Courchevel is a glamorous ski resort in the Three Valleys ski area, which includes Val Thorens and Meribel. With 600 kilometres of ski runs and covering an area of 105 square kilometres, it is the largest ski area in the world with some superb skiing on offer.
Courchevel ski resort is comprised of four settlements: Courchevel 1850 has the best skiing, shopping and nightlife; Courchevel 1650 is more traditional, and more reasonably priced; Courchevel 1550 is quieter with a mixture of accommodation; and lastly, Courchevel 1300 is an authentic Alpine village full of character.
Courchevel is best known for its intermediate level skiing, but beginners and experts will also find plenty to keep them occupied. The piste-grooming facilities at Courchevel are excellent, although you’ll always find the best snow above 1650m.
The ski resort’s many amenities could keep you busy for weeks on end, but it’s also compact enough to make a long weekend ski break more than worthwhile. Superb apres-ski facilities, adventure experiences and plenty of alternative snow activities make it equally ideal for family ski holidays, so whichever kind of holiday you have planned, they'll be plenty of options to make the most of your time in Courchevel.
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Resort Altitude: 1,300m
Resort Skiing: 3,000m
Total Ski Area: 600km
Green Runs: 96km
Blue Runs: 240km
Red Runs: 204km
Black Runs: 60km
Cross Country: 120km
Courchevel is at the heart of the French Alps and the most exciting and glamorous ski resort in the huge Three Valleys ski area. The Three Valleys is one of the largest ski areas in the world, with its three largest ski resorts being Val Thorens, Courchevel and Meribel. The ski area consists of 600km of piste with a good mix of runs for every level of skier. You can ski at over 3,000 m in Val Thorens, meaning you can be certain of good snow cover all season long and excellent skiing.
The skiing in Courchevel is excellent. Both Courchevel 1850 and 1650 have a good selection of beginner and nursery slopes around Pralong. Intermediates will find a variety of long cruisey blues in the Pyramides and Grand Bosses areas, as well as some challenging reds. There are a number of black runs for more advanced skiers, such as the three Saulire couloirs. Freeride skiers will likely want to head over to 1650 or Val Thorens for the best off-piste powder areas.
Snowboarders will find some wide cruisey runs in Courchevel, however it is a popular area so expect quite a bit of traffic. The Trois Vallées offers plenty of choice for freeriders. Head to 1650 for steep cliff drops and powder bowls, or up to Val Thorens for the freshest powder. There is also a freestyle park under the Plantrey chair with good kickers and two half-pipes.
With many ski schools and instructors to choose between, there really is something for everybody.
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In Courchevel 1850, ESF runs the Village des Enfants which takes children from 18 months to 12 years, with ski instruction commencing at 3 years. Many of the chalet operators offer childcare in Courchevel 1850, 1650 and 1300, incorporating English-speaking ski school lessons. Some hotels run creche services too, giving parents a much-needed night off to enjoy a romantic meal at one of Courchevel’s famous foodspots. There is also Kids Club Mini Sivo in Courchevel 1850 who will look after younger children.
Renowned for its sumptuous hotels and fine dining, Courchevel ski resort has the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the Alps. Le 1947 at Cheval Blanc has three Michelin stars, the innovative plates are crafted each season and are executed with finesse. The Chabichou, Le Kintessence and Le Montgomerie are all two Michelin-starred restaurants that offer French haute-cuisine and some of the country's finest wines. Alternatively, La Cabane des Bûcherons serves traditional Savoyard cuisine in a cosy mountain refuge.
In the early afternoon, ski straight to Méribel's Folie Douce for a lively après session of champagne showers and dancing on tables. In Courchevel 1850 Le Tremplin is a popular meeting place, if you're heading back to 1650, then the Funky Fox offers a relaxed atmosphere and screens live sports. La Mangeoire is best for a sophisticated drink, while those looking to dance the night away should try the La Grange in 1850, which is open until 5am.
Most of the hotels in Courchevel 1850 have large sun terraces, making it is easy to meet up with skiers for a coffee break or lunch. A few of the best mountain restaurants are also accessible to non-skiers. The majority of the top-end hotels offer swimming pools, spas and fitness centres. Courchevel 1850 also has a selection of chic boutiques, perfect for browsing on a whiteout.