It doesn’t get more glamorous than Courchevel 1850 – pristine snowscapes, a finely-crafted olde-worlde charm and some of the planet’s finest dining combine to make this ski area one of Europe’s most exclusive.
As part of Les Trois Vallees, the biggest ski area in the world, Courchevel 1850 joins eight other swanky resorts, including Meribel, Val Thorens and Orelle, all linked by ski lifts. In fact, this area in the French Alps has more than 160 ski lifts, plus 328 slopes, with 85% of the ski area above 800m catering for all abilities.
Courchevel, itself, is made up of four separate villages – each defined according to their altitude. Courchevel 1850 is the highest and largest of the four and home to luxury chalets and top-end hotels catering to some of the world’s wealthiest few. As well as glitzy boutiques, the village is renowned for its outstanding dining, with five restaurants boasting two Michelin stars, not to mention having the most luxury hotels in France (apart from Paris) – you’ll find both Aman and Cheval Blanc outposts here, despite its tiny size.
One of these hotels is the beyond charming Les Airelles. Outside, the pink exterior is punctuated with ornately-carved balconies and pastel frescoes. In winter, its turrets and surrounding fir trees, lit with twinkling lights, are covered with a layer of snow – just like a scene from a fairy-tale.