Summer

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In the Summer, the Courchevel resort transforms itself from a premier ski area into a wonderland for numerous activites, which we have tried to describe as fully as possible in this section. Terrain that is good for skiing is also good for hill walking and mountainbiking. The great advantage Courchevel has in the summer is its lift system. The main gondolas operate throughout the Summer holidays, so you can easily get to the top of the mountain resort.

The resort opens at the beginning of July, and remains open until towards the end of August. Being in the South of France it can get surprisingly hot here, despite the high altitude. After the snow melts, the area in front of the Croisette at Courchevel becomes an area popular with children—swings, trampolines, crazy golf, mountain bike practice circuit. There is a nine hole golf course at Verdons, and several lakes provide the opportunity for fishing.

     

You can find details of the different Summer resort activities on the ‘Summer activities’ page, but here is a selection:

Probably the most popular activity for Summer holidays is mountain walking. The lift system is open during the season, enabling you to explore the whole of the mountain range, either by foot or by mountain bike. It is easy to take the gondola lift up, and walk down at one’s leisure, using the well signposted trails. The scenery is amongst the most spectacular you will find, and you will also be able to look out for the local wildlife, including marmottes.

If you prefer, you can explore the mountains by mountain bike. Courchevel is a mountain bike centre recognised by the ‘Fédération Française de Cyclisme’ and offers 236km of marked paths, split up into 13 downhill circuits accessible via ski lifts, and 13 round circuits. These are all marked in degrees of difficulty, rather like a ski piste map. Good quality mountain bikes can be hired at Courchevel, just in front of the gondola stations—the French call it ‘le VTT’.

If you have your own bikes, and are staying at our Ariondaz apartment, you can keep them safely in our own secure storage room, which is found near to the ski lockers, on the ground floor.

Once you have exhausted yourself in the mountains, you may want to spend a few days visiting some local attractions. There are various châteaux within a couple of hours’ drive, or you could try the following: