Ski season is back in full swing, with Courchevel providing a quintessential festive escape, both on and off piste. For those seeking a little extra privacy, L’Apogée Courchevel is perched at the peak of Courchevel’s exclusive Jardin Alpin, at the very top of the former Olympic ski jump, staking its claim of 1850 gold medal views over the valley.
The ski in/ski out, five-star hotel reopens for the season on December 17, just in time to welcome ski bunnies for the holidays, as well as the man in red, who will park his sleigh outside for a presents pit-stop on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Once the children are tucked up in bed, the festivities really begin, with a glamorous New Year’s Eve black-tie dinner themed around The Cotton Club, the legendary Harlem speakeasy of the Twenties, with cabaret dancers, magicians and circus performers.
The Ski & Gastronomy package combines the best of the slopes with five-star cuisine, as Exec Chef Jean-Luc Lefrançois takes guests out onto the powder for a day of adrenaline and gourmet dining. There’s also a slope-side picnic in the company of the chef, and, once you’ve explored the Three Valleys, a fine-dining dinner to refuel with. It’s a superb destination for experienced skiers but also for those simply seeking alpine respite, with a subterranean spa by La Prairie to ensure calm descends as you see in the new year.