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FAQs for Courchevel

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    About FAQ's - Resort Information for Courchevel

    About FAQ's - Resort Information for Courchevel

    Here is collection of general resort knowledge compiled from years of responding to email enquiries, getting ourselves lost, finding ourselves, late-night bar conversations, your feedback, plus translations of French brochures. We have put this resource together to help you out when you are planning a trip to the resort. Updating this section is a never-ending task so if we have missed anything out, or you spot that we are out of date or just plain wrong, please do let us know!

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    Are there any creches / childminding / baby sitting services in Courchevel?

    Are there any creches / childminding / baby sitting services in Courchevel?

    There are a number of childcare options available in Courchevel. Please be aware that booking in advance is always recommended and that nurseries may want to see medical records and vaccination certificates. Please see our Childcare Services section for further information and contact details.

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    Are there any English speaking doctors in Courchevel?

    Are there any English speaking doctors in Courchevel?

    The Cabinet Medical in Courchevel 1850 has doctors who speak fluent English. You may well find that the doctors in the other health centres speak English well enough to deal with the odd dodgy tummy or twisted knee, if you need to see them about something more complicated please enquire at reception. Please see the Medical Services listings page for contact details. There is also a Samaritans-type helpline called SOS Help for people who are suffering from anxiety, depression, stress, or who would simply like someone to talk to. Lines are manned every day from 3pm to 11pm by English speaking staff and all calls are confidential and anonymous. The number to call is 0033 (0) 146 21 46 46.

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    Are there any family rates or child discounts on lift passes?

    Are there any family rates or child discounts on lift passes?

    During the winter the Courchevel lift pass company offers various discounts for families and children. For a full list of what's available see our Winter Lift Pass Options page and to find out about prices visit Lift Pass Prices in Courchevel

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    Are there any free lifts in Courchevel?

    Are there any free lifts in Courchevel?

    There are several free lifts for beginners in the valley. In Courchevel they are: Troika (La Tania); Envolée (Le Praz 1300); Roys (1550); Belvedere and Mickey (1650); and Cospillot, Bellecote, and Etoiles (1850) . NB not all of these are marked on the lift map. All lifts are free for the under-fives and those over seventy-two - you will need to provide proof of date of birth to obtain these free passes. You can read more about the ski lifts in our Lift Section.

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    Are there any left luggage facilities in Courchevel?

    Are there any left luggage facilities in Courchevel?

    Courchevel 1550 has announced plans to renovate the Tourist Office building in the centre of resort, with a luggage store being one of the anticipated new features. Moutiers Eurostar train station also has a left luggage facility. You can find heated ski lockers at the lift stations in Courchevel 1300, 1650 and 1850. Each locker holds 4 pairs of skis and boots and can be rented by the week or for the entire season.

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    Are there any nightclubs or late night bars in Courchevel?

    Are there any nightclubs or late night bars in Courchevel?

    Don't worry if the thought of going to bed early every night in order to be first up the mountain in the morning isn't your cup of tea! There is plenty in Courchevel to keep the night-owls happy, take a look at our bar listings pages to find out where to party in resort.

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    Are there any non-smoking bars and restaurants?

    Are there any non-smoking bars and restaurants?

    Since January 2008 smoking has been banned in all bars, cafés and restaurants in France. Patrons are generally free to smoke on the terrace and during the winter months smokers are often catered for with outdoor heaters. Have a look at our Guide to Dining in Courchevel for suggestions of restaurants and bistrots in Courchevel.

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    Are There Any Ski Lockers Near to the Pistes/Lifts?

    Are There Any Ski Lockers Near to the Pistes/Lifts?

    Heated ski lockers can be found at the main lift station in Courchevel 1300 and at the Maison du Moriond in 1650. Each locker holds 4 pairs of skis and boots (although you may find them a squeeze for that many snowboards) and can be rented by the week or for the entire season. Approximate prices are €8 per day, €40 for 6 days or €420 for the season. There are no ski lockers in Courchevel 1850.

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    Are there rules and restrictions on the lifts ?

    Are there rules and restrictions on the lifts ?

    The Courchevel lift system operates during both summer and winter seasons and has different restrictions regarding access according to the time of year. Please see Courchevel Ski Lift Guide for further details.

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    At what age should my child start skiing?

    At what age should my child start skiing?

    Most ski teachers wouldn’t recommend starting skiing before the age of three or four at the earliest. The right age will vary from child to child, and depends upon the child’s strength, co-ordination and attitude. For this age group skiing should remain a play activity, so don't expect a young child to ski all day - a couple of hours is ample. For more information on ski school and children please read our Guide to Children's Skiing in Courchevel.

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    Can I cross-country ski in Courchevel?

    Can I cross-country ski in Courchevel?

    Cross-country skiing is a great alternative to regular alpine skiing if you fancy taking things a bit slower and enjoying the tranquillity of the surroundings. It is still a great form of exercise though, as it is more energetic than it looks! You can find out all about the cross-country trails in Courchevel in our Guide to Cross-Country Skiing.

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    Can I drink the water in Courchevel?

    Can I drink the water in Courchevel?

    Yes! Courchevel is a proper town with decent water treatment. The water can sometimes taste a bit metallic due to the high mineral content and during the melting periods some people prefer to switch to bottled water just in case the treatment plants are over-capacity. Generally though the water in the Alps is, on the whole, wonderful mountain spring water and Courchevel is no exception. It is perfectly safe to drink and tastes even better than the water at home!

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    Can I get sunburnt in winter?

    Can I get sunburnt in winter?

    Very easily! Always take precautions against the strength of the sun on a skiing holiday. At altitude and with the reflection off the snow, the sun’s rays can cause damage very quickly. Always, always wear sunglasses, even when the sun is not shining. Apply sunscreen, apply it thickly and keep applying it (you can still burn though cloud cover). Putting on factor 40 once in the morning will not protect you from burning. Reapply every hour.

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    Can I get to Courchevel by train from the UK?

    Can I get to Courchevel by train from the UK?

    Yes you can and the so called "Snow train" is a popular way to travel to resort, especially if luggage allowance might be an issue with a flight. Eurostar runs a weekly direct route from London St Pancras to Moutiers. No changes are needed and it travels overnight meaning you get an extra days skiing. You arrive early Saturday morning and depart again on Saturday evening giving you 8 days on the slopes should you wish.

    Don't expect a great deal of sleep though as its not the comfiest ride and drinks are served throughout the night so it can become a bit of a part wagon. But with transfers considered it can actually be a convenient and fast way to arrive, especially as it meets the public bus in Moutiers to take you up to resort.

    There is also a day option but this would mean a transfer in Paris and a tube connection which isn't always easy lugging skis about. Read more in...How to Get Here.

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    Can I go swimming in Courchevel?

    Can I go swimming in Courchevel?

    Yes there are a few swimming pools throughout resort, from family-friendly public pools to more exclusive spa pools. New for 2015-16 is the Aquamotion centre in Moriond. Scroll down to 'Swimming' in our Summer Activities guide for more details. 

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    Can I picnic at any of the mountain restaurants?

    Can I picnic at any of the mountain restaurants?

    Picnicking is forbidden, or ‘interdit’, in most mountain restaurants. You may get away with eating your own sandwich if you buy some chips and a drink to go with it – but don’t be surprised if it is frowned upon. However, there are plenty of great places to eat al fresco in the mountains - as long as you don't mind nestling down into the snow or perching on a slab of rock! If the weather is too bad for eating outside then some mountain restaurants have a "salle hors sac" where you can tuck into your packed lunch indoors. For our recommendations, please see Mountain Restaurants in Courchevel.

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    Can I take my baby to a ski resort?

    Can I take my baby to a ski resort?

    Yes, you can take your baby to a ski resort but be aware that sudden changes in temperature and altitude are not recommended. For help on in-resort childcare, equipment rental and helpful tips go to our Tips for Families in Courchevel & The 3 Valleys.

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    Can you suggest some activities in Courchevel for children?

    Can you suggest some activities in Courchevel for children?

    Courchevel is very much a family-friendly resort and welcomes children of all ages. From things that you can do as a family to activities that the children can go off and do with their new 'holiday friends' you will find plenty to keep everyone happy. Please see our Courchevel Activities section for a few suggestions.

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    Can you suggest some hiking routes to try?

    Can you suggest some hiking routes to try?

    If you come to Courchevel in the summer (and between you and me, you really should) chances are you'll want to get your walking boots on and go on a ramble or two. Courchevel offers some beautiful walks for all standards, from gentle rambles to challenging hikes, you can enjoy the mountains just as much in summer as in winter. Have a look at our page on Hiking in Courchevel for further information.

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    Do I need a photograph for my lift pass?

    Do I need a photograph for my lift pass?

    Not any more. Due to the invention of magnetic 'hands-free' passes cutting out a passport sized photo to attach to your ski pass is no longer necessary. The only exceptions are the season passes and free passes - for these your photo will be taken digitally at the lift pass office, or you can bring along a photo for scanning. Don't forget you can now order your passes in advance and online, and have them sent to your home address or hotel / rental agency in the resort.

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    Do I Need a Work Permit in Courchevel?

    Do I Need a Work Permit in Courchevel?

    If you are from Europe, the chances are you will not require a work permit or "autorisation de travail" to work in France - Switzerland is a different matter. Please see our Working a Ski Season in Courchevel to find out more about visas and passports.

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    Do I need to carry chains in the car (often a paying optional extra in car-hire)?

    Do I need to carry chains in the car (often a paying optional extra in car-hire)?

    Yes! During snowy weather, resorts restrict access to vehicles with snow-tyres or chains, and sometimes traffic police will not allow any vehicle on to the resort access road without chains being fitted. Chains can be bought at any of the garages in the area or can be requested as part of a car hire package (if you are taking a car locally). We'd recommend that you buy them in advance at home though, to ensure the correct size & that they're actually in stock. The colour-coded 'quick-fit' variety are usually the best option and make sure you buy the right dimensions for you tyres - one size does NOT fit all.

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    Do the Ski Instructors Speak English?

    Do the Ski Instructors Speak English?

    Almost certainly – ESF instructors are mainly French but teach lots of English clients year after year, and so have a good understanding of the language. You will also find that many of the private schools in resort employ English instructors, so enquire when booking if this is important to you. When booking into a group lesson most ski schools will try and keep people of the same nationality together, to avoid confusion. During quiet times of the year you may find yourself in a mixed group, but the instructor will still try to engage with individuals in their own language. You can find details of all the instructors on our Ski & Snowboard Schools listings page.

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