Altitude: 1100 Meters

Courchevel in short

  • Five varied ski resorts
  • The Three Valleys on your doorstep
  • High standards of accommodation

Courchevel is actually made ​​up of 5 smaller ski resorts at different altitudes, hence the multifaceted personality of this resort. The names of the individual ski resorts were recently changed. Courchevel (formerly Courchevel 1850 is set in the forest and is characterised by its large, stylish chalet-style buildings and its many exclusive establishments. Courchevel Moriond (formerly Courchevel 1650) is less exuberant, but nevertheless enjoys a great position close to the surrounding green and blue ski runs. Courchevel Village (formerly Courchevel 1550) and Le Praz (formerly Courchevel 1300) are quieter and offer much cheaper ski accommodation, with traditional mountain chalets, attractive narrow streets and lots of charm - perfect for relaxed family holidays.

Glitzy Courchevel has long been a favourite with the British royal family and many celebrities, and you can expect price tags to match. It's not for nothing this ski resort features a landing strip for private jets! Courchevel's ski area is one of the most popular in Les Trois Vallées, with unforgettable skiing for every level. If you want a day off from skiing, Courchevel offers many activities: its Olympic skating rink, dog sled rides, helicopter flights... In Courchevel, the possibilities are endless! Courchevel is known for having a higher price tag than the other ski resorts of Les Trois Vallées, but many people argue that it's worth it for the stellar skiing and ambience. The après-ski and nightlife are as varied as the different ski resorts, with a very laid-back atmosphere in Le Praz compared with the lively, jet-set feel in Courchevel and an accessible, down-to-earth scene in Courchevel Moriond. The choice is yours, but whichever you choose, it's pretty certain you won't be disapponted on your ski holidays in Courchevel. Along with neighbouring Méribel, Courchevel will be hosting the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in 2023. In view of this, Courchevel is to inaugurate a new gondola and chairlift for the 2019-20 season, eliminating the need to take the ski bus to the slopes. Courchevel is one of the easiest ski resorts to get to from the UK, being just a stone's throw from Lyon Airport.

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We spent a week at Courchevel 1850 during February half-term with our children aged 7 and 10. Great ski resort with lots to do for the kids, cinema, luge, climb...

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Courchevel for families

Courchevel Moriond is the best choice for family ski holidays, as prices are lower than in Courchevel 1850 and the village is in a perfect setting close to many green and blue runs. Courchevel Village and Le Praz are also popular with families because of the quiet, pleasant atmosphere here with many traditional wooden chalets and narrow streets. For children, Courchevel offers many options from day care for babies to ski schools for older children. The kindergarten Les P'tits Pralins in Courchevel Moriond welcomes children from 6 months old. In Courchevel Village, the ESF Maison des Enfants welcomes children from 12 months old with a specially designed outdoor play area where kids can discover the joys of snow sports. The Village des Enfants in Courchevel 1850 combines day care for children from 18 months with the Piou Piou ski school for beginners (from 3 years old) in a pleasant environment where kids feel at home.

Activities in Courchevel

Besides the excellent skiing in Courchevel, many non-skiing activities are also organised. For adults and children over 6 years old, a 2km-long toboggan run is lit up at dusk on the red run down to the Tovets lift. It is also possible to learn about driving a snow cat, and to take snowmobile or snow scooter tours. And of course, you have all the traditional activities you would normally expect at a large ski resort, such as crosscountry skiing, paragliding, opportunities for heli-skiing and much more. There are plenty of indoor activities like bowling and ice-skating if you’d prefer to stay inside. The Stop Zone and the Avalanch' Camp up on the slopes of Courchevel are two areas dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of the mountain - excessive speed on the slopes, avalanches and the like. This alternative approach enables effective education for young people, who are most often at risk.

Courchevel by night

Courchevel is the ideal spot to treat yourself to some gourmet French food, since the resort has many luxury and 5-star hotels with excellent restaurants. The Zinc des Neiges, in particular, is a small, charming restaurant in Courchevel 1850 which offers a wonderful mix of traditional French cuisine and contemporary cooking. For a spot of festive après-ski, family-style, the ESF instructors in Courchevel put on a show with a torchlit descent, fireworks and mulled wine and hot drinks all round (only during school holidays). Keep the party going at Le Tremplin and the Milk Club, which are great places for lively après-ski. Free shuttle buses run between the different villages until the early hours so you can really discover Courchevel’s different villages by night!

 Apres-ski & entertainment Courchevel

Restaurants 68 Theatre -
Bars & cafes 64 Casino -
Nightclubs & discos 2 Concert hall
Cinema 1  

 Ski school and ski lessons Courchevel

No. of ski schools 7Private ski lessons Yes, price on request
No. of ski instructors 1050Ski lessons5 Days, 30 Hours, € 315
Area for beginnersSnowboarding lessons5 Days, 30 Hours, € 322
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 Book ski schools in Courchevel online

Ski-School-Kids 5 Offers available
Ski-School-Adults 4 Offers available
Adults-Ski-Lessons 1 Offers available
Kids-Ski-Lessons 1 Offers available
Snowboarding-Lessons 3 Offers available
Snowboard-School 2 Offers available
Freeride 2 Offers available
Telemark 2 Offers available
Ski-Touring 1 Offers available
Park-&-Freestyle 1 Offers available
Cross-Country 1 Offers available
Cross-Country-Skiing 1 Offers available
Heli-Skiing 1 Offers available
Off-Piste-Skiing 1 Offers available

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 Facilities Courchevel

No. of hotels 47 Supermarkets 3
Total no. of hotel beds 4886 Banks
Total no. of beds 40485

 Tourist information for Courchevel

Courchevel Tourisme
0033 - - 0479080029

 Distances from Courchevel

Railway station
Moûtiers-Salins approx. 25 km by bus
Genève approx. 149 km by bus
From the motorway:approx. 50 km 50 minuten by car

 Courchevel for families and children

Childcare Magic carpet
Playground Ski lift for children

  Leisure & sports activities Courchevel

Public saunaFootpaths 18 km
Fitness centreTorchlight descentfakkeltochten tijdens de schoolvakanties
Public solarium Indoor ice rink
Massage Outdoor ice rink -
Spa & wellness Curling
Indoor swimming pool Snow rafting -
Hot air ballooning Dog sledding
Paragliding Snowmobile tours
Indoor tennis court Toboggan run
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Ski blog about Courchevel

5 October 2019 by Danielle in 'Destinations'' | 0

Looking to catch a glimpse of Kate or Meghan Markle on the slopes? These are the exclusive and luxurious preferred ski resorts of the British royal family. Be sure to bring a full wallet if you're planning your ski holidays here this year!... More ›
(Photo: © Verbier (St. Bernard))

18 July 2019 by Danielle in 'Latest news'' | 0

The project to improve facilities in the four village centres of Courchevel has been several years in the making. This upcoming ski season will see two new lifts inaugurated. The ski resort will also reveal "Alpinium", a multifunctional complex with ski lifts, carparks, a library and sports facilities. The upgrades to the infrastructure are being undertaken with a view to preparing the resort to host the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 2023.... More ›

8 June 2019 by Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

Lyon is a gateway to the French Alps and, as luck would have it, many airlines offer flights from Britain to Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport. Whether you’re looking for a quiet ski resort to spend ski holidays with the family, or a world-class ski resort with endless slopes and challenging terrain, there’s no shortage of ski areas within easy reach of Lyon Airport. It’s also tempting to spend a few days tooling around this attractive city on your way home – why not make a week of it?... More ›

16 May 2019 by Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

One of the biggest hassles about any ski holiday in the Alps is how to get there in the first place! Complicated transfers with long wait times are not the best way to start your ski holiday, so next time you book, why not choose one of these easy-to-reach resorts? We've avoided resorts that require costly private shuttles or car hire. All of the ski resorts on this list can be easily accessed from the UK using a combination of plane or train plus an easy shuttle bus or cable car. Remember to pr... More ›

1 November 2018 by Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

It’s the largest ski area in the world and one of the most beloved ski areas in the Alps, but that’s no reason to sit back on your laurels! Les Trois Vallées has invested heavily in renovations for the upcoming 2018/19 ski season, and skiers and snowboarders are likely to be pleased with the results. From new lifts, to new pistes, to improved snowmaking and even a new zipine, the Les Trois Vallées ski resorts of Courchevel, Méribel, Les Menuires and Val Thorens are putting their glad rags on f... More ›

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Total slopes 600 (km)
Green slopes 96 km
Blue slopes 240 km
Red slopes 204 km
Black slopes 60 km
Off-piste 0 km
Lifts (133 )
Drag lifts 35
Chair lifts 60
Gondola lifts 38
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