Founded in 1946 by Savoie Council to boost tourism and provide skiing to the masses, Courchevel is a pioneer in terms of planning the ski area and holiday accommodation on the mountain. It is the first French resort built on virgin territory ideal for winter sports: guaranteed snow on a northern slope, spruce forests, views as far as the eye can see, corries and white fields transformed into ski slopes, mountain passes and summits easily accessible from neighbouring valleys.
We invite you to discover the new architectural style invented in Courchevel during the 1950's.
Please respect private property by keeping to the public footpath.
max. 2021 m
min. 1763 m
Styles : BaladeDiscovery
Public : FamilySchool
LA CROISETTE (1971)
La Croisette is the resort’s beating heart on which Laurent Chappis based his urban planning project in 1946. Up until the building’s construction in 1971, the snow front was only marked out by the road with parking spaces on one side and ski slopes on the other. The areas were based around this point: Chenus and Plantret to the west and the other districts (Tovets, Bellecôte, Cospillot, Nogentil, Jardin Alpin, Pralong) up to the Altiport to the east.
From La Croisette go up Rue de l’église and visit Notre Dame de l’Assomption amid the trees on your left.
Follow the path beneath the church to Rue des Clarines until you reach Hotel K2. At the hairpin turn go a few metres back up the path and you’ll see La Goupille on your right.
Go back up Rue des Clarines until the crossing then go down Rue de Cospillot on your right. Visit Joliot-Curie chalet next to Hotel Le Lana.
Go past Hotel le Lana up the Bellecôte piste until you reach the Ferme de Pralong and Altiport.
LA FERME DE PRALONG (1900M)
This mountain chalet and its hay-lofts were also used as an altitude chalet by skiers between 1930 and 1945. After spending the night on-site, the skiers would go up the major nearby mountains (la Vizelle, la Saulire, la Loze) in ski skins then go back down into the valley. Pastoral life reigned here in the summer, as it does today.
To get back down, follow the 4x4 road to the Jardin Alpin ski lift station then head towards the golf course. Continue towards Verdons piste until you reach the resort centre.
When you get back on La Croisette you can keep going and explore Les Chenus. Follow the road to Le Petit Navire chalet (above hotel La Pomme de Pin). Walk to the slalom stadium and go back down along the piste until you reach La Croisette.