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…
Top ten cool things to do on skis/board…
1. Family Park FREE (with Courchevel Valley or Three Valleys 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 boxes and kickers – it’s fun just to watch. There are also igloos or castles to climb and play in.
2. Western Ski Park FREE (with Courchevel Valley or Three Valleys lift pass)
At the top of the Ariondaz gondola in Courchevel Moriond is a Wild West themed beginners’ area with special magic carpets and wide, gentle slopes. Within this enclosed area you’ll find the Indiens tipi and archery zone. A great place for a break, you can try on headdresses or be face-painted, toast a marshmallow or warm up with a tea or vin chaud – it’s by donation but the team aren’t funded by the lift company. For €10-20 euros you can have a go at firing a real bow and arrow.
3. Big Air Bag
Part of the Courchevel 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 from 3230m altitude in just 2 mad minutes! It’s not cheap (52€ 2018) but for adventurous over-8s this is an experience not-to-be-missed! Minimum weight = 40kg.
5. Verdons by Night FREE (with Courchevel Valley or Three Valleys lift pass)
Each Wednesday from 6-8pm you can try night skiing on the floodlit Verdons piste and the family park. You can toast marshmallows for free, and the restaurants of Verdons and Chalet de Pierres are open for vin chaud. On selected weeks there’s a DJ playing and a firework display!
6. Paragliding 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. Fun slopes, Meribel FREE (with 3 Valleys lift pass)
Aimed at younger skiers, the yeti park has a mini dual slalom, tunnels with weird noises, igloos, a mini zip wire, horns to blow and bells to whack! There’s also the Piste des Inuits with a slide and igloos.
8. Go on a Ski Safari FREE (with 3 Valleys lift pass)
Head down the ‘Piste des Animaux’ near the Altiport in Méribel, which has life-sized animal sculptures hidden in the woods; spot them as you ski down! There are also dragons to be found on the Pic Bleu piste leading down from La Tania towards the Méribel Altiport.
The new 3km toboggan track in Courchevel Moriond (1650) is awesome fun and great for a treat. It’s open from 11am to 4.30pm every day, with two floodlit sessions from 5pm-7.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Prices are €15pp or €11pp if you buy 4+ tickets (which can be used anytime during the same winter). The price includes the sledge and a helmet, which you collect from the top of the run. Children under 1.4m can go with an adult and are therefore free.
This area of Courchevel 1850 is dedicated to thrills and spills on the snow. Try driving a ‘fatbike’, 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 large 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.
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. Free sledge run
Wrap up safe and warm (boots, salopettes & helmets!) and head to Courchevel Village on the bus. Hire a sledge, take the gondola up (it’s free after 16.45) 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 cheesy 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 toasty 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. Most local restaurants serve these specialities.
18. Soft Play FREE
Ideal for children up to around 7 years, there’s a free indoor play centre under the Croisette building in 1850. Hop off the bus, turn right and you’ll find it. It’s not enormous but will keep younger children entertained for at least an hour. There’s a WC inside but not a cafe and it’s unstaffed. It’s quiet during ski school times but can get busier with older children at lunch time and once the lifts shut. To make a full day out, why not combine with a trip up on the bubble (ideal for encouraging smaller children to nod off!) and a hot chocolate or meet with skiers for lunch.
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 along with a free 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!
Family Skiing with Ski Magic
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. Outside play every day unless there’s bad weather! READ MORE
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