Le Praz remains one of the most picturesque and pleasant resorts in the Courchevel Valley and was the setting for both cross country and ski jumping events in the 1992 Winter Olympics. This authentic alpine village is set amidst unspoilt woodland and because of this quiet setting is ideal for a family holiday.
The real advantage of Le Praz is that you can ski back to the village throughout the season because the runs are fully serviced with snow cannons. There is also a free to use beginner’s piste, called The Envolée located nearby, adjacent to the lift station.
Additionally Courchevel 1850 is less than ten minutes away via a choice of two gondolas – one going to the centre of Courchevel 1850 and the other connecting directly in to the heart of the ski area above Courchevel 1850. There is also a free ski bus which provides a regular bus service between the different Courchevel resorts (Le Praz/1300, 1550, 1650 and 1850). The bus service also connects to La Tania (which is 5 minutes away by bus).
The Meribel valley is easily accessed from Le Praz there is also road access to the resort of La Plagne and it’s extensive ski area.
The village and surrounding area sit on a large flat mountain ledge and it is very easy to get around on foot with no hills to navigate. A couple of thousand people live there all year round and it has the feel of a real village community. There is a brand new state of the art medical centre, primary school, supermarket, six restaurants, six accessible bars, two ski shops, post office, laundrette, tabac/newspaper shop, two bakers and an excellent butcher who specialises in regional produce – in fact everything you’ll need is very close at hand.
Le Praz is the Courchevel village most traditionally Savoyard in architecture and ambience and continues to boast the lowest prices across the five levels of the resort. With its narrow streets, quaint centre and old world charm it’s an age away from the concrete apartment and purpose built complexes very often associated with French ski resorts.