Courchevel’s plans to reopen in the summer season.
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Most of European ski resorts are planning to reopen with social-distancing measures this summer. Courchevel is one of them.
Right now, you can only visit if you live within 100 km away from Courchevel. Starting today, May 11th, people can visit and enjoy three sports in the great outdoors:
🎿 Ski touring: there is a lot of snow in the Saulire massif (Alt. 2710m) and the surroundings.
🚴♂ Cycling: The Col de la Loze (Alt. 2304m) has been cleared of snow.
🏃♂ Rando / Trail: the summit of the Dent du Villard (Alt: 2284m) is accessible.
The Silva MOONtain Races are coming back to Courchevel this summer.
This famous race will return after five years of being absent. It entails an original trail, at night on full moon Wednesdays – dates are August 5, September 2 and 30).
Racers will meet at 8.30 pm and depart from Courchevel Moriond and set off for 9.3 km (100m D- and 800 m D+) of a night race. The arrival of this race takes place at the Refuge du “Grand Plan”, located at 2280 m, at the gateway to the Vanoise National Park. The Refuge is planning to open, if all goes well, early July.
Registrations to the Silva MOONtain Races start on July 1st:
Where to stay if going to Courchevel.
The five stars Hotel Annapurna – located at the top of Courchevel 1850, with south facing magnificent views, and a ski in/out location, this is the highest hotel in the resort, and one of the favourites of visitors.
A family owned hotel with a great spa and wellness centre with the only outdoor swimming pool in Courchevel. All rooms have mountain views and some also offer balconies. There is a 24-hour shuttle service around the ski resort.
The four stars Les Peupliers, located in the heart of the Village of Courchevel Le Praz and across the park where the lift take you to Courchevel 1850. Rooms are super cozy with lots of wooden details, and it has a small spa with a hot tub, a sauna and a hammam. The bar is very comfortable, and the food is great. In good weather you can dine al fresco. Two restaurants are opened in winter, whilst only one serves food during the summer.
Hotel Edelweiss in Courchevel 1650. This is a lovely chalet-style hotel located in the centre of Courchevel 1650, just 50 yards from the pistes. It offers studios with kitchenette with microwave, a dining area and a fridge. There is a buffet breakfast offered in the mornings (not sure during Covid19 times though!) and it has a bar where to relax at the end of the day, with a pool table.
You can read here how the Covid-19 has created a domino effect in closing all resorts early in the Northern Hemisphere this winter season. I have just posted on how the UK Ski tour operators are optimistic about ski resorts opening for the 2020-21 ski season. You can see how the Italian ‘rifugios‘ are planning to open this summer with measures for social distancing.
Here is a Focus on South American Ski Resorts that might wet your appetite to dream about where to go when all this is over. And you can see also my paintings on mountains… I would not mind if you me some nice pictures to try (only try) to copy! If you want to splash your money (if you have any when we are done with Covid19), you can see which ones are the most expensive ski resorts in the USA.
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You can start thinking about your trip, by reading the articles on the Planning your Ski Trip tab. Or how to pack for your family ski trip. If taking your furry friend abroad to the continent, read about the new Pet Travel Scheme update from DEFRA. Self-drive skiers also need to plan for Brexit. Check out our tips for driving to the mountains. If flying and renting a car in Europe, beware of the extra charges they will pass to you if you want winter tyres, snow chains or ski racks. If driving, check the winter tyres news for Europe and North America. You can see how our last family ski holiday was not as expected, even though one plans it to be a success, but how we could do the most of it. If you want to get better before getting to your next ski holiday, here is a quick guide to indoor skiing and dry slopes in the UK. You can also read our week in the mountains during our summer holidays in Courmayeur.
Featured Image: Copyright: Courchevel Tourisme. Sun coming down at the Saulire. Courchevel’s plans to reopen in the summer season.