Courchevel Le Praz, France
Courchevel 1300, or Le Praz as it's now known, is a friendly, traditional rural village within the Trois Vallees ski area. It remains quiet, pleasant and a good base for families with children. The links to Courchevel 1850 are generally very efficient. However, skiers can take advantage of the resort's free connecting bus service as well.
The pistes leading down to the resort are particularly pleasant – most are tree lined and they are also perfect for bad weather days. For gastronomic connoisseurs lunch or dinner at the Bistrot du Praz is highly recommended and reputed to be one of the best eateries in the entire Three Valleys, famed for its foie gras chaud.
Pros & Cons
- Charming and traditional village atmosphere
- Some excellent restaurants at reasonable prices
- Family friendly chalets and chalet companies
- Modern gondola (built 2019) linking direct to Courchevel 1850
- Late season skiing as the runs to the village can suffer from their lower altitude
- Limited nightlife options
If you're looking for top notch food, try the Bistrot du Praz. A long time favourite, this restaurant has got even better under its new ownership with stunning food and reasonable prices. The Michelin starred Azimut is a great place to experience Michelin fine dining at reasonable prices. With a 3 course menu for 55 euros (2019) the experience of Courchevel haute cuisine comes without too much of a price sting. To sample great local cuisine head to the Hotel Peupliers in the heart of the village where their Au Burger d'à Côté restaurant serves up delicious classic (and also non conventional) burgers. The hotel's fine restaurant, La Table de Mon Grand Pere, serves a range of seafood and authentic local cuisine. The Cave de Lyrs is a cool, vaulted wine bar serving tapas-style snacks if you're looking for something more relaxed.
Within the Three Valleys there are plenty of mountain restaurants to indulge in. If you're looking for something close to Le Praz then the best restaurant to visit would be at Praz-Juget. Reach this by taking the Foret lift up and skiing down the blue run, Arolles. From here you can also take the Dou des Lanches chairlift to get to the top the Col de la Loze.
Apres ski is limited in Courchevel Le Praz but there are still about 5 good bars to try. The Dropp Inn Bar serves cheaper drinks with really friendly staff and pool tables to keep you entertained. Wine Wednesdays are a hit especially as free nibbles are sometimes served (always popular with ski instructors and seasonaires this bar has a very cool vibe). L'Escourchevel, pizzeria and sports bar, is a great place for weekly live music and drinks - a popular choice is the Vodka Freeze, a combination of slush puppy and vodka. La Cave des Lys is a stunning wine bar located in a vaulted cellar, perfect for a sophisticated drink with nibbles.
There isn't much nightlife in Le Praz but L'Escourchevel stays open until about 2am (over the weekends).
- Cable Car
- Chair lift
- Drag lift