About Courchevel

About Courchevel

About Courchevel Ski Resort

Private Ski Lessons in Courchevel

The ski resort of Courchevel is situated within the Three Valleys, and in easy reaching distance from Méribel and beyond, Courchevel 1850 (or just Courchevel as it’s now been renamed) provides access to the world’s largest ski area. Courchevel 1850 is one of five villages that make up the resort of Courchevel. The others are Courchevel 1650 (Moriond), Courchevel 1550 (Courchevel Village), Le Praz and La Tania

It’s one of the premier French ski resorts, popular with holidaymakers from around the globe. Courchevel 1850 itself has become known as the playground for the rich and famous and has become increasingly popular with Russians in recent years.

view of Courchevel ski resort

Courchevel key facts

  • Part of the Three Valleys, the world’s largest interconnected ski area
  • 150km of pistes across the whole of Courchevel
  • 600km of pistes in the Three Valleys
  • Links to Méribel, La Tania, and Val Thorens
  • 58 ski lifts across Courchevel
  • Highest point 2738m
  • Courchevel’s pistes by colour: 19 green, 35 blue, 34 red and 8 black

The rich and famous

As such is an amazing place for people watching and to spoil yourself. With an impressive 12 Michelin stars, it’s a firm foodie’s favourite. And there’s enough fur in 1850 to cloth a small nation and handbags dogs aplenty. Plus, if you keep your eyes peeled you might spot a familiar face with the Beckhams or Will and Kate, among other famous fans of the resort. All these things aside, Courchevel 1850 is ideally placed with excellent links to the Three Valleys for you to get out, explore and make the most of your holiday.

Skiing in Courchevel 1850

Here are our pick of  the best ski runs in Courchevel 1850.
Courchevel is part of the world’s largest ski area known as the Three Valleys. There are 150km of runs in Courchevel alone and once you add in those in neighbouring Méribel, Val Thorens, Les Menuires and St Martin you have over 600km of pistes to ski. More than enough to keep you going for a winter, let alone a week’s holiday! As well as the variety of pisted runs on offer there are a number of snow parks to explore and avalanche safety camps to test your skills. The incredible off-piste will keep the biggest powder-hounds grinning all week!

Best pistes for beginners

Jardin Alpin bubble boasts an excellent beginner area at the top with its own magic carpet lift. This is ideal for those first few days on skis or a board. Plus, you go past some of the most fantastically decorated hotels in Courchevel. The Verdons bubble gives you the chance to enjoy the wide and gentle green run right through the centre of 1850.

Best pistes for intermediate skiers

Biollay and Pralong lifts have access to a great mix of blues and gentle reds in this area. Creux is the loveliest, long blue run that runs from the top of Courchevel, just where you can drop over to Méribel. The Folyeres run takes you on to a cracking blue run which takes you down to La Tania through the trees always a good one to open up on.

Best pistes for expert skiers

Saulire takes you to the top,  there are then 8 black runs which run down and are dotted around the resort, so there’s plenty to get your legs working before lunch!

The Grand Couloir, for those looking for a real challenge. You have got to make sure you keep your eyes peeled on the grooming report because Suisse run is great when it’s freshly groomed to get the wind in your hair!

Meeting points with Alpine Pros

Morning and afternoon meeting points in Courchevel  will be under the Verdons lift by the big red pillar.

If you have been propitious enough to book Alpine Pros for the full day, the meeting point is totally up to you, We can come to your hotel or chalet. Or meet you up the mountain, the choice is yours.

Best way to get to Courchevel

If you are travelling from outside of France, then flying into Chambery is likely to be the quickest way to get to Courchevel. Courchevel is then a transfer (taxi or minibus) or a bus ride away from the airport, unless you’re driving yourself.

Chambery is the closest airport to Courchevel (1h 30 mins) and has a good choice of airlines operating in winter only. The next closest airports are Lyon or Grenoble with a transfer time to Méribel of around 2 hours. Lyon is open year-round with good international connections and Grenoble is only used in winter.

Grenoble airport is also used by a number of winter tour operators and again I’d recommend a private transfer to resort from here. Lyon and Geneva Airports are extremely well connected from most UK and European cities. Flights to either of these airports are much more competitively priced because of higher passenger volumes and you can fly into either one year-round.

Courchevel Lift Passes

The Courchevel valley lifts covers an outstanding ski area giving you access to Le Praz, La Tania, Courchevel 1550, 1650 and 1850. Most of the valley has a north facing profile and on a clear day stunning views of Mont Blanc. there’s a huge range of slope and it’s a piste-skiers dream, with long red runs such as Creux and Chapelets. Off-piste highlights such as the Les Avals valley with over 1,000m of powder, the Saulire couloirs and the Roc Merlet face will test the most advanced skiers. On a snowy day, the lower slopes are tucked in amongst the trees, allowing for skiing in even the heaviest white-out conditions. Plenty to keep you entertained for your holiday but always a good opportunity to get a 3 valleys lift pass and get around the whole of the 3 valleys to get the most out of what the 3 valleys has to offer.

Courchevel Spas

The spa is the perfect place to recover after a day on the slopes. They have various water facilities, plus relaxation and beauty treatments. Here are some of the places available to you guys and you don’t have to be a guest at the hotels to get access to their spas and treatments.

Aquamotion brings together exceptional treatments to free your mind as the treatments work their magic and release tensions in your body. The spa areas extend over more than 560 m2, decorated in a refined style, and at the centre: a gigantic sun tunnel. The treatments in the spa will be provided by Algotherm, the experienced spa treatment company, a pioneer in marine cosmetics.

The second partner is Pure Altitude.
19 treatment rooms are waiting for you to enjoy a relaxing escape, centred on excellence: the keys to wellbeing and energy.

Balnéo by courchevel
A wide choice of relaxing, anti-stress and detoxing treatments: whirlpool baths, Vichy shower, essential oil domes, hydrojets, body jet showers, massages, beauty and body treatments provided by Algotherm, along with a hair salon. A regional exclusive: cryotherapy treats ailments or muscle injuries and improves your silhouette. Enjoy a relaxing experience before or after skiing, before a competition or after a period of fatigue.

Cheval Blanc Spa
located in the Cheval Blanc Hotel; you can ski or snowboard to and from your appointment or take the Jardin Alpin gondola to G3 hotel is across the street; The attention to detail is amazing,

Six Senses Spa Courchevel
The spa is so relaxing and really clean. The staff is very nice and there is a lot of things to do. I recommend it

Clarins Spa
By far the best massage I have ever had so far. Great choice before skiing or afterwards; the staff is excellent wonderful customer service and attention to detail; the spa is located at the Le Lana Hotel in Courchevel 1850.

Favourite places to eat and drink in Courchevel

Le Forum, down in the centre of town.

On the ground floor of Le Forum shopping centre in Courchevel is ‘Le 3000 Game Centre’ restaurant. This is located right next to the ten-pin bowling alley and amusement arcade which is great for children. This reasonably priced restaurant sells typical ski nourishment such as omelettes, burgers and pizzas. There is a children’s menu for 12.50 euros which includes a main meal, a dessert and drink. You can find a bakery which serves sandwiches, paninis, croque-monsieur, and pastries if you do venture there, you have to try the almond croissants they are sooo good, such a treat.

La Soucoupe, off the top to the left of the Plantrey lift.

One of the best places to get a cote de boeuf on the mountain. But our personal favourite in here are by far the ribs, theses with some Dauphinoise potatoes are unbelievable. Definitely book your table in advance for a lunch here, but then enjoy the views and your food!

The Cap Horn, above the Courchevel alterport.

This place is for the high flyers of Courchevel but the food here is great especially if you like seafood. If you fancy a sharing option I would defo recommend the Bass it’s in a lemon dressing and is melt in your mouth good. It has been cited as one of the top 10 mountain restaurants in the world by The Telegraph, this restaurant is a must-visit while you’re in Courchevel.

Copiña Tapas Bar, Courchevel Moriond 1650

Following on from their successful opening in Meribel last winter, The European Pubs Copiña family have chosen to launch their new Spanish-influenced tapas restaurant and cocktail bar in the heart of Courchevel 1650.
In the former Arc en Ciel restaurant, Copiña Courchevel boasts a bigger kitchen and restaurant from its sister venue in Meribel. You can enjoy tapas and raciones at the busy and bustling bar à l’Espagnol, or enjoy a sit-down 3-course meal in the restaurant.

The polar café, just under the Jardin Alpin bubble

This place does awesome coffee and cakes and loads of light snacks and salads but for the icing on top the cake you have to try the hot chocolates with trimmings that range from oreos, kit kat, M&M and cookies with a super think cream top they are a meal in themselves and are to die for.

Nammos, just to the skiers left of the bottom of biollay

Now this place is an epic après restaurant and bar the music here is always good, when we eat here we always go for a selection of their hot and cold appetisers the pita with hummus, the Mykonos meatballs, and the calamari are enough for 2 people easily. You could always add a salad and try their speciality Nammos house salad.

 

Bruce Crowley, private ski instructor skiing
Bruce Crowley, private ski instructor skiing with sun behind him
Bruce Crowley, private ski instructor skiing smiling with friend

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