Non ski activities
Ski resorts aren't just all about skiing...
If you are a non-skier, have children to entertain, can't sit down or want to try something new, then read on!
You can find out about what's going on in your resort in the Resort Information Folder in your chalet - ask your host if you can't see it on the coffee table.
If you'd like us to book any activities for you, or reserve restaurant tables etc. then please don't hesitate to ask either your host or guest services manager.
Please note that prices may change for this winter.
Val d’Isère boasts an amazing Centre Aquasportif – just underneath the Olympic station. You're entitled to 1 free entry to the pool with a valid 2-15 day Espace Killy ski pass, just take your lift pass and receipt.
The Patinoire has had a €2 million refurbishment. Located in the centre of the village just behind the main road. Open daily from 2.00pm – 7.00pm. Tel: 04 79 22 82 05
Adult entry - €7, Child entry - €6 includes entry and skate hire.
Films are shown at 18.00 and 21.00. If there is bad weather, then an additional film is shown at 14:30. Films are shown in both French and English, ‘VOST’ means that the film is in its original language with French subtitles. Details in Val Scope or at the cinema entrance. Tel: 04 79 06 03 43
Massage, physio and beauty therapy
We use various local companies. Please ask your Guest Services Manager or ring us in the UK office in advance if you have something specific you'd like booked.
There are a number of spas in Val d’Isère. We recommend the Spa in the Savoie Hotel.
Husky rides, quad bikes, ice climbing, ice diving
Evolution 2 run a selection of activities in Val D’Isère and Tignes. www.evolution2.com
Follow a local guide on snowshoes. Outings for all levels, whole or half day.
Ice Karting/ BMW driving
It’s best to book in advance, Ice Karting 3pm-8pm, BMW Ice Driving 3pm-8pm. We can book on your behalf, or you can call 06 79 49 49 23
Starts from the Bellevarde pistes. Available every day from €80 per flight, depending on weather conditions from 10.30am – 4.00pm.
Helicopter flights and transfers
A once in a lifetime experience! Discovery flight (5 mins). Espace Killy flight; High Tarentaise flight, or to fly around the Mont Blanc.
Not for the fainthearted! From €65 per skidoo. Every day from 10am – 5pm guided tours. Ask your Guest Serices Manager or visit the Cameleon hut at the foot of the Tommeuses lift. 07 77 99 45 77
Keep an eye out in your chalet for this publication which details what's happening during your stay. Or ask your Guest Services Manager in resort.
Every Thursday after Christmas 18.00 – 19.30, the ‘Nocturne du Jeudi’ takes place. The main street through the centre of the village is closed to traffic so that pedestrians can look through the variety of snow and ice sculptures, while sampling vin chaud and watching parades, to the accompaniment of music.
Aquamotion - it's amazing!
This is the biggest thing to happen for non-skiers in Courchevel since we arrived there in 1982...
It's an enormous, beautifully designed building with enough to keep a non-skier occupied for a whole week! There are:
River rapid slides
And what's more Le Ski have special deals - see the Aquamotion page here for full details
Massage and Beauty
Several hotels in 1650 and 1850 offer massage and beauty treatments. We would recommend Pamper Off Piste, a British company who can visit you in the chalet and offer sports, deep tissue, foot and holistic massages, as well as facials, pedicures and waxing. Minimum of one hour of treatment per chalet is required. Discounts are available for multiple bookings with the same therapist.
The Cinema Le Tremplin is in 1850 on the Place du Tremplin and sometimes shows English language films with French subtitles (‘VO’ or ‘VOST’). Adults €9.90, under 12s €7 www.megarama.fr/tremplin
The Forum is a large multipurpose centre in 1850. Here's what they offer (aside from the shops!):
Ice Skating and Hockey
The ice rink (‘Patinoire’) offers daily skating 3pm-7pm. They also have special galas, ice dancing events and ice-hockey matches which are publicised in the ‘Programme d’Animation’ available in your chalet. The ice-hockey matches are fast, furious and amazing entertainment with the local team being one of the strongest in the region.
Skating for Adults is €5.10, children €3.40, skate hire €3.40. 04.79.08.33.23.
The climbing wall is 13m high and has 4 routes. It is open daily between 09h00 – 17h30 and 19h30 – 22h00. Beginner tuition sessions cost €9 per person and are run during the evening between 17h30 - 19h30 by the Bureau des Guides at the foot of the wall. 04.79.01.03.66.
The 8-lane bowling alley also has a bar and snacks. Open from 12h00 - 02h00 everyday. Quite expensive and be aware that they hike prices in bad weather! 04.79.08.23.83
Situated in the Forum in 1850, the fitness centre has body-building facilities and fitness facilities, personal trainers, a sauna, and a hammam. It is open from 11h00-21h00 Monday-Friday, and 14h00-21h00 on Sundays.
Various options available with some including mulled wine, dinner and even fireworks, followed by a descent by torchlight down to 1850. This is an enjoyable evening for all, including non-skiers who can be transported down the hill by minibus.
Chardon Loisirs – 04.79.08.39.60.
Animation Services – 04.79.22.01.07
Skivol – 06.83.97.53.26
You can drive your own skidoo or go with an instructor, then head off up into the mountains in convoy. This is a fast and furious experience, not for the faint hearted. Runs most days, departing from the Maison de la Montagne. Bookings are essential and must be made in advance.
Chardon Loisirs - 04.79.08.39.60.
Skivol - 06.83.97.53.26.
Powder snow skiing from mountain summits with 1000m and 2000m descents. Be whisked off in style to enjoy the freedom and challenges awaiting you on vast, empty slopes. Subject to weather conditions and availability.
Bureau des Guides – 06.23.92.46.12
Looking for a little more excitement than just skiing the mountain? Then why not jump off it? Join Craig, a British and French qualified instructor and enjoy a magical tandem flight, with stunning views across the valley.
Contact Craig - 06.81.64.69.70 or 04.79.08.43.65
Several companies can provide you with your very own pilot and will whisk you off from the Altiport at 1850 – very James Bond! Flights range from 15 minutes above Courchevel to 30 mins taking in the sights of the Three Valleys below. Ask in resort for contact details.
Go on an adventure into the tranquil mountains with the safety of a professional guide. Choice of itineraries with varying levels of difficulty and length.
Contact Bureau des Guides - 06.23.92.46.12 or 04.79.01.03.66
Floodlit 2km run designed especially for sledges and toboggans. Departs from the top of the Tovet slope in 1850 and finishes outside the Grangette gondola in 1550. Open 09h00 – 19h30 and free to ski pass holders, although access is free to all after the ski area closes. If you do not have a pedestrian/lift pass you can purchase a ticket to ride back up the gondola until 19h30 or take the bus instead. Toboggans are available to hire at Intersport and Francis Blanc. We recommend wearing ski gear and helmets!
This is an excellent way to keep fit and take in the mountain scenery at your own pace. Snowshoes are easy to use and provide much more stability than just normal boots. Most ski shops rent them out and will give you brief instructions and advice on how to use them. Poles are also usually required.
There are 14 walking tracks adding up to 15kms that are maintained throughout the season. The Tourist Office will provide information of the current conditions of the tracks. Daily outings with qualified guides for all levels are available. See the Tourist Office for a programme. If you would prefer to walk without the guides, ask for the winter hiking map.
From the 26th December until the 6th March, the Verdons slope and Family Park is open for night skiing every Wednesday from 6-8pm. It costs €6 for the evening, and you can ski by torchlight or on the illuminated Verdons slope.
In addition to all those activities listed for Courchevel, the following is available in La Tania:
Fancy driving your own husky sled team? Husky Safari offer Introductory husky sled driving sessions. Meeting point is at Plantin (2km from La Tania)
La Tania has only one very small swimming pool and fitness suite, with sauna & Jacuzzi situated in the Hotel Montana. This is open between 14.00 and 20.00, cost is €15. There is also a large public pool in Meribel which is open from 14.30 onwards. There's a bus service during school holidays but outside of these times transport would be via taxi which we can help you arrange.