The Best Areas in Courchevel
Courchevel is possibly the most famous part of the Three Valley ski area. Offering fantastic skiing & snowboarding for all levels of ability and a huge range of non-skiing activities too, Courchevel is perfect for groups of families and friends alike. Not only that, thanks to the expansive lift system in place throughout the Three Valleys, it still has fantasic access to the whole of the World's largest ski resort.
This resort has become one of the world’s most popular winter destinations, home to a glamorous nightlife scene, streets of designer shops, and 6 Michelin Star Restaurants. This vibrant town is originally what gave Courchevel its international repute.
Courchevel 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. It is only two lifts to get to the Saulire summit, which takes you directly to the Meribel Valley. It also offers some great nursery slopes for beginners.
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, but it is more expensive than your average resort.
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Courchevel 1650 (Courchevel Moriond)
Courchevel 1650 is the resort with something for everyone; great for families and young people alike, and offering something for skiers of all abilities. Its town centre offers everything you could need, from lively bars, to supermarkets, and great restaurants.
Since its on the outskirts of the valley, the slopes are often quieter with less traffic going through. So, you can enjoy the rolling pistes at your own pace. Courchevel 1650 is also famous for its backcountry skiing, meaning it offers great skiing for all abilities.
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 or Keystone Lodge complex.
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Courchevel 1550 (Courchevel Village)
Courchevel 1550 has a quaint village feel to it, being further down the mountain. It’s perfect for families, offering a relaxed feel with great value chalets, away from the hustle and bustle of the centre. Despite being further away, it is well connected to the other valleys, by a gondola straight to 1850, or a bus service to the other villages within Courchevel.
A lot of the chalet accommodation is ski in ski out and there are a lot of great self-catered options too. Since its slightly further down the mountain, you can get larger accommodation for much better value. There is a great range of chalets in 1550 to suit all needs and budgets.
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Courchevel La Tania (Courchevel 1400)
This resort was purpose built in 1992 for the Winter Olympics, and has since become a very popular resort destination. Courchevel La Tania offers some of the best skiing in itself, and also great access to other resorts, both Courchevel and Meribel. It offers amazing access to these valleys but for much better value, if you’re looking to make the most of your skiing time. Its town centre, whilst small, has a great buzz to it. Whilst being family friendly, it’s certainly not lifeless.
Its purpose-built nature means it offers a great range newly-built, ski-in, ski-out accommodation. There are numerous self-catered apartment blocks. Hidden in the trees are a surprising number of timber chalets all built in recent years.
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Courchevel Le Praz (Courchevel 1300)
This is a small traditional French village located next to a small lake. It has a traditional apline feel, with plenty of wooden chalets, and real charm. Le Praz feels like more of a community, with great restaurants, shops, and bars available, and giving it its own buzz. It’s well connected to 1850 by one telecabine, and also to Meribel.
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. Since its lower down in the Valley, it offers better value for money.
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