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Courchevel in December 2019 – What weather to expect & what to do

The best events, activities & parties in Courchevel

Featured in: | Rachel Wilson, Courchevel Reporter | Published
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It's almost December, which means the start of another winter season in the beautiful Courchevel resort with lots of snow and fun times look forward to. This is a wonderful month to visit with nail-biting sporting events, family-friendly activities and parties galore.

If you're visiting Courchevel in December, you're in for a treat! Read on to learn about snow conditions, weather forecasts and the most exciting events planned this month.

December snow conditions in Courchevel

If you've taken a gamble and booked a cheap ski holiday for the first week of the season, then your gamble has definitely paid off! There is currently 74cm of snow at the Courchevel summits and 12cm in resort, and the pistes are being prepared by piste bashers as I type. Early snowfall in November means there is a great base, with snow settled as low as Courchevel La Tania, at 1400m. Perfect conditions if you're looking to book a last-minute festive chalet for Christmas.

Courchevel Snow Report & Forecast

Courchevel lift openings in December

For all those piste map geeks out there, here is the definitive guide of which lift is open and when. From December 7th, the Saulire, Verdons, Jardin Alpin and Chenus gondolas will be open, plus the Pralong, Biollay, Suisses and Aiguille du Fruit chairlifts. The beginner area with the Golf drag lift will also be open, which is good to know in case there are any beginners in your group. The Grangettes gondola in Courchevel Village and the new Praz gondola from Le Praz will be open for pedestrian access only and the pistes will remain closed.

Then, from December 14th, the Vizelle gondola and Plantrey chairlift will open in Courchevel, plus assorted drag lifts and beginners lifts. The other villages will also open, including all the main lifts such as Ariondaz, Roc Mugnier and Signal in Courchevel Moriond. Over in La Tania, openings will include the Bouc Blanc and Dou de Lanches chairlifts as well as the La Tania cable car and Troika drag lift. There are a few more connecting chairlifts and minor drag lifts remaining closed until December 21st when they will all open for the full season.

Lift Status Courchevel

December weather forecast in Courchevel

There is currently snow forecast for December 1st, with more snow showers to follow in between some bright bluebird days. The snow is going to continue to fall over December and there will be plenty of snow cover. Expect temperatures in the minus region varying from -1°C to -4°C during the day and -3°C to -10°C through the night, going lower towards the end of December. So remember to pack your thermals!

Weather in Courchevel

Main events in Courchevel in December

December is a very family-friendly month on the events calendar. On the opening day, on December 7th, there will be live music, entertainment, freebies for children and child-friendly activities in Courchevel 1850 between 10:30 and 17:00. The finale of the day will be the Christmas tree lighting event at 17:30. If you're staying in any of the other villages, you can easily catch the regular free ski bus back to your accommodation if the lifts have closed. La Tania is opening on December 14th with free activities from 14:00, including a 'chamallow' firepit, a DJ set and a pop concert from 15:00.

On December 17th, the Ladies Alpine Ski World Cup takes place on the Émile-Allais stadium. It is one of the major stages on the ladies' circuit and some of the best female skiers from around the world attend and compete. As well as that, there's a huge ski festival and celebration.

All the festive Christmas and New Year events in Courchevel will be covered in our next article, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Events in Courchevel

Where to party

If you're a ski group with partying in mind, then Courchevel is a great place to go. On December 13th, La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel opens to wow crowds with their incredible live cabaret shows which include dancing on the tables and champagne showers! The very popular bar Pub Le Ski Lodge in La Tania, known for its crazy aprés and cheap prices, opens its doors in late November with an official opening party on December 16th. Expect cheap shots, crowd surfing and live music.

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