Snowy Shenanigans in Courchevel: Guide of Resort
600 km from the skiable domain at Three Valleys makes it a world-class and unique ski destination. With pistes for skiers of all abilities, fantastic snow conditions, well-connected ski areas and assorted slopes, Three Valleys has something for everyone. And if there is one resort that exemplifies all these qualities, it is Courchevel. Famous for having the most diverse skis in Three Valleys, some of the best snow and fantastic and catered self-service ski lodges, Courchevel is the perfect resort for activities both on and off the runway. Snowy Shenanigans in Courchevel: Guide of Resort
Also known as Le Praz, this village is the lowest in altitude in Courchevel. It is also the oldest – with its many rural buildings dating from the nineteenth century. Traditional, quiet and friendly, it offers beautiful views of the trees when the snow is nice. But you have to spend some time in good conditions – when the warm weather comes, you run the risk of snow and slopes that rarely scatter with rocks. On the other hand, this village is perfect for those who want a peaceful traditional break in true mountain communities. Staying in 1300 can also be a cheaper way to access a higher resort.
This is the satellite village for Courchevel 1850, which is above it. The two elevators provide easy access to the higher city, but do not worry stuck – the way back is a gentle blues. For a serious nightlife, you have to travel to the valley until 1850, because this is a quiet place. However, for those looking for access to all that 1850 has to offer at a much better price, the 1550 is the ideal choice.
Arguably the best choice of all the villages in this resort, 1650 is popular because of its fantastic skiing, relatively reasonable prices and a wide array of après activities. Divided by a path that leads up the mountain, this village offers apartment blocks on one side and self-catering and catered ski huts on the other. Just above the village, there is a slope stretch that is easy for beginners to find their feet. For the more experienced skiers, there are many challenges in the winding red and blue that lead out of the Signal chair.
Famous for its opulence and luxury, the 1850’s are where the rich and famous in the world come to ski. To make it happen, this small part of the resort offers nine 5 star hotels … What’s more, the promise of skiing does not disappoint. At the highest altitude, the 1850 offers the best access to all the other villages, as well as the neighboring valley of Méribel. There is a wide zone just above the village specially reserved for beginners, while climbing the mountain you will find some serious red and black trails. Only the most experienced skiers should try the black running Grand Couloir – labeled ‘vertical’ on the runway map for a reason …
Make Your Choice
Whichever village you choose, all have the added benefit of offering fantastic accommodation options, such as self-catered and catered ski cottages. With your accommodation sorted and all snow but guaranteed a good deal, the scenery is set for a perfect winter break.
Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service that has helped avid skiers in their perfect winter break for more than a quarter of a century. If you are looking for the best catering accommodation in Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley, Ski Amis is a go-to company for winter sports enthusiasts looking for a lifelong holiday. Snowy Shenanigans in Courchevel: Guide of Resort