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.
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 hired Sara Copeland, a British interior designer, to work hand-in-hand with Florence Carcassonne so as not to distort the house’s existing style, but rather to make it even cosier. All the 20 rooms, including a flat and 4 suites are totally renovated: it is mix British comfort, shimmering and colourful velvet, wood and stone. The bathrooms are also redone and each new suite has a steam shower. All the rooms 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.
Le 1850 Be Organic is the gourmet restaurant of La Sivolière, run by the 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. Chef Bilal Amrani offers 100% organic and ethically raised cuisine for breakfast and dinner. For the 2018-2019 season, Chef has chosen producers whose work respects nature and suppliers with a “greener” approach to consumption. As for the decor, Sara Copeland worked hand in hand with Florence Carcassonne and Bilal Amrani to ensure that the surroundings will be in keeping with the dishes, recalling the organic choices and the colours of nature. The 1850, gourmet cuisine, is honored to have recently been awarded 3 Red Forks in the Michelin Guide. The menu is epicurean, innovative and sophisticated, in the reflection of the hotel.
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. For lunch, Le Dou is a must because it serves a different menu highlighting grilles meat and fish cooked on an indoor barbeque or a wood burning fire place, ideal to have a break after a morning on the slopes.
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. All are signed by the prestigious brand of Nuriss.
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.
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.
Nuriss at the SPA of La Sivoliere
Created by Anita Sturnham, this new British skincare line and wellness center brings you the expertise of a well- known dermatologist. After realizing than most of the skin problems experienced by her clients were due to some products not adapted to their skin type, Dr Anita started to work on an exclusive line of natural products for all skin types. Originated from natural phytonutrients, stem cells, peptides, antioxidants and fruit enzymes, this complete anti-aging line offers products for the face as well as the body. From make- up remover to natural micro-dermabrasion cream and hyaluronic serum, this line has a natural approach combined with a medical knowledge.
The SPA of La Sivoliere
Lap Pool, steam room, sauna, massage and fitness room, get in touch with your body at your own pace and with indulgence. Enjoy high tech equipment and a vast array of treatments in a lovely setting, marble floor and large windows on a direct view of the valley. Possibility to schedule, by appointment only, a relaxing massage, an osteopathy or reflexology session.
Le 1850 Be Organic
A unique experience in an enchanted place, Le 1850 required some make over done to be in synch with the ethical organic cuisine. If interested the guests will have the possibility to tour some local organic producers. Chef Bilal, head of La Sivolière’s restaurant Le 1850 Be Organic, proposes a new 100% organic ethical cuisine. He recommends a cuisine, based exclusively on ingredients from organic farming, like fish, scallops, turbot, lobster as well as veal, Savoy lamb and beef. Vegetables and eggs originate from organic farms, as well as milk and cream from local homesteads.
“The future of cuisine is organic. Our restaurant The 1850 is the only one in Courchevel to propose an ethical organic cuisine.” (Chef Bilal)
In the heart of winter, La Sivolière proposes fresh vegetables smoothie to boost your immune system: Fresh organic fruits and vegetables, blended daily, without any additives or pasteurization process. Homemade raw juice and smoothie are 100% natural.
Value for Money
Double rooms from Euro 900,00 in all season. Mentioned rates are per room and day including breakfast and free Wi-Fi.
The children have their own place, a game room, enclosed with glass walls, so parents can keep an eye on them and have peace of mind.
In every renovated room, there is a dog bed matching with the bedroom colours. La Sivolière is welcoming carefully the four-legged friends, they can even enjoy their meal on room service with a trained staff who will be able to have a walk with them in Courchevel village or in the mountains. A special extra touch is also organized for them with dedicated biscuits and accessories.
Who is Sara Copeland?
In 1997, Sara Copeland entered the world of interior design in order to express her own style when she started “Sara Copeland Interiors”. She began with private clients and many residential properties and quickly started working in London homes and landed estates across the UK, as well as boutique hotels. In each, Sara creates a personalized universe for her clients.
Its own history
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.
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The Ski-Slopes Guide of Courchevel
Are you planning to organize a snowy escape in one of the most beautiful places in the world? Courchevel could be the right place for you, as it is an alpine paradise that boasts a very high altitude, hundreds of snow cannons, and guarantees good snow throughout the season, what else??? The destination is perfect for travelers who love winter and want to enjoy the good things in life. In any case, to make you fully enjoy your luxury ski trip, today I will go to detail the many different slopes in Courchevel as those who love Nordic skiing will find over 66 km of equipped and free slopes.
The town is a small village in alpine style. Away from luxury, it offers nice and affordable restaurants while shuttle buses run every 20 minutes to Courchevel 1850 for free. If you want to leave your children at Kinderheim and go skiing, Courchevel Village is a good option to enjoy quick access to the Les 3 Vallées area. In Courchevel 1550 there are 4 slopes and two lifts, but you can reach 1850 in 5 minutes. Like Moriond, it is a popular destination for families with children.
All in the forest, the four tracks to reach the country offer an excellent opportunity to ski especially when there is bad weather at high altitude, its two lifts allow a rapid ascent. Being family oriented means having facilities for children: accessible from the age of 18 months, the new ESF nursery school welcomes children in a dedicated space, while Wood Park, at the Top of Tovets, is a mini freestyle park, very fun to entertain the younger ones.
At 1550, there are not many off-piste, the essential is higher up. Nevertheless it is a place of introduction to skiing for the whole family.
The glamorous options of Courchevel
Courchevel is one of the largest and highest-altitude ski resorts on the French side of the Alps. The entire area is part of the Savoie region, just outside the Vanoise National Park, and since 1946, when the first ski lifts were built, has become one of the most renamed ski resorts in the world. Courchevel is divided into 4 villages, each with its own characteristics, from the most charming to those most suitable for families, from the super exclusive to the most affordable. Courchevel is the youngest and most sporty, but at the same time also very chic and a gathering place for celebrities and not from all over the world.
Starting the climb
Firstly you meet Saint Bon Tarentaise, at 1100 meters above sea level, here was founded the first hotel that inaugurated the fortune of this French holiday destination. Going up you go to Le Praz, or Courchevel 1300, in fact all the localities bear the same name with the addition of the altitude. It is a typical mountain village, with a pleasant old town, crossed by winding streets, but it is above all a renowned ski area thanks to the presence of Olympic trampolines. Further up you will find Courchevel 1550, ideal for families seeking comfort, and tranquility with slopes suitable for children. Going up again you get to Courchevel 1650, also called Moriond, with simple and relaxing slopes. Finally you arrive in the highest area of the country and the most glamourous, Courchevel 1850, a real jewel of luxurious tourist facilities, even more splendid thanks to the magnificent panorama that can be enjoyed from these altitudes on the nearby mountains.
In the winter season, Courchevel is an integral part of one of the largest ski areas in the Alps, namely Les Trois Vallées, which includes 600 kilometers of slopes and 200 ski lifts. In 1971, Le Trois Vallées, namely Val Thorens, Méribel and Courchevel, were finally linked together to form the largest ski area in the world, mainly with slopes at altitudes above 2.000 meters, where snow is always guaranteed. Considering only the Courchevel valley, the kilometers of slopes are 150, while for cross-country skiing there are 132 kilometers of tracks, of which 66 are just in Courchevel.
What’s the history behind the exceptionality of Courchevel?
The Paris batsmen were the first to appreciate the snowy slopes of Courchevel. In the last post-war period, when the desire to be reborn was pressing. And here, in this corner of Tarentaise, the worldly spirit expressed itself in dinners and parties set up by the very first, daring hoteliers.
A luxury that those pleasure-seekers could not always afford, unless they send antique furniture and art objects to account. Word of mouth in the “Parisienne good society” and in the Savoyard bourgeoisie did the rest. And success was inevitable. Elegance, prestige and professionalism, inherited from those pioneers of hospitality with the flair of business, still make Courchevel a sought-after ski resort for demanding athletes who, from a ski destination among the five most important in the world, claim a high level welcome.
Keeping up with Cannes, the capital of French social life, in this extraordinary area everything is born with snow. Always perfectly beaten, thanks to the silent nighttime sliding of 34 crawler cats. Always abundant, thanks to the 637 cannons that make it fresh, when needed, just to help nature. Always safe, thanks to the 80 snow sheds, sophisticated devices to disengage radio-controlled avalanches. Six hundred km of ski slopes with 311 descents from greens to very steep blacks in the 3 Vallees circuit and 200 ski-lifts, make this ski area, a highly competitive company.
5 reasons for a ski-holiday in Courchevel 1850
Courchevel 1850 is one of the most famous ski resorts in the French Alps, if not in the world. In fact, William and Kate have also spent their winter vacations here in the past. But there is a lot more besides his glitz and his incredibly glamorous reputation. Courchevel 1850 has incredible skiing. And with easy access to the entire Trois Vallées area, there is the right slope for every level of skier as well as the best choices in terms of hotels like La Sivoliere which offers every possible reason to use it as your next base from skiing at Courchevel 1850.
Ski In – Ski Out
All Courchevel 1850 hotels are neatly grouped around the main lift station and along the panoramic slopes. This means that snow lovers can transform daydreams into reality from morning on the first ski lift of the day.
Perfectly located at the base of the Dou du Midi slope, La Sivoliere offers direct access to all Courchevel 1850 slopes as well as to the largest ski area in the world. It also has its own ski shop, a comfortable lounge where a team of professionals takes care of guests’ equipment. In addition, a team of professionals, always available at La Sivoliere, helps all the Guests to find the right ski equipment and the best slopes according to the level, in order to fully enjoy the beauties of the 3 Valleys.
Easy Access to the Trois Vallées
With the four localities of Courchevel having direct access to 600 kilometers of groomed pistes and over 170 lifts of the “Trois Vallées” ski resort, what could go wrong? With slopes and ski lifts all connected ‘snow side’ it is not necessary to take a ski bus for the whole week; which means more time to ski.
Insider Guide: Courchevel
Courchevel is at one end of the world‘s largest lift-linked ski area, the Trois Vallées, which has 600km of pistes and 162 lifts. With many north-facing slopes, the snow in the Courchevel valley is usually some of the best in the whole ski area, and there’s terrain to suit everyone from beginner to expert. Courchevel is not one resort village but a collection of distinctly separate ones. The best-known four were renamed in 2011 but are still commonly known by their old names, Courchevel 1850, Courchevel 1650, Courchevel 1550 and Courchevel 1300. They are linked by lifts, pistes and a road which winds its way up from Courchevel Le Praz (1300), through Courchevel Moriond (1650) to the highest resort which is now simply known as Courchevel (1850), bypassing Courchevel Village (1550) on the way. All resort villages are linked by an efficient and frequent free bus service.
Courchevel Le Praz (1300)
Le Praz is an old, rustic village at heart. The main landmark is the ski jumping hill, built for the 1992 Olympics and still used today, in summer as well as winter. An ancient gondola and a fast chairlift take you up to different parts of the slopes. There is little in the way of shops, but there are some good restaurants, and the Cave des Lys is an atmospheric, vaulted wine bar that serves tapas-style snacks, great for a quiet drink.
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 23 Rooms, 11 Suites and 1 Apartment 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, Le 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.
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.
Special City Guide: Courchevel 1850
Courchevel has been called a resort of high taste, high fashion, and high profile, a chic spot where multimillion-dollar chalets sit on pristine pine-covered slopes. Skiers and geographers know it as part of Les Trois Vallées, sometimes called the skiing supermarket of France. The resort, with 150 km of ski runs in Courchevel and 604 km of ski runs in the Trois Vallées around it, employs as many workers in winter as in summer, many of whom do nothing more than manicure and maintain the slopes. Courchevel 1850 has excellent resorts and hotels, so it draws the super-rich. Travelers on average budgets should avoid it and head for more reasonably priced resorts, especially Chamonix.
Courchevel consists of four planned ski towns, each designated by its elevation in meters. They are the less fashionable Courchevel 1300 (Le Prez), Courchevel 1550, Courchevel 1650, and, crowning them all, Courchevel 1850. Courchevel maintains three ski schools with a staff of 700 instructors, a labyrinth of chairlifts, and more than 200 ski runs, which are excellent in the intermediate and advanced categories. Also in Les Trois Vallées are the less well-known resorts of Méribel, Les Menuires, La Tania and Val Thorens, which you should avoid unless you direly need to save money.