Those planning a getaway to Courchevel know that they are about to savor some of the best skiing in the world within the prestigious Les Trois Vallees area of France. Not only is it a skier’s paradise but the hot social and après ski scene is a tantalizing lure for the jet set and social debutantes.
Courchevel is a wonderful spot for the non-skier with world-class spas, excellent shopping, Michelin awarded dining options, and long list of non-skiing activities. Whether you want to try dog sledding or a toboggan run in the winter, a hot air balloon ride or climbing in the summer, there is always something enjoyable going on.
What about those who are looking for some apres-ski action? Well, the nightlife of Courchevel is famous too. Of course, many experts say that it is Courchevel 1850 that is the “place to be” for nightlife, and that you may even need to reserve yourself a spot if you wish to enjoy it. Before we start to look at some of the best apres-ski nightlife spots in Courchevel, let’s just consider a few things.
The first is whether you should drop down to the Meribel Valley or Verdons to enjoy the many live music venues and bars. While there are some great spots (Folie Douce near the Saulire Express gondola in Meribel and Verdons are great) they are distinctly for the louder crowd. You can enjoy a quiet drink in these areas too, such as a cocktail at Bubble Bar in Moriond 1650, but keep in mind that those lifts stop turning in the evenings, and that means cab rides or other unpleasant experiences at the end of the night.
Also, remember that Courchevel 1650 is notably quieter than Courchevel 1850, and is home to bars and restaurants rather than after-hours spots with lots of activity. Yet, there is a lot of fun to be had right at Courchevel 1850 itself.
Courchevel Apres Ski Hotspots:
With karaoke and affordable drinks, it is a very popular spot for apres-ski nightlife.
This is an unpretentious bar, lively and animated. Very popular spot for apres-ski nightlife.
This is the afterhours part of the Le Kalico nightclub and has music going from 4 PM to sunrise. It is a later-night spot, filling up much later in the evening than most apres-ski spots, and has lots of live music and a blend of beer drinkers or cocktail sippers.
This is a piano bar with lots of live music options, though it is not an after-hours venue.
A true disco that is open until 4 AM, it features appealing Moroccan-inspired décor and a global music soundtrack that draws a unique crowd.
A perfect place for a snacking break after an afternoon skiing. Home made snacks prepared with quality and local products.
There are many fantastic spots right in Courchevel, and you won’t need to rely on lifts or taxis if enjoy them. Should you elect to head down the mountain, the spots suggested are currently some of the hottest of hotspots and sure to provide you with a great apres-ski experience. Don’t forget that most of the four and five star hotels typically have great bars too!