Courchevel ski holidays
are to skiing what Marks and Spencers 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 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 an arm and a leg (and possible a kidney too), 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.