In the Three Valleys we are lucky to have a huge selection of mountain restaurants, but on a sunny day, the best seat in the house is surely a picnic bench with a panorama of endless white peaks.
Whilst you’re staying in a catered chalet, you may also feel that a huge lunch would just be a bit too much (especially if you plan to enjoy a slice of cake once you get back to the chalet!), so a quick sarnie and a snack will hit the spot as well as not costing the earth.
Courchevel picnic spots: outdoors
If you’re a fan of dining al fresco, then here are the best spots in the Courchevel Valley to park yourself for a picnic:
La Tania, Col de la Loze
Easy to access from our La Tania chalets, there’s a single picnic bench perched on the side of the mountain, from which you can peek over into the Meribel valley and beyond and even watch the tandem paragliders soaring around the mountains.
Courchevel Moriond, Chapelets/Signal
At the meeting point between these two chairs there are a few benches which overlook the Vanoise National Park: a wild, protected with no lifts, just acres of untracked snow and the formidable crags of the Breche de la Portetta mountain. If arriving from the Signal chair you can mark the moment using the huge photo frame mounted in the snow!
Courchevel 1850, Biollay/Pralong
Take a seat at the benches to watch the world go by, and maybe even a plane or helicopter taking off from the Courchevel altiport! This year the picnic benches are watched over by three impressive animal sculptures which are part of the Courchevel ‘L’Art au Sommet’.
Courchevel 1850, Creux Noir
The views from the top of this chairlift are truly stunning, so it’s well worth a detour when you’re skiing between Courchevel Moriond and 1850. From here you can ski down into Meribel, or choose the red or black which drop back onto Creux.
Courchevel Moriond, Western Ski Park
This beginner’s area is a great spot for a picnic with little ones and is accessible via the Ariondaz gondola. Part of the Western Ski Park is a tipi run by a family who accept donations for their hot chocolate, vin chaud and toasted marshmallows. They’re very welcoming to children who can nosey around the stuffed animals, bones, books and other trinkets, try on a native American head-dress, and have their face painted. They also run an archery activity.
Courchevel 1850, Family Park/Verdons
Once children are able to ski a blue, they’ll be keen to head to the Family Park… At the bottom there’s space for families to take of their skis and play in an igloo or sometimes even a castle! Attempting (or just watching!) the Big Air Bag is also great fun for picnic-time entertainment.
In snowy or chilly weather, there are designated indoor picnic areas in Courchevel called ‘Salle Hors Sac’:
Top of Verdons gondola (turn right at the top, there are toilets nearby)
Top of Ariondaz gondola (turn left – toilets, WiFi, chargers, water, microwave)
Sheltered picnic benches at the top of La Tania gondola
Courchevel picnic spots: what to eat?
In La Tania, we have a few good options for acquiring picnic fodder. The Sherpa supermarket has everything you’d need for stocking up on sandwich fillers and snacks. The Saucisson deli also has some nice choices and will make hot or cold sandwiches while you wait.
Skiing down into Courchevel 1850, stay left before you get to the lift station and take off your skis opposite the Jean Blanc sports shop. Cross the road towards the Maison de Presse in the building called Le Forum and inside this shopping centre you’ll find a boulangerie with ready-made sandwiches, pizza and quiches. There’s a small supermarket inside the Forum building.
Contact us if you’d like any further information on picnic spots in Courchevel