Écrin Blanc – Courchevel, France
With a trap one location at the bottom of the Grandes Combes lift, between Moriond and Courchevel Village, Écrin Blanc is a chic and friendly family hotel. Its white modern Savoyard façade stands out on the slopes, and its contemporary interiors are made cosy with plenty of traditional Alpine features. All you need is here – excellent cuisine, efficient staff and a ski shop. And there’s the added bonus of having complimentary access to Aquamotion – France’s largest high altitude water park. You might even find it hard to choose – ski or swim?
At A Glance
Why We Love It:For being enormous fun for families and for its location right next to the chairlift.
Style:Modern Savoyard chic.
Location:Between Courchevel Village 1550 and Moriond 1650, opposite the Grandes Combes chairlift, with ski in & ski out access to the entire Trois Vallées.
Rooms:127 comfortable rooms and suites with balconies and views across the village and slopes.
Swimming:11 pools at Aquamotion – with free entry.
Children:Ideal for families - with a kid’s club and close to beginner slopes.
Accessibility:There are facilities for guests with limited mobility.
Open From:December to the end of April and June to September.
Price:Price from £6,175 per room per week.
Bright, airy, and mixing modern and traditional Alpine design, the rooms and suites are a comfortable haven after a day on the mountain. Most of them feature balconies, and they all look out over the slopes or the village. The Cocoon Rooms are ideal for couples, whilst the Superior Cocoon Rooms and Privilege Cocoon Rooms can accommodate a couple and a child, and come with a balcony. The larger Suites, Superior and Family Suites are perfect for families, sleeping up to four, with a kingsize bed and sofabed. Bigger still are the Large and Superior Large Suites that can sleep a family of six, with a kingsize bed, sofabed and twin bunk room.
We love the farm to fork approach at Écrin Blanc. Seasonal and regional produce is the staple fare, created into delicious dishes and served throughout all its restaurants. Eat in the bright and buzzy Grill and Terrace – and outside when it’s sunny, choosing from a menu with an international twist, Savoyard favourites and pizza . Make a bee line to the Chocolate Factory for cake each afternoon and find a cosy sofa in the Ski Pizi bar with its very tempting choice of cocktails.
With instant access to the whole of the Trois Vallées – 600km of piste – skiers of all levels aren’t short of places to ski. Within minutes you can reach Courchevel 1850, and choose from wide, cruisy slopes, vertical drops or gentle, tree-lined trails. Neither will non-skiers ever be bored. There’s dog sledding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling, all of which can be organised by the concierge.
If you’re here during summer, the choice is equally exhilarating with canyoning and rafting, mountain biking and climbing. The big attraction at Écrin Blanc is the access to Aquamotion – a waterpark accessed through a private tunnel – and for which guests have complimentary use. And if that’s all a bit exhausting, it also has a wellness centre with saunas, jacuzzis, a salt grotto and a team of therapists for après ski massages and treatments. The hotel has its own ski shop and rental service, so everything you need is on site.
Écrin Blanc is one of the most fun hotels in Courchevel for families, especially those with younger children. And being close to plenty of green and blue runs, it’s the ideal place for beginners. For après ski entertainment, just head through the private underground tunnel to Aquamotion, where you’ll find 11 pools and lagoons, indoor surfing, waterslides and a wellness therapy (for the grown ups). The hotel also a children’s club for younger guests between 4 and 11.
Run by a team of professionals, it’s open during school holidays from 8am – 10pm, and at weekends at all other times. For guests with babies, nannies and babysitters are available on request. Many of the suites are set up for families and the restaurant has a children’s menu.
COURCHEVEL 1550, FRANCE
Between Courchevel Village 1550 and Moriond 1650, opposite the Grandes Combes chairlift, with ski in & ski out access to the entire Trois Vallées.