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 (rue Park City; tel: 04 7908 1461; www.groupetournier.com), Les Caves (Porte de Courchevel; tel. 04 7908 1274; www.lescavesdecourchevel.com) and La Mangeoire (Park City, 73120 Courchevel, tel. 04 7908 0209). These stay open until the early hours, often until 0400.
In terms of the bar scene, Le Tremplin (Place du Tremplin; tel: 04 7908 0619; www.tremplin-courchevel.com) has a party feel and can become crowded, whilst Le Coyotte (Porte de Courchevel) portrays a more sophisticated image.
When it comes to gastronomy Courchevel is hard to beat, offering a large choice of restaurants for every taste and budget.
Gourmands are spoilt for choice, with seven eateries accounting for 12 stars in the Michelin Guide. Among the most famous is Le Chabichou (rue des Chenus; tel: 04 7908 0055; www.chabichou-courchevel.com), which holds two of these. Here, chef Michel Rochedy provides inventive cooking with meals served in the wonderful dining room; or, if you don't want to mix with the 'riffraff', a private lounge.
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 (place du Tremplin; tel: 02 4307 7720; www.creperiedumoulin.fr) in Courchevel is the best option.