Courchevel forms the easternmost part of the world famous Trois Vallées, and owes much of its popularity to how well connected it is to some great skiing – not to mention a great lift system that cuts down queues. This is especially handy considering the reliability of good snow in Courchevel Valley, meaning you’ll get to spend more time on the slopes and less time waiting around.
Another thing that’s made Courchevel famous is its reputation for exclusivity and an A-list clientele. Truth is, this is only really applicable to one of the four areas that Courchevel Valley comprises of – namely Courchevel, formerly known as Courchevel 1850. It’s true that the prices here really are as high as the mountain tops, but heading further down the valley to Courchevel Moriond, Courchevel Village and Courchevel La Praz means you’ll be able to find much more affordable accommodation. Fair warning though – the restaurants everywhere are fairly pricey, but more often than not it’s well worth it. Courchevel is easily one of the best ski resorts for eating in France.
The bars here are a good mix of casual and upmarket bars, so there’s plenty for all tastes to enjoy when it comes to après-ski. One thing that’s definitely worth bearing in mind is Courchevel’s relative lack of things to do for those who don’t ski. There are a couple of sports and spa facilities (and some hotels will let you use their leisure services, albeit at a price) and surprisingly, there’s relatively few shops considering the resort’s reputation for hosting big spenders and fashionistas.
- Loads of lift and ski pass information can be found here.
- There’s some great links to equipment hire here.
- Nearest airport: Courchevel actually boasts its own small airstrip, but unless you’ve recently starred in a Hollywood blockbuster it might be a little outside your price range. The next closest is Chambery at 68 miles, with one way coach transfers starting at €36.