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COURCHEVEL

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

Part of Les 3 Vallees the magnificent resort of Courchevel FRANCE is one of Europe’s best. The resort boasts outstanding terrain, a very reliable snow record and picturesque ski in ski out villages.

Courchevel Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The skiing and snowboarding terrain in the Courchevel Valley is superb. Expect off piste treeless powder bowls, steep chutes and cliff drops, mogul runs, long intermediate groomed cruising trails and gentle beginner slopes. All are serviced by an efficient lift system.

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Courchevel is part of Les 3 Vallees the largest interlinked resorts in the world with 600 kilometres of endless marked trails plus unlimited off piste terrain. You could ski or snowboard Les 3 Vallees terrain for weeks and not cover it allFor information on Les 3 Vallees click here.

Ski passes can be purchased for just the Courchevel Valley or for the entire Les 3 Vallees area. In 2009 morning mini ski passes were introduced enabling guests to ski or snowboard in the Courchevel Valley and Les 3 Vallees from lift opening to 12.30pm only.

Courchevel and Les 3 Vallees has Hands Free ski passes which automatically enable lift access without staff manually checking passes ensuring less crowd congestion.

New snowmaking equipment has recently been installed throughout the Courchevel Valley ensuring the link between Courchevel and Les 3 Vallees remains constant throughout the long winter season.

Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at Courchevel

The advanced terrain is on the higher altitude areas of the Courchevel Valley. Steep challenging chutes cliff drops and open powder fields lead down from the Vizelle Peak on either side of the Suisses Chairlift.

Catch the Cable Car to the Saulire Summit and head right for some awesome chutes. Additional signage has recently been installed in the Saulire Area giving more accurate mountain map information than previously.

The runs to the right hand side of the Chanrossa Chairlift are generally quiet first thing in the morning so get out early for first powder tracks. Both the Chanrossa Area and the Signal Area offer diverse terrain with hidden powder treasures and fast mogul runs.

The Chaplets trail on the far left hand side of the Valley is steep and usually left in its natural state.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding at Courchevel

Intermediates are spoilt for choice in the Courchevel Valley. They can cruise around the entire area on meticulously groomed wide slopes.

The trails on either side of the Pyramide Lift in the Chanrossa Area are long fast and wide leading down to more groomed open trails above Courchevel 1650.

From Courchevel 1850 head right up the Chenus Gondola to access long treelined runs down to both Courchevel 1550 and Courchevel 1300.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at Courchevel

‘Zen Zones’ or beginner improvement zones were introduced in the Courchevel Valley for the 2008/2009 winter season. The zones located in 1850, 1650 and Le Praz were specifically designed for beginners and nervous skiers. The lifts are easy to access and the slopes are very well groomed and uncrowded.

Courchevel 1650 has some particularly long beginner trails leading down into the Village easily accessed from Courchevel 1850 by heading left towards the Prameruel Chairlift.

Once confidence grows enjoy a long run down from the Chenus Gondola into Courchevel 1850. Once in Courchevel 1850 head to the new trail the Super Pralong recently cut on the left hand side of the Pralong Chairlift.

There are seven ski and snowboard schools in the Courchevel Valley with more than 650 instructors speaking 25 different languages. Lessons and packages are available for all ages and ability levels.

Courchevel Terrain Park and Halfpipe

The Railpark in the Le Plantrey Area has differing sized rails and boxes for all ability levels. Courchevel has two‘Railpark Rangers’ on hand to assist and advise how to tackle the challenging obstacles. It is the only railpark in Les 3 Vallees.

The Terrain Park in the Les Verdons Area has large jumps, rails and kickers of varying sizes and a well maintained halfpipe. Also in the Les Verdons Area is a steep and challenging freestyle mogul course under the Biolley Chairlift.

Courchevel has a snowcross course on La Loze trail with plenty of twists, bumps and turns for racers to contend with.

Other Activities at Courchevel

Off the pistes other outdoor activities at Courchevel include snow shoeing, snow mobiling, paragliding, guided hiking tours, winter walking tracks, ice skating and hot air ballooning.

The toboggan run in Courchevel 1850 is two kilometres in length. It is fast, fun and quite steep ending in Courchevel 1550. It is illuminated in the evenings until 7.30pm and is free with a valid ski pass.

Indoors watch a movie at the Courchevel cinema, have a beauty or massage treatment, go tenpin bowling or try indoor rock climbing.

The Courchevel Villages

The Courchevel Valley has four ski in ski out Villages all named after their altitudes; Courchevel 1850, Courchevel 1650 Courchevel 1550 and Courchevel 1300.

Courchevel 1850 is the largest and most popular Village where the majority of accommodation, shops, restaurants and bars are located. As well as being lift linked a free shuttle bus links the four villages together.

Courchevel Shopping

Courchevel has more than 100+ shops with the majority located in the Courchevel 1850 Village.

Browse through the latest ski and snowboard equipment shops, clothing boutiques, souvenir and gift stores, children’s shops, perfumeries, photography and art galleries and jewellers.

There are also beauticians, pharmacists, grocery markets, bakeries, butchers, wine shops and delicatessens.

Courchevel Restaurants

The four Courchevel Villages all have gourmet restaurants serving traditional local French Savoyard cuisine, Italian, Chinese and Spanish cuisine.

Be sure not to bypass the exceptional bakeries selling sweet and savoury delights and the small takeaway crepe stores and pizzerias.

In the Courchevel 1850 Village L’Altibar Restaurant serves traditional French and local Savoyard gourmet cuisine. La Creperie Du Moulin is renowned for its speciality crepes, cheese fondue and raclette.

The small Le Hussard Italian restaurant in the Saint Joseph Hotel serves delicious pastas and traditional meat dishes.

In the Courchevel 1650 Village Le Petit Savoyard serves delicious homemade wood fired pizzas and local Savoyard specialities. The very popular Creperie Titine Et Lilou Restaurant has the Valley’s best sweet and savoury crepes and a daily après ski happy hour.

La Table de Marie serves steaming bowls of pasta and fondues until midnight every night.

In the Courchevel 1550 Village the delightful Les Flocons Restaurant uses only the freshest local ingredients to produce traditional meals. La Cortona has consistently been voted as 1150’s and the Valley’s best pizzeria.

In the Courchevel 1300 Village Le Bistro Du Praz is infamous for foie gras, pastas and steaks. The new La Cave d’a Cote Restaurant specialises in cheese dishes.

Courchevel Nightlife

Courchevel 1850 and 1650 have the liveliest nightlife of the four Villages crammed with pubs, crowded après ski bars, piano bars and nightclubs.

In Courchevel 1850 the Milk Pub attracts an English crowd with regular happy hours and live music performances.

The Jump Bar is popular for après ski drinks and both La Grange and Les Caves de Courchevel nightclubs remain open all night with DJ’s and theme nights.

In Courchevel 1650 go to Le Maracas tapas bar for a wide selection of wines, food and live music. The English Rocky’s Bar is packed to the rafters every night as is the disco By Night Tavern open until 4am every morning.

The sports bar MC Games have pool tables and electronic games.

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Kevin Watts, UK. Full of wealthy Brits and Americans! But what would you expect from such a top cosmopolitan resort in France, possibly in Europe. We stayed at Le Lana hotel and were spoilt rotten, our every need was catered for! The service and food were above standard, I would highly recommend it. The Chourchevel pistes are very well maintained and the ease of having the Trois Valless all interconnected only makes it better! In Chourchevel a favourite early morning warm up is the Combe Saulire piste, under the Saulire cable car, as is the area under the Suissi chair lift after fresh snowfalls. In bad weather the lower tree lined pistes offer the better visual skiing.

Martha Johnston, It's not just for the wealthy, there are some share apartments that are quite reasonable value. Courcheval 1850 is my preferred place to stay, the ease of the ski in ski out beats some where like Meribel. People are generally friendly, the staff not as much, but the scenery, skiing and normally good weather make up for it all!!! I would prefer to ski Courcheval and the 3 Vallees than anywhere else in Europe.

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
8,983
2,738
Base
3,609
1,100
Average Snowfall
250 inches
Lifts
63
Trails - view map
120
150km
Terrain %
advanced
20
intermediate
35
beginner
45
Halfpipe
1
Terrain Park
2
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