Courchevel 1650 Moriond

COURCHEVEL MORIOND (1650)

A buzzing resort for beginners to experts: perfect for end-to-end Three Valleys days!

Chalet Mollard Courchevel Moriond 1650 Champagne

Courchevel Moriond… The Village

A fun and friendly place for a ski trip, Courchevel Moriond is great for all levels of skier with its wide-open blues, quiet reds and the well-designed beginners’ area at the top of what will be a brand-new bubble lift for 2017-18.

Situated at the eastern end of the world’s largest ski area, it’s in a brilliant spot for strong intermediates and experts who can take the opportunity for full end-to-end Three Valley days. Its position also means that the slopes are quieter than the main hot spots of Courchevel 1850 and Meribel.

The original village of Moriond was home to the very first drag lifts in Courchevel, so it has a long history of accommodating skiers. Huge ongoing investment in the resort’s lift system and piste maintenance has ensured that it keeps its world-class reputation, and it attracts a lively bunch of skiers and snowboarders who appreciate the buzzy but laid-back vibe.

The ski front is home to a couple of smart bars, with Fire and Ice a firm favourite for coffee or a seriously indulgent hot chocolate. Away from the slopes the village is home to eclectic collection of shops and a large choice of bars and restaurants. There are regular buses to and from 1850, Aquamotion swimming pool and further afield within the resort of Courchevel.

Aside from the good-sized supermarkets you’ll find plentiful sports shops with the latest ski-wear. For snowboarding gear check out uber-cool Endless Winter. Smart L’Ecorce stocks lovely candles, amazingly beautiful skis and has a little restaurant tucked at the back which offers interesting and good-value lunches. This being the alps, there are several options if you’re after cheese, and we’d particularly recommend Chez La Gaulois which has been in Moriond for decades and sells all the local favourite fromage and wines, and also do an incredible raclette sandwich. For bread and pastries there are two options – the newbies at Tarte Tropizienne and the long-serving boulangerie Au Pain d’Antan, next to expert boot-fitters The Boot Lab and New Generation Ski School’s office. You can find gifts and post-cards in the Maison de la Presse (and stamps in the Tourist Office/Post Office!)

What’s On?

In Courchevel Moriond, just as there are pistes to suit every skier, there’s a bar to suit every drinker! From Belgian beers to fancy cocktails, there’s a great range of drinking establishments. Favourites (aside from Fire and Ice!) include Le Schuss: a lovely rustic chic-style bar with outside terrace; La Boulotte for a cosy vin chaud or the Funky Fox for late-night drinks, DJs, pool and pinball. La Boulotte and Le Bubble often have musicians at après, keep your eyes on the blackboards outside…

For dining out in the evenings, there are lots of great options in Moriond such as Cucina Angelina, Angela Harnett’s fabulous Italian restaurant, or the swanky Himalayan-themed Manali hotel. There are plenty of places to enjoy a French menu as well: Le Petit Savoyard offers delicious duck and steaks, a cracking fondue or raclette and always a friendly welcome from Pascale. La Table de Marie is renowned for their huge choice of pizzas and Jacques and Francoise at L’Eterlou also do a great value take-out. Try the quirky La Cabane for seafood treats.

Exploring further afield, a few minutes on the free bus and you can be up in Courchevel 1850 which also has an enormous choice of bars and restaurants, from Michelin-star to seafood and sushi. A quick trip down to picturesque Le Praz will yield several great fine-dining options for a meal with friends and family. Click here for more information on our favourite Le Praz restaurants.

For self-catering, guests will find the Carrefour and Utile supermarkets stock fresh fruit and vegetables, local cheeses and meats and lots of tasty treats and snacks for the week, alongside English specialities that you may not be able to live without. If you’ve got a craving for lobster then the Spar supermarket often has a tank in the window!

The popular new Aquamotion swimming centre is a short stroll or free bus ride from the centre of Moriond. With its huge slides, spa areas and climbing wall, it’s great for anyone wanting to spend a bit of time away from skiing.

Other nearby activities include ice skating and ice hockey matches, hot air balloon rides, tandem paragliding, a huge toboggan run, snowshoe walks and cross country ski tracks. Ask our concierge if you’d like us to book any activities for you.

There’s a fabulous spa up in Courchevel 1850 in the Chabichou Hotel, and our Alpine Escape concierge can recommend and book massage and/or beauty therapists who will visit your chalet to provide treatments within the comfort of your own room.

For children, there’s a fun Wild West area within the new nursery zone with a teepee – a great spot for youngsters to toast a marshmallow and nosey around at the interesting Native American trinkets inside. You can even wear a head-dress and try out a bow and arrow! Littlest children can draw or play with blocks in the Tourist Information centre, and there’s a free soft play very near to the bus stop in Courchevel 1850 which always proves popular with kids up to the age of around 7/8.

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Getting Around…

With the bars, shops and restaurants of Moriond just a couple of minutes’ walk from Chalet Mollard, guests are in an ideal spot for enjoying après-ski, especially if making use of the heated lockers at the foot of the slopes, where you can leave equipment overnight.

The lifts are easily-accessed via an escalator in the centre of the village which brings you to the snow front. From there, the whole Three Valleys awaits… Iin Moriond the red runs Chapelets and Jean Pachod are particular favourites, with steep black Chanrossa providing a bit of a challenge to experts. There are plentiful blues in the Moriond area, all of them nicely-pisted, wide and quiet which is great for less confident skiers and boarders.

On foot, it’s easy to use the free buses which run regularly between Courchevel 1850, Moriond and Courchevel Village, La Tania and Le Praz. Skiers and pedestrians can use them from early morning until late in the evening. The Mairie de Saint Bon website has a link to a PDF version of the timetable. It’s also worth getting a ‘pieton’ ski pass which gives access to the ski lifts on foot and allows pedestrians to meet with skiers at the mountain restaurants. As mentioned above, Le Bel Air is a great meeting spot.

Find out more about Chalet Mollard, Alpine Escape’s self-catered chalet in Moriond.

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