Resort guide

Courchevel

Perhaps the glitziest ski resort there is, Courchevel is not just a ski resort but one of the global destinations for the rich and famous who flock there just to be seen. To some, this can be a major draw to the resort, to others it can overshadow something that Courchevel was famous for before the jet-setters discovered it. The skiing, which is world-class. Most skiers and snowboarders who have visited a lot of resorts will put the 3 Valleys in their list of top resorts, and Courchevel is generally recognised as having the best skiing the 3 Valleys have to offer. This does cause some people to argue that Courchevel has the best single ski area in the world…

Overview

Courchevel is split into several resorts, Courchevel Le Praz (formerly Courchevel 1300), Courchevel Village (formerly 1550), Courchevel Moriond (formerly 1650) and then the grand-daddy of them all, Courchevel 1850. Each part of the resort has its own ambiance as well as various advantage and disadvantages of staying there.

Courchevel Le Praz:

The original Courchevel, Le Praz is an old and traditional Alpine village at the base of the ski area. The village itself is nothing short of beautiful, the views over the lake with the ski jump from the 1992 Albertville Olympics in the background is one of the most iconic vistas in the Alps. The village has everything a skier needs, several ski hire shops, a ski pass office and a choice of 2 gondolas. One (Le Praz) drops skiers off in the centre of 1850. The second gondola (Le Foret) offers immediate access to Meribel from the summit of the Loze. The village doesn’t have the nightlife that the other areas offer but there are a handful of spots, the liveliest of which being the Escourchevel, known locally as the Sports Bar which shows all the big matches as well as live music several times a week. For restaurants, you are spoilt for choice. The Bistrot du Praz is one of the best local speciality restaurants in the Alps,and there are several creperies and pizzerias for those looking to keep to a budget.

Courchevel Village (1550):

Often seen as the budget alternative to 1850, Village is situated just below it. The Grangettes gondola goes straight into La Croisette and there is the choice of two chairlifts, Dou du Midi and the Tovets. This choice tends to prevent bottlenecking in the morning and provides those looking to explore the vast 3 Valleys with a great jumping off point and offers better value for money than 1850. The village itself has a few restaurants, Fondues and Raclettes at Le Caveau and great steaks cooked on an open fire at L’Oeil du Boeuf. It doesn’t offer a great deal of choice with bars, those looking for a good night out are best off jumping on the bus and heading up to Moriond that offers more choice.

Courchevel Moriond (1650):

Fast becoming the only place in the resort to stay for skiers and boarders looking for a bit of atmosphere and nightlife. A much more “down to earth” experience than 1850, accommodation here generally offers much more value for money thanks to a plethora of centrally located chalet hotels. Smaller sole occupancy chalets are also well represented here too. For après-ski, try the Brit run Bubble Bar or the Funky Fox. For a little more choice, head over the road to Rocky’s. The skiing itself does need some explaining, it doesn’t link very easily to the rest of the 3 Valleys. To do this, skiers do need to take two or three lifts before you can ski down to Meribel. If access to the 3 Valleys is paramount, 1850 or 1550 would be better choices. That said, its relative isolation can be viewed as a positive, the ski area in and around 1650 is very much a “go to” area for skiers looking for untouched off piste or uncrowded and gentle blues. For beginners, the fact the resort is relatively peaceful means the money you spend on tuition goes a little further because you are not spending quite so much time queuing for lifts.

Courchevel (1850)

1850 is justifiably famous for 2 things, its incredible skiing and its high end accommodation. The skiing itself in 1850 is incredibly varied for a relatively small area offering something to all levels. The accommodation is mostly hotel based, with some of the very best hotels in the world. Many of which have to be seen to be believed. There are also a handful of ultra high end private chalets to cater for the high net worth individuals that flock here. That said, for those that know where to look, there are some excellent mid-range alternatives that offer skiers with a more modest budget somewhere to stay. Bars and Apres Ski used to be a strong point to 1850 but recently these have been bought up and converted into high end restaurants and cocktail bars. The only real Apres spot is the Ku De TA and the only affordable watering spot is Le Refuge, a real “spit and sawdust” French run bar right in the centre of the resort.

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Hotel Farenheit Seven (1650)

Hotel Farenheit Seven (1650), sleeps 186

A ski in/ski out modern hotel in Courchevel 1650

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Hotel Ducs de Savoie

Hotel Ducs de Savoie, sleeps 142

A traditional Alpine hotel in the much sought after Jardin Alpin area of Courchevel 1850

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Hotel Carlina

Hotel Carlina, sleeps 126

A lovely 4* hotel on the glitzy slopes of Courchevel 1850

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Crystal 2000

Crystal 2000, sleeps 109-151

This chalet hotel is almost the perfect family ski holiday, offering onsite childcare

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Cascades

Cascades, sleeps 56-78

A large chalet in a wonderful position in Courchevel 1650.

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Les Anemones

Les Anemones, sleeps 58-73

A chalet hotel in Courchevel 1850 with the perfect location close to both the skiing and the glitzy town centre too

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Chalet Rikiki

Chalet Rikiki, sleeps 22

A ski to the door chalet with a lovely living room. One of the most popular chalets in the Alps

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Estrella

Estrella, sleeps 21

A large high quality chalet located just outside Courchevel 1650 village centre.

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Mouria

Mouria, sleeps 12-16

A gorgeous chalet with a hot tub and sauna located close to the slopes and town centre too

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Jardin d’Angele

Jardin d’Angele, sleeps 14-15

A high quality chalet in a gorgeous location in Courchevel Le Praz with a hot tub!

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Shemshak Lodge

Shemshak Lodge, sleeps 10-13

A ski in, ski out luxury chalet in Courchevel 1850 complete with an entire floor dedicated to your relaxation

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Hermine

Hermine, sleeps 12

A stunning chalet located just 20 metres from the piste in Courchevel 1850

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Montana

Montana, sleeps 10-12

A flagship standard luxury ski chalet offering superb ski access

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Premier De Cordee

Premier De Cordee, sleeps 10-11

A lovely traditional chalet with a good catering service

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Passe Montagne

Passe Montagne, sleeps 10-11

A lovely stand-alone chalet in a peaceful location with a comfortable living room and good food

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Loup Blanc

Loup Blanc, sleeps 11

A fantastic 11 guest chalet with a state of the art Pool House

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Mollard

Mollard, sleeps 10

A gorgeous self-catered chalet with a hot tub located in Courchevel 1650.

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Eagles Nest

Eagles Nest, sleeps 10

A traditional chalet located in Courchevel 1650 accommodating 12 guests

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Darkoum Kalo

Darkoum Kalo, sleeps 8-10

A smart chalet apartment boasting a piste side location

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Benjamin

Benjamin, sleeps 10-11

A brand new chalet located just off the slopes with superb facilities

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Jacques

Jacques, sleeps 10

A lovely new chalet in Courchevel with a slopeside location and outdoor hot tub too

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Le Notus

Le Notus, sleeps 10

A spacious, high quality chalet in a secluded yet convenient location with a private sauna

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Clarines d’Or

Clarines d’Or, sleeps 8-10

A lovely chalet within easy reach of the Ariondaz gondola with a lovely living room

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Corelli

Corelli, sleeps 8-10

A modern and comfortable chalet apartment in a central location in Courchevel 1650

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Namaste

Namaste, sleeps 10

A luxurious property in a one of the most sought after locations in the world

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Chalet Ellanar

Chalet Ellanar, sleeps 10

A stunning self catered chalet in a beautiful location with a hot tub too!

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The Loft

The Loft, sleeps 8-10

A stunning, high quality self catered apartment with a hot tub

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Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle, sleeps 9

A traditional chalet built from local stone and wood in Courchevel 1650

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Le Misti

Le Misti, sleeps 8

A cosy chalet for up to 8 guests located at the entrance of Courchevel 1650

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Emilie

Emilie, sleeps 8

A stunning chalet in a traditional mountain village

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Louis

Louis, sleeps 8

A basic and traditional chalet sleeping 9 guests in a picturesque location

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La Vieille Forge

La Vieille Forge, sleeps 8

A gorgeous catered chalet apartment with the glitz and glamour of Courchevel 1850 right on the doorstep

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Samuel

Samuel, sleeps 6-8

A gorgeous brand new chalet located on the slopes with an outdoor hot tub

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Orchidee

Orchidee, sleeps 8

A stunner of a chalet in a superb location, two living rooms and super spa facilities too

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Le Mazot

Le Mazot, sleeps 8

A lovely stand-alone chalet in a convenient yet secluded location in Courchevel 1650

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Le Bonheur

Le Bonheur, sleeps 8

A comfortable chalet in a convenient location offering superb value for money

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Everest

Everest, sleeps 8

A modern and spacious chalet apartment within easy walk of the Ariondaz gondola

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Igloo

Igloo, sleeps 8

A very well priced flagship chalet in Courchevel Le Praz with a hot tub, sauna and swimming pool

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Mamie

Mamie, sleeps 8-9

A modern chalet in a gorgeous location

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Mistral

Mistral, sleeps 8

A high quality, spacious chalet apartment in a super location in Courchevel Moriond (1650)

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Fermes Des Lanches

Fermes Des Lanches, sleeps 6-8

A modern chalet apartment in a stunning location with a private sauna

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Darkoum Lama

Darkoum Lama, sleeps 6-7

A good quality chalet apartment located just off the piste serving amazing food

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Le Bisolet

Le Bisolet, sleeps 7

A lovely traditional chalet with a spacious living room and sauna

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Darkoum Makan

Darkoum Makan, sleeps 4-6

A top quality chalet apartment located on the side of the Bellecote piste

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Epicea

Epicea, sleeps 6

Modern Chalet apartment with a super location in Courchevel 1650

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Maurilisa

Maurilisa, sleeps 6

A rare 6 guest chalet with an outdoor hot tub located a short walk from everything you need

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Eterlou

Eterlou, sleeps 4-6

A wonderful little chalet, almost perfectly set up for families

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Le Bouquetin

Le Bouquetin, sleeps 6

An incredibly spacious chalet apartment for 6 guests in a super location close to the resort centre and skiing

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Caribou

Caribou, sleeps 6

A bright and spacious chalet in a convenient location in Courchevel 1650

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Irma

Irma, sleeps 6

A new built cosy property in Courchevel 1650

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Le Blanchot

Le Blanchot, sleeps 4

A gorgeous little catered chalet for just 4 guests in a super location.

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Bellevue

Bellevue, sleeps 4

A smaller chalet for just 4 people with the 3 Valley ski area on your doorstep

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La Terrasse

La Terrasse, sleeps 4

One of the nicest small chalet in the 3 Valleys

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Les Marmottes

Les Marmottes, sleeps 2

A catered chalet for just two guests?! Yes, it really exists!

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