Heading for a world of high altitude fun in Courchevel? Our handy guide puts you in the driver’s seat, with everything you need to know about this fabulous resort to ski Courchevel.
In a Nutshell
- North facing slopes and some of the best snow in the Three Valleys
- Sophisticated après scene
- Very popular with the prices to match
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For those who live (or just love) to ski, Courchevel is one of the most popular choices in the French Alps. Aside from its superb north-facing slopes, which give it some of the best on-snow action in the Three Valleys, its beauty lies in the diversity of its five linked villages. Sitting at various altitudes, the villages are connected by gondolas and also a free bus.
For those looking for a bit of luxury while they ski, Courchevel 1850 is the highest altitude and home to the swankiest chalets, shops, cocktail bars, clubs and restaurants – with the price tags to match.
Head down the mountain and it’s far friendlier on your pocket but just as appealing for those who’ve come to both relax and ski. Courchevel Moriond (1650) and 1550 both offer a lovely Alpine village ambience and a slightly slower pace, which is suited to families and those looking for access to pistes for all levels.
La Tania Courchevel (1350) makes a charming base in a lovely wooded setting. While it was purpose-built for the 1992 Winter Olympics, thanks to its location it’s a very pretty part of the resort and provides easy access to the myriad opportunities of the Three Valleys.
Finally, the lowest altitude Le Praz (1300) is a delightfully rustic village set against the backdrop of the Olympic ski jumping hill. The sliding scale of price in relation to altitude is borne out here, with lots of well-priced accommodation but, of course, further to go for the best snow.
“The villages creep up the mountain in a sliding scale of altitude and price. So if you want luxury, 1850 has it in spades!”
Ski Courchevel – on the slopes
With direct access to the world’s biggest linked ski area, you can safely expect that this is a place where everyone gets to ski! Courchevel has superb facilities for beginners, with the easy, undulating runs of 1850 and Moriond along with the presence of some excellent English-speaking ski schools.
For intermediates the resort provides a wealth of riches, with a host of long, wide blue and green runs set around the central altitudes, and plenty of scope to challenge those looking to improve. The piste marking system is clear, easy to understand and, if anything, on the conservative side.
For advanced skiers there’s a lot to get the motor running, with steep terrain at both higher and lower altitudes. A particular favourite with adrenaline junkies is the infamous Combe de la Saulire, which runs down next to the Saulire cable car and is rated one of the best runs in the country on which to ski. Courchevel also offers plenty of off-piste challenges for expert powder hounds.
If you’ve got a taste for adventure, you can head over to Italy for a spot of heli-skiing. Several companies operate out of the resort, taking you over the border to drop you into some stunning backcountry in Valle d’Aosta or Sestriere. You’ll be accompanied by a fully qualified mountain guide and enjoy a truly invigorating day that you’ll never forget.
Enjoy Courchevel – off the slopes
Due to the separate village layout of the resort, the après scene is far more constrained than, say, Val d’Isère or St Anton. Even though there’s a free bus, people tend not to migrate between the villages so it doesn’t have that crazy party feel.
That said, there’s no shortage of venues to enjoy a few drinks after a day on the pistes, particularly in 1850 where there’s a great range of pubs, clubs and bars. For a night of Parisian chic you can frock up and head to Les Caves or Le Kudeta, but be prepared to pay for the privilege.
For a more laidback time in the lower villages you could try Le Bubble, in Moriond, or Chanrossa and the Caterail Vodka Bar in 1550.
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Where to Stay to Ski Courchevel
Our range of self-catered accommodation across all the villages of the resort gives you the choice to find your ideal home from home.
Situated in 1550, this expansive self-catering apartment offers space and amenities for up to six. It’s just 50 metres from the slopes and its fifth-floor vantage gives it a feeling of privacy while still being in the thick of the action. There’s a balcony to take in views over the resort, a well-equipped kitchen and a spacious living room to chill out. Other features include:
- Private car park
- Ski locker
- Two bathrooms
Jardins de Rosalie B1
What a whopper! For larger groups you can’t beat this fantastic seven-bedroom chalet in Le Praz 1300. Despite its mammoth proportions it maintains a truly cosy Alpine ambience and includes several balconies, a hot tub terrace, sauna and extensively equipped kitchen. The vast living space is kitted out with entertainment technology, cosy fireplace and incredible views over the mountains. The chalet also features:
- Mezzanine playroom
- Five minutes from lifts and shops
- Garage plus two outside parking spaces
Situated in popular 1850, this spacious self-catered apartment puts you in the heart of the resort and is located just metres from the pistes. With room for five guests the apartment has a fabulous southwest-facing terrace, all the comforts of home and then some. There’s plenty of room to cook and eat without getting under each other’s feet, and the bathroom is separate from the toilet so there’s no waiting in line. Other handy facilities include:
- Wi-Fi connection
- Parking and ski locker
- 42m² of space
How to Get There
Book, fly, ski! Courchevel is a very easy resort to reach, with plenty of options for flights from the UK. Flight time is as little as 90 minutes and numerous carriers regularly fly the route, including multiple budget airlines.
The closest airports to fly in to are Geneva and Chambery, at 2.5 hours and 1.5 hours from the resort, respectively. You can also arrive via Lyon or Grenoble Airports, which are both around 3 hours by road from the resort.
We offer a convenient shared minibus transfer service from both Grenoble and Geneva.
Coming by car? Not a problem. We’ll provide you with self-drive instructions so you’ll arrive fresh and ready to ski. Courchevel is around 980km from Calais, with the vast majority of that on comfortable motorway or dual carriageway.
If you’ve got an urge to ski, Courchevel is one of the best resorts in the French Alps. Ski Amis can help you organise your perfect accommodation and with our superb range of catered and self-catered accommodation, we’ll do all the work and you can take care of having fun.