Here at Ski Dazzle we know Courchevel pretty well, having looked after catered chalets for many years…
We’re lucky to have a huge range of mountain restaurants, but if you’re looking to save your spending money or want to make the most of soaking up the sunshine then have a look at our suggestions for a perfect place to picnic in the Courchevel Valley.
OUTDOOR PICNIC SPOTS:
Top of Signal and Chapelets chairs, Courchevel Moriond – These two areas are very close and are spots with benches as well as cracking views of the Breche de la Portetta (the jagged and curved rocks in the Vanoise National Park area)
Fact: Apparently the remains of a crashed WW2 aircraft can be seen the other side of the rocks…
Top of La Saulire, Courchevel 1850 – Heading up in the huge Saulire cable car is an experience you shouldn’t miss whilst you’re in the area. Once you reach the summit you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world with these breath-taking views. Don’t forget a camera!
Fact: The Grand Couloir to the right as you reach the top is Europe’s steepest black run. Never pisted, it has huge moguls and is an exciting but nerve-wracking piste for experts to tick off their list.
Top of Creux Noir chair – the barrier and signs mean that the area isn’t blasted for avalanches to make it safe to ski, but you can duck under and enjoy a picnic with a magnificent view towards Meribel and Val Thorens and beyond. As long as you head back down the red/black pistes after your scenic picnic you’ll be safe as houses!
Fact: In the summertime this rock sticks out like a sore thumb due to its black colour.
INDOOR PICNIC SPOTS:
Le Forum, Courchevel 1850 – Whilst you’re not supposed to bring your own food in here, to save you carrying your picnic the ‘Au Pain d’Antan’ boulangerie has some well-priced sandwiches, pizzas and quiches with tables you can sit at to eat them. And the dessert section is not to be missed! Drinks can be expensive so take your own bottle of water.
Salle Hors Piste, top of Verdons – once you reach the top of Verdons gondola in 1850, if you turn right you’ll find this room which has tables & chairs for picnickers as well as sinks for water/rinsing. Ideal in snowy weather!
Pas du Lac, Meribel Mottaret – if you are heading down into the Meribel Valley, new for 2016 is a picnic room which has sofas, a kitchen, WiFi and phone recharging spots. It’s under the Pas du Lac gondola and is called ‘Piknic N’Relax’.