As the northern hemisphere heads into cooler times, it is a good time to plan a luxury ski break and France has some wonderful options available. What could be better than heading to those ski resorts up in the French Alps this winter season.
Home to the 1992 Winter Olympics, Méribel is one of these ski resorts. Located in the Tarentaise Valley and situated in close proximity to the town of Moutiers, this ski resort consists of three villages, Méribel Centre, Méribel-Mottaret and Méribel Village, and the resort is part of Les Trois Vallées (or The Three Valleys) interlinked ski system, situated within the Vanoise National Park.
Les Trois Vallées is the largest of all the interlinked ski areas in the world, offering 335 marked runs over an area of 600 kilometers, more than 139 kilometers of cross-country tracks and 180 ski lifts.
Méribel village offers pretty ski chalets constructed of local wood and stone with attractive slate roofs. The chalets offer everything anyone could want while on a luxury ski break. Surrounding them, there are several bars, restaurants and shops to choose from.
For the après ski experience, the legendary La Folie Douce is a perfect option, offering cabaret and live music in the fresh air. The cabaret starts at 2.15 p.m. and much dancing and merriment is to be had. For those not wishing to participate, there are blankets and duvets available for snuggly warmth.
The video below gives an idea of the slopes at Méribel and the facilities available:
Close by, and also part of Les Trois Vallées, is Courchevel in the commune of Saint-Bon-Tarentaise. The resort center is located at 1,747 meters (5,732 ft).
Courchevel is well known for its excellent lift system which, even during the busiest times of the year, is almost queue free at any time, making it a perfect location for a luxury ski break in France.
Consisting of four villages, the resort offers 11 hotels with a 5-star ranking. Two hotels in the area have the very prestigious “palace” 6-star ranking and Courchevel is the only ski resort able to offer this luxury.
The resort also has a range of luxurious ski chalets, considered to be amongst the best in the world.
Besides luxury accommodation, Courchevel is well known for its fine dining and the resort has the most Michelin starred restaurants of any of the French ski resorts, including Le Chabichou, which is both a 4-star hotel and 2 Michelin-starred restaurant.
The resort also offers a range of shops selling the ultimate in luxury goods including Cartier, Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and so much more.
Visitors to Courchevel will be in excellent company as in the past the resort has had the pleasure of visits from various Royals, including Prince William and Kate Middleton, the King of Morocco and the Saudi Royal family, and has name-dropped many popular singers, movie actors and sports stars, such as the Beckhams, Lionel Ritchie, George Clooney, among others.
Watching the video below, it is easy to see why Courchevel is so popular, making it definitely time for a luxury ski break up in the Alps of France.
By Anne Sewell
La Folie Douce
Méribel photo CC-by-SA Brice
Courchevel CC-by-SA Yrithinnd