Courchevel Resort Guide

Skiiers at top of piste. Skiiers at top of piste.
Mountain view. Mountain view.
Buildings and ski tracks off piste. Buildings and ski tracks off piste.
Courchevel, gondola. Courchevel, gondola.

Ski your socks off...

Courchevel is without doubt one of the most perfectly positioned resorts in the world. With its incredible panorama of gentle, long and beautifully groomed runs to help skiers build up their style, the layout gives just as much enjoyment to the first week beginner as to the veteran off-piste skier. The resort is especially well suited to intermediates and beginners and is perfect for those who want to learn to ski in style. Intermediates will really boost their confidence on the slopes while advanced skiers will be challenged and entertained with the powder fields of Mont Vallon and the couloirs at the top of the Saulire cable car.

Heading out of 1850

The central Croisette lifts in 1850 open up the whole Courchevel valley; options include heading to the Signal and Roc Merlet down to Moriond (1650), staying above Courchevel and skiing or boarding the many runs leading back to 1850 or further below to 1550. Alternatively, take Chenus or Loze lifts for runs down to Le Praz, La Tania or even over to Méribel Centre or Village. There are a few free lifts in Courchevel 1850 for beginners to enjoy.

Those wanting to head straight for the Trois Vallées circuit from 1850 simply take Verdons gondola followed by Vizelle gondola or the Saulire cable car to the top opening up runs leading to Méribel Valley. 

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Ski highlights

3 valley ski area

Méribel & Mottaret

Méribel is central to the Trois Vallées ski area with approximately 150km of runs. One of the major gateways to Méribel valley is from the top of the Saulire; a choice of run and blue runs connect you to Méribel centre and Mottaret. From Méribel centre head up to Tougnette for more red and blue runs and the descent to Les Menuires and Saint Martin de Belleville or take Roc de Fer to ski 'Face' the Ladies 1992 Olympic run. 

Mottaret is part of the Méribel valley with some nice blue and red runs; head up to Mont du Vallon at 2952m and choose one of two superb long reds. From Mottaret village take the Plattieres gondola up to the peak '3 Marches' and either head over to Saint Martin de Belleville or Les Menuires alternatively ski to the Côte Brune chair for Val Thorens and Les Menuires.

Les Menuires

Perfectly positioned between Méribel valley and Val Thorens, the majority of the skiing takes place on the west-facing mountainside towards Saint Martin de Belleville with a vast amount of blue and a few red cruising runs. Across the valley on La Masse there are some super cruising red runs from the top of Masse 2 into blue runs from Masse 1. For off-piste fanatics the back of La Masse the Vallon du Lou offers some wide, sweeping, not too steep off-piste.

Val Thorens

The highest resort in Trois Vallées and in Europe at 2300m. Gentle, wide blue runs from the top of the Côte Brune chair take you to the centre of Val Thorens. From here the options are numerous; head to the Peclet Glacier for cruising red runs, up the Moraine chair for wide blues, from Grand Fond cable car up to the quiet slopes towards Orelle - Peyron and Bouchet chair lifts take you to the summit of the 3 Vallées at 3230m for spectacular views and the long red runs down.

Insider tips

What our staff say

Best morning runs Creux from the top of the Saulire lift
Best afternoon runs Anywhere in the sunshine above Mottaret
Off-piste days Look for snow around Chaplettes in 1650
Snowboarding Jockeys from the top of the La Tania bubble lift
Best route to Méribel Pic Bleu from the top of Loze
Avoid Combe de Saulire at the end of the day

Mountain facts

Mountain facts

Season Runs from early December until early May
Location South East French region of Savoie in the Western Alps, close to the Italian borders
Resort ski area Extensive ski area, part of the Trois Vallée and linked to Méribel Valley, Les Menuires and Val Thorens
Resort altitude 1850m
Ski altitude 1300 - 3230m
Pistes 615km
Cross country skiing 152km
Snowboard parks 2
Half pipes 2
Number of runs 52 easy, 206 intermediate & 37 difficult
Lifts 62 chair, 95 drag & 40 cable car
Resort bus Connecting Courchevel 1850, Moriond 1650, Village 1550 and La Praz 1300 from 7am to 1.30am every 30 minutes

Suitability

Suitability for skiers and snowboarders

Resort suitability All skiers & boarders. Great for families, adults and groups
Beginners There are 3 lifts in the Croisette area free of charge; Cospillot, Bellecôte and Etoiles. Once beginners have mastered the basics the mid section around Biollay and Bellecôte are the perfect place to practice new skills
Intermediates Huge variety of blue and red cruising runs, forests and reasonably high alpine terrain. Quick lifts link to Méribel valley, ideal for mileage hungry skiers. One week just isn't enough to cover this vast ski area
Advanced Enough steep terrain and off-piste areas to keep advanced skiers entertained. Most blacks are rather tame unless left to form bumps. Look out for Grand Couloir, M, Suisses and Combe Pylones all above 1850; Jockeys and Jean Blanc lead to Le Praz or Chanrossa and the big mogul field under the chair to Moriond
Snowboarders Superb for free riders, they'll love the 600km of terrain & off-piste. Freestylers can find some natural hits. The Family Park between Verdons and Biollay has a variety of jumps, rails and tables. Alternatively, two smaller parks - Fun Park and the Stop Zone can be found over towards Moriond 1650

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