The ski resort of Courchevel is part of Les Trois Vallees which is the largest linked ski area in the world. Originally designed and constructed during WWII, it’s one of the few ski resorts that was not built out of an existing village. Although it was designed as a ski resort and remains a popular skiing destination, there’s a lot more to do in the area. Many activities are ideal for families, including dog sledding and luge racing. The following are just some of the activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Moriond Luge Racing at Courchevel 1650
Moriond luge racing is a thrilling 3 km toboggan run that negotiates tunnels, hairpin turns and smooth straight runs. Though there is a height limit, smaller children can ride down with an adult. For those who want the thrill of downhill skiing without the expertise, this is a great alternative. Of course advanced skiers find it exhilarating as well.
Aquamotion Center in Courchevel village
Courchevel also has the largest mountain aquatic center in Europe. There is truly something for everyone here. There are several indoor and outdoor pools with a full range of watersport activities, a huge Pentagliss, a long slide canyon that is like a river as well as a surfing area, a climbing wall, baby pools where toddlers can splash around and a spa that offers all sorts of treatments including massages.
Dog sledding in Courchevel is a popular way to experience the beautiful scenery. Gentle and strong, these beautiful huskies follow a long tradition where dogs have helped humans navigate snowy terrains.
Forum Center at Courchevel 1850
Originally built in 1992 for the winter Olympics in Albertville, the Forum is located in the center of Courchevel 1850. There are three levels housing a diverse array of activities, from exploring luxury shops to indoor climbing and bowling. There is also an ice rink, an acrobatic course and a fitness center. This is a great option for the kids if they need a day off from the cold.
Western Park at Courchevel 1650
The French have long had a fascination with cowboys and Indians and the American west. At Western Park at Courchevel 1650, the activities are centered around a Western theme. There are ski lessons for kids, archery, face painting, feathered headdresses and tepees. There’s also a kid-friendly saloon with games and wi-fi. This is a great way to introduce young children to snow sports.
Family Park located below the top of the Verdons gondola lift
For more advanced skiers there’s Family Park, a ski terrain with small bumps for beginners to experiment on as well as more challenging “kickers,” “boxes” and “rails.” Located just below the top of the Verdons gondola station, there’s a boardercross run and a giant airbag ensuring a soft landing for skiers experimenting with jumps.
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