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- Town centre: 350m
- Ski In/Out: No
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.
Geneva: 3 hrs hrs 30 mins
Grenoble: 3 hrs 30 mins
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.
Learn more about Les Trois Vallées ski area
Courchevel is one-third of the famous Les Trois Vallees and offers some of the finest piste skiing in the Alps, with immaculately maintained slopes, plenty of variety for novice to expert skiers and more than enough runs for a week’s ski holiday.
Beginners should head to the Evolution Zones at 1850 and 1650. Try the Ariondaz chair to the top of Praline - one of the best greens in the Alps - or the leisurely blue Indiens back down through the trees to the resort village. Wide blues and greens lead from Courchevel (formerly 1850) to Village (formerly 1550).
Intermediates will enjoy the well-pitched fast reds down through the trees from Moriond (1650) and the long, steep runs down from the top of the Chanrossa chair, which has good off-piste runs off the side. Tougher runs are found going down to Le Praz.
Advanced skiers will want to hit the Col de la Loze for some of the best reds and blacks in the Three Valleys and home of the extreme ski championships. The only rail park in the Three Valleys, complete with ‘Railpark Rangers’ to advise and assist, is found in le Plantrey and there is also a terrain park in Les Verdons. Freestylers can show off on the testing mogul course under the Biolley chair or give the racers a run for their money over the snowcross on the La Loze trail.
A few ski Courchevel tips:
Les Trois Vallees is one of the largest and arguably the most famous linked ski area in the world. Courchevel is one of the three main resorts but it's possible to buy a local area lift pass covering just this resort. This is a great idea for first-time beginners or for those that do not want to venture too far.
To take full advantage of all the terrain on offer, get a full area lift pass. 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 to enjoy and explore a world-class ski area.
Please see the ‘Activities’ tab for a wealth of non-skiing options for families.
In addition, provisions for families include:
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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).
|Adult (12+ yrs)||Skis | Poles||£99 £84||£111 £94||£123 £104||£139 £118||
Book your ski hire at the same time as purchasing any lift pass and save an additional £20 per person!
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|Ski | Poles | Boots||£130 £110||£144 £122||£160 £136||£186 £158|
|Snowboard||£111 £94||£123 £104|
|Snowboard | Boots||£144 £122||£160 £136|
|Child (6-11 yrs)||Skis | Poles||£78 £66||£99 £84|
|Ski | Poles | Boots||£106 £90||£130 £110|
|Snowboard | Boots||£130 £110|
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 35 years of experience, we have sought great value prices for you, so browse via resort and date to see how much you can save!
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Ski school is available to book as part of your holiday package. Please call our ski experts on 0330 102 8004 if you need any assistance.
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