Summer in Courchevel

An exciting addition to our portfolio for Summer 2022/23, Courchevel is widely recognised as one of the most superior ski resorts in the French Alps.

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CLIMBING

The rocky cliff faces of Courchevel in summer become a haven for both beginners and experienced climbers. You’ll need to hire the right gear and safety equipment in the town before you embark, but practised climbers can scale the mountain side rock and enjoy panoramic views. For lesser-experienced climbers, there are a range of mountain guides who can take you out on your first climb and show you the ‘ropes’! If you’d rather stay land-bound, between Courchevel 1550 and 1650, Aquamotion is equipped with an 11-metre high climbing wall with fun climbing units.

WATER SPORTS

The rivers and streams of Courchevel are gushing with meltwater in the spring and summer, making for an exciting once-in-a-lifetime team experience. With a knowledgeable guide, you’ll navigate the turbulent waters of the Haute-Isère river and learn how to manoeuvre through the natural obstacle course of the riverbed, tackling jumps, natural water slides, swells, and eddies. Also on offer is water skiing at the wake park in Courchevel Le Praz.

HORSE RIDING

Explore glorious mountain trails on horseback with Centre équestre Courchevel, a family-run ranch and Courchevel’s horse-riding specialists. For children between the ages of 6 to 12, the equestrian summer camp is the perfect way to learn and develop their love for these beautiful animals. Participants will be tasked with grooming and harnessing their horse before the lesson, and working on the gaits of the horse before a ride in the forest. A wonderful way to experience summer in Courchevel for children.

HIKING

From short, family-friendly walks in Courchevel with lush scenery, to gruelling trail running climbs, you will find your ideal summer hike in Courchevel — everyone can explore the valley’s rolling green pastures and forested trails on foot.

To be brought to the whimsical Cascade des Poux waterfall, follow the path of the Rosière mountain stream. Ideal for families, the Lac de le Rosière is a scenic stop-off point where you can either try a high ropes course or delight in a meal at the lakeside restaurant (or both!). Alternatively, opt to take the Merlet Lakes trail, along which you will explore the two Merlet lakes at the heart of the Vanoise National Park, with the Aiguille du Fruit peak as an impressive setting.

AERIAL ACTIVITIES

Another way to experience the beautiful scenery is hot-air ballooning in Courchevel. Enjoy the aerial adventure of a lifetime as you soar high above the treetops and take in breathtaking mountain panoramas from a bird’s eye view. A thrilling and romantic experience that everyone is bound to enjoy.

Panoramic heli flights depart from the famous Courchevel Altiport; Europe’s highest tarmacked runway and the world’s shortest. You’ll discover the Savoie and Haute-Savoie regions from above and cruise close to some of Europe’s highest and most iconic peaks.

BIKING

Considered the best in the world, the trails and bike parks in Les Trois Vallées attract hundreds of enduro and downhill biking aficionados every summer to the miles of tracks. With electric mountain biking available, you can meander effortlessly through lush woodland to reach stunning mountaintops with breathtaking views, and enjoy thrilling descents with fun features to put your riding skills to the test.

SPORTING AND CULTURAL EVENTS

The Courchevel Fête de la Musique is a gleeful event that pours forth from the bars and restaurants onto the streets and incorporates every type of music that you can think of, from local amateur teen bands to professional classical musicians, from club DJ’s to traditional folk bands. Entrance is free, so soak up the celebrations as you peruse the village streets. Or, enjoy beautiful pieces of baroque music as the small Savoyard Baroque churches of the Tarentaise valley play host to a programme of concerts organised for the Baroque de Tarentaise

One of the most notable cultural events of the summer is the Pyro Symphonie Live, taking place in the Courchevel Le Praz. In an exceptional setting, between mountain and forest, immerse yourself in a melody of symphonic music accompanied by pyrotechnic effects.

Also in August is the spectacular two-day competition of the Ski Jumping World Cup in Courchevel. 84 of the world’s best ski jumpers, representing 15 nationalities, gather for this show-stopping event, which is televised live on European sports channels.

A CULINARY TOUR

It goes without saying that Courchevel gastronomy is reputed in the French Alps and beyond. A culinary tour of Courchevel will bring you to a plethora of Michelin-star restaurants. 

Taking inspiration from the Mediterranean with an Alpine touch, the menu of the one Michelin-starred Baumanière 1850 includes dishes using only the finest ingredients, including truffle, sea urchin, and giant crab from Alaska. 

At Le Chabichou, the set menu comprises five to nine courses highlighting delicacies of the region, served in a chic and elegant interior. On top of that, indulge in industry-leading service and an extensive wine list. 

With many more incredible restaurants in Courchevel to choose from, our pre-arrival team can help you pick the best of the bunch and reserve you the most sought-after tables in town, ahead of your stay.

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