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Top 10 things to do in Courchevel for non-skiers

Our pick of the best non-sliding activities around the resort

Featured in: | Rachel Wilson, Courchevel Reporter | Published

Not only is Courchevel a fantastic resort for snowboarding and skiing, there is so much for non-skiers to do too.

Whether you're a grandparent looking after the little ones or just visiting the resort without your skis, there is still a huge variety of activities to keep you busy. From sampling local Savoyard restaurants to racing down the luge tracks, you won't be left bored.

Top 10 things to do in Courchevel for non-skiers

If you're keen to get out into the mountains then the best pass to purchase is the pedestrian lift pass. This allows you to travel on all the gondolas in the Three Valleys and some allocated chairlifts. There are lift employees who can help you get on and off the lifts and they'll slow them down for you. The panoramic views you can get to are breathtaking and you can also meet the skiing part of your group at many of the mountain restaurants.

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Top 10 things to do in Courchevel for non-skiers

If you are partial to a good French wine then Courchevel will treat you to a variety of wine tasting opportunities. Le Baricou in the heart of Courchevel on Rue des Verdons is owned by retired ski instructor Didier Abrial who will take you on a wine journey of France, including some of the top local Savoyard wines. Lower down resort in Courchevel Village is Les Perles du Palais wine cave. A relaxing atmosphere welcomes you to sit at one of the tables, buy a bottle and enjoy some local tapas.

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Top 10 things to do in Courchevel for non-skiers

There are plenty of brilliant hiking trails around the valley ranging from easy to difficult. The best way to find these footpaths is to pop by the Tourist Office and ask for the local walking maps. You can walk on the pistes too but just be mindful that you keep to one side and avoid the skiers. One of the most popular walking trails is to Lac de La Rosiere starting from Moriond Belvedere Hotel. The start is easily accessible via bus or foot from Moriond centre. Once you reach Belvedere, there is plenty of signage pointing you in down to the lake. Local walking guides can be booked via the SeeCourchevel website.

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Top 10 things to do in Courchevel for non-skiers

The luge tracks located in Moriond and Courchevel are not for the faint hearted and are a really fun way to enjoy the snow and the mountains. For the Moriond luge you need to start at the top of the Ariondaz gondola where you can hire the luges and pay per go. You can rent luges at sport shops in Courchevel Village and the luge track is free. Just watch out for skiers.

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You can’t come to Courchevel without trying Savoyard cuisine. Each of the resorts in the area has at least one, or more, fantastic restaurants where you can sample raclette, fondue, tartiflette or pierrade (meat cooked on hot rocks). It can be a heavy, cheese experience so prepare for large portions of filling food and make sure you aid digestion with a bit of French white wine as the locals do.

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Top 10 things to do in Courchevel for non-skiers

Courchevel is the ski resort with the most Michelin starred restaurants, so if you are one for fine dining experiences then this is one of the best places to be. Newly awarded three star Le 1947 restaurant in Courchevel is sublime, with dishes ranges from €36 - €198. If you don’t want to break the bank, then Le Farcon in La Tania serves a very reasonably priced lunch menu from €42 with the option of adding a chef's surprise. There are plenty of other fine dining restaurants without stars too that are well worth a visit like Le 1850 Be Organic at Hotel La Sivoliere.

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Top 10 things to do in Courchevel for non-skiers

Le Forum in Courchevel 1850 is a shopping mall, arcade, indoor climbing wall, bowling alley and ice skating rink all under one roof. It’s the best place to buy some souvenirs or some of the latest ski gear. You can also grab some lunch in one of the many cafes and restaurants. It offers a variety of services and will keep you entertained for an afternoon.

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Top 10 things to do in Courchevel for non-skiers

Aquamotion is in its fourth season in 2018 and it is still one of the major non-skiing attractions. You can bathe in 34°C waters both indoors and outdoors, relax in the hammam, saunas or jacuzzi. It isn’t any old swimming baths, the centre has water slides, wild rivers and a wave surf zone. You’ll find Aquamotion nestled between Courchevel Village and Moriond. It can be accessed by a free bus that runs from La Tania, Le Praz, Courchevel Village, Courchevel Moriond and Courchevel every hour and it drops you off right outside. Both pool areas are open every day from 10:00 to 20:30 throughout the winter season.

Finish your holiday off in Courchevel with a trip to one of the many luxurious spas. The choice is endless with most hotels offering non hotel guests access to some of the most exclusive spas in France. From saltwater caves, chocolate massage, saunas, outdoor hot tubs, infinity pools and treatments using salt rock extracted from glacier; you name it, Courchevel has it.

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Top 10 things to do in Courchevel for non-skiers

Going to party at Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel is a great way to spend the afternoon watching the amazing cabaret then dance to the live, dynamic house band. You can easily access Folie Douce with a pedestrian pass from Courchevel and the MC will tell you what time you need to leave to catch the last gondola.

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Top 10 things to do in Courchevel for non-skiers

Once the ski runs have closed for the day, try your hand at driving a 500cc snowmobile through the forest and the empty pistes, stopping occasionally to take in the panoramic views - you may even spot Mont Blanc. You will have an expert guide with who will give you instruction and be with you throughout the trip. This is an incredible way to see Courchevel moon lit with only you and nature.

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