Arguably the best ski resort in the world, Courchevel 1850 offers a whirlwind of glamorous adventures to keep all the glitterati happy, from its Michelin-starred restaurants, to buzzing bars, wild nightclubs and fantastic shopping. Beyond its astounding après ski scene, Courchevel also offers superb skiing for every level, owed to its 3 Valleys ski range, pristine slopes and fantastic facilities. These include 63 ski lifts, 117 downhill ski runs and an abundance of off-piste escapades to explore.
After gallivanting down the slopes all day, a drink is in order and that’s where Courchevel 1850’s après ski scene comes in. Here’s a round up of top five spots to enjoy:
For après-ski drinks whilst rubbing shoulders with the jet set, head to Le Denali restaurant at the Grandes Alpes Private Hotel. Le Denali is located on the slopes in the heart of the village and can be easily reached by foot or skis. For those skiing from Bellecote, Verdons or La Loze, this spot is en route. Its convenient location makes Le Denali a popular spot to meet up with friends at the end of the day. It’s a great place to have a drink on the terrace while soaking up the last rays of sun or alternatively relax indoors on the cosy sofas.
Le Cap Horn
For VIP après ski where guests are encouraged to dance on the tables with their ski boots on, head to Le Cap Horn, adjacent to the Pralong piste. This restaurant is located at 2000 metres and does excellent seafood, with a 380-strong wine list and private rooms. In addition, Le Cap Horn often has a live DJ. This is a great place to head if you want to have some fun whilst catching the final bit of sun on the terrace.
Le White Bar
Le White Bar is located in LVMH Chairman Bernard Arnault’s hotel Cheval Blanc, which is hailed as the chicest ski hotel in the world. Le White Bar, renowned as the glitziest in Courchevel 1850, is nestled under a wood ceiling. Inside is a minimalistic combination of glass and marble, with a long bar running through it where vintage champagne flows. Those looking for an après ski spot that is smart and civilised will find this just the ticket. The crowd is usually a mishmash of French aristocracy and young and extravagant jet set. Le White Bar is located on the slopes, so it’s possible to ski directly there or, alternatively, walk there.
For a whirlwind night of dancing and debauchery, head to La Grange, a multi-floor nightclub in the heart of Courchevel 1850. Until the 1950s, the venue was occupied by farm animals, but nowadays is just frequented by party animals. La Grange is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays and is one of the ski resorts most decadent clubs in Courchevel, with fun carrying on well until the early hours.
With out a doubt the trendiest and the most exclusive après ski spot in Courchevel 1850 is Les Caves nightclub. The club is a popular haunt amongst the gliterrati of Courchevel, including Roman Abramovich who’s a frequent visitor when he’s in town. Inside, an imitation Tyrolean façade, arches and columns prop up the club’s medieval interior. With champagne flowing and the party going on ’till the early hours, Les Caves is one of the ultimate après ski parties in Courchevel 1850.