Resort Guide: Courchevel 1850
Resort Guide: Courchevel 1850
Resort Guide: Courchevel 1850

Resort Guide: Courchevel 1850

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Often referred to as the St. Tropez of the Alps, Courchevel 1850 is a mecca for designer labels, Michelin starred restaurants and the world’s most luxurious ski chalets.

 

Courchevel has four other villages, linked by piste, lift and road, but 1850 is by far the largest and it’s the main lift hub with gondolas in the centre heading up the mountain in three different directions.

 

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Getting There

 

The nearest airports are Geneva; just over 2 hours away, whilst Lyon is a 1h 40-minute drive. Moutier Rail Station is just 25km away and there is also an altiport in Courchevel for those travelling by helicopter or private jet.

 

 

Quick Facts

 

Ski area: Les Trois Vallées

Pistes: 600km

Lifts: 186

Top lift altitude: 3230m

 

Courchevel

Pistes: 150km

Lifts: 52

Resort altitude: 1100m – 2740m

 

Green: 23%

Blue: 35%

Red: 32%

Black: 10%

 

Les Trois Vallées ski area also links to resorts such as Meribel, Val Thorens and Saint Martin de Belleville.

 

 

The Skiing

 

Beginners

 

There are excellent nursery slopes at Pralong and Jardin Alpin. Once you’ve mastered the green runs, it’s an easy progression up onto the gentle blue runs at Biollay.

 

 

Intermediate

 

The vast area of the Three Valleys is an intermediate’s playground and Courchevel itself is 67% blue and red runs.

 

The Saulire red run, accessible by the Verdons and subsequently Saulire gondolas, is a fantastic piste for an intermediate skier. With a slightly steep start, the gradient soon releases into a beautiful, long and scenic run back down into resort.

 

As an intermediate, it’s all about getting in those ski miles. Take advantage of being in one of the world’s largest ski areas and explore the charming resort of Meribel and high altitudes at Val Thorens. If you prefer to stay more local, cruise down the creux run from the top of Saulire towards 1650 where you will find a playground for intermediate skiers with a network of blue and red runs.

 

 

Expert

 

The Grande Couloir, reached by the Saulire gondola, poses the biggest challenge in Courchevel. The scariest part of the run is the start, where you slide across a ridge before rounding the corner to the main descent where you can show off your mogal skiing to those on the Saulire piste below.

 

Check the daily grooming maps to see which black runs have been recently pisted. Particularly watch out for Swisse and M as these two are great fun to blast down on fresh corduroy in the morning.

 

For any powder hounds, the local options are great but take advantage of your Three Valleys lift pass and head over towards Meribel and Mont Vallon. Our concierge team would be happy to arrange a guide for you and your group so that you can enjoy all that this fantastic ski area has to offer.

 

 

 

The Resort

 

Courchevel 1850 is the home of ultimate luxury ski chalets. Here is where you will find the biggest, best and most exclusive luxury ski chalets in Europe and the World. Courchevel is the place to be seen in the Alps whether it’s perusing the designer shops or dining in one of the resort’s many Michelin starred restaurants.

 

After a long day on the slopes, treat yourself to a drink and some people watching at Le Tremplin or enjoy some live music at the Mangeoire Piano Bar. On your chef’s night off, head over to Chabichou, which has two Michelin stars, if you are looking for a true gourmet treat.

 

 

 

Non-skiers

 

In resort, enjoy a plethora of luxury shops, bars and Michelin star restaurants.

 

If you are looking to make the most of the exquisite mountain scenery, purchase a pedestrian lift pass, which allows you to use the ski lifts on foot and access the mountain summits where you can take in breath-taking, panoramic views and meet your skiing group at mountain-top restaurants for lunch.

 

In Courchevel, snowsports also means tobogganing. Challenge your family to a competition down the 3km of Grand Prix-style racing at the brand new dedicated toboggan run at Moriond. There’s another dedicated run between 1850 and Courchevel Village which you can enjoy at night under floodlighting.

 

It’s a short drive by you chalet’s driver service to the Aquamotion near Courchevel Moriond (1650) where you and the kids can enjoy waterslides, wild rivers and a surf zone.

 

Your pre-arrival and in-resort concierge will be happy organise other activities for you such as snowmobiling and winter hiking.

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