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Byblos Hotel, Courchevel Jardin Alpin, 73120 Courchevel 1850 Cedex 1850

Courchevel and the Byblos Hotel's History - Mirror Images of the High Life in the French Alps

Courchevel, Fr. --- In the 1930's members of the jet set became captivated by the new sport of skiing and its associated thrills. The St-Bon valley in Savoy with its picturesque snowy slopes became the meeting place for a pioneering group of young enthusiasts attracted by a heady cocktail of snow, skiing, fun and parties - the winter sports holiday.

In 1946, the General Council of Savoy and the mayor of Saint-Bon took a historic decision: to build a modern ski resort on the Alpine meadows at a height of 1800 metres. Courchevel, which took its name from a tiny hamlet lower down the mountain, would be the first French ski resort to be constructed on a virgin site.

Byblos Interior

Thus began the legend of Courchevel, which the international press would christen "the most beautiful winter of all."

With the inauguration of the Saulire cable way in 1952 the dream of the Three Valleys became a reality, opening up access to the slopes of Méribel.

In 1954, Emile Allais, a former world ski champion, became director of the resort. He would stamp his influence on Courchevel with his radical idea that a ski slope should be as well maintained as a golf course. "The pistes have to be worked to make them safe and enjoyable, no matter what the weather."

This philosophy instantly made Courchevel into one of the leading ski resorts in the world, attracting a sophisticated and discriminating clientele.

In 1992, Courchevel became an Olympic resort and hosted many events during the Albertville competitions. Now 50 years after its creation, the village, born from the genius and will of a few men, is today a jewel set in the heart of the largest ski area in the world.

Prompted by the success of the Hotel Byblos Saint-Tropez, which opened in 1967, Sylvain Floirat decided to re-interpret the distinctive Hotel Byblos experience of relaxed luxury in an Alpine setting. He engaged the same team of architects and designers who had so brilliantly blended Provencal and Lebanese styles at the St. Tropez property, to work their magic in Courchevel. The "exceptional mansion hotel" he envisioned opened in 1984.

At 30 years old, Antoine Chevanne, great-grandson of Sylvain Floirat, is the Owner and General Manager of the Byblos St. Tropez and Courchevel. His objective - preserving the legendary "Byblos" spirit while infusing it with new inspirations.

Evocative of a majestic Savoyard chalet, the richly-appointed 77-room Byblos Courchevel embraces guests with its warmly residential décor. Ideally located at the heart of the runs, and just a short glide from the cable cars of the Jardin Alpin, this intimate hotel also provides enough captivating diversions to keep guests happily occupied indoors.

The festive air intrinsic to winter sports abounds, but there is a mellowness to it that is as conducive to solitary musings in a cosy, wood-burning fire warmed corner as it to après-ski socialising in the bar.

Nestled at the foot of the largest expanse of ski slopes in the world, the Byblos Courchevel is situated at Courchevel 1850 - the highest of the four delightful villages that include the ski resort known as Courchevel. While close enough to 1850's bustling centre for guests to enjoy its many attractions, the hotel is wonderfully secluded in its pine forest setting. The ultimate convenience: guests can reach Courchevel's 64 lifts and 102 manicured runs on their skis.

Only in Courchevel can winter sports enthusiasts take advantage of 600 kilometres of ski runs and 200 lifts in the "Trois Vallées."

Byblos, Courchevel

Reservations: (33) 4 79 00 98 00
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Mike Hepworth, November 2003

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