Courchevel Resort Guide & Reviews Ski Area, Apres-Ski, Accommodation, Spa & Wellbeing, Things to See & Do

Resort Review

Ski holidays in Courchevel are not all about the chic top resort of 1850. It comes as a suprise to many people that Courchevel is actually a collection of 5 villages starting with Saint Bon at 1100m. This is where the modern Courchevel was born and has been attracting guests in its first hotel since 1925. While there are no ski lifts starting from the village, there is a free shuttle service running every 20 minutes to the heart of the ski area but you can ski back on a red run. Then there is Courchevel 1300, 1550, 1650 and finally 1850.

Courchevel Ski Area Guide

Courchevel has 150km of pistes served by 62 chairlifts which is more than enough for any beginner. However, for the slightly more advanced, Les 3 Vallées opens up a whole new world where you can ski all day and never ski the same piste twice - the skiable area is simply vast.

Les 3 Vallées boasts 330 runs covering 600km of runs within 400km² of stunning mountain scenery and linking to resorts such as:

And, if that isn't enough, the Tarentaise Valley is also home to some other famous ski resorts such as Les Arcs and La Plagne. Armed with a weekly lift pass for Meribel/Les Trois Vallées, you can ski a day in each of them.

Key information (whole area)
Altitude1550m
Top lift3266m
Family
Beginner
Intermediate
Expert
Piste (km)600
Longest run8km
Off Piste
Cross country66km
SeasonDec - April
Snowboard parks9
Heli Skiing
Summer Skiing
Glacier skiing
Babysitting
Creche
Apres skiSophisticated, Lively & Fun
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With 85% of the ski area above 1800m and a third of the area covered by 728 snow cannons, snow is virtually guaranteed which is a big plus if you are going early or late season meaning the resorts runs will be open. There is nothing worse than having to queue up at end of the day to get the lift back down!!

The level of difficulty of the pistes are split between 13% green, 39% blue, 38% red and 10% black, which means that practically half of the runs are easy and half are for experts.

Beginners

If you’re a beginner, the “ZEN” and fun zones are for you, with 27 green runs and 44 blue runs to get you skiing in a safe environment.

Intermediate

There are literally so many blue and red pistes to choose from you'll be spoilt for choice. One of the best day trips is a ski over to the Maurienne Valley via Val Thorens but make sure you leave plenty of time to get back!!

Advanced

Courchevel offers much steeper skiing than it's neighbouring resort of Méribel. For long challenging decents however, you need to ski over to the glacier at the top of Val Thorens which around 2 hours.