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What's new this summer in Courchevel

featured in News & reviews Author Caro Blackwell, Destination Editor Updated

As the winter recedes, spring slowly turns to summer in the Alps.

The growing popularity of Courchevel as a summer resort means that increasingly the tourist industry here is providing more for its visitors to enjoy.

The lifts are usually open by early July, with a few opening on the preceding weekends. You can find out more about the lift opening dates and plan accordingly.

With the rise of summer visitors, the mountain resorts are making a concerted effort to not allow themselves to look like a closed ski resort. The potential revenues this time of year brings is not to be sniffed at, and as temperatures rise at the coastal resorts, many are seeking the cooler temperatures of an 'at altitude' holiday. Plus being 'outdoorsy' and hiking and trail-running have all taken on a certain cachet in recent years. 

If you're planning a visit to Courchevel this summer, whether as a first-timer or it's your 'go to destination' here's an update and a look at all that's new.

Courchevel lake in summer

On the slopes

New waymarked walking and hiking loop itineraries
Take a circular hike with a night staying in a refuge. Choose between four different routes of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty and enjoy the stunning mountain scenery in summer.

Highest via ferrata in France
The via ferrata from La Saulire is apart from being the highest, also offers breathtakingly beautiful views. Access is via the lifts from Courchevel or Meribel-Mottaret.

Vanoise National Park
This summer the park celebrates it's 60th Anniversary, showcasing it's impressive ever-developing ecosystem.  Walking and hiking in this national park is an educational experience for the whole family.  Discover many species of flora, fauna, animals and birds. This year for the first time since there natural comeback, there are now eight pairs of bearded vultures. 

Children's activities at La Praz in summer

In the resorts

Free summer activities
Throughout the villages of Courchevel you will find an extensive programme of free activities for all the family during the summer. These activities include yoga, karaoke parties, petanque, paddle tennis,  ping pong and children's parties. 

New contemplation trail
This new trail offer five themes for letting go and a inner journey through the forest and on the banks of the Le Praz lake. You can explore this 1.8km trail unguided or with wellness professionals. Every Tuesday morning from 10:00 for two hours, there are free activities on the trail. 

Courchevel 2046, planning for the future initiative takes a further step forward this summer with the sustainability road map being finalised.

International motorbike event and rock shows - bikes from all over


Courchevel hosts many events throughout the summer including the 15th edition this summer of Punta, an international motorbike event with rock n' roll concerts, outdoor shows and a huge exhibition.

Watch out for Alti'Fest in Courchevel Le Praz this summer, its going to be double the size and double the fun as it's on for two days!


More inspiration...

For more things to do in Courchevel this summer, check out our activities guide here.