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Welcome to

Courchevel

Arguably the most well-known of the many well-known resorts that make up the Three Valleys, Courchevel has developed a reputation for being a playground of the rich. Whereas it is relatively easy to spend money quickly in town, don’t let this mask the fact that Courchevel is an awesome ski resort. The majority of the slopes are north-facing and so Courchevel tends to get the best of the snow in the Three Valleys.

The Ski Company offers accommodation in the two highest and most popular Courchevels; Moriond (formerly known as 1650) and thee Courchevel (formerly known as 1850).

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Skier's Guide

There are many words/ articles/ guidebooks/ reviews and postcards that have been written to describe the skiing in the Three Valleys by people a lot more intelligent and eloquent than me and so it is very unlikely that I will bring you information that you haven’t already read. All you really need to know is that it is the world’s largest ski area with over 600km of pistes serviced by almost 200 lifts and so, whatever your level, you are extremely unlikely to be disappointed in the skiing!

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Getting to

Courchevel

Flying is the best way to cover off the largest part of your journey to Courchevel. There are a few options when it comes to your destination airport; for the aforementioned Russian oligarchs, the private jet into Courchevel Altiport is a given but, for mere mortals, one of four “public” airports may prove more affordable:

  • Chambery: 101km, 1h 23m
  • Grenoble: 130km, 1h 41m
  • Geneva (recommended): 186km, 2h 18m
  • Lyon: 205km, 2h 27m

Geneva is the recommended option because there is a greater volume and a great flexibility of ground transportation options onto Courchevel from Geneva Airport.

Taking the train is another option, the Eurostar glides through France directly from London St Pancras to Moutiers in a little over seven-and-a-half hours and, from there, it’s 20km on to Courchevel Moriond and a little further on to 1850.

Drivers will find the roads through France faster and emptier than those in the UK and this is largely down to them being toll roads…so there is a price to pay! With passage through the Eurotunnel + petrol + tolls, you should expect the journey to cost around £175 each way. Total journey time from London is about eleven-and-a-half hours…90 minutes to Dover, 30 minutes in the tunnel and nine-and-a-half hours from Calais to Courchevel.

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Food and Drink at

Courchevel

Given what you will undoubtedly have heard about the prices in Courchevel, many of you will wish to self-cater in your apartment and so we would recommend that you stop at the supermarket in Moutiers or Albertville as they are significantly larger and cheaper than those in resort. In Courchevel, there are two supermarkets. Carrefour Montagne is well-stocked for all but the most adventurous of chefs and there is also a butcher (Boucherie Lespinasse), a charcuterie and plenty of artisanal bakeries within walking distance. In Moriond, there is a Carrefour Montagne on the main road through the Village. We can also organise for bread & pastries to be delivered to your apartment each morning too!

In the relatively small mountain village of Courchevel, there are six restaurants listed in the Michelin guide, three restaurants with one Michelin star, four restaurants with two Michelin stars and one restaurant with three Michelin stars. All very well if you can afford it, of course, but for those looking to spend less than EUR 500 (per head/ before drinks) each night, there are other eateries a lot less expensive…if not quite inexpensive. As such, the restaurants listed here have qualified on the basis of price rather than on a critique of their produce! Just off the Bellecote piste, the Courcheneige has a large sunny terrace and is a good spot for lunch at around EUR 30 for three courses, close-by Pilatus (near the Altiport) charges around EUR 25 for a plat du jour and le Chabotté, the younger sister of the Michelin-starred Chabichou, provides a three-course meal for EUR 30. If you head down lower, Bel Air (near the top of the gondola from Moriond) is a popular and affrordable option and, lower still, there are some good restaurants in Le Praz (Azimut which has one Michelin-star but where three course menus start from EUR 30) and La Tania (Bouc Blanc where a plat du jour will set you back a palatable EUR 15).

Lower down in Moriond and you should not expect the mind-numbingly expensive prices that they charge in that resort 200m higher. Indeed it is relatively reasonable…for a ski resort! I’ll be honest and admit that I haven’t eaten in every restaurant in Moriond so can’t critique every eaterie in town. I did eat Tartiflette in Le Petit Savoyard and it was lovely but then it’s hard to go wrong with a combination of potatoes, cream, cheese & onions! I also bought my kid a chocolate crepe from Alti’Crepes and he said it was “epic”. But neither Campbell (4 yrs old) nor I are experts so our advice is to walk along the strip and see what happens, after all you are on holiday and you should do whatever takes your fancy!

When it comes to apres-ski, it’s much the same story…plenty of fantastic options but it’s picking out those that most suit your budget. For the more well-heeled, most of the four- and five-star hotels have lovely lounge bars for a quiet drink but if you are looking for something more lively, look no further than Verdons (at the top of the Verdons gondola) which often has live music and dancing on the terrace. Back down in Courchevel, popular spots include Tremplin which often has karaoke or Ku De Ta which has a happy hour. If you want to push on through and hit the dance floor, La Grange is an option and booking a table starts from EUR 3000! The more exclusive Les Caves – l’Arc Courchevel is open ‘til 5am.

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Non-Ski Activities at

Courchevel

If your idea of relaxing after a tiring day on the slopes is more than sitting mesmorised by the dancing flames of a fire whilst amusing your bouche with a succession of food stuffs and tasty drinks then you are in luck because Courchevel has a lot going on when the lifts shut down for the night!

There’s bobsleighing down La Plagne Olympic track where you will run with a professional “pilot”, there’s climbing an ice wall with a mountain guide, there’s snowshoeing through the forest, there’s skidooing, there’s Nordic skiing, there’s snow-scooters, there’s fat-bikes, there’s ice-skating, there’s sledging, there’s nightskiing and there’s the torchlight descent!

But if that all sounds too cold and too energetic for you…there is always the spa. Actually, there are always the spas. Being Courchevel, there are a lot of spas! And down in 1550, there’s Aquamotion – the world’s best public swimming pool, and there are yoga studios and you can go ten-pin bowling and just about anything else that you would expect in a busy and modern ski resort!


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Apartments
Courchevel 1850 Statistics

The Slopes

Total Runs

600km

Longest Run

8km

Skier Summit

3230m

Number of Parks

7

Skiable Terrain (Acres)

15000

Average Annual Snowfall

22ft

Vertical Drop

6500ft

Terrain Breakdown

Hard

35%

Easy

30%

Medium

35%

Weather

Min Average
Winter Temp

-2C (28.4F)

Max Average
Winter Temp

4C (39.2F)

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