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What's new this winter in Courchevel

From the ski area to what's fresh in the resort

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

As winter begins to take hold, we take a look at all that's new in town and on the slopes.

Early signs of snowfall here in The Alps are creating much excitement for the upcoming winter season. The ski industry here is raring to go and this winter looks like being an exceptionally busy one. Courchevel ski area opens on the 2 December and ski passes are on sale.

The rising cost of energy has given the resort an opportunity to fast track many of their eco/environmental sustainable initiatives for example LED lighting, optimising the speed of ski lifts, the addition of GPS systems in the snow groomers for added efficiency.

Winter tyres
A reminder that it is now mandatory from 1 November to 31 March to have winter tyres (M&S marking, or all weather (four season) tyres), OR at least two snow chains/socks in the vehicle when driving in the mountain regions in France, following a law introduced from November 2021.

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What's new in Courchevel Winter 2020/21, Courchevel Valley

On the slopes

New slalom run
Courchevel and Head have collaborated to create a new slalom course. Open all winter and for all levels of skiers, this custom made run will give you the chance to experience the adrenaline rush and thrills as you hit the gates.  This new slalom run is accessible from the bottom of the Dou du Midi run next to the Épicéa drag lift.

Green Energy
The ski area operated by Societe des Three Vallees (S3V) run the ski lifts completely on green energy. This year they upped their game by installing solar panels on the roof of the Ariondaz gondola lift station to produce their own electricity, this will create enough electricity to power and operate a chairlift.

New Ski Fun programme from ESF
Ski fun - Five super-motivated ski instructors from ESF Alex, Vincent, Hugo, Clement and Charlene have put together a new programme to offer first powder ski sensations, off-piste thrills, fun in the snowparks and a chance to perfect your technique. This programme will be offered during the school holidays, places are limited to six per group and your fun experience will be on video for you!

A new nest on the slopes
The new Nid de la Saulire is located between La Vizelle and La Saulire. A little chalet with giant deckchairs will be open to skiers to take a panoramic break between the slopes. Access is via La Vizelle gondola lift.

Spa at Hotel de la Loze, Courchevel


K2 Palace has added five new suites-chalets offering the perfect balance of contemporary and alpine tradition and offering unobstructed views of the dent du Villard and the Courchevel valley. Each one sleeps six people in three ensuite bedrooms all in around 300 sqm of living space over three or four levels, accessed by a private lift.

Fahrenheit Seven the ski in, ski out hotel at the foot of Courchevel Moriond slopes is getting a makeover and some new rooms. Four signature suites for up to five people and 13 junior suites for two people have been added. All these new rooms have a luxury designer feel, king size beds and great views over the valley.

Hotel de la Loze has opened a new well being area with treatment rooms. A relaxation space to enjoy new experiences including alternate therapies, a nature walk through four sensory showers a sauna and  Himalayam salt wall. In addition a snow fountain to give the body a thermal shock and steam room featuring the Ayurvedic thread and the bewitching mist.

Alpes Hotel du Pralong will be re-opeing soon as The Dokhan Luxury Hotel Group has taken over this iconic hotel.

A living room with a green couch and yellow pillows


Cimalps have a new addition to their portfolio; The Centenary Chalet in Moriond is a stunning chalet with 6 double ensuite bedrooms and only 150 metres from the slopes.

Interior at La Ferma restaurant, Hotel Annapurna, Courchevel


Annapurna Restaurant New this winter season in partnership with Chef Jean-Remi Caillon the menus have been completely re-designed bringing culinary diversity to the fore, while championing seasonal and local produce.

La Ferma Is a new Savoie style restaurant at the Hotel Annapurna, enjoy traditional Savoyard fare in this prestigious setting. Truffles and saffron enhance the main attraction- the cheese!

Le Lys Martagon has a new pastry chef and he's a World champion! Enjoy exceptional pastries at the hotel to eat in, take away or for home delivery.

Il Rifugio New this winter is Il Rifugio a new Italian restaurant with a terrace on the slopes at the foot of the La Vizelle gondola lift and top of the Verdons cable car. The menu features generous and affordable dishes including the classic Italian food you'd expect, pizza, pasta and tiramisu! 

What's new this winter 2022/23 in Courchevel


Le Bar de Madame, new this winter enjoy an 80s evening every Tuesday with a DJ mixing all your 80s favourites at the Bar de Madame. The bar is open to all and is accessible via the Dou du Midi slope or their valet service, available on request. This is the renamed and re-branded bar at Hotel La Sivoliere

FIS Alpine Ski World Championships 2023, Courchevel/Meribel


Among the highlights of the events calendar in Courchevel is the high speed ice driving Andros E-Trophy, the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships and the International Festival of Pyrotechnic Art. Visit our events calendar for more information

What's new this winter 2022/23 in La Plagne


Snow Train reboot
This direct rail service between London and the Tarentaise Valley has been relaunched (yes, again) for winter 2023/24 and renamed the Eurostar snow train.
The service will hopefully encourage British skiers to travel in an eco-friendly way, departing from London on a Saturday morning and returning Sunday morning. The closest station to Courchevel is Moutiers where you can get a transfer or taxi up to the resort. Watch out for package offers including rail travel.
Check out our guide on travelling to resort for more info.