With handsome, tree-lined pistes, a flurry of Michelin-starred restaurants and a private airstrip, it’s little wonder that Courchevel has enticed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. For thrills and spills both on and off the slopes, we’ve got you covered...
Check out L’Apogée, a good-looking ski-in, ski-out lodge with a picture- perfect backdrop and its own 4x4 limousine fleet. All cosy nooks and coffered ceilings, it’s stylish without taking itself too seriously and the service is the best for miles around. Swathed in rich shades of burgundy and emerald, rooms are sigh- inducingly lovely – think plaid wool carpets, marshmallow-soft beds and snuggly faux-fur throws. There’s a fabulous mosaic swimming pool and a concierge who can arrange anything from ice climbing to moonlight dog sledding. Spend your daylight hours on the mountain before whizzing into the hotel on the private conveyor belt for a pre-dinner negroni by the fire.
Soothe skiied-out limbs at the spanking new Six Senses Spa – a restorative refuge in the Courchevel 1850 resort that nestles snugly in the heart of Les Trois Vallées. Treatments run the gamut from energising to circulation- boosting and there's a juice bar for on-the-spot hydration. Find inner piece in a meditation class, sweat out your excesses in the bio sauna or just enjoy a leisurely wallow in the steaming outdoor tub.
After a morning shredding the slopes, make like Prince William and Kate and enjoy a late lunch at Le Pilatus, a snug chalet-style restaurant with a hearty Savoyard menu and a sun terrace that overlooks Mont Blanc. If you fancy something a little lighter than saucisson and fondue, L’Apogée’s Japanese restaurant, Koori, serves melt-in-the-mouth black cod and tempting shiso maki in a sumptuous setting.
The lure of Les Trois Vallées stretches far beyond skiing and snowboarding. Glide between the snow-capped peaks in a light aircraft or hurtle down the toboggan run from Courchevel 1850 to Village 1550 (situated at 1850m and 1550m respectively). Or head to the Jardin Alpin to catch a glimpse of a fox or an elusive chamois amid the towering spruces.
What to wear
Knitted pompom hat, £45, Whistles; visit whistles.com
3Q jacket, £700, Moose Knuckles; visit mooseknucklescanada.com
Ultra Protection Stick SPF 40, £50, La Prairie; visit laprairie.co.uk