Out with the old, up with the new. Courchevel 1650 has been subject to some fantastic improvements and upgrades over the summer months, probabaly the first thing that regular visitors will notice is the upgraded Ariondaz bubble which now accommodates 8 people per gondola and is around 30% quicker than the previous lift . Some of the main structural parts can be traced back to the original installation from 1974.
The recently developed “Western Park” beginners area has been re-sculptured to provide beginners and lower level skiers with a very consistent gradient to descend. The Western Park now a great place to learn to ski, the covered magic carpets offer some respite from the weather on those snowy days.
The Gentianes piste is also the subject of some landscaping work, the top part of this green run is currently having huge amounts of earth deposited from the mound that used to be the bottom of the old drag lift.
Finally, the home run “Marquis” has been flattened out considerably, for any skier familiar with the run back into the village it has always been really off camber with lots of dips and flat sections to contend with. As well as smoothing the terrain it looks like a new section that utilises tunnels under the piste has been chiseled out of the land scape, rather like a snakes belly!
All these changes will make skiing in Courchevel 1650 even better, there are also some major upgrades to the artificial snow making equipment in progress including the installation of snow making on the Grange piste.
Sweet Snowsports offers ski and snowboard lessons in Courchevel 1650 with lessons delivered by their team of fully qualified native English speaking instructors.