Courchevel Ski Resort

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Courchevel Ski Resort

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3 Valleys Ski Resorts

Meribel
Val Thorens

    Courchevel Ski Trail Map
  • Courchevel Trail & Piste Map
  • Vertical (m)
    Courchevel only
    1,300m – 2,740m (1,430m)

    3 Valleys
    1,100m - 3,230m (2,130m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    5 - 6 metres
  • Lifts (58)
    Courchevel only
    11 Gondolas / cable cars
    20 Chairlifts

    3 Valleys
    180 lifts
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Late November to mid April
    8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 150km
    Longest run – 5km+
    Advanced - 7%
    Intermediate - 36%
    Beginner - 57%

    3 Valleys - 600km
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Courchevel only
    Adult - €42 to 56
    Child - €34 to 44
    Child u/5yr - Free

    3 Valleys
    Adult - €50.40 to 63
    Child - €40.30 to 50.40
    Child u/5yr - Free
    3 Vallees Ski Trail Map
  • 3 Valleys Ski Trail Map

Courchevel Ski Resort France

The Courchevel ski resort is part of the fabulous Les Trois Vallees (Three Valleys) in the legendary Tarentaise valley. Courchevel France is a fantastic all-round resort offering exceptional skiing & snowboarding across the world's most expansive interlinked ski area. For the sake of this overview, whilst it is often referred to as a separate ski resort, we include La Tania as part of Courchevel (rightly or wrongly – too bad!)

Apart from the massive terrain, the Courchevel ski resort is renowned as a billionaire’s winter playground & the most glamorous ski resort in France. This is the place to come if you want to consort with the rich & famous, or you want to join the fur adorned ladies strutting down the street with a little dog tucked under their arm!

Having said that, the skiing here can be so epic that any self-respecting snow seeker should visit at least once in their powder stained lives. And forget the notions of high cost - a lift ticket at Courchevel costs less than half of a lift pass in most of the larger USA ski resorts!

Courchevel has carved out a fabulous niche in the upscale and elegant ski market, and considering it attracts those who desire exclusivity and don’t mind paying more dollars for certain privileges, many components of a Courchevel ski holiday are rather expensive. Prices are sometimes outrageous in the swanky part of Courchevel (formerly known as Courchevel 1850) yet lodging & food becomes cheaper at the villages further down the mountain. So, if you’ve got the Euros for staying in 1850, then revel & enjoy. Dine & drink cocktails at THE best places and go shopping at Hermès & Louis Vuitton. However, if you don’t have the budget, it is possible to holiday at Courchevel without spending a fortune.

Its been a long time coming, but he Powderhounds will be reviewing Courchevel & the 3 Valleys in season 2019/20.

Ski & Snowboard Terrain

Courchevel has 150km of piste served by 58 lifts and gargantuan freeride off-piste skiing & snowboarding. The resort has a good range of terrain for all ability levels with a wide range of greens & blue for novices, but the emphasis is on groomed cruisers & steep reds, so it’s particularly well suited to strong intermediate to advanced riders. In the lower reaches of the resort, the runs are tree-lined. Further up the mountain is a huge amount of off-piste delight, varying from easy bumped up slopes next to the piste, to serious couloirs off the 2740m Saulire that are somewhat testing even for experts.

See the Courchevel ski trail map here.

You probably won’t get bored with the amount & variety of terrain at Courchevel, but if you buy a 3 Valleys ski pass, you can explore an amazing 600km of piste across the Three Valleys network. Courchevel is interconnected via the lifts & slopes with Méribel & Val Thorens - Orelle. Massive would be an understatement to describe the size of the total ski area!

See the 3 Valleys ski trail map here.

The ski resort has state of the art lift infrastructure. Sure, there are a few slow lifts that are a bit of a drag (hee hee), but mostly they’re high tech & efficient, plus there’s a good distribution of gondolas for those that enjoy taking their skis off! Some folks claim that the lift queues are pretty good compared to other French ski resorts, but it’s really all just relative isn’t it?

Snow & Weather

Courchevel ski resort on average receives about 5 – 6m of snow per season, with more in the upper reaches. The snow quality is generally very good thanks to largely north-facing slopes & vast terrain at high elevation.To supplement the natural snow, the snow making infrastructure is excellent.

Where is Courchevel France?

Courchevel is the furthest east of the Three Valleys (Les Trois Vallées) in the Savoie, Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps. The nearest major town is Moutiers, 24km (15 miles) to the northwest. Paris is 666km to the northwest & has fast train services to Moutiers & Bourg St Maurice.

If you can get hold of a jet, the quickest way to get to Courchevel is to fly into the local altiport! Alternatively, there are a several gateway airports from which it’s easy to get transfers. Airports include: Geneva (GVA) - 140km (2-2.5hr); Lyon St Exupery(LYS) - 187km (2-2.5hr); & Chambéry (CMF) - 110km (1.5hr) (note- Chambery only has flights on weekends from limited origins).

Search & book all airport transfers to Courchevel ski resort here.

The train station in nearby Moutiers has direct trains from London (one day a week on Saturdays) & Paris via Eurostar plus easy connections from other airports & major cities. From Moutiers station it’s a short bus or taxi to any of the resort villages.

Search & book train tickets to Moutiers here.

Courchevel Accommodation

Courchevel is made up of a series of 5 villages which are all interconnected via lifts, slopes and roads. The names of the villages tend to correspond with their elevation in metres and whilst they’ve now been renamed, old habits are hard to break, and most people still refer to them by the elevation name. From highest to lowest, the village are called Courchevel (at 1850m elevation), Moriond (1650m), Courchevel Village (1550m), Courchevel La Tania (1400m) & Courchevel La Praz (1300m).

Search & book all Courchevel ski accommodation here.

Courchevel accommodation includes lots of chalets, loads of apartments & about 40 hotels that range from exorbitant in price down to affordable 2-star hotels. Much of the accommodation is ski-in.

Away from the ski lifts, the valley villages of Saint Bon, Bozel & the larger Brides les Bains provide alternative lodgings. Brides les Bains has the widest range of hotels plus a gondola lift link to Meribel & hence Courchevel via the Col de la Loze; making for a versatile, affordable base from which to explore the entire ski region.

For detailed information about accommodation in each village see our Courchevel Accommodation Info page.

Ski & Clothing Rentals & Services

Ski rentals are available in all the Courchevel villages. Search & book Courchevel ski or snowboard rentals here.

If you need a new ski outfit comprising modern jacket, pants, gloves & googles, Courchevel is one of the French ski resorts served by a ski clothing rental company. Order online & your ski outfit is delivered direct to your accommodation at the resort.

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A mind-boggling array of ski guides ply their trade in the Courchevel ski resort & adjoining valleys. A good mountain guide can make all the difference to an off-piste powder day in an unfamiliar ski resort.

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Facilities & Après Ski

The ski resort has very well-developed amenities and services, including English speaking ski schools. On-mountain dining is plentiful, but unless you have a platinum credit card of some sort the prices might hurt. Similarly, the dining in Courchevel 1850 tends to cater for those who want fine dining restaurants with lots of Michelin stars.

Après ski festivities can be rather lively down in 1650 and drink prices are reasonable. The nightlife up in 1850 at sophisticated bars and a couple of exclusive nightclubs doesn’t tend to kick off until after dinner.

Activities

Other than skiing and snowboarding at the resort, other activities include cross country skiing along 65km of trails. Or if you want the ultimate adrenaline rush you can go heli skiing from Courchevel. Even though heli skiing in France is officially banned, it’s just a quick helicopter flight to some amazing Italian and Swiss mountains.

If you’re super hard-core, there is some amazing tobogganing at Courchevel. The hair-raising toboggan slope that plunges from Courchevel 1850 down to 1550 is definitely not just for the little kids! Adults who want to scream or giggle will also enjoy it!

And shopping, or at least window shopping, seems a mandatory activity. Considering that Courchevel is a magnet for the uber-rich, it comes as no surprise that there are many diamond shops and swanky French designer shops where the Russia tourists can go crazy. Of course, there’s also a smattering of shops to cater for another clientele too.

Nearby Ski Resorts

In addition to the Three Valleys’ (i.e. Meribel & Val Thorens), not far away via Bourg St Maurice are La Rosiere, Sainte Foy, Les Arcs, La Plagne, Tignes plus Val d'Isere. A nearby sneaky powder stash away from the limelight is Pralognan la Vanoise. Enough choice for several lifetimes of ski holidays!

More Reasons to Ski Courchevel

This is a mega ski zone that provides seemingly infinite slopes to schuss down. Despite its high-end reputation, Courchevel is also incredibly family friendly. Views across to Mont Blanc and the many alpine peaks are breathtaking. When not skiing, a highlight is to relax on one of the many restaurant terraces & feast on the amazing scenery.

Review

The Powderhounds will finally review Courchevel & the 3 Valleys in season 2019/20. More information is coming soon. Stay tuned for our photos & insights.

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Tours in or near Courchevel

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Tarentaise Powder Ski Safari
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing | 3+ Resorts
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski some of the most famous ski areas of the world in France with an experienced guide riding vertical descents of up to 2,000m through untracked powder even days after a snowfall. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy & min group of 7.
Base/invoice currency is in EURO inc taxes.
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USD 2,189
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