Skiing & Snowboarding in Courchevel
Part of the Three Valleys ski area, Courchevel is made up of five Alpine villages at differing altitudes and each with it’s own characteristics. With a huge variety of terrain including great freeriding, plenty of fun tree runs and well-kept pistes for blasting, Courchevel is one of the top ski resorts in the French Alps.
Courchevel Ski & Snowboard Guide
Summit 3230 m
Vertical Drop 2130 m
Base 1100 m to 1850 m
Cable Cars 12
Chair Lifts 17
Drag Lifts 29
Freeriding Great terrain round the north-facing Creux Noirs. Awesome tree runs from Col de la Loze to La Tania. Don't miss the Couloir Croix des Verdons.
Freestyle For the best snowpark, head to Parc Plantrey in the Loze area between the Plantrey chair and the Epicea draglift. Decent natural hits at 1650.
Pistes Lovely well-groomed, high-speed pistes. Blast down the red Combe de la Saulire.
Beginner Pistes 19
Intermediate Pistes 35
Advanced Pistes 34
Expert Pistes 8
Total Riding 150 km (600 km including Three Valleys area)
12 December to 19 April
59.00 € Day Pass, 289 € 6-Day Pass
Chambéry-Savoie (1 h 21 min)
Grenoble-Isère (2 h 1 min)
Geneva (2 h 8 min)
Rue du Rocher
Phone: +33 (0)4 79 08 00 29
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The Courchevel ski resort in the French Alps is a collection of five Alpine villages — Courchevel 1850, Courchevel 1650, Courchevel 1550, Courchevel 1300, and Courchevel St Bon 1100. It is a part of Les Trois Vallées, the world’s largest lift-linked ski area. All five resorts are linked by an efficient bus service. It’s an area of remarkable scenic beauty where you can enjoy some spectacular views, including that of Mont Blanc. Courchevel has a reputation for being a very pricey resort, but in truth, only Courchevel 1850 has astronomically high prices. Not surprising really, since it is a true luxury resort and the hub of the rich and the famous. The other four resort villages are way more affordable.
Courchevel has a massive ski area with 150 km of pistes and, in addition, a huge area for off-piste skiing and snowboarding. All mountain skiers will simply love it here. One must-see spot is in the Vallee des Avals. It’s prone to slides but it has a great refuge and some breathtaking scenery. For freestylers, a good hangout is the snowpark above 1850 under the Pralong lift, it has some great rails and box jumps. Also check out Verdon, it has some man-made dunes and good kickers. For beginners, check out Bellecote.
Where to stay
Courchevel has a wide choice of accommodation suitable for visitors from the most luxe-tastic to those on a shoestring. If you are into that traditional chalet feeling, Le Chabichou is the place for you. The rooms are warm and old-fashioned and to top it off, it’s one of the best hangouts for foodies. Another traditional place to stay is Le St. Joseph, a fascinating blend of grand and homely.
If you want family-oriented accommodation try Hotel Manali. The hotel is complete with a nursery, family suites, a Kids club and a swimming pool. Or try Le Portetta, which also boasts spacious family suites and a kids’ games room.
On the more affordable end of the scale you could try Hotel Les Monts Charvin a lovely little comfy b&b. The in-house bar is very cosy. There’s also a good range of apartments and self-catering accommodation.
Where to eat
If money is no object and you want to enjoy the same restaurants as the rich and famous Courcheval clientele you must dine at Le Dinali located by the pistes at the Grandes Alpes Private Hotel and then at the Cap Horn altitude restaurant next to the Pralong piste. Courcheval boasts a full seven Michelin-starred restaurants so even the fussiest of connoisseurs will be catered for. But the choice of great quality food doesn’t end there – head over to Praz where you will find two topnotch dining options: La Table de Mon Grand-Père, which boasts an excellent menu, and Le Bistrot du Praz, which specializes in foie gras. Both restaurants offer reasonable prices. You also have a choice of down-to-earth local restaurants, such as Chez Zézette near Bozel, which offers delicious rustic-style dining.
Where to party
Courchevel 1850 has the liveliest nightlife. Try Le Tremplin and Le Milk Pub for reasonably priced jollies. If you want to party until dawn the must-go venue is Bar Le Jump near Croisette. Le Calico is also late opening and pretty wild all round. Courchevel 1650 is smaller and quieter than Courchevel 1850 (though you can still have a pretty great night!) Popular bars here are the Bubble bar, the Signal bar, and for late-night partying, the By Night tavern and the Space bar.
very curious about the quality of “Demo” snowboards in Courcheval. I always travel with two boards, but coming from the states i would rather not have the hassel. any one familiar with the bigger brand names, and how common the shops are on the mountain. we are staying in 1650.
Hi Bill, thanks for getting in touch!
In Courchevel 1650 you have a lot of options for board hire, but if you’re used to top tier products you might be disappointed with the range of boards on offer… A quick summary:
White Storm do the Nitro Prime
Precision Ski and Ski Republic do the K2 Subculture
Skiset do the Burton Process
Sport 2000 do Nitro Prime and Salomon Wildcard
There is also a dedicated snowboard shop called Endless Winter which may have a better range, but you’d need to drop them an email: email@example.com
Hope that helps. Have a great holiday!