.

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Flow State: The Unique Way to Enhance Your Skiing Performance

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As if the exceptional scenery, sublime cuisine, and extreme sports weren’t enough to draw you to the French Alps, there’s a lesser-known gem just waiting to be discovered. Its name? Flow. With places like the French Alps, it has been always been known to contain lively ski resorts like Meribel and Courchevel, but what happens when we discover another side to these beautiful mountains and enhance our skiing performance when we achieve our flow state?

Be In The Zone

‘In positive psychology, flow, also known as the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does and loses sense of space and time.’

People all over the world can experience it, sometimes only once or twice, others more frequently; it all depends on what you get up to. Heading into the mountains, including the French Alps provides the perfect setting for experiencing flow. When you embark upon an activity, such as skiing, rock climbing, mountaineering and so forth, your mind becomes totally engrossed in what you are doing, mostly out of necessity for one’s safety, but also as a result of the composure of being within the mountains and amongst the rustic landscapes where our minds belong.

Go Beyond Your Boundaries

“The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” ~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1990, p. 3)

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a Hungarian psychologist who discovered the concept of ‘flow’ explains how the best moments in our lives are those where we push ourselves out of our comfort zone, go beyond our normal boundaries, and do something extraordinary. Instead of spending our days sitting in front of the computer, answering emails and picking up calls. We should take the time to travel somewhere new and try out new challenges like skiing, mountaineering, and snowboarding. It’s highly likely you’ll be surprised at what you discover about yourself, and how much of a hunger you’ll develop for even more adventure.

Flow is a state of mind that leaves no mental capacity for anything other than the moment you are in. There is no room to worry about your office emails, what you fancy eating this evening or even packing your children’s bags to get ready to fly home! Your worries will become non-existent when you achieve the flow. So, experience this moment, cherish it while it lasts!

So, this Winter, drop your phones, tablets, emails and phone calls, and book your accommodation to the French Alps to gain something more than just a new profile picture and some bad tan lines! Discover something within yourself that perhaps has never before been unearthed.

 

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