It is no accident that Courchevel is one of the best-known ski resorts in the world.
Every bit of it perfectly suits skiing. At the top are three mountain bowls that are pointed north. This allows the snow to always remain squeaky and soft all year round.
The middle has long and perfectly pitched slopes that allow both intermediaries and beginners to have as much fun as the experts. At the bottom there are many trees where you go to rest and enjoy your evening once the clouds come down.
Courchevel is, therefore, without a doubt one of the best endowed ski resorts in the world. However, before you head to this world-famous resort, it is important that you adequately prepare if you hope to make the most out of your time there.
Having information on the resort’s area is crucial in helping you make your preparations. Here is a look at what to know on the Courchevel ski area to prepare your ski holidays.
The Courchevel ski resort is a high altitude area with a lot of snow. The snow often reflects the sun’s rays especially when the rays are strong.
The reflected sun rays can easily cause damage to your eyes if they are unprotected. That is why it is always important to carry sunglasses even when the sun’s rays are not very strong.
In addition to sunglasses, it is important that you also carry sunscreen. The sunscreen should be applied thickly and reapplied as often as possible (preferably after every hour).
Coming with children
Courchevel resort encourages parents to visit the area by creating a conducive environment for children.
To begin with, there are usually generous discounts during winter for children on lift passes. More importantly, there is a wide range of childcare options so you don’t have to worry about the care and comfort of your child when visiting the resort.
However, it is important that you carry vaccination certificates and other medical records of the children since almost all of the nurseries usually demand such records before they can take in your child.
Driving with normal tyres in the snowy weather of Courchevel can be quite dangerous. That is why the traffic police and the resort only allow vehicles with chains or snow tyres to access it.
There are many garages around that you can buy the chains if you plan to hire a vehicle locally. Even though you can easily get them in garages near Courchevel, it is advisable to buy them in advance to ensure that they are the right size for your car as sometimes you may find the chains that fit your car are out of stock in garages near Courchevel.
If you are hiring a car locally, you can request the car chains as part of the package for the car hire. Alternatively, hire a car on the Swiss side of the border because the Swiss legally require all cars to have snow tyres during winter.
Parking your skis and snowboard
If you plan to travel by air it is important that you pack your ski in a board or ski bag for protection. If you plan to drive to the resort use a roof box that carry several poles, boots and pairs of skis.
There are also many ski shops around Courchevel that rent roof racks to visitors. Whether you decide to use a roof rack or a roof box, make sure that they are lockable. This helps to keep your skiing equipment safe from thieves.
Even though it is without a doubt one of the best skiing resorts in the world, visiting it without adequate preparations may make your visit less enjoyable. As the discussion above has shown:
- Always carry child/children’s medical records when visiting the resort with children.
- If you plan to get in with a vehicle make sure the tyres are chained or use vehicles with winter tyres.
- Carry sunscreen and sunglasses to protect your eyes from dangerous sun rays reflected by the snow.