About Courchevel

  • Altitude: 1300m
  • Total Lifts: 166
  • Pisted Area: 600km
  • Average Snowfall: 540

The Resort

Courchevel is of course one of the world’s best known ski resorts. Viewed by many as an exclusive, luxury resort, it’s home to the planet’s most opulent chalets and it has more five star hotels than any other ski resort on earth. Nestled in the heart of the French Alps, Courchevel is renowned for its elegance and unparalleled ski experience. With six distinct villages to explore, each offering its own charm, it’s a destination that caters to every taste. During our stay at the Portetta Hotel in Courchevel Moriond, we discovered the true essence of this winter paradise.

But whilst many dismiss Courchevel as all glitz and glamour, possibly out of their league, the reality on the ground is very different. This is a world class resort with four separate bases and easy access to one of the world’s best ski areas and it is surprisingly possible to enjoy on a budget. With a bit of careful planning you can get all the advantages of this world-class resort and its spectacular ski and off-slope facilities for a fraction of the price those billionaires, hedge fund managers and oligarchs are paying.

Courchevel is not just a ski resort, it is a collection of six villages that each have their own charm and character. You can choose from the authentic and cozy Courchevel Saint Bon, the rustic and tranquil Courchevel Le Praz, the forested and family-friendly Courchevel La Tania, the sunny and spacious Courchevel Village, the lively and trendy Courchevel Moriond, or the glamorous and exclusive Courchevel 1850. Each village has its own amenities, such as shops, restaurants, bars, clubs, spas, and hotels. You can easily travel between them by ski lifts or free shuttle buses.

Apart from saving money you may well find quicker, easier and less crowded access to the slopes than those who set off from 1850 each morning but, fortunately, an efficient inter-resort lift network means you can easily be whisked up to the off-slope facilities, shops and restaurants of 1850 whenever you like.

The Skiing

In terms of the skiing, the majority of the huge 3 Valleys ski area is accessible to all, regardless of ability or preference. Plus, 80% of the ski area is set above 1,800 metres, which guarantees an optimum snow cover from the start of December all the way through until the end of April. It’s one of the world’s most famous ski areas for a reason, with a vast amount of choice and entertaining runs for all skiers, as well as a wide range of mountain restaurants for all tastes and budgets.

As part of the Les Trois Vallées, Courchevel boasts access to the largest ski area in the world, offering a staggering 600km of pristine slopes. Within Courchevel itself, adventure awaits with 54 lifts and 113 slopes of varying difficulty. Our favorite run, Combe de la Saulire, provided exhilarating carving opportunities and breathtaking views, making it a highlight of our skiing experience.

Après Vibes 🍹

For après-ski indulgence, Courchevel offers an array of vibrant options. The renowned Folie Douce Meribel, situated between Courchevel and Meribel, dazzled us with its expansive outdoor terrace and lively atmosphere. Meanwhile, the Portetta Hotel’s relaxed sun terrace provided the perfect setting for unwinding with a drink while basking in the alpenglow.

The Restaurants

Dining in Courchevel is a culinary journey, blending international flavors with local Savoyard influences. Cucina Angelina, nestled within the Portetta Hotel, exuded sophistication with its Italian-inspired cuisine. From delectable beef fillets to sumptuous breakfast spreads, every dish was a culinary masterpiece. For a more casual dining experience, Il Rifugio captivated us with its inviting atmosphere and mouthwatering paninis and pasta, offering a delightful respite amidst our alpine adventures.

Our Opinion

Our experience in Courchevel was nothing short of extraordinary. From the exhilarating slopes to the vibrant après-ski scene and exquisite dining options, it’s a destination that caters to all aspects of a winter getaway. Whether you’re a seasoned skier or simply seeking a cozy retreat in the mountains, Courchevel promises an unforgettable experience amidst the snowy splendor of the French Alps.


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Non-Skiing Activities

The aquatic centre in Courchevel, also known as Aquamotion, is a great place to relax and have fun after a day of skiing. It is located between Courchevel 1650 and Courchevel 1850, and is connected to the Ecrin Blanc Resort. It has different areas for everyone to enjoy, including;

  • Aqualudique: This is the area for water fun, both indoor and outdoor. It has pools, slides, waterfalls, fountains, and a lazy river. You can swim, splash, or just chill out in the water. It is suitable for all ages and abilities.
  • Aquawellness: This is the area for wellness and relaxation. It has saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzis, and a salt cave. You can also enjoy massages, facials, and other treatments. It is ideal for solo, duo, or group sessions.
  • Spa & Balneo: This is the area for luxury and pampering. It has a heated indoor pool, a solarium, and a lounge. You can also access the spa menu, which offers various packages and services. You need to book in advance for this area.
  • Surf: This is the area for thrill and adventure. It has an indoor wave pool where you can surf, bodyboard, wakeboard, or ride a tube. You can also take lessons or join competitions. You need to be at least 8 years old and know how to swim for this area.
  • Climbing: This is the area for sport and challenge. It has an indoor climbing wall that is 11 meters high. You can climb on your own or with an instructor. You need to be at least 6 years old and wear appropriate shoes for this area.

Courchevel Resort Video

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Courchevel Piste Map

Wondering what the skiing is like in Courchevel? Take a look at the full Courchevel ski area piste map here.

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Ski Pass Area

Three Valleys / Trois Vallees