Courchevel Valley - The Resorts
Courchevel Valley Overview
Courchevel is one of the most exclusive and prestigious ski resorts in the world. Courchevel offers 150 kilometres of alpine ski runs served by 58 lifts enabling you to make the most of your days on the slopes. It caters for all levels of skier and has a wide range of skiing from steep couloirs to wide, open pistes. Many consider the Courchevel Valley to have the widest range of skiing of the 3 Valleys in Les Trois Vallees.
Courchevel Valley is divided into 4 different villages which are all linked by lifts, pistes and a road which winds its way up from Courchevel Le Praz (formerly 1300), through Courchevel Moriond (formerly 1650) to the highest resort which is now simply known as Courchevel (formerly 1850), bypassing Courchevel Village (formerly 1550) on the way.
All resort villages are linked by an efficient and frequent free bus service, pistes and ski lifts, and enjoy pretty woodland settings.
Courchevel 1850, Courchevel
This resort has become one of the world’s most popular winter party destination, hosting a glamorous nightlife scene, streets of designer shops, and 6 Michelin Star Restaurants, ultimately attracting the rich and famous from around the world. 1850 is ideal for those who want to be in the heart of the action, with immediate access to some of the best skiing in the world as well as the best hotels, shops, bars and restaurants.
Courchevel 1850 Ski Holiday Accommodation Overview
Courchevel 1850 has a vast range of accommodation options from jaw-dropping 5 star luxury hotels and chalets, to older style studio apartments. There is a large amount of both ski in ski out and centre of town accommodation, there really is something for everyone here but it is more expensive than your average resort.
Courchevel 1650, Moriond
This resort offers a great mix of the local residents, ski workers and holidaymakers which give it a vibrant and friendly atmosphere. It is ideally suited for families and groups of all ages as it is less expensive than Courchevel 1850. The resort has lots of family friendly restaurants, lively bars and trendy ski/board shops and offers good access to the main ski areas of the Courchevel Valley.
Courchevel 1650 Ski Holiday Accommodation Overview
Courchevel 1650 has lots of great ski in ski out self catering apartments, as well as some very nice chalets. There are a number of larger apartment complexes many of which have been recently refurbished such as the Grand Sud complex. Most apartments have heated rooms containing ski & boot lockers, and many have balconies on both sides offering tremendous views up and down the valley, the L'Ariondaz Apartment complex being a great example of this.
Courchevel 1550, Village
Courchevel 1550 offers a relaxed and friendly atmosphere created by a great mix of the local residents, ski workers and holidaymakers. It is perfect for family groups and dedicated skiers as it is quieter and less expensive than Courchevel 1850 or 1650 and hosts a number of restaurants and bars. 1550 provides great access to the Courchevel Valley, and beyond, via a télécabine to the centre of Courchevel 1850 that runs into the evening.
Courchevel 1550 Ski Holiday Accommodation Overview
A lot of the chalet accommodation is Ski in Ski out and a reasonable amount is also self-catered. The chalets vary in age and condition but a reasonable percentage are new or newly refurbished and some are of a very high standard.
Courchevel 1300, Le Praz
This is a small traditional French village located next to a small lake, Le Praz has retained most of its old buildings, character and charm and with narrow lane ways and beautiful houses, it is one of the prettiest settlements in the Courchevel Valley. Le Praz is home to a number of fine restaurants and its elegant charm means it is ideally suited for those who would like to stay in a traditional French village. The resort is linked to the main ski areas by 2 télécabines with one going directly to Courchevel 1850.
Courchevel 1300 Ski Holiday Accommodation Overview
Despite the fact that Le Praz is a rather small village there is a good range of holiday accommodation here There is a high number of catered chalet accommodation, and while there are only a few self-catered chalets there is a good range of privately owned self-catered apartments.
Courchevel 1400, La Tania
This resort was purpose built in 1992 for the Winter Olympics and although its more obvious large apartment buildings have a more modern appearance than the other more traditional resort villages in the Courchevel Valley, it’s unassuming and relaxed vibe, price and ski in ski out characteristics makes it a popular destination. It has a quiet, family friendly atmosphere and a range of slopes to suit all abilities.
Courchevel 1400 Ski Holiday Accommodation Overview
La Tania has a high percentage of ski in ski out, or a short walk to it, holiday accommodation. Catered Chalets operated by English tour operators probably out number the amount of self catering apartments and then in the minority are self-catered chalet rentals. Hidden in the trees are a surprising number of timber chalets all built in the last 10 years or so.