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 900Ski lessonsYes, price on request
Area for beginnersSnowboarding lessonsYes, price on request
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Adult-Ski-Lessons 6 Offers available
Kids-Ski-Lessons 12 Offers available
Snowboard-Lessons 6 Offers available
Off-Piste-Skiing 2 Offers available
Cross-Country-Skiing 1 Offers available
Telemark-Skiing 1 Offers available
Ski-Touring 1 Offers available
Park-&-Freestyle 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 87 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
Squash court -

Ski blog about Courchevel

2 September 2020 by Danielle in 'Destinations''

The French skiing airport par excellence, Chambéry Airport comes alive in the winter and welcomes hordes of British skiers and snowboarders. A short flight to this pretty little town will drop you right in the heart of French skiing territory, with access to almost every big French ski area including Chamonix, Les Trois Vallées and Les Portes du Soleil. Chambéry Airport operates seasonal winter flights to more than half a dozen destinations in the UK, mostly with BA. This means it’s entirely fea... More ›

20 August 2020 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

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 ›

26 May 2020 by Danielle in 'Destinations''

France is known for having a good number of the world’s largest linked ski areas, with some of the ski areas measuring over 600km of pistes at altitudes of more than 3000m above sea level. But that’s not all France has to offer, and skiers and snowboarders are starting to discover the smaller resorts whose pretty scenery, village atmosphere and varied terrain can easily compete with the biggest names in the Alps. In our list of the top 15 French ski resorts, we've selected some up-and-comers alo... More ›

11 April 2020 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

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 ›

29 February 2020 by Danielle in 'Destinations''

Tree-lined slopes offer many advantages: they can hold their snow better, they're easier to navigate in flat light and they're sheltered from the wind and snow. Plus, they're so fun! Unfortunately, it's not always easy to find runs through the trees in the Alps (shout-out to North America where there is gladed skiing for every level!). On this list you'll find some in-bounds tree skiing and some off-piste tree skiing, all of it awesome on a powder day! Always remember to be properly avalanche-eq... More ›
(Photo: © Ana Pacheco)

Ski area
Les Trois Vallées

Les Trois Vallées
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 (129 )
Drag lifts 29
Chair lifts 61
Gondola lifts 39
160 cm
110 cm