Holidays tend to be cheaper at the very beginning of the season and the atmosphere is especially cheery with everyone excited to be back on the slopes. If you want to celebrate the return of the snow, Courchevel’s nightlife is terrific – grab a pint somewhere like Rocky’s or Bubble and party on into the early hours in La Grange or Le Cave.
Christmas and New Year are two of our favourite weeks to ski here; Courchevel pulls out all the stops to create a magical atmosphere with the whole resort covered in fairy lights and Christmas trees and loads of activities and events for all ages.
Things are still infectiously festive around New Year for those who want to spend Christmas week at home and see in the New Year in style – there are usually loads of exciting events like the “New Year Dance Party” on the snow and the bars and clubs host their own parties.
December Snow History
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December ski rating
In December the average temperature floats around freezing with average lows of -3 and highs of 6 degrees, which combined with the northerly orientation of the slopes makes this a chilly time of year. If you wrap up well and choose your runs carefully, you can enjoy some superb skiing here in December. There are plenty of varied runs below the tree line for shelter if the weather is a bit windy, including relatively gentle greens and blues just above 1850 (we love the long Bellecôte) and some challenging long red and black runs down to Le Praz (make sure you ski the Jean Blanc & Jockeys). Courchevel invests a great deal of money into the quality of the slopes – there’s around 600 snow cannons to ensure there is always a good amount of snow, especially on the lower slopes at the start of the season. The lift system is here is equally impressive – the vast majority are fast and efficient, which means that even during the busiest holiday periods you should barely have to queue.
Courchevel is absolutely buzzing around Christmas and New Year, with plenty going on to keep families, groups and couples amused.
The Christmas season officially kicks off at the beginning of December with the turning on of the Christmas lights. Throughout the month, many of the bars put on live music events to celebrate the season - the Bubble has a young, lively crowd. In previous years, there have been festive markets, torch lit descents, street parades, carols and of course, multiple visits by Father Christmas.
Events that took place past New Year’s Eves include a party with a live DJ at the base of the slopes (past performers including DJ Balazko & Didier Sinclair), a spectacular Fireworks display, a snow show and much, much more.