Imagine waking up to a scene of snowy mountains and pine trees capped with a fresh dusting of snow on Christmas morning. Well, if you book a ski holiday to Courchevel for the festive period, this is exactly what you and your kids can expect!
In addition to enjoying a perfect winter wonderland, you and your family will be able to enjoy many festive activities in the resort, ranging from fantastic French-cooked Christmas dinners to a torch-lit descent for the kids to enjoy when the sun goes down.
The best part is that all of this couldnâ€™t be easier to reach from the UK, as there are regular flights to Geneva from most UK airports, as well as excellent transport links from Geneva to Courchevel.
Courchevel for Families
While the exclusive Courchevel resort of 1850 is a perfect destination for many couples and ski enthusiasts, families with young children may prefer the lower resorts of 1550 and 1650, which are smaller and have a more family-friendly and intimate feel.
All of the resorts have their own childrenâ€™s ski schools (I highly recommend learning with the French ESF â€“ let them know that your children are English, and they will put them in an English-speaking class). Whatâ€™s more, there are nursery runs, snow playgrounds and beginner slopes in each of the resorts.
When you venture away from the slopes, youâ€™ll find that there is as much to do off as on the snow. For example, why not take the family ice skating, bowling or to the cinema?
What to Expect During the Festive Season
As you make your way from Geneva to Courchevel, youâ€™ll feel the excitement of your children growing when you drive into the heart of a Narnia-esque landscape of snowy mountains and pine forests.
When you reach the resort, youâ€™ll discover that the French embrace the magic of the festive season just as much as we do back home. The high streets in all of the resorts sparkle with Christmas lights, giving the entire area a truly magical feel.
Festive treats are likely to include carols and fireworks, traditional markets, a parade, tons of hot chocolate and live music events, as well as traditional Christmas meals in its many restaurants.
Highlights for 2017 include a torch-lit descent thatâ€™s led by ESF instructors and that features Santa as a special guest, as well as a special Boxing Day luge event.
Lastly, donâ€™t forget that youâ€™ll also be able to ski on Christmas Day. All of the resortâ€™s lifts and pistes are open all day. Who knows â€“ you might even discover Santa practicing his carving turns!
How to Get There
The resort is served by four airports during the ski season: Chambery, Lyon, Grenoble and Geneva. For the most regular and stress-free connection, choose a flight to Geneva with providers such as easyJet, British Airways, Swiss International or Air France.
For a completely hassle-free way of getting your family from the airport to your resort, simply book an airport transfer with Shuttle Direct before you leave home.
Let us know how many of you will be travelling, how many child seats you will need, and what ski equipment you will be carrying, and weâ€™ll meet you at the airport with the perfect transport for you and your family.
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for an affordable transfer from Geneva to Courchevel, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.
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