Ski Magic’s bucket list of fun things to do in Courchevel (and the Three Valleys) is a run-down of all the best activities and adventures to make your ski holiday the best ever!
It’s aimed at youngsters (and the young at heart) and includes loads of free things too! We start with 10 things to do in ski/board boots, then follow up with some activities away from the pistes…
10 Cool things to do whilst wearing ski/board boots…
1. Family Park FREE (with Courchevel Valley lift pass)
If you’re staying in Courchevel with children, you’ll probably spend quite a bit of time here! The skicross is not too tricky (even for nervous parents!) and it’s beautifully constructed with a good range of kickers – it’s fun just to watch. Afterwards, ski through Wood Park, which has boxes on the left, or fun natural lumps and bumps among the trees on the right.
2. Indiens Piste FREE (with Courchevel Valley lift pass)
Among the wonderful wide blues in Courchevel Moriond, you’ll find the Indiens piste – a Native American themed area tucked in the trees, with teepees where you can try on headdresses or be face-painted, as well as toast a marshmallow or warm up with a tea. For €10-20 euros you can have a go at firing a real bow and arrow with Grey Wolf.
3. Big Air Bag
Part of the Family Park, the big air bag is located at the bottom of a large kicker. Sail down on skis/board (or choose the less scary inner tube option!) and try your best tricks, landing safely in a huge wobbly cushion of air to the rapturous applause of impressed onlookers.
Those with a nervous disposition look away now… Fly down the World’s Highest Zip Wire: 100kmph in just 2 mad minutes! It’s €50 but for gnarly over-8s this is an experience not-t-be-missed!
5. Verdons by Night FREE (with Courchevel Valley lift pass)
Each Wednesday from 6-8pm you can try night skiing on the floodlit Verdons piste and the family park. The restaurants of Verdons and Chalet de Pierres are open for vin chaud and on selected weeks there’s a DJ playing and a firework display!
6. Paraglide around the peaks
An unexpectedly relaxing experience, tandem paragliding is a truly incredible way to see the mountains and feels very safe, in the harness of an experienced pilot. Head up to Le Loze above La Tania and ski off the mountain, flying over the forest to land in Le Praz. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like more information.
7. Yeti Park Meribel FREE (with 3 Valleys lift pass)
Aimed at younger skiers, the yeti park has a fun slalom, tunnels with weird noises, horns to blow and bells to whack! New for this year will be a zip wire and igloos to hide in.
8. Go on a Ski Safari FREE (with 3 Valleys lift pass)
‘Moon Wild’ near the Blanchot piste in Méribel has life-sized animals hidden in the woods; spot them as you ski down!
9. Spot a ski jumper (AKA Eddie the Eagles in training!) FREE (with Courchevel Valley lift pass)
Head down into Le Praz via the Murettes red run and you’ll pass the famous ski jumps which were constructed for the 1992 Winter Olympics. On weekends and Wednesday afternoons you’ll see courageous youngsters flying through the air – these are the next Olympians in training!
This area of Courchevel 1850 is dedicated to thrills and spills on the snow. Try driving a snowmobile or even a piste-basher, or opt for a ‘multiglisse’ and slide around on all manner of funny things: ‘airboards’, ‘trotiskis’ (a kind of scooter), and a ‘snakeglisse’ where you make a long caterpillar of sliding people! Email email@example.com if you’d like more information.
This place is great for REALLY wearing the kids out before bedtime, or on days when you don’t like the look of the weather. There’s a nice warm pool, an outside zone with bubbles and a lazy river, and fun slides, as well as a large area for little ones.
There are two options for your little monkeys – Aquamotion has a great climbing centre with a kids area that has special ropes that mean you don’t have to belay them. Alternatively there’s a wall and ‘parcours’ with tarzan swing in Le Forum in Courchevel 1850, open after the lifts shut.
13. Snowshoeing FREE
Put on your snowboots, hire some snowshoes and head off into the woods to follow the tracks of the deer, hares, foxes and wild boars… The unspoilt white snow and peace and quiet away from the slopes make for a magical trip through a winter wonderland. Guided tours are also available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like more information.
14. Ice skating
Le Forum in Courchevel 1850 has an ice rink which opens every afternoon. Even children as young as 3 are able to join in, and in fact thoroughly enjoy being pushed around on the little trolleys (which also act as a zimmer frame for wobbly parents!)
15. 200m of descent on a sledge FREE (with Courchevel Valley lift pass)
Wrap up safe and warm (boots, salopettes & helmets!) and head to Courchevel Village on the bus. Hire a sledge, take the gondola up and you’ll pop out in La Croisette in 1850. Leave the building (by the lower stairs) and cross the road to the Tovets chairlift. You’ll find a toboggan run which twists and turns through the trees to bring you back to Courchevel Village. Take the gondola back up and repeat!
16. Bumboarding FREE
For a gentler introduction to sledging, there’s a ‘bumboarding’ area at the foot of La Tania’s slopes, which fills up with bumboarders after the lifts shut. Embrace your inner child and join them! (Or watch from the Chrome Bar with a vin chaud…)
17. Eat a Fondue
You shouldn’t really leave the mountains without indulging in one of our cheesey local dishes… Dip cubes of baguette into a fondue (if you lose your bread, tradition dictates that you must run around the table naked…), Scrape raclette cheese onto boiled spuds and devour with salamis and hams, or try a ‘pierrade’ – you cook your own strips of meat on a mini BBQ at your table, then dip into the variety of sauces. MANY local restaurants serve these specialities – get in touch via email@example.com and we’ll give you our recommendations!
18. Soft Play FREE
Ideal for children up to around 5, there’s an indoor play centre under the Croisette building in 1850. Hop off the bus, turn right and you’ll find it. Combine with a trip up on the bubble (ideal for encouraging smaller children to nod off!) and a hot chocolate.
19. Fireworks and torchlit descents FREE
During February there are various firework displays (usually on Thursdays) as part of an International Pyrotechnic Festival. Enjoy the stunning displays for free, along with a hot chocolate or vin chaud.
20. Build a snowman FREE
A trip to one of the snowiest places on earth simply wouldn’t be complete without building a snowman! There’s enough snow to make a family of humans, a pack of polar bears, a colony of penguins or even an entire safari park…. Time to get creative!
Children from 3 months to 10 years old are welcome to join Ski Magic’s Childcare service. Our friendly, qualified nannies can entertain and care for your children between 08.45-17.00 for 5 days during your holiday, for just £199 per child for a full day (£150 for half days), including lunch and snacks. Outside play every day unless there’s bad weather! https://www.skimagic.co.uk/families/
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