Le Praz is an original village of the 4 Courchevel resort levels, located at 1,300m (the same as St Anton, Ischgl and Courmayeur). With cobbled streets and quaint chalets blanketed in snow, it has a traditional feel with a strong sense of community. It is easily accessible and enjoys a good snow record. You’ll find that accommodation and amenities are more reasonably priced than glitzy nearby Courchevel but the other three villages can be reached by free bus if you are keen to explore.
The area is forested which allows skiers to enjoy tree-lined runs, ideal for days with low visibility. There is a nursery slope in the resort, however most of the runs returning to the village are red and black, so beginners can return by bus or cable car (or bus). A gondola and recently installed high-speed chair give direct access to Courchevel 1850 and the 600km of pistes that the Three Valleys area offers. The area also has a variety of cross-country ski routes to explore and is suitable for snowboarders. Visitors will be interested to see the towering ski jumps and Olympic torch built for the 1992 Albertville Winter Games. Tandem paragliders land regularly at the foot of the slopes.
Le Praz is home to a large number of permanent residents and is popular with seasonal staff and French tourists, so you are likely to have a more authentically French experience there. That said, there are plenty of restaurants and bars which welcome British tourists. Try L’Elephant or the English-run Drop Inn to enjoy an après atmosphere. In December 2019 Le Praz is set to open a new lift station with ski lockers, parking for 500 cars and a kids play area.