Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Studio apartment in Courchevel Moriond (formerly1650) sleeps 4/6. Genuine ski-in/ski-out, located very close to the Petit Moriond gondola, giving direct access to the main resort. Close to slopes, ideal for families and small groups. All in all, this is an absolutely fantastic location for your holiday.
Studio apartment of 38 m2 on 1st floor of large apartment building at the top of the resort, accessed by lift and stairs. Comfortably sleeps 4, although can sleep 6. We were awarded the 'Courchevel Label' (3 stars) in 2011, acknowledging the facilities offered in our apartment. Excellent location, right on the piste, the Petit Moriond gondola being a very short, easy downhill ski from the building, and you can ski straight to the back door. Large ski locker, (can also hold bikes for Summer holidays). Southerly facing balcony enjoys uninterrupted views up the mountain. Free car parking immediately outside the building, with overflow car park opposite.
Floor plan is on our website. There is a double futon sofa/bed at one end of the room, where we have installed a sliding 'wall', so that the futon sofa/bed can be partitioned from the rest of the room for privacy. There is a 2nd double sofa bed in the living area, and a further two single beds. Bunk beds are situated off the kitchenette, which has a sliding door enabling this area to be closed off for privacy. These beds are suitable for children, but have limited space. All the beds are extremely comfortable, and have their own duvets and pillows. Kitchen equipped with 4-hob electric, microwave, fridge, dishwasher. Large dining table with enough seating for 6, wardrobe, dresser, TV/DVD, radio/cassette player.
Separate bathroom and WC. Modern bathroom, fully tiled walls and floor, spot lights above handbasin, bath with shower and glass shower screen.
Large ski locker room has plenty of space for ski/snowboard equipment, and will also hold several mountain bikes.
Towels and bed linen are not provided. There are two double quilts, four single quilts and 8 pillows. The apartment is cleaned before guests arrive (included in price).
You can ski directly from the back door to the Petit Moriond gondola. Courchevel Moriond has some gentle nursery slopes near the gondola, and there are two free drag lifts, so beginners don't need to buy a lift pass to use the Belvedere & Mickey green runs. There is a wide range of skiing to suit everyone from beginners to intermediate and advanced skiers, and Courchevel has a reputation for having some of the best groomed pistes in Europe. 1650 links easily to the other resorts including 1850, 1550, Le Praz and La Tania, and with over 60 lifts, there are rarely any queues. Courchevel is part of the Three Valleys Area, with access to 600km of downhill skiing. With pistes above 2,500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season, with over 600 Snow Cannons. There is a floodlit slope (open until 7pm nightly) above Courchevel 1650.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Chambéry 90 km, Nearest railway: Moutiers 22 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Access||Parking, Lift access|
The Rhone/French Alps region
Outside of the winter season, there are numerous places of interest to visit, within reasonable travelling time.
Annecy — Well worth a visit! Takes about 1½ hours to drive there, depending on road conditions. Take a boat trip on one of the most beautiful lakes in the Haute-Savoie region. The boats operate between April and October. The town of Annecy itself is a fascinating place to visit, with numerous street cafes and restaurants situated alongside the river, which flows through the town. Trust us—you'll find this one of the most beautiful places to visit. Cruises of the lake are available with 'Compagnie des Bateaux du Lac D'Annecy' as well as many smaller boat hire companies.
Pralognan — At the heart of the Tarentaise region, and only 30 minutes' drive from Courchevel, Pralognan-la-Vanoise is the capital of the Vanoise, and is one of the main entries to the Vanoise National Park. Here, you'll find Europe's most extensive ice cap, more than 30 summits above 3,000 metres, and Savoie's highest mountain. Some of the region's most popular trails also start from this popular resort. We've taken the 'Mont Bochor' gondola from the town centre, which takes you to a height of 2,000 metres. From there, the mountain offers a wide range of interesting walks, of varying degrees of difficulty and length. Alternatively, one can start walking from further up the valley, including 'Le Petit Mont Blanc' (3 hours) which takes in views of the Courchevel valley.
If you're looking for something less energetic, then Pralognan is also home to the Olympic Skating Rink, and swimming pool. These are both open daily. Nearby, children may be interested in horse riding, whilst those aged between 3–8 will love the pony rides. All in all, Pralognan has something to offer everyone, and you could easily spend a day or two in this area alone. For more information, visit their website, which you'll find on our Links page.
Chamonix, Mont Blanc — Welcome to the fantastic world of high mountains! You can visit the 'Aiguille du Midi', at a height of 3,842 metres, in the highest mountain in the Alps. Let the cable-car take the strain, for some breathtaking views and scenery. Don't be deceived by the sunny weather down below, the temperature usually falls to ?10°C, so you should take some warm clothes.
The Sea of Ice, Mont Blanc — The 'Mer de Glace' is the largest glacier in France, on the Chamonix glacier. It has a surface area of 40Km2, is 7Km long, and is 200m thick. On arrival, you have a quick and easy access down to The Ice Grotto by cable car. The grotto is chiselled out of the glacier each year, and includes many ice sculptures and period characters. You can also see the permanent exhibition of The Alpine Wildlife, a world frequented by numerous alpine species. Finally, discover some of the most beautiful specimens of cristal at The Cristal Gallery, on show in a gallery hollowed out of the rock face. Well worth a visit, if only for the spectacular ascent up the mountain by alpine train.
Courchevel also hosts the annual Académie Internationale Festival, called Music Alp, running high-level music courses for many instruments, supported by world renowned music professors. Courses run from July to August, including several concerts. Details can be found on their website www.festivalmusicalp.com
Courchevel has a reputation for being one of the most glamorous and chic resorts in Europe. It has excellent facilities for everyone, which will keep the whole family occupied after you have finished skiing. Courchevel provides the most direct access from the gondola lifts to the rest of the Three Valleys.
Facilities include an ice-skating rink, a ten pin bowling alley, an indoor climbing wall, and a floodlit luge track. There are also numerous shops to suit all tastes.
Courchevel Moriond (formerly known as 1650) is only a 5 minute bus ride down from Courchevel 1850, and is a quieter and less expensive resort. There are three minimarkets in Moriond which are always well stocked; two are close to our Ariondaz apartment, the third is very close to Le Marquis, which stock just about everything you could possibly need during your stay, including a wide range of good wines and beers at reasonable prices. There are several boulangeries and pâtisseries, where you can buy mouth wateringly fresh bread, croissants and pastries.
Various other interesting shops will provide you with an almost endless source of ideas for buying presents and souvenirs of your holiday. You will find several bars and restaurants, including traditional French cuisine, as well as other nationalities. Remember to visit the weekly street market where you can buy local produce, such as Savoie meats, cheeses and wines. It is a good idea to pick up some brochures from the Tourist Office at the beginning of your holiday—this is located near the roundabout, at the centre of the resort.
If you travel down from Courchevel Moriond towards Courchevel Village (formerly known as 1550), you will find a sporting complex (Les Grandes Combes) which is only open during the Summer season. This includes a lovely outdoor swimming pool, 10 tennis courts, and a basketball court. Swimming costs about £10 for a family of four. There is no shortage of activities for both children and adults—you can have a go at archery, under the expert supervision of friendly English speaking instructors. Children will be particularly interested in having a go on the 'zip ropes', which traverse the stream, and are great fun. In the winter, you can try go-karting on ice.
Formerly known as Courchevel 1300, Le Praz is the first of the Courchevel resorts you get to as you drive up the mountain road. Being the lowest resort, it lacks snow towards the end of the season, but you can still get a gondola to take you higher up the mountain. However, it is the largest of the villages, and does have its own attractions. These include the ski jumps, which were originally built for the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics—remarkably, they have been designed for use even in the Summer, and you can often watch the French teams training throughout the year. They regularly play host to a round of the European Championships, when top class jumpers will thrill you with their amazing jumps!
In the Summer, Le Praz comes alive to an array of activities to suit everyone's taste. The lake is well stocked with trout and salmon, and a half day's fishing permit only costs about £5. You can try your hand at parascending too. Le Praz has a delightful number of small street restaurants and bars, and some interesting shops and restaurants amongst its narrow streets.
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