Courchevel resort information & après-ski
Courchevel ski resort is too sophisticated and too ‘French’ to get terribly rowdy (resorts in France have a reputation for low-key nightlife). But there are lively bars to be found on occasion, especially in Courchevel where most of the après-ski nightlife is concentrated.
There are a handful of lively après-ski nightclubs here, including: La Grange (tel: +33 479 081 461; www.groupetournier.com), Les Caves (tel: +33 479 081 274; www.lescavesdecourchevel.com) and La Mangeoire (tel: +33 479 080 209). These stay open until the early hours, often until 0400.
For those in search of a more relaxed bar environment, Le Tremplin (tel: +33 479 080 619; www.tremplin-courchevel.com) has a laid-back feel although does get busy, whilst Le Coyotte (Porte de Courchevel) maintains a more quiet and sophisticated image.
When it comes to gastronomy Courchevel is hard to beat, with more than 70 different restaurants spread between the five different bases.
Gourmands are spoilt for choice, with seven eateries accounting for 12 stars in the Michelin Guide. Among the most famous is Le Chabichou (tel: +33 479 080 055; www.chabichou-courchevel.com), which holds a two star rating. Here, chef Michel Rochedy provides inventive cooking with meals served in the wonderful dining room.
There are, of course, many other options on offer elsewhere in the resort; including Italian, Asian and Savoyard food. For traditional Alpine food such as crêpes, fondue and raclette, La Crêperie du Moulin (tel: +33 243 077 720; www.creperiedumoulin.fr) in Courchevel is the best option. Le Petit Savoyard (tel: +33 479 082 744), located close to the piste in 1650, serves excellent pizza, and Azimut (tel: +33 479 062 590) in Le Praz, has four and five course set menus available.