What's new in the Courchevel area?
A Brand New Grangettes
The main gondola out of Courchevel Village (1550) is being replaced this year, in a series of lift upgrades planned for the next few winters, making it even easier to get around. The new lift will be able to take 10 passengers per bubble and carry them up the mountain in half the time. This isn't a benefit for skiers alone, as the Grangettes gondola provides access to the free toboggan run that winds its way down from Courchevel 1850 all the way back to 1550. To further enhance the night tobogganing possibilities, each gondola will have internal and external lighting, so hopefully no more lost gloves!
The top of the redesigned Grangettes will be situated just to the left of the Tovets chairlift as you look up the mountain, giving the gondola far better access to the Croisette in 1850 than the previous iteration did.
A Family Park From Another Time
Word of the wonders of Courchevel must have spread through the indigenous people's network, as there's a new group of settlers in town: taking over the Family Park in Courchevel 1850 it's the mysterious Incas. Not much information has been brought to light on what exactly the Incas are planning to do in the now sacred Family Park but there is promise of a new aesthetic and even a temple of the snow god!
If you are worried about the fate of the long standing park residents, Giraffe and Ladybird, then you need not fear. They have decided to go on an adventure around the Courchevel ski area; see if you can spot them on their travels this winter.
Let It Snow
The resort team in Courchevel don't appear to be too reliant on the powers of their new snow god however as they are adding a further 26 snow cannons to the resort. This will bring the total up to a whopping near-700 cannons in the Courchevel ski area and over 2,000 in the 3 Valleys. Although given the snowfall we had last year they may not be needed at all.
How many times have you tried to take the perfect chairlift selfie only to be buffeted by a gust of wind and drop your phone? Hopefully the answer to this is never, but for those of you who have always dreamed of the perfect group photo your prayers have been answered. As of 2018/19 the Biollay chairlift in 1850 will be armed with a mid-chairlift camera that will take a photo of you as you make your way up the mountain. Come snow or shine a photo of your chair will be waiting for you at the top of the lift, simply make your way over to the big screen at the top and collect it. Making your co-workers jealous has never been so easy!
Free Aquamotion Visit
Also new for the 2018/19 season is a free entry to the swimming pool area of Aquamotion with every 2-day or more Courchevel valley ski pass; unfortunately this doesn't apply to 3 Valley passes . The swimming pool area or 'Aqualudique' includes a 25m swimming pool, outdoor lagoons, two diving boards, a kids' play area, racing slides and even a (very) wild river slide. If you haven't been already then you should definitely consider a visit, conveniently situated just below Courchevel 1650 it is only a short walk away and for those in La Tania it is easily accessible by one of the many free busses.