Rather than sulk through the post-holiday blues, this winter, escape to the “playground of the posh” that is Courchevel, France. A snow-draped paradise tucked away in the French Alps, Courchevel is the most elite resort collection of Les Trois Vallées, the largest linked ski areas in the world. Home to the very first passenger chairlift, this alpine escape has boasted celebrity visitors and industry titans since its beginning in the 1940s. Once a favorite of Brigitte Bardot, many celebrities have followed her lead, with posh visitors including Posh Spice herself (with hubby David Beckham), Erica Pelosini, Olivia Palermo, and George and Amal Clooney. It’s high time you join them on the slopes.
In the Alps, exquisite skiing is a given; yet in this elite ski town (or rather, kingdom) the après ski lifestyle is just as relevant—if not more—as the snowy slopes themselves. When the clock strikes happy hour, transition from clunky ski boots to classy over-the-knee boots and saunter over to the nearest champagne bar for some deserved R&R. Packing for ski trips can be tricky and often bulky, so we recommend sticking to winter classics with just a few trendy pieces (and extra room for vacay purchases). Silks, suedes, leathers, furs, and velvet are materials as warm as they are stylish and timeless, thus a no-fail formula with which to fill your suitcase.
In Courchevel, luxury awaits at each peak, turn, and valley, from a decadent restaurant scene, to the happening nightlife, and a fatally expansive spread of designer shopping. To help you get started on your spectacular winter rendezvous, we’ve narrowed down the sprawling glitz of to a few top picks. Pack your poles and your Pucci parkas…the Alps await!