As I mentioned in my La Tania post that we were so impressed with Courchevel that we made arrangements to return. Well, we’ve just returned from another ski week; and we like it even more than the first!
As this was our return trip, I don’t have much new information to report. But one thing we did differently was stay in a catered chalet through Skivo2. The Skivo2 chalets are based in Courchevel – Le Praz, and come with the additional benefit of two hours of ski instruction over 5 days.
A catered chalet is a house the sleeps between 10 and 20 people that comes with staff to cook breakfast and dinner and do the basic cleaning. [The staff may or may not live in the same chalet.] Going in to the trip we didn’t quite know what to expect from the chalet. There is always the chance that you wind up the odd couple out in a chalet filled with a college (university) reunion. Fortunately, we got lucky and the largest party in the chalet was of three; and everyone got along quite well.
As for the Skivo2 chalet service we were quite impressed. We stayed in their standard chalet which provided a continental breakfast with cooked eggs each day, with a cooked breakfast served on the last ski day. Each afternoon there was cake and coffee at 5 pm; pre-dinner drinks at 7:30pm and dinner at 8pm. They also offered unlimited wine in the evenings. All this was coordinated by our chalet host and cook, whom we were thoroughly impressed with. [Wednesday is the staff day off and while we were on our own for dinner, they still left breakfast and cakes for the day.] It is easy to think that this is how all catered chalets are run, but the other guests said that Skivo2 did quite well on this front, with many other chalets only having one staff member running the chalet and limiting the amount of wine at meals.
Le Praz is mostly made up of chalets, with only one small hotel, and the gondola and ski lifts up the mountain are a little bit removed from the town. So I do recommend renting a ski locker at the gondola if your chalet is not right near the lifts, or doesn’t offer a morning shuttle to lifts. But I hate walking in ski boots. Most of the chalets you can ski back to pretty closely.
But what really made our ski-cation (that’s a skiing vacation) was the inclusion of lessons. We ended up in the 11:30am-1:30pm time slot, which while we originally wanted the first class of the morning, turned out to work quite well. It meant that we had a little bit of time in the morning to get our ski legs together, but we weren’t exhausted by the time the lesson started. I will say that with a mid-day lesson, the ability to take advantage of the 3 Vallees is diminished, so you’re probably best off just getting a Courchevel lift pass.
I felt that my skiing form greatly improved over the week; working on little things that I do that makes my skiing less efficient. If you want to check out me skiing very slowly (and confusing a few of the gates) down the slalom course, check out below.
All in all we had a great week and felt that our skiing was greatly improved at what is probably our last ski trip of the year. Though HUBS came back a little under-the-weather and claimed it was ski withdrawal 😦