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Courchevel, France: Outdoors, Art & Chocolate

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Snowshoeing At The Lake de Rosière

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Stunning Nature

My “real” first snowshoe walk, 2:30 in the powder … We are going through a pine forest, the dream! Beautiful landscape and hike level rather easy.

Especially at the beginning when the path goes down, but on the way back to go up, the steep is harder. I focus on breathing and keep my own pace (without stopping).

We are a group of ten people, including the monitor of Raquette Evasion, with all levels and ages (from 20 to more than 70 years old). And the most enduring aren’t the youngest … as I noticed during my hike to Serra da Estrella.   

What a shock while discovering the shores of the lake! I feel like being in an unreal world and am euphoric. The photos speak for themselves. Enjoy!

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A Lunch At 2732 Meters

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Breathtaking Views 

I am invited by the White 1921 Courchvel, with my friend Lorène to have a lunch at Le Panoramic. This mountain restaurant is located at 2732 meters, on top of the Saulire … with views of Mont Blanc!

I am captivated by the mountains, slopes and this incredible brightness! I imagine being an eagle flying over the white tops of mountains … As we aren’t really hungry, we choose a very good steamed vegetables. Plus a chocolate ice cream for me (LOL).

I can spend the afternoon in a deck chair in the sun …

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What To Bring Back Home From Courchevel?

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Chocolates!

Yes, 100% organic chocolates (home)made in Courchevel! With new flavors developed by Florencia Malbrán, owner and chocolatier of Piste Noire. If you are a chocolate lover, you must try! 

Photo montage above : the facade of the White 1921 Courchevel, one of the wolves of the sculptor Orlinski, in the context of the exhibition “Art Over The Mountain Tops“. A tasting box of different chocolates, Piste Noire. And a white carriage for all the (shopping) princesses (LOL!) … 

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White 1921 Courchevel, Office du tourisme de Courchevel,  www.les3vallees.com  

Related posts : HOTEL REVIEWS & DESTINATIONS

Many thanks to the White 1921 Courchevel (and its great team), Tourist Office of Courchevel and 3 Vallées for this beautiful invitation. As always these opinions are my own.

Courchevel: outdoors, art & chocolat

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Raquette au Lac de Rosière

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Sublimissime nature

Ma première “vraie” promenade raquette de 2h30, dans la poudreuse… Nous traversons une forêt de sapins, le rêve! Paysage grandiose et niveau de difficulté plutôt facile.

Au début surtout, où le chemin est en pente, le retour en côte raide est plus sportif. Le tout est de bien se concentrer sur sa respiration et garder son propre rythme constant (sans faire d’arrêt si possible).

Nous sommes un groupe de dix personnes avec le moniteur de Raquette Evasionde tous les niveaux et âges (de 20 à plus de 70 ans). Et les plus endurants ne sont pas les plus jeunes… comme je l’avais constaté lors de ma randonnée à Serra da Estrella.  

Le choc en découvrant les abords du lac : mélange d’irréel et sentiment d’euphorie. Les photos parlent d’elles-mêmes! 

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Un déjeuner à 2732 mètres

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Des vues à couper le souffle 

Je suis invitée par l’hôtel White 1921 Courchvel, avec mon amie Lorène à déjeuner au restaurant Le Panoramic, à plus de 2732 mètres au sommet de la Saulire… avec vue sur le Mont Blanc!

Impossible de ne pas être captivée par les massifs, les pistes, cette incroyable luminosité! Se prendre pour un aigle et survoler le long manteau blanc… Comme nous n’avons pas très faim, nous optons pour de très bons légumes vapeur. Plus une glace au chocolat pour moi (LOL).

Je pourrai passer l’après-midi dans une chaise longue au soleil…

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Quoi ramener de Courchevel?

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Des chocolats!

Oui des chocolats 100% bio, made in Courchevel! De fabrication artisanale, aux saveurs inédites, élaborées par Florencia Malbrán, propriétaire et chocolatier de Piste Noire. Si vous êtes amateurs de chocolat, vous devez absolument goûter!

En photos ci-dessus : la façade blanche du White 1921 Courchevel, un des loups du sculpteur Orlinski, dans le cadre de l’exposition “L’art au sommet“. Une boîte dégustation des différents chocolats Piste Noire. Et un carosse blanc comme neige pour toutes les princesses (du shopping) qui s’ignoreraient (LOL!)… 

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White 1921 Courchevel, Office du tourisme de Courchevelwww.les3vallees.com  

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Un grand merci à l’hôtel White 1921 Courchevel, l’Office du tourisme de Courchevel et aux 3 Vallées pour cette superbe invitation. Comme toujours ce sont mes opinions.

Meribel, France: Skiing & Wellness

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Skiing

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This Morning It Snows A Lot

Taking breakfast, I doubt if I can ski for my second day in Méribel. At 10 a.m., I start my Skiing For Women lesson (to enjoy skiing in a way less based on performance and arranged for women with children too) with Cécile Crousaz, National BEES 1° Ski at the Ecole de Ski Méribel (Ski School of Meribel).

We reach the Rhodos gondola. The weather remains overcast, but visibility is better. And the pleasure of skiing is back! Same place, but the decor has completely changed … a different beauty, fog blanketed the peaks. Since the beginning of my stay (in Val Thorens), I’ve had less fear on skis and improved. Cecile is very patient and motivating too. 

When we arrive for lunch at La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel, the fog is denser, creepy on slope (photos below). Without comparison: nothing to do with La Folie Douce Val Thorens, much more festive. Here, the atmosphere is more relaxed. 

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The Hotel  

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Back To The Hotel Around 3 p.m.

to let my equipment in the ski room and get changed for my spa session this afternoon. Le Tremplin hotel is located close to the slopes and the center of Meribel (the hotel’s facade on the first photo of the post).

The 40 tastefully decorated rooms have just been redone. Mine is simple and comfortable. And the efficient smiling service make you feel good.

On the above photo montage: my room with a really good bedding and large bathroom with Pascal Morabito products. On the bed (1), a lovely travel beauty kit that the institute My Spa by Payot Meribel offered me. I will use for sure in a future trip!

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The View

My room’s terrace has two sides, allowing me to enjoy different views, both of the city (above) and slopes (below)! The hotel also offers an outdoor pool, open until 8 p.m. 

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The Outdoor Pool 

To go to the pool surrounded by bars and protected from view by a small wooden fence, you wear a bathrobe on your swimsuit and slippers (lol). At night, while you bathe, you can see the lights of the bars and town. I really liked (photos above and below).

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The Wellness  

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My Spa by Payot

is located in the Olympic Centre, five minutes walk from the Le Tremplin hotel. The benefit of being in a central location, you are near everything! I recommend the jacuzzi overlooking the slopes! Before my customized massage, I “navigate” between steam room, cold shower and jacuzzi.

Then I choose a relaxing neck-shoulder-arm massage: as a skiing beginner, I contract the upper body muscles too much. My therapist applies an oil with essential oils: I am pleasantly surprised, I don’t have skin reaction. This is the first time I used Payot products.

During the massage, I fall asleep (good sign). Leaving the spa, I stop at the outdoor pool of Le Tremplin to swim while it snows. Awesome!

The Exclusive

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Gourmet Jars

After skiing, spa, massage and pool, I just want to stay quiet in my room. Eating a light dinner of vegetable soup and sleeping.

Looking for a soup bar, I came across the gourmet grocery store of a Michelin starred chef, Le Bokal by Laurent Azoulay. The shop opened since mid-December, has style: sober with black walls and a central wooden table for the tasting.

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Informations  

www.meribel.netwww.les3vallees.com  

For the ski lessons (all levels), or Skiing For Women (group lessons and weekend or week packages), you can contact the ESF de Méribel : +33 479 08 6031, contact@esf-meribel.com.

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Many thanks to the 3 Vallées and Meribel Tourist Office for this beautiful invitation. Big thanks to the Hotel Le Tremplin team, Cécile Crousaz and the Spa By Payot. As always these opinions are my own.