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Why these resorts are part of the best winter destinations

Entertainment  Tips & Guides 

on 03 October 2019

If these stations are known, there is a reason (or more)! Escape, with family or friends, to these dream destinations where winter rhymes with warmth, friendliness, party, laughter and relaxation!

Winter holidays are also an opportunity to meet with family or friends. For that, what better than a destination that combines activities and essential events, restaurants and friendly bars, concerts and dream accommodations? Good atmosphere guaranteed!

Des stations aux histoires passionnantes | Méribel © Sylvain Aymoz23

Ski resorts with exciting stories

Courchevel and Meribel are historic resorts thanks to their legendary slopes.

This winter, ski on tracks with extraordinary stories, oustanding landscapes such as the Roc de Fer de Meribel slope: the ladies' olympic slope, of the games of Albertville in 1992 as well as the Combe de la Saulire which is the most appreciated slope of Courchevel thanks to the quality of its snow and its panorama on Mont Blanc from its summit.

For ski fans, these two resorts are for you. They are committed to welcoming families and are therefore labeled "Family Resorts". Find the largest ski area in the world with the 3 Valleys and the first ski and alpine ski club in Courchevel.

Un hiver sous le signe des expositions | Courchevel

A winter under the sign of exhibitions

Courchevel is a resort that is at the top of its art with its new activities and exhibitions. Courchevel is, during the season, a true open-air museum.

For its annual exhibition "L'Art au sommet", the works of a different artist at each edition are highlighted on the slopes and in the centre of the resort.

The Fly Courchevel also offers an incredible display of helicopters and planes of all sizes. It will make you want to try a first flight by helicopter, plane, and even flight stunts, above magnificent panoramas.

Où faire du ski... | Méribel

Where to ski...

Ski jump fan? Test this discipline with the Olympic venue (90m and 120m), which hosted the 1992 Albertville Olympic Games. You will also find two other 60m and 25m venues. An exhibition in Courchevel Le Praz will allow you to learn more about the ski jumping discipline in the resort.

Ski touring is very popular during the season and Courchevel has understood it well. It was the first French ski resort to have created and marked a ski mountaineering course with a length of 3.2 km, then a second of 5km.

Lac de la Rosière | Courchevel

The ski touring will allow you to discover landscapes breathtaking. Between snowy peaks and forests, you will find no less than 33 trails in Courchevel.

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In Meribel, explore the Tuéda Nature Reserve by the Bear Trail in a fun way with wooden carvings of the local fauna. A real awakening of the senses and a picnic in the middle of the largest pine forest in the Alps. Alone, with friends or family, everyone will be charmed by this preserved natural environment.

Des activités originales et ludiques | Méribel

Original and fun activities

The sledge is not made only for children: in Courchevel, you can discover the F1 sled version with 3km of slides, 8 tunnels, zig-zags endlessly ... sensation guaranteed!

In Meribel, it's the snake-gliss we want to start again without stopping. The goal is to hang the most sleds together to form the largest snake possible. The laughs will be at the rendez-vous!

It's impossible to get bored at these resorts thanks to all the activities that are on offer. Ride the slopes on a bike or ride a horse through the snowy trails... So many activities that will make you discover these resorts from a brand new angle.

Téléfondue | Méribel

Gastronomy and mountain recipes

It is also a world gastronomic place. Nicknamed "La Saint Tropez des Neiges", with a record concentration of stars per capita (14 stars): Courchevel is the largest haunt of starred restaurants on the planet.

Meribel also offers an exceptional dish quality. For all tastes and budgets, Meribel has introduced its famous telefondue: a gondola at dusk to enjoy a good fondue in the mountains.

The 10 gourmet places to test absolutely!

Aquamotion | Courchevel

The best spas in winter

After a good day skiing, the resorts offer Aquamotion, the largest European water fun center in the mountains, and the Olympic Park, a spa in the heart of the 3 Valleys ski area.

Massages, hammam, sauna, jacuzzi, reflexology... everything is thought to relax completely.

Climbing, yoga, indoor surfing, aquasports... The best places to train, progress and have fun.

Des événements internationaux | Courchevel

International events

And even a world cup! Courchevel is organizing the Alpine Women's World Cup, with the program 1 giant slalom and 1 slalom. An event where you can see the best women skiers shine in the world!

Of course, Santa will come to greet you before his big tour around the world. But above all, to celebrate the new year as it should, Courchevel offers a dance party on the snow front with a breathtaking fireworks display.

Festival international art pyrotechnique | Courchevel

This season, Jack Sparrow invites himself to the International Courchevel Fireworks Festival! A competition of very high level with the participation of the pyrotechnists of the whole world during 5 great shows.

Also check out the White Ink Tattoo show, the tattoo festival is held at the foot of the slopes with more than 35 tattoo and earwig artists. A quirky appointment with a multitude of animations and surprises.

Les meilleurs spots pour des photos souvenirs | Méribel

The best spots for souvenir photos

Being more and more connected on social networks, Meribel reveals its best spots to offer you the best holiday memories:

  • The Combes chairlift and the new Legends chairlift. No need to take out your phones: pose, make your most beautiful smile and get your picture on arrival on the giant terminal!
  • An exceptional panorama is offered to you at Roc de Fer photo spots & Saulire where you can be photographed for free.
  • THE new panorama from the top of Mont Vallon: you will be able to admire the glacier of Gebroulaz and the park of the Vanoise. A spot not to be missed for a successful selfie!
Les meilleurs spots pour des photos souvenirs | Méribel
  • The panorama from the Col de la Loze and the Dragons trail, where you can enjoy hammocks, wood carvings and unobstructed views.
  • The big Meribel logo: you can not leave Meribel without having your photo with the logo, it's the spot of the resort.
  • The picture frames on the peaks: stand behind the frame and enjoy the view of the most beautiful peaks of the valley.

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Cimalpes was born in the French Alps from the dream of two entrepreneurs passionate about their Alpine lifestyle. Today, Cimalpes’ mission is to share this passion with its guests by hosting them in the most charming chalets and apartments, and by accompanying them to organize a memorable holiday in our ski resorts. The Cimalpes teams will be delighted to meet your every need; let us treat you to the Cimalpes promise.

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