The Alpine notebook

Whether it’s for hiking, skiing, enjoying a meal or shopping, Courchevel’s leaders in hospitality reveal their secret spots and favourite places. Happy trails ahead!

Duarte Bon de Sousa, General Manager at L’Apogée Courchevel


His favourite place: The top of Les Creux Noirs in Courchevel 1850, although this sublime location is no longer accessible this season. This lookout point offers sweeping views over Courchevel and Méribel with Mont Blanc in the distance.

A secret skiing spot in the 3 Valleys: The Lory piste in Val Thorens. It snakes along the bottom of the valley with the famous Three Valleys zip line running overhead.

An on piste restaurant: La Cave des Creux. Dyed-in-the wool Savoy boys, the Glise brothers welcome both a local and international clientele. Featuring a contemporary setting, their restaurant offers a menu that incorporates varied cultural influences. Walk out onto the beautiful, sun soaked terrace for spectacular views.

A village restaurant: O’Bôya, where Pierre-Eric and his team welcome their guests with a rare kindness. I recommend the veal – a truly unforgettable dish. And the wine list offers a number of gems that you won’t find elsewhere.

A boutique: One of my resolutions for 2019 was to stop eating sweets, but I can never resist the artisanal chocolates from the Piste Noire boutique at the Forum. They’re deliciously addictive!

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