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Courtesy of L’Apogée Courchevel
Just in time for the start of peak ski season, the Oetker Collection opened L’Apogée Courchevel in the French Alps last week—its seventh hotel and first ski resort. Perched atop a former Olympic ski jump in Le Jardin Alpin on Courchevel 1850, the five-star, ski-in-ski-out destination sits at the highest, most exclusive point of the Three Valleys, which, with 370 miles of slopes connected by 172 ski lifts, is the largest linked ski area in the world.
Along with skiing, guests can enjoy other activities like snowshoeing, tobogganing, vertical ice-climbing and pilot-led scenic tours. If après ski is more of interest, the resort—designed by celebrated architect Joseph Dirand and architect/interior designer India Mahdavi, who envisioned the property as a luxurious family chalet—has an on-site caviar bar, a Champagne lounge and a 7,000-square-foot state-of-the-art spa, with a Jacuzzi and an indoor pool.
For an ultimate stay, a private, five-bedroom chalet (from $24,494) for up to ten people sits next to L’Apogée and comes complete with a spa, a personal chef and butler, a home theater and a proprietary ski lift. Rooms start at $1,200; 33-4/79-04-01-04; lapogeecourchevel.com.