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Related Regions: Les 3 Vallées, Northern Alps, France, Savoie, Europe, Europe Overall, Tarentaise Valley

Overview

Courchevel is a winter playground for the rich and famous – attracting a steady influx of stars from Beyonce to Beckham. Ironically, the resort was originally planned to create jobs and skiing for the masses, but somewhere along the lines it morphed into the luxury resort of The Alps.

There are 50 five-star hotels in the whole of France and nine of them are in Courchevel. As well as top hotels, the resort now boasts three Michelin-star restaurants. The multi-level resort, complete with heated pavements, is dotted with more than 100 boutiques - you’ll find as many diamond dealers here as ski-hire shops. The tourist board does stress they offer a range of amenities for a wider clientele; it’s not all Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Valentino.

The resort consists of four ski villages: Courchevel 1300 (La Praz), Courchevel 1550, Courchevel 1650 and Courchevel 1850. While 1850 has the most high-end hotels and shops, its modern development is decidedly lacking in charm. Fans of the traditional French feel should head to Courchevel 1650.

Courchevel is a good all-round resort. Its ski area offers a good selection of runs for all levels and it is also popular with families, off-pisters and non-skiers. The resort’s 150 kilometres is enough for most, but the avid skier can buy a pass to the vast Three Valleys ski area, opening up 600 kilometres of lift-linked runs. Ski Pass for access to the vast lift-linked ski area in the world (600km).

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Elevation

  • 8983ft
    Summit
  • 4554ft
    Vertical Drop
  • 3609ft
    Base

Lifts

  • 10
  • 0
  • 11
  • 4
  • 0
  • 2
  • 0
  • 25
  • 52
    Total

Terrain

  • Beginner Runs

    23%

  • Intermediate Runs

    35%

  • Advanced Runs

    32%

  • Expert Runs

    10%

  • Runs

    100

  • mi Pistes

    93.2 mi

  • Terrain Parks

    1

  • Night Skiing

    56 ac

  • MI Night Skiing

    1.9 mi

  • Longest Run

    5.6 mi

  • Skiable Terrain

    1210 ac

  • Snow Making

    697 ac

  • mi Snow Making

    54.1 mi

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The Mountain

Courchevel's 150 kilometres of local runs combine with Val Thorens, La Tania, Les Menuires and Meribel to make up the largest interconnected ski area in the world, the Three Valleys (600 kilometres/275 pistes). The huge network of lifts and runs extends out from Courchevel 1850. The main access route to the Three Valleys is via the Verdons gondola, leading to the La Vizelle gondola and the La Saulire cable car. Skiing in the Three Valleys reaches heights of 2740 metres.

Courchevel's local ski area offers well-groomed varied runs. You'll find pretty wooded skiing and great views from the upper slopes all the way to Mont Blanc. The resort's northerly orientation, height and abundance of snowmaking means reliable snow down to 1650 so ski-in/ski-out accommodation is often possible. The snow is superior to neighbouring Meribel which gets more sun.

The modern, reliable lift system in Courchevel means queues are minimal. There are only a few lifts to avoid: the Col de la Loze and the drags on the 1650 side of Chanrossa can be slow. During peak season, the Biollay chair serving the snowpark is very popular with the ski school so queues can build here too.

Powder Day

Courchevel offers a huge amount of off-piste terrain. In good snow conditions, it's possible to ski all the way down from La Saulire to Bozelm (2000m vertical). If you're a fan of powder in the trees, hit the runs off Dou des Lanches and head down through the woods where you'll eventually join the Creux piste. To explore more extensive off-piste terrain, a good idea is to hire a guide - the Bureau des Guides runs daily off-piste excursions.

Advanced/expert skiers can explore the infamous shady couloirs at the top of the Saulire cable car - all three Couloirs used to be among the steepest black pistes in Europe, now only the Grand Couloir remains a piste and is reached via a narrow, bumpy ridge. Alternatively, hit the powder fields of Mont Vallon. Other challenging black runs include Suisses, Chanrossa and the blacks above Le Praz with a 1000-metre vertical.

Beginners/Intermediates

Families/beginners: Courchevel is a popular choice for families due to its convenient slope-side lodging and gentle nursery areas. Ski schools are well run and take children from 18 months up: ESF (+33(0)47-0807-72); New Generation (0844-484-3663) and RTM Snowboarding (+33(0)615-485-904) - the latter two run by British instructors.

Courchevel has a good selection of nursery slopes: the 1650 nursery area is located just above the village accessed via draglifts; the 1850 beginner area of Jardin Alpin is accessed by a gondola. You'll also find smaller nursery areas located at 1550 and 1300. The ‘Magnestick' system has been fitted to all fast lifts to hold children securely on chairlifts.

Freestyle for all the family: take the Biollay chair or the Rocher de l'Ombre drag up to the Family Park below Verdons and here you'll find a variety of jumps and obstacles. Two smaller fun zones are being built for the 2011/12 winter. Off the slopes, there's a popular ice rink and a ten-pin bowling alley in the Forum Centre.

Intermediates: There is a good choice of green and blue runs. Intermediates have plenty of long red runs and easy off-piste in Courchevel. There are challenging red runs from Vizelle and Saulire as well as long blue runs above 1650 and 1850.

Freestylers

Courchevel is popular among snowboarders, but more for the freeriding than the freestyle scene. There is however one main park: the Plantrey Snow Park. It is located next to the Dou de Midi piste in the Loze sector of Courchevel 1850, under the Plantrey chair. It is a big snowpark with two pipes and a range of tables and rails for all levels and is served by a free drag.

The Family Park below Verdons grows larger each year. It offers a variety of jumps and obstacles. Two smaller fun zones are being built for the 2011/12 winter.

Snowboarders will find plenty of natural freestyle terrain on the Combe Saulire (particularly around the Saulire gondola) and from La Vizelle to 1850. There are natural pipes, rollers and banks to play on.

Moguls and long flat sections are often disliked by snowboarders. The Suisses and Chanrossa black runs and the Marmottes red which often have moguls while the blue Pralon, Gravelles and Indiens runs have long flat sections where it's hard to maintain speed.

Courchevel 1850 has the majority of smart hotels, Michelin-star restaurants, designer boutiques and nightlife, but it also has a lot of traffic and English voices. Courchevel’s other villages make up for this: 1650 has a more pleasant centre with a quiet square off the main road and traditional-style buildings; 1550 is quiet and spacious; and away from the road, La Praz (1300) offers a low-key, friendly atmosphere with rustic restaurants.

The modern, reliable lift system in Courchevel means queues are minimal. There are only a few lifts to avoid: the Col de la Loze and the drags on the 1650 side of Chanrossa can be slow. During peak season, the Biollay chair serving the snowpark is very popular with the ski school so queues can build here too.

Be sure to take the cable car up from Courchevel 1850 to the summit of Saulire (2,700m) and savour the views. Advanced skiers can then take the red and black runs all the way back down.

Fans of cross-country skiing will find a total of 60 kilometres of trails. 1300 is the most suitable village, with trails through the woods towards 1550, 1850 and Méribel. Given enough snow, there are also loops around the village.

Non-skiing activities include the two-kilometre evening toboggan runs (until 7:30pm) between Couchevel 1850 and 1550; snow rafting in an inflatable dingy; as well as snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowcat driving, ballooning; contact White Tracks (+33(0)686-123-417).

Taste the local cuisine: regional specialities include raclette, tartiflette and fondue – all of which are delicious and will replace all the energy you’ve expended on the slopes.

Important Dates

  • Projected OpeningProjected Closing12/08/201804/22/2019
  • Days Open Last Year
    140
  • Projected Days Open
    140
  • Years Open
    72
  • Average Snowfall
    315"

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DPT
9th February 20154
Very well run resort. The pistes are well cared for and the lifts run smoothly. It is easy to get up to...Full review
jjwhytock
22nd December 20145
great resortFull review
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