This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler.
This small town in the French Alps is known for glitz, glamour and spectacular skiing. Get your chicest snow gear and hit the slopes in Les Trois Vallées — but, as it’s a place to see and be seen, it’s where you go for après ski that matters.
Courchevel 1850 is all about glamour. A Moncler jacket is chic and will withstand the elements — pick one up from Moncler at Le Chalet de Pierres. Don’t forget to pack (or buy) a pair of Vuarnet sunglasses, the eponymous sunglass line of French Olympic downhill skier Jean Vuarnet, who wore a pair when he won Olympic gold in 1960. CEO Lionel Giraud is continually inspired by the region, and his glasses mix functionality (they’re hydrophobic and oleophobic) and elegance. And G-loft-insulated Hestra gloves, made of goat leather, are designed for warmth and movability.
Moncler Venant jacket, $1,750, Moncler in Courchevel 1850, +33 479 013 897, moncler.com
Vuarnet Ice Round sunglasses, $340, vuarnet.com
Hestra Army Leather Patrol gloves, $130, hestragloves.com