€960,000 Courchevel Le Praz
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100m2 traditional village house in Courchevel with views, walking distance to ski lifts, and village amenities
- In ski resort
- Under 200m from the nearest ski lift
- Walking distance to ski shop.
- Ski locker or storage
- Walking distance to restaurant.
- Walking distance to bar.
Property Description** VIRTUAL VISITS ARE POSSIBLE This original property of 100m2 plus 2 caves sits in a quiet corner in the heart of picturesque Le Praz, Courchevel. Afew steps up to the entrance brings you to a good size porch area leading into a large open plan living space consisting of kitchen, dining, and seating areas with a separate WC. Upstairs on the first floor there are 2 bedrooms, both with balconies and a hall space that could have a shower room added. On the second floor there is a further bedroom with a balcony and a large sitting room with dual aspect views and a balcony. There is also a bathroom on this level. This property is ready to live in and there are many options for alterations, some ideas could be to add a second shower room on the first floor, make a 4th bedroom on the 2nd floor, open up the windows to create an even more spectacular view of the Dent de Villard mountain and across the valley, or completely “flip” the house and have the top floor as a stunning open plan living space and 4 possibly en suite bedrooms on the other 2 floors. Downstairs in the cave there are 2 rooms, the back room houses the granule heating system which gives underfloor and central heating plus hot water to the whole house. This system is cheaper than oil or electricity and gives an efficient, regular heat throughout the property. The front section of the cave is used for laundry and storage. Le Praz sits at 1300m and is beautiful all year round. The property is within easy walking distance to the 2 ski lifts, one is the new, fast bubble lift directly to Courchevel 1850, the other a chair lift giving further access to the Courchevel ski area and onwards to Meribel and the 3 Valleys. There is also a short beginner drag lift and the possibility of sledging and a choice of runs bring you right back to the village, close to the house. There are snow canons to ensure maximum use of the ski season. There are also a range of pisted Cross country pistes starting near the house. Le Praz is also the start of the Millet or La Plume ski touring, randonée climbs to either 1850, or the top of Loze. .A lovely lake sits at the edge of the village, it is frozen and used for ice diving in the winter, and fishing in the summer. The village has 6 great restaurants and 2 bars. These range from a pizzeria, sports bar, a vaulted atmospheric wine bar to 3 high level restaurants and a typical Savoyard restaurant. The village also has a supermarket, butcher, speciality cheese shop, bakers, and tabac/newsagents along with several ski shops. Also new to the village is a multipurpose building with parking, tourist office, lift pass office, library and conference spaces, aswell as an astroturf flootball pitch in the roof. The village is due to be the finish for the 2023 ski world cup race and the new piste “the eclipse” has been prepared especially for this not to be missed event. The 1992 Olympic ski jumping took place here and the Olympic torch remains in the village and the 3 ski jumps are used for local children from the age of 6 to the international ski jumping competitions both in summer and winter. There are many sporting events through the summer and activities for everyone and the fete de la madeleine in the centre of the village is the highlight of the summer calendar for the village where big tables are set out and locals dress up in their traditional clothes, play musical instruments and celebrate for the whole weekend. Le Praz is beautiful all year round, In the summer there are gorgeous walks around the lake and village, in the forest to waterfalls or other nearby villages. In autumn the colour of the trees is just stunning. Slightly further afield you can climb mountains, visit lakes, market towns and other ski areas.
Three Valleys Ski Area
A beautiful place all year with highly defined seasons and quiet and tranquil out of the ski season when the crowds have gone home, and then suddenly once again each winter the mountains of the Three Valleys come alive with people enjoying this vast ski area..... the largest linked skiing in the world.
The Three Valleys ski domain provides more than 600km of runs and probably the same again off-piste. In fact it should now be called the Four Valleys with the link into Orelle (Maurienne Valley) which can be accessed by ski from Val Thorens. This has also opened up some extraordinary off-piste runs. The Three Valleys provides direct links between the ski resorts of St Martin de Belleville, Les Menuires, Val Thorens, Méribel, Mottaret, La Tania, Brides les Bains and the four Courchevel resorts, la Praz, 1550, 1650 and the world famous 1850 – and now Orelle, in the fourth valley - all under one ski pass offering on-piste skiing from 1300m all the way up to 3200m. As these figures show the Three Valleys ski area offers huge altitude differences favouring long run skiing.
It has an ultra efficient, state of the art ski lift system, quality piste preparation and a dense artificial snow making system (1920 snow cannons) complementing the excellent natural snow cover. However, if you are not a fan of downhill skiing or like some variety during your stay then you can also roam the domain at your leisure on foot, hiking along the marked trails, or using the pedestrian ski lift passes. Many trails have been created especially to enjoy the increasingly popular snowshoeing sport and to discover the valleys from a new perspective: flora, wildlife, monuments, and spectacular scenery.There are also many cross-country skiing tracks that are prepared and maintained each day. These allow you to take in the breathtaking scenery and provide the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the mountains away from the pistes.
An interesting and wonderful area all year round, there is much more here than the snow sports.
Courchevel Le Praz Ski Resort
Le Praz is a charming ski resort based around a pretty, traditional mountain village. Even as the resort grows the centre remains full of character with narrow streets and attractive old buildings and in the main the new developments have been done with taste in the traditional materials of wood and stone. It has a small lake as its focus next to which the two ski lifts are situated.
It is a very popular resort due to its authentic, welcoming feel with the small centre providing a daily meeting point for regulars so new arrivals can quickly settle in and get to know who’s who and what’s where. Its prices compare very favourably to the more expensive resorts higher up the valley, and it offers enough to keep most members of a group happy. It welcomes a wide range of visitors; families, those with a basic budget, and a wealthier clientele who don’t subscribe to the glitz of 1850.
It has a life of its own throughout the year although it is very quiet out of season with just a shop, bar and restaurant remaining open. In the main summer season, July and August, it is also fully open and the winter season usually runs from mid December to the end of April.
The lake, frozen in winter, makes a stunning backdrop for the huge fireworks competition held here each year along with many music festivals both summer and winter. At the back of the lake is a huge ski jump which is used on the national and international competition circuit which along with walking, horse riding, parapointing, painting, golf, flying, climbing and many other superb mountain activities brings life beyond skiing to this village.
Le Praz boasts a good selection of lively bars, mouth-watering creperies and fine restaurants including "La Table de Mon Grand-Père" in Hotel Les Peupliers - a favourite treat of mine. It has a good standard of accommodation with a mix of hotels, apartments and chalets.
It is situated at the foot of the Courchevel ski area and is also known as the ski resort of Courchevel 1300. The Courchevel ski area links in to the massive 3 Valleys ski area. From the foot of the Gondola lift you are 2 lifts away from either Méribel or Courchevel 1850. So for skiing Le Praz is excellently situated with the two télécabine lifts, the Praz and Foret running from the centre. These can become hectic at peak weeks but locals and seasonnaires (winter workers) know it’s just a matter of timing your departure.
The Praz télécabine lift takes you directly into the centre of Courchevel 1850. The Foret télécabine lift takes you up towards the summit of "La Loze" at 2196m, giving easy access to the wonderful skiing of Courchevel and La Tania or the Meribel valley. Skiing back to Le Praz is a breathtaking experience in itself; tree lined pistes, some of the prettiest in the three valleys, lead you to the village. The jockey’s black run into Le Praz is quite something and a superb challenge to those who like to ski a bit closer to the edge. But don’t worry there are red runs too or the option to come down in the lift or free ski buses which run non-stop throughout the day.
The traditionally good snow, north facing slopes and extensive network of snow cannons enable you to ski back to the village throughout the season, but regardless just in case the pistes get a little scratchy you can always catch the bubble down.
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