Some of the world’s most beautiful ski runs are tucked away among the natural wonders of Courchevel 1850. For years, these strikingly scenic gradients have been drawing scores of skiing enthusiasts from all over the world. Les Trois Valées, which surrounds Courchevel 1850, is to date the largest skiing area in the world, with a whooping 600 kilometres of ski runs. The resort of Courchevel 1850 is therefore an ideal choice of destination for uninitiated skiing enthusiasts, and professionals alike. With 19 green runs, 35 blue runs, 34 red runs, and 8 black runs, Courchevel’s slopes exhibit variety as well as challenge. To consummately experience each unique slope and perhaps master every descent, visitors are recommended a protracted stay near the city centre.
First-time skiers and beginners are encouraged to find their feet at the Pralong Zen area. It is a large area without any obstacle hazards and serves as the perfect location to practise turning, braking, and accelerating on level snow. Two drag lifts, Ferme and Altiport, facilitate an ascent all the way to the starting point, and the way up affords breath-taking vistas of the jagged peaks that surround the gentle slope. Once visitors have made the most of Pralong Zen, they may head to the neighbouring Golf Zen area for a change of slope or drop by Le Cap Horn to sample an assortment of award-winning wines.
Intermediate skiers have plenty of snow trails to look forward to in Courchevel 1850. The alluring Combe de Saulire is among the most popular pistes in the area and becomes crowded with ski and snowboarding aficionados unless accessed early in the morning. The red runs nearby, especially Chaplets and Rochers, offer an escape from the busier trails through serene alpine forests and immaculate slants of snow. These gradients are perfect for building up a hearty appetite that one could satiate at the classic La Mangeoire or the high-altitude watering hole Les Flocons Bar.
Veteran skiers have plenty of opportunities to test their mettle in the selection of black runs that dot the region. The Grand Couloir provides an exhaustive introduction to the steep demands of these more advanced slopes, which draw daredevils and experts from around the globe. More audacious skiers are certain to meet their match at Couloir Tournier, a precipitous piste not for the faint of heart. Besting these runs calls for a sparking glass of champagne at the live music lounge Ku-de-ta or the wine and tapas bar Le P’tit Drink.
Regardless of a visitor’s taste in the plethora of pistes dotted around Courchevel 1850, One Authentic Properties’ Chalet Le Coquelicot offers a choice of accommodation unrivalled in opulence and location. Crafted with a pick of sombre wood, restrained glass, and abundant drapery, this luxury chalet dramatically stands out against the backdrop of its picture-perfect surroundings. Chalet Le Coquelicot houses six en-suite bedrooms, a kitchen, a TV room, a dining area, a salon with an exposed fireplace, a spa and sauna, a hot tub/Jacuzzi , Haman/steam room, Gym, Massage room and a swimming pool. It is serviced by a chalet manager, 2 full-time housekeepers, a chef, and a butler as well as an in-resort chauffer. Spa technician services and helicopter transfers are provided at an extra cost.
Chalet Le Coquelicot is one of the few ski in and ski out chalets with direct access to the stunning world-renowned ski runs at Cospillot. Visitors to this extensive property will carry back memories of spectacular ski runs, pristine views of the French Alps, and a hearth that left nothing to be desired.