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Mountain Stats

  • 314 in of annual snowfall
  • 1211 total skiable acres
  • Top elevation 8982 ft, base 4429 ft
  • 20% beginner, 36% intermediate, 35% advanced, 0% expert
  • Projected opening: 12/06/2014
  • Projected closing: 04/24/2015

Things to do in Courchevel

Outdoor enthusiasts definitely have their run of off-mountain activities. So, if you just can’t get enough of the fresh Alpine air, consider an afternoon enjoying Courchevel’s 40 miles of cross-country trails. The village of Le Praz offers the most convenient accessability to these trails, which interweave from base area to base area. Other don’t miss Courchevel outdoor activities include snowshoeing and tobogganing from 1850 to 1650.

If weather is inclement or you’ve simply had enough physical activities you do have choices for a more quiet evening. Catch a flick at the Courchevel 1850 or 1650 village cinemas, which do offer English-speaking films. Fashionistas and shopaholics will be delighted with Courchevel 1850’s many high-end boutique shops.

To learn more about the things to do in Courchevel call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Courchevel Beginner Skiing

Boasting nearly 25 percent green runs and eight free chairlifts, the Courchevel beginner skiing is among some Europe’s most notable. The best Courchevel beginner skiing can be found at 1650 and 1850. The 1650 area offers first timers some great “learn to ski” slopes and introductory chairlifts, as well as surface lifts (magic carpets). Once you’re ready, take up the Ariondaz chairlift to access a perfectly groomed beginner cruiser. Chourchevel 1850 offers families and beginners the best of the best Courchevel beginner skiing with Jardin Alpin—accessed by the gondola. Beginners also have a large beginner area at Pralong, which is accessed via bus or car.

To learn more about Courchevel beginner skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Courchevel Budget Ski Vacation

Courchevel, like many other Italian ski resorts, plays host to an international jet set crowd and the Italian elite. So you’re going to find very few affordable lodging options. We’ve tracked down a couple great, budget-friendly options. Here’s Ski.com’s top pick in the budget category. To learn more about this property, call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Three-star Hotel Le New Solarium provides guests with both affordability and high value. Not only is the property situated adjacent to the Courchevel 1850 slopes in the heart of the Jardin Alpin, but it affords guests incredible views of the valley. The hotel features 70 rooms, all equipped with safes, hairdryers and satellite TV. Reception and concierge services are available. Restaurant also provides stunning views and guests can relax in the hotel swimming pool and sauna.

To learn more about Courchevel budget ski vacations call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Courchevel Dining

Courchevel has a slew of dining options with four ski villages to choose from, but upscale experiences tend to be more dominant. At the top of Ski.com’s dining picks are Black Peark for the best pizza in the Three Valleys region, located in La Praz-Courchevel 1300 area, for fine-dining head to Azimut, a Michelin-star rated establishment located in La Praz and for an unforgettable lunch, pop in at Le Chabichou on Rues des Chenue, which serves up an interesting contemporary European menu and offers a great wine list.

Courchevel On-Mountain Restaurants 

Your in France after all, so dining on the mountain is a must during your Courchevel ski vacation. To get the full Courchevel experience, a nice sit-down meal at one of the resort’s exceptional on-mountain restaurants is in order. Much like everything else in Courchevel you’ll find that most of the on-mountain restaurants are pricey, but offer exceptional quality and breathtaking views. One of the best—and most convenient—places to grab a lunch is at Les Verdons at the top of the gondola. Les Verdons does cater to a more well-heeled crowd, but Chenus cafeteria provides affordable food options In Courchevel 1650 don’t miss Bel Air or Bouc Blanc, and in the 1550 neck of the woods, check out Oeil Boeuf and the Tovets.

To learn more about Courchevel dining call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Courchevel Expert Skiing

Expert skiers on a Courchevel ski vacation have an overwhelming amount of terrain possibilities. From steep, thrilling black pistes to daring off-piste challenges, the Courchevel expert skiing will leave challenge-seekers wanting more. Courchevel 1850 accesses the largest—and highest—concentration of black runs, and some don’t miss pistes include Suisses off of Aguille du Fruit chairlift, and Grand Couloir from the top of Saulire. La Trania’s Col De La Loze chairlift also provides access to a memorable black, Dou du Lanches. In fact the Col De La Loze offers some of the best Courchevel off-piste terrain. And if you’re in the Courchevel 1650 a run on Chanrossa’s famed moguls is in order.

The larger Trois Vallees ski area offers off-piste and backcountry enthusiasts a slew of options, ask a Mountain Vacation Specialists about the best tour operators. Courchevel is an ideal area to base a Trois Vallees off-piste ski vacation out of, as 1850’s Biolay chairlift accesses the Avalanche Camp, a beacon park where you can test your device and practice backcountry rescue skills.

To learn more about Courchevel expert skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Courchevel Family Ski Vacation

Families have a wide variety of convenient lodging and picture perfect terrain, especially at Coucehvel 1650 ski area. Parents can rest assured that their little ones are safe when riding the lifts thanks to a new “Magnestick” system, which secures children to the lifts.

Everyone in your gang can enjoy the Family Park in the Verdons ski area, which offers progressive features so kids and those looking to advance their freestyle skills can do so in a fun, safe manner.

To learn more about Courchevel family ski vacations call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Courchevel Intermediate Skiing

With nearly 70 percent of the terrain designated as intermediate to advanced intermediate and reliable snow conditions and noteworthy grooming capabilities, intermediate skiers will revel in all of Courchevel’s famed and blue and red runs. More advanced intermediates will particularly love the Courchevel 1850 skiing, and most exclusively, the several “don’t-miss” red runs off the top off the Vizelle and Saulire lifts. Less experienced intermediates will likely prefer to spend most of their time in Courchevel 1650, since the area provides higher elevation skiing, i.e. the best snow conditions. The entire 1650 area features blue and red trails only, too, making it a great area of intermediates to progress their skills.

To learn more about Courchevel intermediate skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Courchevel Lodging

Courchevel lodging options certainly cater to a well-heeled crowd, but there are options for families and those on a budget looking to experience Courchevel’s renowned skiing. Here’s Ski.com’s top Courchevel lodging picks. To learn more about these properties, call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Penny-pinchers can make a Courchevel ski vacation a reality thanks to three-star Hotel Le New Solarium. The affordable hotel is situated adjacent to the Courchevel 1850 slopes in the heart of the Jardin Alpin, and affords guests a million dollar view of the valley. Featuring 70 rooms, all equipped with safes, hairdryers and satellite TV and deluxe amenities like a pool, sauna, front desk reception and concierge services, you’ll easily forget you’re at a three-star hotel.

A five-star, luxury experience that caters to families, The Annapaurna hotel provides spacious units, ideal for large families. The whole family will appreciate the hotel’s exceptional pool and hot tub, as well as the three play rooms featuring Playstation, foosball and ping pong.

To learn more about Courchevel lodging call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Courchevel Luxury Ski Vacation

If high-end pursuits are at the top of your next mountain getaway, Courchevel is a favorite for European luxury ski vacations. Designer shopping, upscale boutiques, fine dining establishments and most importantly, a multitude of four- and five- star accommodations provide an indulgent experience that few resorts can offer. Whether you prefer the convenience of a well-located ski in, ski out condo or lodge, or a world-class full-service spa after a full day on the slopes to relax and rejuvenate in, the Courchevel luxury lodging options will certainly meet and surpass your expectations.

Courchevel Luxury Lodging

The beauty of Courchevel’s luxury lodging options is that they’re all five-star, they all offer exclusive mountain views and they’re all ski in, ski out accommodations. So you really can’t go wrong. Here’s the run-down of the best of the best. To learn more about these Courchevel luxury lodging options, call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Five-star Hotel Les Grandes Alpes is ideally located a minute’s walk to ski school. This ski in, ski out hotel offers guests a beautifully appointed lounge and bar, which services up world-class wines and vintage champagnes.
For a luxurious kid-friendly atmosphere, The Annapurna is it. This five-star, luxury hotel provides spacious units, ideal for families, and the only heated outdoor swimming pool of the resort. The Annapurna also offers three play rooms featuring Playstation, foosball, ping pong and a children’s playground. 
The Hotel Kilimandjaro affords five-star, chalet-style rooms with modern, Alpine decor. Plus every room has a boot dryer. Nothing is more luxurious—and critical—than warm, dry feet when you’re skiing.

To learn more about a Courchevel luxury ski vacation call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Courchevel Nightlife

No matter which village you stay in, you’re guaranteed a good taste of the lively Courchevel nightlife. If you’re staying in the 1650 area, there’s a nice concentration of Courchevel bars. Schuss is a great place to catch a sunset with a cocktail in hand, or if you’re looking to mingle with Courchevel locals head to the Boulotte or the Bubble. If your ski vacation is based out of Courchevel 1850 you have varied late night options which include piano bars, discos, nightclubs, laidback lounges and a karaoke bar. The 1550 Courchevel nightlife has a couple great options, too.

To learn more about Courchevel Nightlife call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

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