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Is Courchevel full of Russians?

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Is Courchevel full of Russians?

I have heard that Courchevel is full of Russians, that they are aggresive in the queues, that they domimate the bars, and cafés, and generally make the place unpleasant. I spent a season in Courchevel in the 1980's and have the most fond memories, I don't want to ruin it by going back there and having a bad holiday with my family.

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1. Re: Is Courchevel full of Russians?

Hi Lynda

I'd say that's quite an exaggerated picture of Courchevel. It is a popular destination with Russians over their Christmas and New Year holidays (first two weeks in January) but if you are worried you could give Meribel a try. All the benefits of skiing in Courchevel excellent chalets, bars, restaurants and more.

Check out companies in Les Allues for a more traditional village feel.

Have a great holiday.


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2. Re: Is Courchevel full of Russians?

Thanks Heather, I'll take a look.


Talloires, France
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3. Re: Is Courchevel full of Russians?

Hi Lynda,

I have worked in Courchevel for 3 winters and never had any issues with Russians - they make for an entertaining sight with all the fur on them but they mix in with everyone else. For a family holiday I would look at La Tania or Le Praz (Le Praz has better bus connections with the other levels but the ski back to La Tania is nicer).

Just be careful where you go in 1850 as prices have got ridiculous in some places.

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4. Re: Is Courchevel full of Russians?

Thanks for the advice, Dia-baz.

Lynda. :))

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5. Re: Is Courchevel full of Russians?

Just seen your message, guess you have booked by now. We have holidayed in 1850 for New Year week the last 2 years and enjoyed it greatly. Yes its the most popular time for Russians as its their main holidays and prices everywhere for hotels and meals out are absolutely maximum cost but have always found them very amenable, if a little bit loud at times, but usually very jolly and no problems in lift queues, for us anyway.

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6. Re: Is Courchevel full of Russians?

Lynda, you are needlessly talking smack about my people. We really should rise above the little biggoted comments in the 21st Century.

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