The Guide

More than just slopes

Whether you’ve got a non-skier in your party, you’re looking for something to do in the afternoons, or you fancy a day off when the weather closes in, you’ll be pleased to hear there are plenty of non-skiing activities to keep you entertained throughout your stay. Here’s our pick of the best.

Tobogganing

The luge track in Courchevel Moriond has brought a hit of adrenaline to the resort. Running from the top of the Ariondaz bubble back to resort, sledgers descend 300 vertical metres over the 2km course with a 15% incline in parts. It is high speed and a lot of fun. Helmets are compulsory and gloves, boots and goggles highly recommended. So grab some friends and go head-to-head.

Over in Méribel there is a similar option named the Mission Black Forest, open every afternoon from 2pm, costing around 12€ for a single descent. Accessed by the top of the Tougnète bubble, the track is 3.4km long, tackling 28 bends and a 470m vertical drop.

Swimming & indoor sports

Méribel has impressive sports facilities at the Parc Olympique near the Chaudanne, including a 25m pool, spa area, gym, fitness centre, climbing wall and ice skating rink. While over in Courchevel Aquamotion, between Moriond and Village boasts indoor and outdoor pools and an adult-only spa area with a range of pools, saunas and steam rooms. Perfect for soothing your muscles after a long day on the hill. If you like your downtime a bit more active there is also a climbing wall, gym and surf simulator at Aquamotion, as well as an ice-skating rink in the Forum in Courchevel.

Snowshoeing

If you want to get away from the lifts and explore a bit of nature then guided snowshoe walks are a great idea. You can join a group or book a private guide. Not only will you see more of the area but the local guides are also packed full of information including the history, flora and fauna of the Three Valleys. International Mountain Leader Pip Line is highly recommended.

Massage

Fancy the ultimate indulgence? Or want to loosen off tight muscles? Book a masseuse to come to your chalet. They’ll arrive armed with all you need for the session and normally offer a range of options, from a gentle relaxation massage to a firm sports massage. They can be booked for one person, or back-to-back if a few people are tempted. If you have any injuries it’s best to book a qualified physio. The team at Ski Physio come highly recommended.

Events

The tourist office arrange a programme of events throughout the season including Christmas carols, New Year’s Eve Party on the Piste, torch-lit descents and fireworks. Pop into the tourist office in your resort to find out what’s going on during your stay.

Take to the air

If you want a bird’s eye view of your resort you can do a tandem paraglide, or even a skydive. Paragliding involves jumping off the top of the mountain supported by a huge wing, safely strapped to a professional who does this several times every day. The views are amazing and it’s a real experience. This can be done from the top of Saulire and the top of Col de la Loze and will normally set you back about 90€. If you want to go one step further then how about a skydive? These are available in Courchevel late season, during March and April when the weather is warmer and conditions more stable. Although a little expensive (around 390€ per jump) it is a once in a lifetime experience to drop over 5000m with 45 seconds of freefall, in the most incredible setting.

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