Introduction to Chalet Tojoki & Le Praz

Chalet Tojoki is situated in the pretty little alpine village of Le Praz, the first you reach that marks the start of the resort of Courchevel.

Along with the other villages of Courchevel (1850), Courchevel Moriond (1650), Courchevel Village (1550) and La Tania (1450); Le Praz is nestled in the Tarentaise valley of the Savoie region.

At 1300 metres, Le Praz is an authentic feeling village with it’s own Michelin star restaurant, hotel, a few other bars and restaurants and a number of private chalets sitting on a natural plateau. Because of its size you are never more than a few minutes away from the ski lifts with access to the other Courchevel villages or the wider Three Valleys ski area. Away from the slopes there are plenty of other things to enjoy with Apres ski, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. For the non-skier there are other activites including: beautiful forest walks, hot air balloon rides, helicopter tours, ice skating, swimming pool and spa, indoor climbing.

The other villages of Courchevel are easily accessible using the free-shuttle bus which runs at regular intervals between them. You can also use the Le Praz gondola as a pedestrian at a reduced rate which will get you into the highest part of the resort, Courchevel 1850 in about 6 minutes with its huge choice of mountain side bars and restaurants and myriad of shops for that little bit of retail therapy!

Skiing in Courchevel

The villages of Courchevel and La Tania are situated on the western side of the Three Valleys which is the largest connected ski are in the world. There are links into the resorts of Meribel Mottaret and Village, Saint Martin De Belleville, Les Menuires and Val Thorens.

Le Praz may be a little quieter than some of the other villages, but it still has great access to the Three Valleys from the two lifts: Forêt chair lift and Le Praz gondola which are on the snow front at the Alpinium building. Here you can also find the tourism office, ski/snowboard lockers and ample parking.

In addition to the gondola taking you into the centre of Courchevel 1850 the Forêt chair lift takes you to where you will find the Bouc Blanc restaurant (a popular lunch stop), but also from there you are only one other lift away from Meribel by taking the Dou Des Lanches chair lift.

For competent skiers, returning to Le Praz is via the Brigues/Amoureux (red) piste from Courchevel 1850, the Murettes (red) piste from above La Tania or, of you are feeling brave enough the L’Éclipse (black) piste from above Courchevel 1850 (originally named Jockeys). L’Éclipse was used during the Courchevel/Meribel 2023 World Cup mens events.

Don’t let the lack of green or blue pistes coming back in to Le Praz village put you off choosing Le Praz as your base. Descents on the Le Praz gondola from 1850 are free and during most of the season this lift doesn’t close until after 11pm at night meaning you are unlikely to miss the last lift down! You can also get around the Courchevel villages by using the free shuttle bus service.

The Courchevel valley is split into 3 north-facing bowls which makes it a snow-sure ski area with beautifully manicured pistes. Beginners can enjoy the gentle nursery slopes which are more than long enough to practice your first turns and enjoy the freedom and clear mountain air. Intermediate skiiers can enjoy the wide rolling blue and red runs down from the summit of Saulire to the mellow slopes of 1650 and the winding tree-lined runs down to La Tania.

Skiing in Meribel

Meribel is in the center of the Three Valleys. It has sunny south facing slopes, an energetic apres ski scene and lift links down as far as Brides Les Bains at an altitude of 600m.

From Meribel you have access to 150kms of slopes with altitudes up to nearly 3,000m in its own right but also has links further east to the Belleville valley where you will find the resorts of St. Martin, Les Meduires and Val Thorens.

Beginners love Meribel for the sunny nursery slops of the Altiport zone. Intermediate and advanced skiiers can travel further afield on the blue or red runs to the summit of Saulire or to the highest point above Meribel at Mont Vallon.

Seasoned skiiers can carve their way around the villages only stopping to take lift up to the next summit. There are terrain parks filled with kickers and rails to allow you to show off your freestyle abilities or you can venture further east into the rest of the Three Valleys where the high altitude resort of Val Thorens awaits.

Skiing in St. Martin, Les Menuires and Val Thorens

Val Thorens offers one of the longest ski seasons in the world often running from the months of November to the following May. With altitudes climbing to over 3,200m, 6 glaciers plus the villages of St. Martin and Les Menuires the Belleville valleys really does have something for everyone.

No matter your style Val Thorens has slopes for you to relax and find your mountain legs or to get away from the bustling slopes higher up you can make some secluded laps on the lower slopes down to St. Martin.

There is also the La Masse area which is only accessible via Les Menuires where you can take your pick of the slopes from 2,800m back down to 1,850m.

Getting to the top of La Masse is now via the new Pointe de la Masse gondola, completed in 2021. The stats of this lift are mighty! It’s overall length is 3,319m and the change in altitude between bottom and top is 1,051m. Each cabin has 10 seats and the lift can carry 2,800 passengers per hour. The journey time is a mere 8 mins after which you can stop off at the Restaurant d’Altitude and take in the stunning views before taking your pick of blue, red or black runs to make your descent.

Other things to do in Courchevel

There is a little something for everone around Courchevel whether its adrenaline, fun or nature.

Courchevel is so much more than just a ski resort. Once you have finished skiing there is an extensive list of other things to do in and around the resort.

Moriond Luge Racing

Tackle the 3km toboggan run with family and friends. From the top of the Ariondaz gondola above Courchevel Moriond (1650) you will find the start line of this amazing luge track. Speed around the corners and through the 8 underground tunnels. There are also high speed straights and snaking zig-zags that will test your skills.

Aquamotion

Chill and relax in this modern yet tranquil swimming pool and spa. The Aquawellness spa includes a salt-water pool, sauna, steam room, caldarium plus indoor and outdoor pools heated to a balmy 32℃.

If you are feeling more energetic of have some younger ones with you there is the Aqualudic’s indoor and outdoor pools including slides, diving pools and a wild river.

Snowshoeing

If you are keen to explore the mountains at a slower pace then clip on a pair of racquets (snowshoes) and you will be able to float over the white fluffy natural snow. You can head into the tress around Courchevel along the many marked paths. You are sure to find your own real life Nania, soothing streams, glittering ice crystals and look out for the odd wild animal track.

Dog Sledging

Ride with a professional musher or take charge of your own pack of dogs. A true back country adventure as you glide through the trees, across the slopes and valleys taking in the delights of the winter wonderland.

Chose a gentle ride through the stunning vistas or if you prefer a more adrenaline filled journey across true mountain terrain. This activity in Courchevel is a truly unique experience.

Snowmobile

Once the ski lifts have closed you can try your hand at riding a snowmobile around the winter landscape. You can drive your own vehicle under expert tuition along some graceful trails or blast throuogh untouched powder. There is nothing like cruising effortlessly through the mountains as the sun sets. You might even catch an evening climpse of Mont Blanc.

Lac de la Rosière

Hidden away in the valley below Courchevel Moriond (1650), Lac de la Rosière is truly one of the best kept secrets of Courchevel.

This stunning magical lake really comes alive in the winter and spring. You can stroll around the shores of this alpine lake or dodge into the snowy woodland trails and marvel at the imposing ice covered cliffs.