Courchevel Ski Resort

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Courchevel Ski Resort

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Courchevel

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Mixed group guided instructional packages to the Dolomites

3 Valleys Ski Resorts

Meribel
Val Thorens

    Courchevel Trail & Piste Map
  • Courchevel Trail & Piste Map
  • Vertical (m)
    Courchevel only
    1,300m – 2,740m (1,430m)

    3 Valleys
    1,100m - 3,230m (2,130m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    5 - 6 metres
  • Lifts (58)
    Courchevel only
    11 Gondolas / cable cars
    20 Chairlifts

    3 Valleys
    180 lifts
  • Ski Hours
    Late November to mid April
    8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 150km
    Longest run – 5km+
    Advanced - 7%
    Intermediate - 36%
    Beginner - 57%

    3 Valleys - 600km piste
  • Lift Pass Prices (Day Ticket 18/19)
    Courchevel only
    Adult - €41 to 54.50
    Child - €33.80 to 43.60
    Child u/5yr - Free

    3 Valleys
    Adult - €49.60 to 62
    Child - €39.60 to 49.60
    Child u/5yr - Free
    3 Vallees Trail & Piste Map
  • 3 Valleys Trail & Piste Map

Courchevel Ski Resort France

The Courchevel ski resort is part of the fabulous Trois Vallees (Three Valleys) in the legendary Tarentaise valley. Courchevel France is a fantastic all-round resort offering exceptional skiing & snowboarding across the world's most expansive interlinked ski area.

Apart from the massive terrain, the Courchevel ski resort is renowned as a billionaire’s winter playground & the most glamorous ski resort in France. This is the place to come if you want to consort with the rich & famous, or you want to join the fur adorned ladies strutting down the street with a little dog tucked under their arm!

Having said that, the skiing here can be so epic that any self-respecting snow seeker should visit at least once in their powder stained lives. And forget the notions of high cost - a lift ticket at Courchevel costs less than half of a lift pass in most of the larger USA ski resorts!

Courchevel has carved out a fabulous niche in the upscale and elegant ski market, and considering it attracts those who desire exclusivity and don’t mind paying more dollars for certain privileges, many components of a Courchevel ski holiday are rather expensive. Prices are sometimes outrageous in the swanky part of Courchevel (formerly known as Courchevel 1850) yet lodging & food becomes cheaper at the villages further down the mountain. So, if you’ve got the Euros for staying in 1850, then revel & enjoy. Dine & drink cocktails at THE best places and go shopping at Hermès & Louis Vuitton. However, if you don’t have the budget, it is possible to holiday at Courchevel without spending a fortune.

The Powderhounds will be reviewing Courchevel & the 3 Valleys in season 2019.

Courchevel Ski & Snowboard Terrain

Courchevel is the largest of the Three Valleys ski areas with 150km of piste served by 58 lifts and gargantuan off-piste skiing & snowboarding. See the Courchevel ski trail map here.

You probably won’t get bored with the amount & variety of terrain at Courchevel, but if you buy a special ski pass, you can explore an amazing 600km of piste across the Three Valleys network. Courchevel is interconnected via the lifts & slopes with Méribel, Les Menuires, La Tania and as far as Val Thorens - Orelle. Massive would be an understatement to describe the size of the total ski area!

Courchevel has a good range of terrain for all ability levels, but the emphasis is on lots of groomed cruisers & steep reds, so it’s particularly well suited to strong intermediate to advanced riders. In the lower reaches of the resort, the runs are tree-lined, whilst further up there is a huge amount of off-piste delight, varying from easy bumped up slopes next to the piste, to couloirs that are somewhat testing for experts.

The ski resort has state of the art lift infrastructure. Sure, there are a few slow lifts that are a bit of a drag (hee hee), but mostly they’re high tech & efficient, plus there’s a good distribution of gondolas for those that enjoy taking their skis off! Some folks claim that the lift queues are pretty good compared to other French ski resorts, but it’s really all just relative isn’t it?

Snow & Weather

Courchevel ski resort on average receives about 5 – 6m of snow per season. The snow quality is generally very good thanks to largely north facing slopes & vast terrain at high elevation. To supplement the natural snow, the snow making infrastructure is excellent.

Where is Courchevel France?

Courchevel is the furthest east of the Three Valleys (Les Trois Vallées) in the Savoie, Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps. The nearest town is Moutiers, which is 24km (15 miles) to the northwest, whilst Paris is 666km to the northwest. In addition to the Three Valleys (i.e. Meribel & Val Thorens), not far away are La Rosiere, Sainte Foy, Les Arcs, La Plagne, Tignes & Val d'Isere.

If you can get hold of a jet, the quickest way to get to Courchevel is to fly into the local altiport! Alternatively, there are a several gateway airports from which it’s easy to get transfers. Airports include: Geneva - 140km (2-2.5hr); Lyon St Exupery - 187km (2-2.5hr); & Chambéry -  110km (1.5hr) (note- Chambery only has flights on weekends from limited origins). Search & book all airport transfers to Courchevel ski resort here.

The train station in nearby Moutiers has direct trains from London (one day a week on Saturdays) & Paris via Eurostar plus easy connections from other airports & major cities. From Moutiers station it’s a short bus or taxi to any of the resort villages. Search & book train tickets to Moutiers here.

Courchevel Villages & Accommodation

Courchevel is made up of a series of villages which are all interconnected via the slopes and roads. The names of the villages correspond with their elevation in metres and whilst they’ve now been renamed, old habits are hard to break and most people still refer to them by the elevation name.

Courchevel accommodation includes lots of chalets, some apartments & about 40 hotels that range from exorbitant down to 2-star hotels.

Courchevel (previously Courchevel 1850)
Top of the pops is Courchevel 1850, now simply referred to as Courchevel (or the Courchevel!). This is the hub of the ski area and provides good connections over to Meribel, and it’s also the home of the rich and famous. Courchevel 1850 has an amazing concentration of true 5-star hotels as well as a couple of accommodations that are rated as palaces! Other accommodation options include some luxurious chalets, and much of the lodging is ski-in ski-out.

Courchevel is also the nucleus of other activities including an abundance of upscale shops, fine dining restaurants, and chic bars where the nightlife continues into the wee hours. This village is rather modern with facilities well developed, but because it was purpose built (with perhaps a little too much concrete!) it lacks the pretty charm & family friendliness of the lower villages (which are also much more affordable).

Moriond (previously Courchevel 1650)
Courchevel 1650 is now called Moriond. It is not as centrally located for the ski slopes, but it has more of a traditional pretty French look and vibe and is rather quiet, although it has a few convivial bars.

Courchevel Village (previously Courchevel 1550) 
Courchevel 1550 is now known as Courchevel Village, which just has a couple of lifts that feed up to 1850. Accommodation is generally inexpensive & there are lots of chalets that are definitely not ski-in ski-out.

Courchevel Le Praz
Courchevel Le Praz feels like an old traditional French mountain village and is charmingly picturesque chalets. built on traditional lines It provides lift access up to 1850, although sometimes due to the low altitude it can suffer from snow quality issues.

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Courchevel Ski Rentals & Lessons

Ski rentals are available in all the Courchevel villages. Search & book ski or snowboard rentals here.

A mind-boggling array of ski instructors ski schools & guides ply their trade in the Courchevel ski resort & adjoining valleys. To narrow down the field, search & book a private lesson or resort guide with the best providers here.

Facilities & Après Ski

The ski resort has very well-developed amenities and services, including English speaking ski schools. On-mountain dining is plentiful, but unless you have a platinum credit card of some sort the prices might hurt. Similarly, the dining in Courchevel 1850 tends to cater for those who want fine dining restaurants with lots of Michelin stars.

Après ski festivities can be rather lively down in 1650 and drink prices are reasonable. The nightlife up in 1850 at sophisticated bars and a couple of exclusive nightclubs doesn’t tend to kick off until after dinner.

Activities

Other than skiing and snowboarding at the resort, other activities include cross country skiing along 65km of trails. Or if you want the ultimate adrenaline rush you can go heli skiing from Courchevel. Even though heli skiing in France is officially banned, it’s just a quick helicopter flight to some amazing Italian and Swiss mountains.

Of if you’re super hard-core, there is some amazing tobogganing at Courchevel. The hair-raising toboggan slope that plunges from Courchevel 1850 down to 1550 is definitely not just for the little kids! Adults who want to scream or giggle will also enjoy it!

And shopping, or at least window shopping, seems a mandatory activity. Considering that Courchevel is a magnet for the uber-rich, it comes as no surprise that there are many diamond shops and swanky French designer shops where the Russians can go crazy. Of course, there’s also a smattering of shops to cater for other clientele too.

More Reasons to Ski Courchevel

This is a mega ski zone that provides seemingly infinite slopes to schuss down. Despite its high-end reputation, Courchevel is also incredibly family-friendly. Views across to Mont Blanc and the many alpine peaks are breathtaking. When not skiing, a highlight is to relax on one of the many restaurant terraces & feast on the amazing scenery.

Review

The Powderhounds will review Courchevel in 2019. More information is coming soon. Stay tuned for our photos & insights.

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Tours in or near Courchevel

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Tarentaise Powder Ski Safari
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing | 3+ Resorts
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski some of the most famous ski areas of the world in France with an experienced guide riding vertical descents of up to 2,000m through untracked powder even days after a snowfall. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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USD 1,944
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