Ski Holidays in Courchevel Le Praz, France
Courchevel Le Praz (formerly Courchevel 1300) is the lowest of the four main Courchevel villages and the most traditional and quaint out of all of them. The other three are Courchevel Village (1550), Courchevel Moriond (1650) and Courchevel 1850, part of the world's largest ski area, The Three Valleys.
The village has a number of permanent residents which helps in enhancing its relaxed and Savoyard charm, a contrast to the villages higher up like the glitz of Courchevel 1850.
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Skiing in Courchevel Le Praz
Just like the other Courchevel villages, Le Praz allows easy access to the whole ski area via efficient lift systems including one gondola that takes you all the way up to Courchevel 1850.
Most of the runs directly above Courchevel Le Praz are reds and blacks, so the resort is best catered for confident intermediates to advanced skiers.
Intermediates will enjoy returning to the village down its tree-lined pistes whilst beginners will be happier returning by bus or cable car after sessions on the nursery slopes or the good selection of green runs at Courchevel or Courchevel Moriond. Advanced skiers will no doubt want to explore the full three valleys ski area, taking in Meribel and Val Thorens as well as the extensive off-piste. A run that advanced skiers will love is the Jockeys black run into Le Praz as it is often untouched, quiet and we think it’s the hidden gem of the ski area.
Snow conditions in Courchevel Le Praz
The village’s only limitation is its snow coverage. As it sits at a low altitude, it can be tricky skiing back down into the village during early and late season. But with an excellent bus service linking the villages together and also a new reservoir to enhance its snow cannon network for its pistes, means it shouldn’t be too much of an issue and there will be superb snow conditions further up the mountain.
Après ski, restaurants and other activities in Courchevel Le Praz
Nightlife is quiet and centres around the local bars that are open until late. It is much more like sitting in a cosy bar drinking a vin chaud than dancing on the tables with a pint in hand like the usual comeradory seen at La Folie Douce in resort. Le Praz is better for its restaurants with a selection of gourmet and even one michelin star restaurant, the Azimut, for a fine dining experience.
For those who want to stay in a more lively resort in Courchevel, take a look at the other villages of Courchevel 1550, Courchevel 1650, Courchevel 1850 and La Tania. Or if you fancy a completely different change of scene, then La Plagne in the Paradiski ski area is only a 20 minute drive away.
Le Praz also has a ski jump, the iconic 1992 Olympic jump that dominates the village. It is used for international ski jump competitions and has even featured in the Red Bull 400!
Transfer times to Courchevel Le Praz
Chambery (CMF) - 1 hr 15 mins
Grenoble (GNB) - 1 hr 55 mins
Lyon (LYS) - 1 hr 55 mins
Geneva (GVA) - 2 hrs 5 mins