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Courchevel Ski Resort, France

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Key Features

  • High resort - snow sure
  • Glacier
  • Groups
  • Good for après
  • Activities for non-skiers
  • Luxury accommodation

"One of the most renowned resorts in the world - and for good reason. 1800 for luxury, ski-in/out accommodation, 1650 for your seasonaire bars and apres, and 1550 for quieter family areas and excellent access to the slopes."

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Resort Facts

  • Resort height: 1,300m-1,850m
  • Highest lift: 3,230m
  • No. of lifts: 180
  • Guide lift pass price: £265
  • No. of slopes: 336
  • Total piste: 600km
  • Eurostar : Yes
  • Transfer times:

    Geneva: 3hrs 30mins

    Grenoble: 3hrs 30mins


Overview of Courchevel

Courchevel ski holidays are to skiing what Marks and Spencer is to food shopping. Built on the perfect blend of good snow, varied terrain, fabulous accommodation, extraordinary food and a vibrant nightlife. Courchevel holds its own as one of the Big 4 ski resorts, without even mentioning its links to the mighty Three Valleys ski area.

Although purpose-built, Courchevel accommodation and especially Courchevel ski chalets have in most cases been sympathetically constructed to complement the mountain. Made up of four separate village-resorts, each station has its own personality and patrons.

The free bus service winds up from Le Praz (1300), the quaintest village, past Courchevel Village (formerly known as Courchevel 1550), through Courchevel Moriond (the old Courchevel 1650) to the highest village of Courchevel (formerly known as Courchevel 1850) – the most cosmopolitan village in the Three Valleys and one of the top luxury resorts in the world. In fact, glitzy Courchevel is probably more akin to the Harrods food court than M&S. Smart, sophisticated and expensive, with exceptional restaurants, shops and bars, this is the snowy playground of the rich and famous.

Courchevel Moriond is quieter, with an old village centre, lively bars and cosy Courchevel chalets, while Courchevel Village and Le Praz are much quieter and more family-friendly with a handful of quaint bars and restaurants.

Ski holidays in Courchevel offer something for everyone, but one thing that does come with a resort of this calibre is prices as high as it’s peaks and in Courchevel (formerly 1850), pretty much everything will cost you, but the lower you go, the more down to earth the prices become.

For lunch on the mountain it’s advisable to drop down into Meribel or Val Thorens for affordable eats, however, gourmets will find that the sky’s the limit in the choice of fine dining. Of course, if you’ve heard of the legend that is Courchevel, then so has the world and his St Bernard, but for cruisy pistes and a taste of the high-life, you can’t beat a ski holiday in Courchevel.

Keep reading to learn more about this resort and why to go on a Courchevel ski holiday.

3 Things We Love About Courchevel

  1. Quality Skiing – Courchevel has some of the best-groomed slopes in Europe, as well as an excellent lift system, making it a great place for beginners and intermediate skiers. Many of Courchevel’s slopes are north-facing, meaning the snow is usually the best in the whole ski area.
  2. Les Trois Vallées – Courchevel makes up one-third of Les Trois Vallées (The 3 Valleys) and with 600km of pistes, it is one of the largest ski areas in the world. With a full area lift pass, you can easily ski over to Val Thorens for lunch, dance on tables in Folie Douce, Meribel and make it back in time for afternoon tea in Courchevel.
  3. Aquamotion – The largest European water park in the mountains opened in Courchevel. It is located at the Grandes Combes, between Courchevel Village and Courchevel Moriond, which is just a short bus ride away. Aquamotion has several water-related activities, from waterslides to hot tubs and even a surfing simulator. There is also a large wellness centre too, in case you’re feeling all skied out.

Learn more about Les Trois Vallées ski area

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    Ski hire in Courchevel

    Organising ski hire has never been easier. Select your preferred departure date and see what discounts we offer when you pre-book. (Please note helmets are not included. Please call if you'd like to hire one).

    Bronze Silver Gold Platinum
    Adult   (12+ yrs) Skis | Poles £101 £111 £123 £139
    Ski | Poles | Boots £129 £145 £160 £186
    Snowboard £111 £123
    Snowboard | Boots £145 £160
    Child   (4-11 yrs) Skis | Poles £101
    Ski | Poles | Boots £129
    Snowboard £101
    Snowboard | Boots £129

    Discounts are available with our Ski-All-In packages when booking your lift pass and ski hire at the same time. Please call our sales team for details or book via Manage My Booking.

      Hand-Picked Rental Shops - Every year, we hand-pick our rental shops based on location and service and negotiate great discounts to keep your holiday price low.

      Convenient Locations - We allocate all our ski accommodation with ski hire within easy access or will alternatively offer a pick-up and drop-off service for your convenience.

      Excellent Range & Service - All our rental shops offer an excellent range of equipment for all abilities and have a fully trained technician on-site to offer advice and guidance so you will be confident taking your equipment out onto the slopes.

      For Courchevel: Free model change for Platinum ski hire


      All changes are subject to availability
      Changes from skis to snowboard or vice versa is not counted as a model change and therefore an additional charge applies



      • A solid option for beginner skiers - designed as an value option for those just starting out
      • Ski equipment which is best suited to those staying on the pistes
      • Ideal for those on a budget
      • Ideal for beginner skiers and intermediates - designed for skiers looking for comfort and to develop their skills
      • Great performance ski equipment for all over the mountain and on any type of snow (mainly piste skiers)
      • Good for anyone on a budget
      • Ideal for intermediate skiers to advanced - designed for skiers looking for specific types of skis including carving, on piste, freeride, freestyle, race skis etc.
      • Greater choice of high performance ski equipment
      • Perfect for anyone looking to master technique or looking for a new challenge
      • Ideal for advanced / expert skiers with a wide range of types available including downhill race skis, fat off piste, etc.
      • The very ‘best of the best’ skis, boots and poles - best suited for skiers looking for the latest thrills on the latest technology
      • Our widest range of choice from this season’s latest ski models

      Find out more about our ski hire

      Lift passes in Courchevel

      A lift pass is a necessity for every ski holiday and often a sizeable chunk of your holiday budget. As a result, and using our 40 years of experience, we have sought great value prices for you.

      Six Day Local Area Pass Six Day Full Area Pass
      Senior   (65-75 yrs) £251 £297
      Adult   (13-64 yrs) £279 £329
      Child   (5-12 yrs) £223 £264
      Family   £223 £264

      Discounts are available with our Ski-All-In packages when booking your lift pass and ski hire at the same time. Please call our sales team for details or book via Manage My Booking.

        • Free lift passes are available for under 5 years and over 75 years with photo ID
        • All Skiworld lift passes are sold at the ‘Tribu’ rate offering savings over buying in resort
        • More options/combinations for family lift passes are available – please call for prices
        • Carre Neige can be added to your pre-booked lift pass with our in-resort team

          Find out more about our ski pack terms and conditions

        The Trois Vallees is arguably one of the largest and most famous linked ski areas in the world. In each of the three resorts it is possible to buy a local area lift pass covering that sole area; these are great for first time beginners or for those that do not want to venture too far. To make the most of the terrain a full area lift pass is available from each resort that covers all three valleys. Due to the great links between resorts and a variety of runs connecting each, anyone from intermediate ability and above will benefit from the full area lift pass which will allow them enjoy and explore a world class ski area.

        • For beginners 1550, 1650 and 1850 have excellent areas in the village for you to find your feet – they are also the ski school meeting points. The long green runs under the Jardin Alpin lift in 1850 are our best recommendations for those looking to improve.
        • For intermediates Courchevel has a great selection of ‘motorway’ red runs – our favourites are the Signal area in 1650 which is always quiet and the options available at top of the Vizelle lift in 1850 including the Combe de Saulire, Creux and Park City. The long red runs through the trees into Le Praz and La Tania can also be spectacular – we recommend early morning for the best conditions.
        • For advanced the Suisse and piste M are great for those looking for a long, bumpy challenge. Chanrossa on the 1650 side is good in the right snow conditions. The Grand Couloir at the top of the Saulire cable car remains one of the hardest marked runs in Europe; just the narrow track to get to it is enough to put some people off!

         

        Find out more about lift pass options we offer

        Ski lessons in Courchevel

          What level do you need?

          • Beginner – Never skied before or just a little dry slope experience.
          • Intermediate – Has completed the beginner ski level lessons or can control own speed, change direction on blue/gradual slopes and can bring skis together when turning.
          • Advanced – Has completed intermediate ski lessons or can finish turns with confidence, has good control of speed on red runs and is looking to attempt and master blacks.
          • Kids Club – A safe and secure environment for young ones to gain their first experience on snow and skiing. Kids club is the best place for children to get used to the equipment and slopes whilst having fun.

          Find Out More About Ski Lessons and Guiding

          We pride ourselves on working with top-rated and endorsed ski schools in all resorts.

          • Quality - Working with English-speaking ski schools which maintain good group sizes and can cater for all abilities
          • Convenience - You can select the ski schools which are most conveniently located to your accommodation
          • Satisfaction - We only choose to work with the best ski schools in resort and ask for your feedback to ensure the highest standards are being maintained
          • Less hassle - Visit Manage My Booking once you've booked your holiday and save yourself the time and effort of shopping around.
          • Better value - By pre-booking your lessons we can ensure that you get the best possible price, locking in the cost

          Find Out More About Ski Lessons and Guiding

          Snow Forecast

          Next 7 Days 55cm

          Piste Conditions Ski Area Open

          Report last updated at: Mon 26th Feb 2024