Luxury Ski Holidays Courchevel
Courchevel is the most glamorous of the three main resorts that make up the world’s largest ski area, Les Trois Vallées. Split into four towns, Courchevel 1850 is the main attraction for visitors going to see and to be seen, 1650 – or Moriond – is just as exciting but without the glitz, while 1550 and Le Praz are quieter with pretty, traditional Alpine chalets.
The resort is easily accessible from Geneva, Grenoble and Chambery airports, or by the Courchevel altiport, which has a runway and heli-pad if you are arriving in style. Les Trois Vallées is a remarkable ski area, with suitable slopes for all levels and plenty of runs to keep you entertained. There are an impressive 19 Michelin stars across 11 restaurants, making it one of the most saturated areas of fine-dining restaurants.
Courchevel has 150km of slopes with 65 lifts that are well suited to intermediates with plenty of blue and red runs, particularly above 1650. Those wanting to clock up the mileage can easily access the 600km of Les Trois Vallées, without accounting for the off-piste runs.
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Sophie, Ski Expert
“Several of the chairlifts have heated seats, which is great for those chilly winter days."
Courchevel has plenty of palatial hotels with spas offering everything from a purifying salt cave and shower experience, an invigorating ice fountain to a Kneipp foot bath or a Turkish bath. Many of the hotels have fantastic restaurants, including Hotel Le Chabichou’s two-Michelin-star restaurant.
Hotel Barrière Les Neiges is luxury chalet with two restaurants, one Argentinian, the other French. We recommend Hotel Le Portetta in 1650 for traditional, understated luxury. At the foot of Courchevel Moriond, it is ski-in ski-out, has a spa and a restaurant serving French-Italian cuisine.
Dining in Courchevel
The rule of thumb when dining in Courchevel tends to be the higher the altitude, the higher the price. In Courchevel 1850, French chef Yannick Alléno creates artistic plates at the three-Michelin-star restaurant, Le 1947. Le Chabichou’s family-run restaurant opened back in 1979 and now has two-Michelin stars.
On sunny days, take a leisurely lunch of Savoyard cuisine or seafood on Le Cap Horn’s large sun terrace. In the evening, taste wine from Cave des Lys’s vaulted wine cellar in Le Praz, accompanied by sharing plates of charcuterie.
Le Tremplin in Courchevel 1850 is a great place for an après drink on the sun terrace. Peruse 1850’s designer shops that include Louis Vuitton and Moncler. Or if your muscles are craving some rest and relaxation, indulge in a treatment at one of the luxurious spas.
See Courchevel from above on an early morning hot-air balloon ride or a helicopter tour, which can be made a heli-dining experience as you’re whisked off to a Michelin-star restaurant. Why not try airboarding on an inflatable cushion or a husky sled ride through the forest?