Courchevel: The Winter Playground of the French Riviera

There is no denying the fact that Courchevel is the diamond jewel of ski resorts of the French Riviera whose world class skiing and amenities attracts people from all over the world to spend their winter holidays in this prestigious and highly sought out Alpine destination.

Three interconnected valleys offering over 150 kilometers of an ultimate skiing experience for skiers of all levels, stunning panoramas of Mont Blanc , La Grande Casse, and Les Ecrins, 5 star chalet rentals, gourmet restaurants with renown chefs, a full schedule of activities for the entire family, luxury spas and world class shopping…the list goes on an on. It is no surprise then that this hotspot books up very quickly. If you think that you can wait to make a reservation in January or February or just show up and find a hotel, think again.

That being said, it is completely worth it. Spending the whole day, skiing 3 different valleys is enough that will make the soak in the hot jacuzzi afterwards even sweeter. Serviced by 58 high tech ski lifts with secure Zen ski areas for beginners, 19 green, 35 blue, 34 red and 8 black ski runs guarantees that there is something for everyone, along with special ski activities and classes for the littles.

If there is any ski resort to go big and live large, it is here in Courchevel.

 

 

Plenty of snow means it’s time to hit the slopes (in Auron)

WINTER SKI SEASON ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA

One of the true advantages of living on the French Riviera is the easy access to the ski resorts in the southern Alps, at 1h30 driving from Nice depending on where you go you have 15 different ski resorts with Auron, Isola 2000, and Valberg being the biggest ones.

You can wake up in Nice and an hour and a half later be drinking your hot cappucino in the village of the ski resort overlooking the slopes. Not a bad way to start the day!

The Auron ski resort offers 135km of sunny skiing and snowboarding and is situated in a very family oriented picturesque mountain village where you can walk to everywhere.  The main plaza with an ice skating rink in the middle is surrounded by fabulous restaurants and shops to enjoy, while your kids can have fun ice skating or on the trampoline.

In both the winter and summer season, Auron offers a complete schedule of activities for the entire family with outdoor concerts, activites and entertainment that the whole family can enjoy…and isn’t nice you don’t have to drive anywhere!

THE PEARL OF THE SOUTHERN ALPS

In the last few years Auron has experienced a strong demand that spurted a major investment by the local government with a value of 120 million slotted to modernize the ski resort with the latest technology in ski lifts, snow machines and more. An additional 25 million more is expected to continue the modernization with additional features like Hands Free Ski Lift Passes.

With the recent investment by the local government, an influx of private investments followed with the building of new developments of new chalet condos that would cater to the increased demand.  One of the new projects, the Las Donnas 2474, sold out the first two phases last winter season, and is currently selling the third phase with 1, 2, & 3 bedroom units starting at 244,000 euros taxes included, as well as large penthouses overlooking the slopes.  With the current investment blooming in Auron along with its modernization and full scale amenities, it is no surprise that this ski resort is becoming the “Pearl of the Southern Alps”.

Since the winter ski season this year has started earlier than expected with the recent abundance in snowfall, now is a good time to get in on the third phase of the Residence La Montagne project .  If you are in Auron and would like some information about this project, there is a sales chalet in front of the doctors office just next to the childrens park. If you are in Nice, you can also view the actual project model in the New Properties Showroom on the second floor of the Nice Properties Promenade agency.

A New Equestrian Generation Begins in Nice

Christian Estrosi

A new equestrian generation has begun in Nice as a large crowd gathered this past weekend to officially inaugurate the newly expanded equestrian center in Nice.  City Mayor Christian Estrosi enthusiastically spoke about the value that this impressive 6.8 miilion euros investment will add not only to Nice, but to the entire Cote d’Azur.

The equestrian center is a part of an ambitious urban project by the City of Nice and the Conseil General to transform the west valley of Nice as an “Eco Valley” with benchmarking eco-projects in sustainable development. The equestrian center was designed and planned as part of this eco valley plan that will also include an eco-Olympic stadium currently in construction, an evironmental teaching and research center, and large scale cultural facilities.

Christian Estrosi emphasized the strategic location of the equestrian center with its close proximity to the airport and other sporting complexes thus ideally positioning itself to become a major training center and international venue to host world class equestrian events. The first horse competition will be the Nice Spring Tour 2012 », Jumping international 1 & 2 stars, scheduled for March 1st-4th, and 8th-11th.

The 11-hectare equestrian center features new riding rings, shower stalls, new stables and will also include a club house, living quarters for caretakers, boutique and information center.