Courchevel Le Praz
Courchevel Le Praz has a loyal fan-base of skiers and snowboarders who love the chic French vibe and the picturesque forest setting.
With strictly low-rise chalets and apartments, you really feel as though you’re part of a real French ski resort – certainly a lot of local ski instructors make their home here, and Le Praz is also popular with French skiers who have holiday homes in the village.
The centre of Courchevel Le Praz has narrow windy streets which reveal the village’s farming background. Old barns sit side-by-side with tastefully renovated chalets and the lights from tucked-away bars glimmer enticingly in the evenings.
Our favourite eating and drinking spots include Michelin-starred L’Azimut, the renowned Bistrot du Praz and La Petite Bergerie. The Cave des Lys is an atmospheric wine bar with a vaulted ceiling and the popular L’Elephant is a new restaurant with tasty pizzas and burgers. Word on the street is that La Table de Mon Grand-Pere serves up the best vin chaud in the village!
Accessing the skiing is easy. You can ski back to near our Le Praz chalets from the red run ‘Brigues’ during most weeks of the season, or back to the lift station via the red ‘Murettes’. Another option is to take the bubble lift back into Le Praz, which is an easy option for non-skiers.
The Le Praz lifts include a nursery slope served by a drag lift, and for those heading further afield into Courchevel and the Three Valleys there are two options: the Le Praz gondola and the new, super speedy Foret chair.
After having held the ski jumping at the 1992 Olympics, the towering ‘tremplins’ (ski jumps) are not merely a landmark – regular world cup competitions are held in Le Praz and skiing down ‘Murettes’ you’ll often see the fearless athletes training on the vertiginous slopes.