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Courchevel ski resort is too sophisticated and too French to get terribly rowdy (resorts in France have a reputation for low-key nightlife), although there are lively bars to be found on occasion, especially in Courchevel proper where most of the après-ski nightlife is concentrated. There are three night spots for lively après-ski here, which can stay open until dawn, although more often until 0400. La Grange (rue Park City; tel: 04 7908 1461) and Les Caves (Porte de Courchevel; tel: 04 7908 1274; www.lescavesdecourchevel.com) are among the best choices.
In terms of the bar scene, Le Tremplin (tel: 04 7908 0619; www.tremplin-courchevel.com) has a lot of ambience and is usually busy, whilst Le Coyotte (Porte de Courchevel) aims for a more sophisticated image.
When it comes to gastronomy, Courchevel is hard to beat, offering a large choice of restaurants (more than 60) for every taste and every budget. Seven of them account for 11 stars in the Michelin Guide.
Le Chabichou (rue des Chenus; tel: 04 7908 0055; www.chabichou-courchevel.com) in Courchevel proper, is one of seven restaurants listed in elite gastronomic guide books. Chef Michel Rochedy provides inventive cooking with meals served in the wonderful dining room or, if you don't want to mix with the ‘riff-raff’, a private lounge.
There are, of course, many other options on offer elsewhere in the resort including Italian, Asian and Savoyard food. For traditional French crêpes, or Alpine fondue and raclette, La Crêperie du Moulin (place du Tremplin; tel: 02 4307 7720; www.creperiedumoulin.fr) in Courchevel, is a good choice.