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Hotel La Sivoliere is situated in the heart of the forest, next to the Dou du Midi red piste and only a ten minute walk from the centre of Courchevel 1850. This chalet-style hotel has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment and is beautifully decorated in an alpine style with a modern edge. It is a slick and contemporary hotel where service is paramount. Enjoy your well earned après ski beside the roaring fire or become absorbed by a book in the tranquil library. La Sivoliere is a 5 star hotel, connected with a snow-white environment, combining alpine tradition and contemporary design. The hotel displays the true Savoy style of wood and stone nestled among snowy pines in the heart of Courchevel 1850. You’ll find this Alpine chalet-style hotel at the top of the village, surrounded by pine trees lit up at night so the whole scene glitters. Superb panoramic views take in the resort nestling below and the surrounding mountains. La Sivolière has chosen Tristan Auer for his subtle yet chic style. The result of his work is a blend of traditional and modern, comfort and sophistication, in avoiding some spectacular effect he stayed in total harmony with the spirit of La Sivoliere.

The 24 Rooms, 11 Suites and 2 Duplex Apartments have an incredible and warm light with a view of the village, the slopes or the forest. Wood and stone dominates the lobby, providing a rustic atmosphere, which is softened by sofas inspired by Art Nouveau. An alcove off the lobby recreates the atmosphere of a smoking boudoir. The luxurious rooms, suites and apartment are beautifully-furnished and are truly welcoming after a hard day on the mountain. The suites and the apartment feature sitting areas, fireplace and a private terrace or balcony. Each of the rooms, suites and apartments exude an air of luxury and elegance. The suites and apartment feature sitting areas, fireplace and a private terrace or balcony.

Awarded with 3 Red Forks from the Michelin guide, the 1850 is the gourmet restaurant of La Sivolière, run by a young chef native of Carpentras, Bilal Amrani. Intimate and cozy, the restaurant welcomes guests into a homey atmosphere to enjoy the unique cuisine of Chef Bilal Amrani, while the dancing flames from the fire place and the logs artfully decorate the walls. A true extension of the surrounding nature, the walls are dressed in light sanded pinewood. Black lacquer and natural wood tables alternate, offering a minimalist and elegant décor to highlight La Sivolière’s new personalized china. Freshly baked bread, homemade jam and alpine honey make breakfast a tantalising experience. At teatime the chef whips up exquisite hot chocolate, crepes and pastries to enjoy by the fire, or for something a little stronger, warm up with a mulled wine or cocktail in the cosy bar.

After a long day’s skiing, why not loosen those tired limbs in the fitness centre by taking a swim in the pool or relax in wellness area. The relaxation area includes a balneotherapy and counter-current swimming pool, steam room, sauna, massage room and a fitness room equipped with cardio-training machines. Adorned with Arabescato marble, the relaxation area benefits from natural light passing through large bay windows with a spectacular view of the valley. Guests of la Sivoliere have the opportunity to choose among a several kind of choice about classic massage, after-ski massage, osteopathic or reflexology treatment , facial and so on.

The Mini Sivo Club is a wonderful service for kids and children, offering a personalised welcome, children’s currency, a special supper table and fantastic play area. Courchevel 1850 is an exclusive yet family orientated resort with fantastic pistes for all abilities. The resort is very well connected to the entire 3 valleys ski area opening up 600km of well maintained slopes and a whole host of exciting opportunities and activities such as cross country skiing and paragliding. Children are treated like kings at La Sivoliere. Facilities include a children’s room with interactive games, Playstation, flat screen TV, DVD player and a children’s supper table. Because the stay must be enjoyed by the whole family, La Sivoliere offers a special service for the four-legged friends with half-board provided on room service. A daily walk through Courchevel and the snowy mountains by trained staff can be also organized. Upon arrival, guests are offered bone shaped cookies, food and water bowls, and a leash with the La Sivoliere brand.

Ideally located at the base of the Dou du Midi slope, la Sivoliere has its own ski shop, a warm and cozy lounge where a team of professionals care for the guest’s equipment. The exclusive ski-in/out ski shop can expeditiously outfit the guests from head to toe, including passes and much more. Professional ski champions are available to follow the Guests in their experience in the Savoyard Mountains thanks to their expertise which help the Guests of La Sivoliere to choose the best outfitting, the best equipment and best way to enjoy the ski into the 3 Valleys Domain. La Sivoliere has direct access to the slopes and lifts of Courchevel, part of the world’s largest ski area.

Courchevel 1850 is in Les Trois Vallees in the Savoie Region of the French Alps, and consists of the Saint-Bon, Le Praz, Courchevel Village, Courchevel Moriond and Courchevel (formerly 1850). Courchevel is a collection of five resorts: 1850, 1650, 1500 and Le Praz 1300. Courchevel 1850 is the highest and is one of the most glamorous, and expensive, ski resorts in Europe. Courchevel has a reputation as a place for rock stars and royalty but make no mistake, it is one of the world’s premier ski resorts with good reason. The skiing has breadth and depth that is unequalled. The extent of the Three Valleys combined with perfectly groomed runs, vertiginous off-piste couloirs, gentle runs at village level and much admired tree skiing mean Courchevel has lots for skiers of all standards. The Three Valleys make up the biggest ski area in the world with 600 kilometers of slopes connected by 173 ski lifts and ski runs. Apart from skiing, the village has plenty to offer. The toboggan run to 1550 is another favourite. There is a farmers’ market on Wednesdays and the Forum is home to an Olympic ice rink, bowling alley, climbing wall and small gym. Paragliding, horse drawn carriage rides, forest walks, show-shoeing, cross-country skiing, ice karting and hot-air balloon rides are also possible.

Courchevel hosts special events including the International Pyrotechnic Festival, the most impressive fireworks display you will ever see, and ski-jumping competitions at the Olympic ski jump in Le Praz. Courchevel offers a great balance of high and medium altitude and predominantly north-facing slopes to offer excellent skiing throughout the winter. In December, huge capacity for artificial snowmaking and the connection to the Val Thorens valley make good skiing probable. Courchevel really comes into its own from December until late April, that is the lift closure period. When it gets really cold, runs to the lower villages are bearable and come spring time, north-facing pitches hold up well. Courchevel is 2 hours away from 2 major international airports, Genève- Cointrin and Lyon-Saint–Exupéry.

Superior Room

The first double room category, Mountain and village or forest and slopes view. Room with double or twin beds and an open lounge area, bathroom with bath and shower, bathrobe and slippers. All the rooms are providing a LED flat television with a ride range of international channels, a Blu-Ray DVD player (movies on request at the front desk), a safe box and a mini bar. Wi-Fi internet connection included in all the public areas and rooms. 

Authentich Room

Designed like a junior suite with forest and slopes or mountains and village view. Room with double or twin beds and an open lounge area, bathroom with bath and shower, bathrobes and slippers. Some of the authentic rooms can have bunk beds in order to accommodate a family. All the rooms are providing a LED flat television with a ride range of international channels, a Blu-Ray DVD player (movies on request at the front desk), a safe box and a mini bar. Wi-Fi internet connection included in all the public areas and rooms.

Deluxe Suite

The first suite category with a cozy bed with duvet and top mattress. Separate lounge area. Bathroom with bathtub and separate shower, “Sivoliere” bathrobes and slippers. All the suites are providing a LED flat television with a ride range of international channels, a Blu-Ray DVD player (movies on request at the front desk), a safe box and a mini bar. Wi-Fi internet connection included in all the public areas and rooms.

Prestige Suite

The largest one-bedroom suite, village and mountains or forest and slopes view. Cozy bed with duvet and top mattress and separate lounge. Bathroom with shower and Jacuzzi, Sivoliere bathrobes and slippers.  All the suites are providing a LED flat television with a ride range of international channels, a Blu-Ray DVD player (movies on request at the front desk), a safe box and a mini bar. Wi-Fi internet connection included in all the public areas and rooms.

Signature Suite

Two-bedroom suite with village and mountains or forest and slopes view. Cozy beds with duvet and top mattress. Two en-suite bathrooms with large shower and Jacuzzi, Sivoliere slippers and bathrobes. Separate lounge.  All the suites are providing a LED flat television with a ride range of international channels, a Blu-Ray DVD player (movies on request at the front desk), a safe box and a mini bar. Wi-Fi internet connection included in all the public areas and rooms.

Apartment

A chalet atmosphere, refined decoration by Tristan Auer and a lovely view on the mountains and the village of Courchevel 1850. On the ground floor: one master bedroom with a fireplace, an en-suite bathroom with separate toilet, shower and bathtub. One the same floor, a large dining area, a lounge with fireplace and a full equipped American kitchen. One the first floor: two rooms with their own bathrooms, one with bath, the second one with a large shower, bathrobes and slippers. Cozy beds with duvet and top mattress. Complimentary wi-fi internet connection, Mini bar and safe box. All the apartments are providing a LED flat television with a ride range of international channels and a Blu-Ray DVD player (movies on request at the front desk). One apartment includes a kitchen with the option of a private chef on request.

Well-Being Area

The SPA is well equipped with a balneotherapy pool with counter-current swimming, a hammam, a sauna, a massage room and a fitness room equipped with cardio training facilities. Adorned with Arabescato marble, the relaxation area benefits from natural light passing through large bay windows with a spectacular view of the valley. Christophe Pirel, an osteopath with 20+ years of experience, is at La Sivoliere, with his team to offer a wide range of treatments. Guests of La Sivoliere have their choice of a classic massage, after-ski massage, osteopathic or reflexology treatment, facial and much more.

Ski Lounge

Ideally located at the base of the Dou du Midi slope, La Sivoliere has its own ski shop, a warm and cozy lounge where a team of professionals care for the guest’s equipment. The exclusive ski-in/out ski shop can expeditiously outfit our guests from head to toe, including passes…a most pleasant experience. Sebastien Amiez, ski champion, is at disposal to advise Guests. Slalom specialist, Sebastien joined the French ski team in 1993, won a Cristal Globe in 1996, a silver medal at the World Championship in 1997 and a silver medal at the winter Olympics Games of Salt Lake city in 2002. Sebastien Amiez will bring his knowledge and his expertise to the guests of la Sivoliere, by outfitting guests with the best equipment and by also offering special day passes to ski the 3 Valleys Domain. La Sivolière has direct access to the slopes and lifts of Courchevel, part of the world’s largest ski area.

Mini Sivo Club

Children are Sivoliere’s Prince and Princesses, in an universe that was made and thought especially for them at the Mini Sivo’s Club. The Mini Sivo Club caters to children in a variation of the 5 star hotel, certified Family Plus Mountain. Much more than a regular kids club, it delivers a true 5 star service to younger guests. Upon their arrival, children are welcome at their own private desk, where they can check-in and receive their Mini Sivo passport, and choose from a wide range of activities (changed on a regular basis): cooking classes with Chef Amrani himself, perfume workshop (create your own Eau de toilette), jewelry workshop, maitre chocolatier workshop and much more. Captains Mini Sivo is at disposal every night after their ski day to participate on new, creative, entertaining and fun activities contributing to their successful holidays in Courchevel.

Dog Service

La Sivoliere offers half-board and pet sitting services with trained personnel. Your companion will enjoy a walk in the mountain or the village of Courchevel.

Shuttle Service

A shuttle is available to the Guests from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.: convenient for a stroll in town, window shopping, attend a party or discover the local specialties at the artisan shops.

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The history of La Sivoliere:

In 1946, Emile Allais (former Olympic skiing champion) and Jeannot’ Cattelin (former owner of La Sivolière), had a dream: to create a ski resort that went beyond everyone’s expectations. Their ambitious project came to fruition shortly after the Second World War and helped foster the development of winter sports. The result was one of the world’s most well- respected ski resorts: Courchevel. Close your eyes and imagine the world’s largest skiing area. The resort is located in the heart of the 3 Valleys area and its 600km of skiing slopes. It offers different categories of alpine runs, for the young and the not so young, for the inexperienced and the near experts as well as for those who merely want to enjoy the remarkable views. The amazing slope maintenance and snow making (477 snow cannons) of the slope bashers ensure 58% of the domain is skiable from the beginning of December through end of April.

You can’t miss the “Sifel Chair,” a creation from Caroline Corbeau, known for her talents as sculptor, designer and painter. This amazing piece, a red chair custom made for La Sivoliere, reflects the artistic commitment of the hotel and stands strong, at 4 meters tall, to welcome guests. La Sivoliere stands as a true tribute to the Savoy style, with wood and stone construction, yet offers a new look, chic and contemporary, since December 2009. The masterminds of this restoration:

– Pascal Chatron-Michaud, an architect from Megeve, specializing in mountain
– Tristan Auer, architect and interior designer, creator of the Jules Hotel in Paris, the Almyra in Cyprus, has also worked with well-known designers as Philippe Stark and Christian Liaigre.

La Sivoliere chose Tristan Auer for his subtle yet chic style. The result of his work is a blend of traditional and modern, comfort and sophistication, in avoiding some spectacular effect he stayed in total harmony with the spirit of la Sivoliere. Wood and stone dominates the lobby, providing a rustic atmosphere, which is softened by sofas inspired by Art Nouveau. An alcove off the lobby recreates the atmosphere of a smoking boudoir. Weathered wood is wonderfully paired with the bold lines of the light fixtures by famous designers such as Kevin Reilly, a sofa by Gaetano Pesce, some benches and lamps by Frederique Morrel and untemporal pieces by Cristal Lalique, thirty custom-made pieces were created for La Sivoliere.

When to go:

This is very much a matter of personal preference. The ski season runs from mid-December to late April and snow cover tends to be best towards the end of the season. Christmas and New Year are very popular so the resort and pistes will be busy. However, Christmas in the snow is magical, especially for families.  January is much underrated. Many people are back at work or school, so the pistes are virtually empty with no lift queues. The weather can be very cold but this makes for excellent snow conditions and you can enjoy blue skies and sunshine in January. Courchevel is always extremely busy in February and Children’s Ski School places are often booked up months in advance. March is when the sun starts to shine for longer and longer each day and temperatures are usually kinder to lunching out-of-doors. The snow quality may start to decline, hard in the morning and slushy in the afternoons. This is a popular month with the British and other nationalities, so it can still be quite busy but the February madness will have eased off. April is often the snowiest month of the season as spring showers bring fresh snow to the mountains. In fine weather it is perfect for lazy long lunches in the sun and the pistes are once again quiet. The resort will go quiet during May and June but spring in the Alps is beautiful and if you don’t mind not being able to take the lifts it can be the nicest time for hiking. The weather can be changeable, as it can anywhere, but it is often more comfortable for outdoor sports than the heat of summer. July and August are the busiest summer months and there are loads of outdoor activities, as well as plenty of hiking trails to explore. The climate during the daytime will be much as for the rest of France but the evenings will be cooler – so you can sleep well after the day’s exploits. From September onwards things cool down again, and life is much calmer. You can enjoy excellent weather at this time of year and the temperature is much better suited to outdoor activities, although the rain may come at this time. October and November are when many places are closed to take a break or prepare for the following winter season. You can expect the resort to be very quiet during these months, which may suit some people but bear in mind that mountain access will only be on foot as the lifts will be closed and the weather will be turning colder and wetter.

Le 1850

Awarded three red forks by the Michelin Guide in 2013, Le 1850, Chef Bilal Amrani, stages fabulous French cuisine to delight the taste buds with menus combining authentic and creative dishes. By choosing local goods, he guides each Guest to a mountain of flavors. Intimate and cozy, the restaurant welcomes guests into a homey atmosphere to enjoy the unique cuisine of Chef Bilal Amrani, while the dancing flames from the fire place and the logs artfully decorate the walls. Enjoy the unique creativity of rugs from Diesel and Moroso, highlighted with lamps and benches from Frederique Morrel, created using recycled tapestries, warm and inviting. From childhood memories to Mediterranean inspiration, up to the peaks of Savoy, Bilal Amrani insists on the best crops from the local farmers, and the A.O.C. produces. Choosing the right ingredient is an art, but preparation is the key: enjoy an egg cooked to the perfect temperature or a veal shank, crumble style with cashew nuts. For desserts, try a classic like poire Belle-Helene, poached pear with vanilla ice cream with hot chocolate, or a Grand-Marnier warm soufflé.  Along with the choices of la carte and a tasting menu, Chef Amrani offers alternate specials each evening. Don’t forget the local dining choices, Wilson Hamon, maitre de table, offers a menu of regional specialties: cheese fondue with mushrooms, stone grill, raclette and tartiflettes.

Le Dou du Midi

Dou du Midi, accessible from the slope sharing the same name, welcomes you to a mid-day menu in a relaxed setting. The luncheon special offers a soup and gourmet tartine, followed with dessert. Tartines are made to order, using fresh seasonal produces, which are also found in slowly simmered soups. Enjoy an indoor lunch or outdoors on the terrace, depending on the weather.

Le Mini 1850

Children enjoy their own restaurant, the Mini 1850, where they can take their meals with their friends. A special menu Mini Dou is available at lunch, with balanced and portion controlled dishes, and a selection of Mocktails (virgin cocktails) as well. Upon request, Captain Mini Sivo may join the children for dinner at the Mini 1850. Experience the life of a little Eskimo, an afternoon snack is offered in an igloo near the hotel, supervised with a mountain guide.

Le Bar

Back from a long day on the slopes and enjoy a treat by the fire: crepes, waffles, cakes, hot chocolate or tea will bring a welcome comfort during winter evenings. The chandelier by designer Kevin Reilly provides a soft light and glow to the lounge. The candle lights reflect on the glossy lacquer bar with its incredible carved oak legs. The unique sofa, in a shape of a mountain and waterfall, designed by Gaetano Pesce, in homage to the surrounding countryside, brings a touch of humor to the bar, which opens on to the restaurant.

La Sivoliere has direct access to the slopes and lifts of Courchevel, part of the world’s largest ski area. The 3 Valleys, simply the world largest connected ski area with 600 kilometers of tracks: 50% easy slopes (green and blue) and 50% experts tracks (red and black). The domain is so big, people spend more time skiing rather than waiting in line and taking the lifts. 85% of the slopes are above 1800 mt of altitude, which ensure optimal snow from early December to late April. Courchevel, served by 58 ski lifts, offers 150 kilometers of tracks, with an equal split of ski levels, so everyone can enjoy. In addition of the traditional ski and snowboarding sports, the ski resort of Courchevel recommends an ice rink, paragliding, snowshoeing hikes, snowmobile rides, hot air balloon, a 2 km long sledge track and some more than 35 activities.

Ski – Treat yourself to the best skiing possibilities! 600 kilometres of alpine ski runs enabling you to make the most of your days on the slopes.

Sledge – Get ready to hurtle down 2 km-long sledge run, 300 mt difference in altitude, average incline of 15%, prepare to experience some serious thrills at the heart of the forest.

Snowmobile Ride – Motorsports fans should head to the altiport! Spend a day following a private trail or set off in the evening along the pistes especially reserved for this activity.

Paragliding – Suspended from a canopy, allow yourself to be carried by the wind. Enjoy the unforgettable experience of freedom offered by paragliding.

Snow Cat Driving -Are you impressed by the slope bashers which prepare the trails? Discover the sensation of driving such a machine accompanied by a driver to show you how it works and guide you.

Hot Air Balloon – A balloon filled with hot air is the simple way to fly. Let yourself be transported by the wind, to an unknown destination! Climb aboard a hot air balloon and discover the peaceful.

Nordic Walking – Nordic walking is accessible to everyone, offering all the pleasure of walking along with a highly efficient way to achieve physical fitness equipped with poles.

Fireworks in Courchevel

Each year Courchevel plays host to an International fireworks competition and they put on one hell of a fireworks display. This year was the 13th year and the Courchevel’s fireworks festival was held from 12th February to 5th March. During this festival four different companies specialised in pyrotechnic spectacles compete against each other through a series of impressive fireworks shows. The fireworks are not on every day but spread out throughout the festival.

“We are the only place that organises a pyrotechnic festival in the mountains, in winter,” says Alain Petit, director and creator of the festival. “I thought that, since Courchevel is such an international resort, it would be interesting to host an international show that is the only one of its kind in Europe.”

Courchevel is not one resort village but four distinctly separate ones. They were renamed a couple of seasons ago but are still commonly known by their old names, Courchevel 1850, Courchevel 1650, Courchevel 1550 and Courchevel 1300 (for the purposes of clarity, they will be referred to by their new names, followed by the former names in brackets throughout this guide). They are linked by lifts, pistes and a road which winds its way up from Courchevel Le Praz (formerly 1300), through Courchevel Moriond (formerly 1650) to the highest resort which is now simply known as Courchevel (formerly 1850), bypassing Courchevel Village (formerly 1550) on the way. []

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Courchevel 1850: why not?!?

Although we are only at the beginning of September, it is never too early to talk about the next ski-holiday. For those who have already experienced the endless delights of Courchevel 1850, its charm and appeal are relatively obvious. With an extraordinary array of opportunities for adventure both on and off the slopes, it really is the kind of treasure that is genuinely one of a kind. Moreover it boasts the most fantastic luxury chalets in France, like La Sivoliere. Situated in the heart of the forest, next to the Dou du Midi red piste and only a ten minute walk from the centre of Courchevel 1850, this chalet-style hotel has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment and is beautifully decorated in an alpine style with a modern edge. The 24 Rooms, 11 Suites and 2 Duplex Apartments have an incredible and warm light with a view of the village, the slopes or the forest. Wood and stone dominates the lobby, providing a rustic atmosphere, which is softened by sofas inspired by Art Nouveau. Awarded with 3 Red Forks from the Michelin guide, the 1850 is the gourmet restaurant of La Sivoliere which welcomes guests into a homey atmosphere to enjoy an unique cuisine while the dancing flames from the fire place and the logs artfully decorate the walls.

However with the reputation for being the world’s best ski resort, Courchevel 1850 has a lot to live up to for both regulars and first-timers alike and here is a quick overview of 10 things you should know about France’s number-one ski resort: []

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