Courchevel is introducing two new nocturnal events for skiers who want to keep sliding down the slopes even after sunset. Every Tuesday and Wednesday night, parts of the ski area will be lit up for some extra snow time.
Tuesday nights from Dec. 21 to March 8, the Verdons piste will remain open from 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. This green run is located under the cable car of the same name and offers an opportunity for a fun family outing. Skiers can bring their own torches or just ski in the light of flood lamps set up along the piste.
The Family Park will be lit up on Tuesday nights and, as its name states, is open to families who want to freestyle together. It offers curves, woops, rails, tables, and more for riders of all ages.
Wednesday nights from Dec. 8 to April 13, Courchevel organises France's first nocturnal ski touring race. Skiers of all levels can sign up for the event, which is free. Lower level skiers take off first, with higher levels leaving the starting blocks a bit after, in order to be fair.
The race leaves from the Praz tourism office. Participants must conquer a 3.2-kilometre run with a 500-metre vertical drop before arriving at La Croisette of Courchevel 1850 for well-deserved refreshments.
The fastest racers of the season will win a €500 gift certificate for the Le Camp de Base ski shop as well as Dynafit Low Tech Race bindings, worth €750.