Ski Holidays, Three Valleys

La Tania and Courchevel in a Whiteout

by Fiona Bell | 4th February 2024

On a ski holiday, we always hope for the best conditions: blue skies, and perfectly groomed fresh snow. However, sometimes things don’t always go according to plan and we end up with a whiteout day.  These days are often amazing for powder, but not so much for visibility!

If you are tough enough to brave conditions like this, just keep an eye on lift openings – if there’s high winds the operators do sometimes have to shut the lifts, so it’s generally advised to stay in ‘your valley’, to avoid any extortionate taxi rides back to your resort!

If the conditions aren’t enticing you out onto the slopes though don’t worry, there’s lots more to do in resort than just heading straight to the pub when a blizzard descends.  Here’s some ideas from our resort team of things to do in Courchevel Le Praz and La Tania for a non-ski day, so you can still make the most out of your holiday in a whiteout:

 

Head for a swim

Hop on the free resort bus to Aquamotion, nestled between Courchevel Village (1550) and Courchevel Moriond (1650). Aquamotion is great for families, with indoor and outdoor pools, a specially designed area for little ones and 2 large slides (great for adults and children alike!).  For a more relaxed environment, head up to Aquawellness, the spa area.  Here there are three different types of sauna, two steam rooms and even a saltwater pool.  For those with more energy, the complex also has a gym, climbing wall and indoor surfing area. It’s easy to spend the whole day here!

Brave the luge

Courchevel has two specially dedicated luge runs: one in Courchevel Moriond (1650) and one which runs between Courchevel 1850 down to Courchevel Village (1550). Both are extremely fun! Head to one of the many ski rental shops in either 1650 or 1850 to rent a sledge for the luge track. The Ariondaz gondola lift in 1650 takes you to the top of the luge track there, and the other track begins in 1850, just near the top of the Le Praz bubble. Whiteout days are often the best to do the luge – it hurts a lot less when you fall out into soft snow!

Get your skates on

Head up to the Forum in Courchevel 1850 to use the ice-skating rink. It’s Olympic sized and has regular sessions every day which are very reasonably priced.  Also worth noting they have a special session with disco lights and music on a Wednesday evening (likely to be your chalet hosts’ night off!) between 8-10pm!

Go for a strike

The Forum in 1850 also features a bowling alley, a great activity for families and friends. There is a relaxed bar next door and plenty of eateries nearby – a personal favourite is The Burger Factory, which as well as delicious burgers offers great vegetarian options too (which is a rarity in France!).  Head to the cinema in 1850 afterwards, where there are two screenings every evening.

Treat yourself to a traditional Savoyard lunch

La Tania and Le Praz have some fantastic restaurants and eateries, which sometimes get forgotten about as most people decide to have lunch on the mountain. Le Bistrot Machet in La Tania offers a delicious French menu, as does the Michelin starred Le Farçon.  In Le Praz, Le Bistro du Praz does a fantastic côte de boeuf and La Petite Bergerie (located underneath our Chalet Darbeilo) has some wonderful Savoyard dishes including fondue and raclette.

And remember, if there is heavy snow today, it probably means that tomorrow will be a fantastic day on the slopes!

Hannah Sutcliffe

Resort Manager

After finishing university, Hannah embarked on what was going to be a single gap year as a Chalet Host, and never looked back!  She now heads up our team in the Three Valleys, and outside of the winter season can be found co-ordinating our recruitment program for the following winter.

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