At the heart of the world's largest ski area, this ski resort in the Alps has the right retail to lift anyone's spirits. Warm up from the cold in an authentic Courchevel 1850 setting : a mountainside dotted with luxury boutiques and quaint traditional shops.
Full speed for fashion
Get the whole family ready for the slopes! In Courchevel, those seeking maximum comfort trust Jack Wolskin's innovative products (Galerie du Forum), while the snowboard generation heads next door, to the La Luge concept-store-bar. Bernard Charvin Sport (Place du Rocher) boasts a vast selection of brand name ready-to-wear sportswear, as does Jean Blanc Sports (Rue Park City), who has been selling quality gear since 1946.
Gliding in elegance
Be pleasantly surprised at Philipp Plein (Rue de l'Eglise), a cosmopolite concept store that combines fine clothing with high-end home design. Very cool indeed!Continue along Rue du Rocher to admire the window dressings of the great couturiers: Dior, Ralph Lauren, Bulgari, Valentino... Find your perfect cashmere sweater in all colours at Eric Bompard's (Espace Diamant) then head to Avenue Montagne (Place du Tremplin) to mix and match it with an ethnic item by Isabel Marant or Azzedine Alaïa. Finally, Louis Julian Fils Jewellers (Immeubles Grandes Alpes) excel in the savoir-faire of jewellery, watches and other creations.
Liven up your home decor with some woollen cushions and Native American objects from Cabane de l'Ours (Rue des Rochers). At Côté Neige (Rue de l'Eglise), stock up on Courchevel's mountain spirit with a lamp made from natural materials and white scented candles. Art lovers should make time for Galerie Bartoux, which exhibits surrealist retrospectives and Pop Art alongside the latest artistic trends.
Full of flavor
Take a "Chabi-goûter" break with a hot chocolate and almond brioche at the famous family-friendly Chabichou Hotel. Those with a sweet tooth can also bring some of the refinement home with them, with pastries and jams from the Chabichou gourmet shop (Rue des Chenus).