The first ecological hamlet in Courchevel is set for completion by December 2009.

Six environmentally friendly chalets are being built by Immobiliere Courchevel and will go on sale by the end of 2009. "With a great view, they are aimed at people who are looking for a better quality of life with green solutions and contemporary comfort," writes an Immobiliere spokesperson.

Overlooking the typical alpine village of Le Freney, the six individual chalets will take the shape of typical wooden structures for a traditional chalet feel and will also have triple glazing and double ventilation for heating. A big underground individual tank will collect the rain to re-use the water for the toilets.

The linked ski area of the Courchevel valley boasts 1,304 acres of mountain terrain. The 150 kilometres of downhill pistes are served by 62 chairlifts and offer plenty of skiing for all levels, including 27 green runs, 44 blue runs, 38 red runs, and 10 black runs.

As part of the Three Valleys ski area, Courchevel is also one of the resorts with the largest linked ski area in the world, offering access to 600 kilometres of pistes. The resort is planning to open Saturday Dec. 6, 2008.