Courchevel Guide for First-Timers
Oprent Ambassador, Tatiana Pikalova is an expert when it comes to luxury travelling. A style icon in the London fashion scene, the 26-year-old jetsetter is constantly spotted at the trendiest locations across the globe. This winter season she's travelled to the Bahamas, Bermuda, Munich, Vienna and Dubai. Her next stop: Courchevel. Tatiana covers our destination edit to the glamorous slopes giving you insight on what to do, what to pack and where to stay.
Where to Stay:
Courchevel is located in the Troid Vallees, it is divided in 4 levels; 1850, 1650, 1550, 1300. Courchevel 185O, the biggest of the four and the most glamorous and prestigious village with high end shopping, exclusive hotels and gastronomic restaurants. I would recommend staying at the following hotels for a luxury experience:
- Hotel Palace le Cheval Blanc: It has a traditional charm, a michelin star restaurant and a Guerlain spa.
- Les Airelles: Royal and traditional style with a michelin star restaurant
- K2: Rustic chic with modern furnishings
- L’apogee: Very chic and modern
- Strato: Boutique family run hotel with a contemporary style
What are your favourite restaurants/clubs/bars to go to Courchevel?
- Le Cap-Horn - The most famous lunch restaurant in Courchevel, accessible by road and by ski. Most lunches start with truffle pizzas, bottles and bottles of champagne and end up with dancing on the tables and attempting to ski back to the resort with great caution.
- Panoramique - Standing at 2732 metres, facing the Mont-Blanc, its unique location and rustic menu makes it my favourite lunch restaurant of all. However, its harder to access for beginner skiers.
- La Mangeoire: Restaurant/club. Party dinners
- Les Caves de Courchevel: Club
What is there to do there:
- Ski-ing, of course! Fendi is one of my favourite brands to wear.
- Dog Sledding
- Sledging: Courchevel's has a 2 km-long sledge run which is opened after ski lifts close.
- Snowmobile: Follow private trail especially reserved for this activity
- Shopping: They have all the high end boutiques including Dior, Chanel and much more
Apres-ski, what is the style and atomosphere like? What do people wear?
Think cashmere, fur, snow boots and snoods. Whether you are going to have a casual drink at the Le Tremplin, or going out dancing until early hours in La Mangeoire, Courchevel uniform is simple: designer furs, cashmere dresses and flat boots (you can attempt to wear heels but you likely to end up ruining your fur). Farah Khan's Embellished Mini Dress is the perfect party dress for La Mangeoire. Alexander McQueen's knit dress is perfect for dinner & drinks, paired with flat thigh high boots.
- Any other recommendations for first timers?
- Chambery airport is the closest international airport to Courchevel, however, there is only one flight per week from London
- Geneva airport is the second closest airport
- The season is starts in December and lasts till late April. February half-term is the busiest
- My personal favourite time is late February/ beginning of March to avoid crowds and enjoy heavier snow fall