3. Courchevel

Courchevel forms the easternmost part of the world famous Trois Vallées. The resort is made up of six satellite villages, each with their own distinct style and atmosphere, and picturesque forest roads to lead you in-between. Most well known is the illustrious Courchevel 1850 with its reputation for exclusivity and an A-List clientele. 1850 is certainly the place to go for five-star hotels, swanky bars and extravagant nightlife. It is where those who want to be seen roam the hub of La Croisette, adding to the chic ambience. But for those who want to enjoy this world-class resort without paying a lift-pass’ worth of money for a bottle of champagne, the other Courchevel villages (such as Courchevel Moriond) have a much more laid back vibe and are certainly the more affordable choice.  

The skiing in Courchevel is split into four levels. Depending on your accommodation you can either reach them straight from your doorstep or take an excellent free ski bus in between. At the resort itself you have 150 kilometres of pistes at your feet and while you can get a Courchevel lift-pass you can also ski the whole of the Three Valleys with an area-pass. Since the slopes here face north, the snow at Courchevel is more reliable than elsewhere in the Three Valleys. Courchevel pistes are absolutely unrivaled, meticulously maintained and perfectly positioned to align with the landscape. Not to mention they are part of a great lift system that cuts down queues meaning you’ll get to spend more time on the slopes and less time waiting around.

With its highest lift at 2740m altitude, Courchevel is exceptionally good for high altitude skiing with incredible alpine views, and the most impressive runs are best suited for intermediate and advanced skiers. But for the little ones just finding their snow legs, the resort has a fantastic children’s village where they can learn in a stress-free environment. Ski season here lasts until late April and even if you prefer not to ski at all, you’ll be well entertained with everything from scenic walks to classical music concerts. 

In the evenings, the Courchevel night skies are lit up by spectacular firework displays that could get anyone in the mood for a night on the town. The bars here are a good mix of casual and upmarket, so there’s plenty for all tastes to enjoy when it comes to après-ski. Fair warning though – the restaurants are fairly pricey, but more often than not the food is well worth it. Courchevel has a well-earned reputation for being the best ski resort when it comes to gastronomy. 

Best for: Luxury
Popular villages: Courchevel 1850, Le Praz & La Tania
Difficulty: 
Intermediate/advanced
Airport: Chambery Airport 
(1h 45min transfer) or Geneva Airport (2h 30min transfer)

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