Luxury Chalets in Courchevel 1850
Chalet HermineSleeps 12
Chalet PearlSleeps 14
Shemshak LodgeSleeps 8 + 5
Chalet le NamasteSleeps 6 + 4
Chalet Cristal de RocheSleeps 6 + 2
Chalet Bulle de NeigeSleeps 6 + 2
Luxury Hotels in Courchevel 1850
Hotel le K2 Altitude *****
Hotel la Sivoliere *****
Hotel Barriere des Neiges *****
Hotel l’Apogee *****
Le Chabichou ****
Whether you’re looking for opulent splendor or world-class skiing and hospitality, there is no doubt that Courchevel will cater for you beyond expectations.
The resort was the first in France to be built for the sole purpose as a ski destination. Nestled in the far-stretching Trois Vallées, the largest linked ski area in the world, it has more than 600km of runs to choose from, with cutting-edge lifts, an air-strip and 6 Michellin-star restaurants to choose from. Consisting of Le Praz, 1550, 1650 & 1850 and La Tania, the exclusive, impeccably-catered chalets truly look like the crown jewels of the valley; and with the never-ending supply of celebrity guests, it is impossible to say otherwise.
Many come to Courchevel to indulge in everything on offer, without ever skiing. There is unlimited shopping, with designer stores in every direction; luxurious wellness spas and a plethora of eateries and bars to help you wind down. With breathtaking views all around, Courchevel offers incredible skiing throughout the day, with Northeast-facing slopes meaning great quality skiing morning through evening, topped off with jaw-dropping sunsets.
Ski in/Ski out accommodation
Large ski area
Easy runs to the resort
Courchevel 1850 Ski Overview
The scale, variety and superior grooming of Courchevel’s pistes, along with its lift systems and snowmaking, means learners and intermediates have some of the best snow in the Alps. Since 2013, there has been some €125m invested in the resort to further improve the pistes, with state of the art grooming equipment and the best lift system that money can buy.
What is really striking about Courchevel’s skiing is the variety – the mix between broad ultra-smooth pistes, tree runs and steep descents. There’s an A-list descent to suit every level of skier, and every change in the weather. The central section of slopes is where the resort’s reputation has been forged – home to an array of soothing blues and greens that’ll give even the most cautious of second-week skiers the confidence to experiment, and push themselves. Both above and below that mark the terrain is steeper, and this is where you find the reds and blacks. Combe Saulire in particular, is a classic – among the most enjoyable pistes in France, and, indeed the Alps.
Generally speaking, in the mid-winter months of late December, January and February, the skiing is so good here that many piste skiers rarely venture over into the next sector of the 3 Valleys – Meribel. Yet when you do venture to the other resorts within the Three Valleys, you are left with the conundrum of having some of the best skiing in Europe crammed into one Ski pass, with limited time, and over 600km of runs to choose. With around 337 downhill skiing pistes; 53 Green, 136 Blue, 113 Red, and 35 Black, only the seasonaires are truly able to claim full coverage!
- Ski Area: 3 Vallees
- Resort: 1850m // Top: 3230m
- Pistes: 600km
- Beginners: 101
- Intermediate: 146
- Advanced: 28
- Ski Lifts: 198
- Snow Park: 4
- Nursery Areas: 5
- Cross Country: 66km
There is a plethora of non-skiing activities available in Courchevel, from ice skating to beauty therapy, there is enough to convince you that skiing is only a secondary attraction of the resort.
One of the most exhilarating experiences you can have on the mountain, paragliding is undoubtedly one of the most thrilling ways to see the beautiful views of Courchevel and the 3 Valleys.
Hiking & Snowshoeing
Walking around the picturesque mountains of Courchevel is undoubtedly one of the best ways to spend your time as a non-skier. There’s plenty of choice when it comes to routes to walk, so taking a guide is a great way to discover the best places to visit.
If the weather is more inclement than you’d hoped for, then the Forum building may be full of bars, ice rinks and even a rock climbing wall, but the bowling alley is one of the more popular attractions of the central building in 1850. Open until late seven days a week, the alley and neighbouring bar are a fun way to spend an evening in Courchevel.
One of our favourites is the floodlit toboggan run from Courchevel 1850 to 1550 is amazing fun, but not for the faint hearted. 2km long with an average gradient of 15%, the 300m of vertical you lose over the course flies by as you hit high speeds.
Ever wondered what it would be like grooming the pistes? In Courchevel, you have the opportunity to get behind the controls of the machines that make the pistes amazing. Courchevel Aventure allow you to take control of the snow moving tanks and feel what it is like to groom the piste, make lumps and much more.
The ice rink in Courchevel is located at the heart of the Forum building and is truly huge. Open for the majority of the winter season (late December to late April) the ice rink is a great place to take the children in the afternoon.
If you know where to look, the region has some fabulous gourmet secrets. In fact some of the finest restaurants in the Alps, from Michelin-starred blowouts to welcoming chalets with drop-dead views, can be found just a snowball's throw from these popular pistes. Don't worry if the thought of going to bed early every night in order to be first up the mountain in the morning isn't your cup of tea! There is plenty in Courchevel to keep the night-owls happy, Il Vino is “is all about the wine,' says Il Vino's Nicolas Simon. 'If you're ready to play the game, you choose the wine and we provide the food.' Like its sister operation in Paris, Courchevel's newest high-class wine bar is the brainchild of Enrico Bernardo, the world champion sommelier. Instead of choosing your preferred dishes, you choose your preferred wines. The mystery courses arrive, expertly paired to the vintages. Le Chabichou is our recommendation for a special meal to remember. Here, the dishes are decadent, but somehow lunch at this Michelin two-star temple still manages to feel properly sportif. Holding the wine alone listing is an aerobic workout, and it's a dizzying challenge choosing between treats such as roast saddle of wild boar or scallop carpaccio with caviar.
La Table De Mon Grand PèreFrench, Alpine, European
If local ingredients, generous portions, old family recipes takes your fancy, then you’ll be asking why you don’t have family in Le Praz. La Table De Mon Grand Père is a cosy inn which has operated here since 1938. To this day, it's a local favourite. The menu is Savoyard, the tarte au beaufort is pure comfort, and fresh fish and oysters fluctuate according to seasonal availability. Everything from the pasta to the pastry is homemade. Expect a familial welcome, and let the good times roll.
MangeoireFrench, Piano Bar, Cocktails, Live Music
For a livelier time, in Courchevel (1850) the Mangeoire piano bar has live music and a fun atmosphere.
The Moroccan-style Grange has a disco that pumps out music until 5am.
Funky FoxLive Music
In Moriond (1650), the Funky Fox has good live music & Après
La BoulotteLive Music, Après Ski
The Boulotte is popular with seasonaires for its live music nights in Moriond
The CaterailLive Music, Après Ski
In Village (1550) The Caterail has live bands and DJs on till late
Courchevel is extremely family-friendly. The Village des Enfants boasts the “largest ski area in the world for kids”, with 5km of very gentle child-only pistes, its own lift, rope tows and magic carpets. Children as young as 18 months start by sliding on tiny skis in soft supple boots, while over-threes have more formal lessons in the snow playground. The Village also has a chill-out room (with TV) and canteen. And you’ll get your money back if your little one doesn’t enjoy the experience.
Once your children are up and skiing, there are themed areas on the mountain that add a touch of magic and storytelling, such as the Piste of the Wicked Fairy Godmother in Courchevel Moriond, and the Indians Piste, where children go in search of the Grey Wolf and the Chief of the Indian tribe.
There are several free lifts for beginners in the valley, including Troika (La Tania); Envolée (Le Praz 1300); Roys (1550); Belvedere and Mickey (1650); and Cospillot, Bellecote, and Etoiles (1850) . NB not all of these are marked on the lift map. All lifts are free for the under-fives too