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So what does this resort in the mighty Les3Vallees have coming up for next season? PlanetSKI reports...

Yes, we know we're prematurely looking ahead to next winter.


It's only just July.

But now is really the time to book if you want the best early deals and first pick of accommodation when skiing in the Alps this winter.

And how do you choose where to go skiing?

We'll tell you what we know, so you can choose best.

So, what does Les3Vallees resort Courchevel have going on right now in preparation for the upcoming ski season?

Grand Couloir spotGrand Couloir spot

Always looking to keep updated and speedy, what's new in the ski lift department?

A new 10-seater gondola lift is planned for Courchevel Le Praz.

Following a route- redesign, the gondola will connect Courchevel Le Praz to the centre of Courchevel 1850.

This ride will take you there in under 6 minutes.

The departure station will be housed in the new Alpinium multiservice building; the arrival station just underneath Courchevel 1850's Croisette.

And on the topic of 1850...

There's been a big redesign here too.

The Tovets chair has been moved slightly, the toboggan run has changed at the top and the whole thing should be easier for pedestrians.

A new 4-seater chair lift is planned.

The 4-seater Grandes Comber is to link the brand new 4* Hôtel L'Écrin Blanc opposite the Aquamotion leisure centre to Courchevel 1850.

A new 1km blue run will serve this site.

Jean-Blanc spotJean-Blanc spot


Les Creux Noirs, Courchevel's secret powder spot.

Here is the new Freeride LAB, Courchevel's 'powder snow laboratory', the resort is calling it.

It's the perfect place to practice your powder skiing on your way to becoming an expert all-terrain skier.

This demanding high-altitude sector provides access to the area's renowned off-piste areas.

That, and incredible panoramic views.

So, up here in one of Courchevel's well kept secret powder spots there's to be a new look.

Two red runs and a run, left ungroomed but made safe throughout winter, to be enjoyed by more aspiring off-piste skiers.

Forest of Courchevel - La Tania spotForest of Courchevel - La Tania spot


This winter the Mountain Guides Office has four new suggestions for adventuring further this winter.

Ski N'Fly - A ski touring climb with a paragliding descent as your reward.

Fitness, Nature - more simply combining fitness and ski touring, in the heart of nature.

Even Higher Up - Climb an ice waterfall on a route along a wild mountain ridge.

Mountain Coaching - skiing and sharing tips, adapting your sport to different types of snow, managing your exertion levels, nutrition, packing your bag, learning bearings, getting the best from your equipment, carrying out a rescue.


To the 2023 World Championships.

The 2023 World Championships are in the starting blocks.

Here's a word from Perrine Pelen, the recently appointed director of the organisation committee.

"The World Championships will be an opportunity to showcase the sports DNA that's been part of the resort for so long now.

"Our goal is to make people want to be a part of this incredible skiing experience and to join us in a huge celebration.

"This will be the skiing world's flagship eventof the next 15 years, and a chance to let Courchevel, Méribel, Savoie and France shine."

Courchevel Vizelle spotCourchevel Vizelle spot


A sneak-peek at the new hotel and lodge additions

L'Écrin Blanc, as mentioned above, will sit opposite Aquamotion.

The new 4-star, opening in December '19, will have 127 rooms, three restaurants, eight conference rooms, a ski room, kids club and a gear shop.

Canyon Lodge will see three luxury chalets at the foot of the slopes in Courchevel Moriond's Belvédere quarter open this winter.

Each will have a balcony, Jacuzzi, private spa and ski room.

Manali Lodge - the iconic Manali hotel is transforming into 18 apartments.

from 2-bedrooms + alcove to 5 bedrooms + alcove (260m2 penthouse for 14 people).

You'll also find a spa, swimming pool, sports hall, ski room, 2 restaurants...

Le Chabichou - the previous owners of the legendary Le Chabichou hotel-restaurant since 1963 hand over the reins to a new family:

It's a new chapter but will still be a family-run business, and with two Michelin-star chef Stéphane Buron as executive chef.

The place will have a complete refurbishment, which will be both authentic Savoie and modern.

Les Jockeys spotLes Jockeys spot


Major sporting highlights!

January 2020: The Roc Merlet Derby

An updated version of the derby, that is.

You do need to be invited by a resort ambassador to take part in this one, however.

How Courchevel elite...

But if you can get in, the race and prep will look like this:

After a course recce the day before, participants set off from the Courchevel Moriond summit (top of the Pyramides ski tow).

Then it's on to head down to the snow front.

11th April 2020: Winter Legacy

By Alexis Pinturault

A new fun, celebratory event combining skiing and music.

What does it entail?

Racing either solo or as a 4-person team racers will take part in several disciplines over the Combe de la Saulire.

These will include moguls, Giant Slalom, ski cross, a waterslide, among others.

It promises to be fun, with extra entertainment and a music concert.

The PLUM MOONtain Races.

These are returning after a 5-year break.

This exceptional ski mountaineering climb to the Col de la Loze takes place under a full moon.

Dates for PLUM MOONtain races:

10th January, 7th February and 6th March

After a meal at Le 1928 slopeside restaurant, everyone skis back down holding a torch.

It's an event for everyone.

La Saulire spotLa Saulire spot

In summary

Some of Courchevel's new developments for next winter include:
  • two new ski lifts
  • a new snow spot
  • new multi services building, Alpinium (see more online for this one)
  • sporting highlights
  • new guided tours tackling summits
  • new accommodation
If you're not ready for winter just yet, let us tell you that Courchevel has free lifts running this winter, so downhill mountain bikers, why not take a trip here for some lift assisted MTB.

Courchevel free lifts Summer 19Courchevel free lifts Summer 19

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