Choose The French Alps To Truly Celebrate New Year In Style
Want to make this New Year’s Eve unforgettable? If you’re tired of the same routine for every New Year’s Eve then why not celebrate further afield? The French Alps is a beautiful area of the world, with stunning scenery and lots to offer. Imagine toasting the New Year in with a backdrop of snowy mountains and clear starry skies. The French Alps are synonymous with sophistication and glamor. The perfect place to welcome in the new year with style and elegance. Want more inspiration? Here are four beautiful resorts that will help to make a memorable and treasured New Year’s Eve.
The exclusive resort of Courchevel consists of four satellite villages; Courchevel Le Praz (or 1300), Courchevel 1550, Courchevel 1650 and Courchevel 1850, whereby the number denotes the village altitude in meters. Set in the stunning French Alps the Courchevel ski resort provides an awe-inspiring backdrop for your New Year celebrations as well as providing plenty of ski and snowboarding activities to keep you busy.
As well as the exhilarating winter sports on offer here, Courchevel is famed for its fine-dining and has many Michelin-starred restaurants, such as Les Airelles and Le 1947 who both have two Michelin stars to their name.
Courchevel gets into the party spirit on New Year’s Eve promising a thrilling out on the snow with concerts, music, and dancing. At midnight there is a fantastic firework display, where the sky is lit up with color and you can marvel at the villages and valleys below. The perfect refreshment and pick-me-up the next day is a few trips down the slopes. The ideal revival after the party.
If retail therapy is more your thing, then Courchevel can offer this too, with many luxury retailers including Louis Vuitton, Prada and Chanel. A stylish place that caters for all tastes is a perfect place to start the new year with a bang.
2. Val d’Isere
The high-quality and chic resort of Val d’Isere is the perfect place for winter sports; with many beginner slopes as well as slopes for expert skiers and snowboarders. At the heart of Val d’Isere is the village which stands at an impressive altitude of 1850m while looking up at some of the highest slopes in this region measuring 3400m.
While you may be spending your days on the slopes, the village really comes to life at night, with beautiful illuminations that will take your breath away. Dotted with beautiful alpine trees and a handful of buildings dating back to the 17th Century. This resort has cleverly balanced traditionalism with sophistication.
Most restaurants and bars in the area hold New Year’s Eve parties but, come midnight, you may be swept out with the hoards of celebrating revelers to gather in the center of the town. This is a tradition of the town, where you’ll be met with fireworks and good fun and champagne a-plenty!
As well as the usual winter sports, Val d’Isere has luxurious spas where you can take in the glorious views while indulging in some serious pampering. With the breath-taking views from your chalet or apartment in Val d’Isere, you may not even want to leave the comfort and the luxury of your vacation rental.
3. Val Thorens
Similar to Val d’Isere, Val Thorens has a mix of terrain to suit all people, from beginners to experts as well as making a perfect base to explore the whole ski resort with 600km of linked pistes. Val Thorens takes pride in the fact it is the highest ski resort in Europe, at an altitude of 2300m.
Val Thorens takes a more unusual approach to New Year festivities with an intriguing and captivating torchlight descent which is run by the local ski school instructors. Val Thorens is a fantastic resort for families to celebrate New Year, with many activities and entertainment laid on for children.
There is, of course, customary fireworks in Val Thorens as well as a DJ, dancing, and pyrotechnics to ensure a spirited party atmosphere. After a night of dancing and revelry, you may need to relax in the comfort of your vacation rental and admire the views from the highest resort in Europe.
The upmarket resort of Megeve is one of the most iconic ski destinations originally created by a Baroness of the Rothschild family. The resort has kept the exclusivity and regal connotations and is one of the swankiest and most stylish locations to spend your vacation this festive season.
The resort center is filled with rustic cobbled streets which are home to designer shops, quaint, yet chic, chalets and sublime restaurants and cafes.
The restaurants and bars in Megeve all play host to New Year’s Eve parties which will ensure you have fine food and delicious drinks. The town of Megeve evokes a traditional New Year spirit, which sees the town illuminated with torchlight and offerings of mulled wine. If you are after more of a party, there is dancing in the village square later.