I know. I know.
I went to high school in New Hampshire...I went to law school in Boston...
Yet, I have never once been skiing?
So my life is really tough and I had to learn how to ski in the biggest and fanciest ski resort in Europe.
It was amazing. My group I sit in at work had organized a ski trip. I was SUPER nervous about it because I only knew about 4 people and oh yeah, I HAD NEVER SKIED BEFORE. My worries were completely unfounded and I had a fantastic time!
Our flights were on EasyJet, which is a budget airline, but it was actually a pretty decent carrier. I had no idea you you had to pay for a water... so note to any future EasyJet fliers. Ain't nothin' for free on there! We were briefly stuck at a rest stop for a while (car fire in a tunnel) but it was okay because I found THESE!
I know, RIGHT!? SO good. I still have some left!
So to sum up the trip?
Lot's of the following...
Amazing lunch spots on the slopes
(No, really... AMAZING SHOPPING.)
Cappuccinos & galettes...
More touristing and shopping...
A wee bit of skiing...
(And tumbling down mountains...)
Dancing and drinking...
(Champagne when in France, obviously.)
(As in peeping the Chalets... NOT peeping IN the chalets.)
I can't wait to go back.
Things one should note when planning a trip to Courchevel:
- Courchevel is UNBELIEVABLY expensive. I'm talking like €16 for a starter and €6-8 for coffee/sodas.
- Les Caves is an amazing night spot, but beware it will be chock FULL of wealthy Russians... and again... I repeat... It is EXPENSIVE. A vodka tonic with lime was €15.
- La Folie Douce should NOT be missed... It is on the Mirabel side of the mountain and it is a MUST see. If you can't ski a black (i.e. like me) then you can take the gondola to the first stop on the Mirabel side and hike down. Leave your skis near the gondola but, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, take your poles! Getting back up to the gondola to go back to Courchevel is like hiking Everest.
- le Jardin Alpine is my favorite run but beware of the steep tricky narrow bit toward the end... It is STEEP AND YOU GO FAST!
- There is fur EVERY.WHERE. Fur haters, beware.
It was a fantastic trip and I absolutely loved all of the new friends I made on the trip. Here's hoping some of my cool work colleagues turn into real life friends now! I have already had some visits to my new office from some of them and have a couple coffee dates lined up.
Now, tell me, my people, have you been to Courchevel!?
Are y'all skiers?!