THE ADDRESS Magazine Summer 2014 - Page 132

The three stunning valleys are linked by eight ski resorts which, together, attract more skiers and snowboarders than any other region in the world. The area’s popularity is due in part to the fact that 85% of the slopes are above 1,800 metres elevation, guaranteeing excellent snow conditions from early December to late April. To support the pre- and post-season weather, this winter paradise is backed up by no less than 1,920 snow cannons and 76 motorised trail groomers. In the summer, the Courchevel resort transforms itself from a premier ski area into a wonderland of warm-weather outdoor activities. The same mountain trails used by skiers open up a summer haven, with high altitudes accessed by a variety of lifts. 132 Those who do not care for the hiking, mountain biking, paragliding, rock climbing or the other outdoor activities available may use the lifts to reach mountaintop terraces where they can soak up the sun and dine, surrounded by magnificently beautiful panoramas. Courchevel sits at the edge of Vanoise National Park, a protected area of outstanding natural beauty and wildlife. With seven designated fishing sites, Courchevel is an angler’s haven, from calm fishing on the banks of Lac du Praz, to the more strenuous sport offered by Lac de la Rosière, or one of the other five magnificent high-altitude lakes. The most chic and exclusive area of the resort is Courchevel 1850 (now simply called ‘Courchevel’). It offers activities guaran-