The crowd-free, wide-open slopes and the fast access to the superb skiing of the enormous 3 Valleys ski area, make Courchevel 1650 an idyllic luxury ski destination for all levels.
Courchevel 1650 offers a slightly more laid-back experience compared with the glitz and glamour of Courchevel 1850. There are plenty of lovely ski shops, restaurants, and local bars to enjoy at a much more palatable price!
In Courchevel 1650, the lifts usually run from the second week of December to around the third week of April. This can change so it’s always worth checking with a member of our team or the tourist board.
The nearest airport is Chambery, approximately 1 hour 30 minutes drive, whilst Grenoble and Lyon airports are approximately 2 hours 10 minutes and Geneva airport is 2 hours 20 minutes drive away. Moutiers rail station is also just 30 minutes’ drive.
There is also an altiport in Courchevel 1850 for those travelling by helicopter or private jet.
Skiing in Courchevel 1650 is a wonderful experience whether you’re a beginner or advanced. The long, wide slopes, with the sun warming your cheeks and stunning panoramic views, it is easy to see why guests return year on year.
With the crowds heading for the likes of Courchevel 1850 and Meribel, often the slopes in Courchevel 1650 are peaceful and the snow remains excellent throughout the day. And although it can be hard to part with the calm and space Courchevel 1650 offers, access to the biggest ski area in the world is at your fingertips.
The 3 Valleys spans across several villages including Meribel and Val Thorens with over 600km of epic terrain to explore. Something the 3 Valleys can be proud of is the ultra-efficiency of the lift system which makes getting around this vast area seemingly effortless.
Exploring this beautiful ski area with one of our luxury ski chalets in Courchevel 1650 as your base, will no doubt be one of the most memorable trips for the whole group.
Things to Do in Courchevel 1650
Whether you’re 5 years old or 70 years old, you won’t want to miss the Moriond Racing Toboggan Run. 3km of pretending you’re racing for Ferrari! From the top of the Ariondaz gondola down to the centre of Courchevel 1650, there is a whole load of fun to be had racing your friends and family.
The adventure doesn’t end there. When you’re not relaxing in your luxury ski chalet in Courchevel 1650, why not try your hand at ski touring or snowshoeing along a beautiful track between the snow-covered trees. Dog sledding, skidoo tours, heli-skiing and paragliding are some other adrenaline infused activities to sink your teeth into!
In everyone’s luxury ski trip, there needs to be time for relaxation and Courchevel 1650 certainly got the memo! Aquamotion is a fantastic leisure centre with a large swimming pool and spa. While the kids are enjoying the waterslides, grown-ups may want to book themselves in for a massage treatment. Of course, these can also be arranged in-house, with a masseuse treating you in the comfort of your own luxury ski chalet in Courchevel 1650.
Best Places To Eat and Drink in Courchevel 1650
Up the mountain, there is a huge array of lunch options, ranging from self-serve cafeterias to gourmet restaurants. The Bel Air, just above Courchevel 1650, with a lovely, tiered terrace and good service, comes recommended.
There are some excellent dining options in the village of Courchevel 1650 if you are staying in a self-catered luxury ski chalet. The Portetta Hotel is one of the best, serving a combination of classic and modern French cuisine using the freshest locally grown ingredients. The Portetta Hotel also serves a superb lunch on its sunny terrace overlooking the slopes.
Ski-in/Ski-out Chalets in Courchevel 1650
Our luxury ski chalets in Courchevel 1650 are an eclectic blend of old and new. There are old dinky farmer’s cabins clad in old pine weathered by a century of hard alpine living sat alongside new fashionably grey wooden palaces. It’s a diverse range and one that echoes the sentiments of this wonderfully endearing ski resort.
With drivers so frequently to hand in these luxury ski chalets, ski-in/ski-out chalets aren’t as sought after as they once were. That doesn’t make the feature any less luxurious. The feeling of clipping into skis on the doorstep of your luxury ski chalet is almost unbeatable – that’s why we have a fantastic collection of luxury ski-in/ski-out chalets in Courchevel 1650.
One for the shortlist is Chalet Bacchus. Positioned on the edge of the Belvedere piste, not a single moment is wasted in the mornings. Whether you’re on skis or not, Courchevel 1650 is moments away with all it’s fantastic offerings. The dreamy features don’t end there with Chalet Bacchus however. Inside this contemporary luxury chalet, you’ll find floor-to-ceiling glass doors that flood the space in light and open to reveal the outdoor hot tub with mountain views.
Other notable ski-in/ski-out chalets in Courchevel 1650 are the Ultima Prestige Residences. Again off the Belvedere piste, step into your heated boots, put on your newly buffed goggles, and ski straight into town. A few of the residences are a little more of a walk to get to the boot room but once you’re there, you won’t need to lift a finger thanks to the ski butlers.
When you’re not on the slopes, you have a stunning spa area to enjoy with a swimming pool, steam room and sauna. All of this whilst back in your chalet, a delectable evening meal prepared by an experienced chef awaits you.
With the impressive number of Michelin star restaurants to marvel at, we understand that some prefer to stay in a luxury self-catered chalet. In Courchevel 1650, we have a variety of modern and traditional self-catered options to choose from.
The beauty of self-catered luxury living is the flexibility it allows throughout the week. Even if you’d rather not eat out every evening, there is always the option to hire a private chef on one or two nights from the comfort of your chalet.
Chalet Centenary is a beautifully decorated self-catered chalet in Courchevel 1650. With decadent colour schemes throughout, spacious bedrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows boasting breath-taking views, this chalet really does tick all the right boxes. The well-designed, up to date kitchen means preparing your own meals would be far from a chore, particularly after you’ve been relaxing in the indoor swimming pool or outdoor hot tub.
The Portetta Hotel self-catered apartments are absolutely perfect for small families or groups of friends. Not only have you got access to the excellent hotel spa facilities, but also the Portetta Hotel’s very own Cucina Angelina Restaurant. The restaurant offers classic and modern Italian cuisine with a carefully selected wine list. The alfresco terrace bar and restaurant, Fire and Ice is a great option for children too if they’re pizza cravings become overwhelming!