As all experienced skiers will know, an essential component of the après ski experience lies in the dining. In Courchevel, one of the most highly-sought after ski resorts in the Alps, the quality of the food and wine is of a higher altitude than the surrounding mountains. Many of the resort’s establishments have been awarded Michelin stars and offer a luxurious experience to perfectly complement a day of gliding down the pistes.
Here’s my choice of the very best restaurants for a luxurious ambience, exquisite wines and sumptuous menus during your skiing break in Courchevel.
Dining at Chabichou is an experience with the stars, in more than one way. This restaurant not only boasts two Michelin stars, but is also the first choice for celebrity star-power. Although it may push the upper reaches of your price range, it certainly rewards its diners with sensational gourmet cuisine, prepared by chefs Michel Rochedy and Stéphane Buron.
Les Airelles, which is proud of its two Michelin stars, is led by famous chef Pierre Gagnaire. It’s not just about the food here, but also about the opulent décor – be sure to gaze up at this venue’s astonishing hand-painted ceiling. An evening meal guarantees a wonderful glow of romance, but you should also book a table at lunch and indulge in the fine buffet on offer – you will feel suitably refreshed and ready for an afternoon of skiing.
This restaurant is the best place in Courchevel for savouring vintage wines, as it boasts an exceptional cellar that you can only dream of owning. Its outstanding collection of wines matches the wonderful taste concoctions served up by chef Nicolas Sale.You can also combine your visit here with a stay, as the restaurant is located in a five-star hotel –it’s the perfect way to relax after a vigorous day on the slopes.
The modest appearance of this restaurant belies a gastronomic extravaganza for those who venture inside. Azimut offers incredible, traditional Savoie dishes, which are presented without pretension or fussiness. Dining here is a reinvigorating experience after working up an appetite on the mountain. Be sure to try the sumptuous tartiflette and spicy sensations that chef Francois Moureaux ingeniously creates.
Le 1947 is a place where you can feast on more than just the food. Its amazing décor and displays of culinary magic are truly special sights to behold – and the restaurant even opens the kitchen to diners, showing them what’s going on behind the scenes. With fur throws draped across the chairs and dishes served on porcelain dinnerware, you will be suitably spoilt after your skiing efforts.
Before You Go
While you’re busy dreaming of the glamorous prospect of snow, ski and fine dining, remember to invest in skiing travel insurance before you set off. Nothing kills an appetite like an unexpected eventuality you’re not covered for, so finding a good skiing travel insurance will give you peace of mind when you’re out on the slopes, and will allow you to savour your gastronomic experiences all the more.
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