Courchevel ̶ Your Guide To This Gorgeous Ski Resort
When you want a snow sports holiday that showcases the best of the French Alps, it’s hard to see past Courchevel.
This terrific Tarentaise snow sports location in the Three Valleys actually comprises four villages ̶ Courchevel 1850, Courchevel 1650, Courchevel 1550 and Courchevel 1300 (the names correspond with their altitudes in metres).
For legendary Alpine hospitality, awesome accommodation, high-altitude skiing, sumptuous cuisine and boundless natural beauty, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Still not convinced? You’ll definitely be tempted after reading our quick guide to classy Courchevel.
A fine complement of shaded north-facing runs and a high treeline (2300m) means that the skiable area in Courchevel retains its snow well and there are areas to suit all types and abilities of skiers. There are eight free drag lifts for beginners throughout the resort and a huge network of blue and red runs, which mean it’s marvellous for intermediate skiers. However, if you’re an advanced skier you’ll love tackling the steep couloirs that drop down next to the Saulire cable car, while the thrilling Jean Blanc run is excellent if you like moguls.
If you’re an advanced snowboarder you can also take on the on and off-piste Saulire couloirs (although it’s safest to hire a mountain guide to accompany you), while the Biollay area has a handy travellator and lots of wide sweeping runs for beginners to find their feet. There’s also a cool snowpark at Plantrey which is exclusively for snowboarders and it features a half-pipe, baby pipe, hips, tables and various other obstacles.
There are plenty of places to party here and with a Courchevel ski holiday from Erna Low or a similar package provider, you can arrange accommodation close to where the off-slope action is. The choice of entertainment is diverse ̶ cosy up next to the fireplace and listen to live jazz in Le Mangeoire, bust a few moves at Le Funky Fox or sample cheap drinks and lip-smacking nachos in Le Bubble.
Fab kids facilities
You’ll find childcare in Courchevel from Merinannies, who only employ CRB-checked professional staff, ski schools ESF and New Generation offer supportive and fun ski and snowboard lessons for kids and the Indian Camp is a Native American Indian-themed children’s skiing area with lots of fun obstacles and activities. There’s also a cinema that screens English-language movies, go karting and tobogganing.
Courchevel has no less than seven Michelin-starred restaurants, so of you’re a fan of haute cuisine, you can really treat your taste buds here. Le Petit Savoyard serves tasty pizzas expertly cooked on an open fire, La Cave de Lys specialises in tapas snacks and La Chabichou is pricey but once you’ve sampled the divine menu you won’t grudge its two Michelin stars. However, another two-starred Michelin restaurant which serves fantastic food at reasonable prices is Chabotté in Courchevel 1850.
As you can see, Courchevel has on-piste fun, off-piste excitement and foodie treasures ̶ what’s not to love?