Courchevel is part of the Three Valleys area in the French Alps. It is divided into four villages each with a number after its name denoting its altitude. Courchevel 1850, the highest, is also the most expensive. It is a purpose built resort where it is possible to ski direct from hotels and chalets. The whole Courchevel area offers wonderful skiing for all levels of ability, high quality accommodation, superb restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. Skiing apart, Courchevel has many outdoor and indoor recreational facilities. There is an abundance of ski instructors and excellent childcare provision.
Why Go To Courchevel?
Courchevel has much to offer skiers and snow boarders of all abilities. It has excellent accommodation, high class boutiques and first class restaurants. There are large numbers of ski instructors, a children's village and a creche for babies from six months.
Who Is Courchevel Popular With?
A Courchevel holiday has something for everyone and therefore attracts families, groups of young adults and couples of all ages.
When To Go To Courchevel
The Courchevel ski season lasts from mid December until mid April. It is popular in the summer with rock climbers, hill walkers and mountain bikers.
Courchevel - The Place
The Courchevel, in the Savoie region of the French Alps, is a series of villages which climb from thirteen fifty metres to eighteen fifty metres and provide excellent skiing conditions. It forms part of the Three Valleys which are linked by hundreds of lifts and is said to be the largest linked ski area in the world. A large cable car links Courchevel 1850 to La Saulire at an altitude of three thousand metres and to the Three Valleys.
Although there is a small airport in Courchevel visitors, unless they arrive by helicopter or a light plane, must fly to larger airports such as Geneva, Lyon or Chambery. Transfer times are between two and three hours.
Courcheval is a very pretty mountain resort that offers unparalleled skiing and first class amenities. There are over one hundred and fifty pistes that are serviced by sixty chair lifts. Half of the pistes are ideal for beginners, thirty-eight are red runs and ten are black runs. There are snow parks for boarders offering a varied terrain. There is also a children's village which is a separate area where children can learn to ski in safety. Courchevel 1850 has crche facilities for babies from six months old. Vaccination certificates are a requirement and bookings should be made prior to arrival.
Courchevel is an upmarket resort with a range of excellent hotels and chalets, first class restaurants and a variety of shops and boutiques. It enjoys a lively nightlife with bars, pubs and discos.
Other Courchevel recreational amenities include a bowling alley, skating rink, sleigh riding and paragliding, to name but a few.
Courchevel holidays are also a popular summer destination when the lift system gives access to the spectacularly beautiful mountains. Hill walking, rock climbing and mountain biking are all enjoyed during the snow free months.
All of the Courchevel villages celebrate lively evenings in cocktail bars, pubs and discos where music is played until four in the morning. If you like dancing, eat dinner in the Mangeoire restaurant which then converts into a dance floor when dining is over.
Courchevel is well endowed with shops having a variety of designer boutiques, specialist shops and stores selling equipment and sportswear. There are jewellers, gift shops and perfumeries.
Courchevel has many fine restaurants where you can dine in style. There are two restaurants in Courchevel 1850 which have two Michelin stars. While haute cuisine establishments can be rather pricey, there are many places where you can enjoy a meal without it breaking your holiday budget. These include Italian pizzerias and Mexican restaurants. There are also a good number of mountain restaurants where you can take a break from skiing and eat while enjoying magnificent views.