Courchevel Ski Holidays
Widely regarded as one of the best resorts in the world, and voted #1 ski resort in the 2016 Conde Nast Traveller Awards, Courchevel combines a traditional village atmosphere with an exclusive alpine playground. Its massive ski area with first-class lift connections to the other Three Valleys resorts and immaculately groomed pistes contribute to some of the best skiing in France.
Courchevel is made up of four villages, which are all very different in character, catering for a variety of ski holiday needs.
Nestled amid pine trees, the main village at 1850m is arguably the most sophisticated resort in France offering a wide variety of 5-star hotels, Michelin-starred restaurants, lively bars and designer shops & boutiques.
The village at Courchevel Moriond (1650) offers direct access to its own great ski area and a more informal atmosphere so is a great choice for enjoying all Courchevel has to offer in a quieter, more laid back setting.
We don't feature any accommodation in Courchevel Village (1550) or Courchevel Le Praz (1300) however this is where many of the Courchevel locals live. Courchevel Village houses the new Aquamotion Centre and is located at the bottom of the toboggan run whilst Le Praz is a great choice for a lunchtime stop, with the award winning Azimut being a popular choice.
Skiing in Courchevel
Courchevel is the most extensive and varied valley within the Three Valleys which is itself the biggest linked ski area in the world with terrain on offer for every taste and ability ranging from wide open green runs to narrow black couloirs.
There are excellent beginner areas above both Courchevel Moriond (1650) & Courchevel (1850). In Courchevel 1850, the best beginner area is above the main village at Pralong, near the Altiport. There is also another beginner zone around the Jardin Alpin area. Both areas also have some nice blue runs nearby, allowing easy progression or for more adventurous beginners to move further afield. Courchevel Moriond is generally quieter than Courchevel 1850 so can also be excellent for beginners and the lovely rolling runs are great for leisurely cruising as well as for providing a welcome break from Courchevel 1850's busier runs.
The Three Valleys is the greatest intermediates' playground in the world, with enough on offer to keep you busy for months! One of our favourite runs is the long, cruising Combe de la Saulire which is ideal first thing in the morning when it has been freshly groomed and is empty.
There is also plenty to interest experts within Courchevel valley itself, the most popular runs being the couloirs at the top of the Saulire cable car. There is a lot of steep terrain on offer, both on and off piste. If you are a sucker for moguls then you'll love the black Suisses & Chanrossa runs or off-piste, try the moguls under the Chanrossa chair.
If you want to venture off-piste then there is plenty to keep you busy - for first timers the Tour du Rocher de l'Ombre is great and for more experienced off-piste enthusiasts then Les Avals is a popular choice. However, please always remember to ski with a guide when going off-piste.
- Important information
Ski Area Three Valleys: 600km Ski Range 1350-3230m Green Runs 55 Blue Runs 131 Red Runs 107 Black Runs 35 Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season On-season On-season On-season On-season On-season Off-season
- Snow report
11cm Last snowfall
- Light clouds dotting the sky
5/50 Lifts open
- Piste conditions
- Good skiing on well groomed pistes
- Best up high
- Runs to resort:
- Distance from airports
Geneva 2hr30mins Chambery 1hr30mins Calais (ski drive) 599 miles