How to get there
Courchevel is an extremely popular ski resort with skiers and snowboarders from Britain. It is the biggest ski resort in the Trois Vallées region, which is situated in the Savoy province of France. Courchevel is the name given to a group of small, individual resorts, the largest and most famous of which is Courchevel 1850.
The easiest way to reach the resort from the UK is via a combination of air travel and public transport. Most visitors choose to fly to the international airport located in Geneva, which is well-served by cheap flights departing from airports across the UK. EasyJet, for example, offers services from London Luton and London Gatwick. Geneva is approximately 150 kilometres away from Courchevel. You could also try looking for cheap flights to the airport located in Lyon, which is just 180 kilometres away from the resort.
If you would prefer to take the train to the resort, you can catch the Eurostar service, which travels between London and Moutiers. Courchevel is located approximately 20 kilometres away from the train station at Moutiers. There are numerous buses available to transport you to the resort, or you can always take a taxi.
Some visitors to Courchevel choose to drive the entire distance between the UK and the resort. Courchevel is just over 900 kilometres away from Calais, whilst Le Havre (accessible via Portsmouth) is approximately 830 kilometres away from the resort. If you do decide to drive, make sure that your snow chains are in good condition and always have an alternative route in mind. Furthermore, leave plenty of time to complete your journey and take numerous breaks.
Who the resort caters for
Courchevel boasts services and facilities which will keep skiers and snowboarders of all abilities happy. Beginners can take advantage of the special “ZEN” area, as well as the fun zones, which offer a gentle but exciting introduction to skiing. As well as this, there are numerous gentle slopes which are great for perfecting ski turns. There are also a wide range of extremely challenging runs suitable for skiers of the highest standard.
Children are well-catered for at the resort, with a designated piste allowing kids to ski around a special treasure trail. Numerous ski schools provide lessons for beginners and young children. Snowboarders will be kept extremely happy at Courchevel as there is a large snow park which includes various rails and boxes.
For those who need a quick break from the ski slopes, there is plenty on offer to provide amusement. The resort boasts an Olympic ice rink which was constructed for the 1992 Winter Games. The ice rink is open to the public every day during the afternoon, and evening events are also on offer between Wednesdays and Fridays. The resort also has a 2 kilometre tobogganing run which boasts an incline of 15%.
The resort has numerous lively bars, including Bar Le Jump and Bar Le White, which are always popular with British visitors. Both bars are located in the centre of Courchevel 1850. There are also several nightclubs and a couple of popular piano bars, which are great for those seeking a calmer atmosphere following a long day on the slopes. The resort’s lively nightlife makes it suitable for younger visitors and groups of friends. However, Courchevel is extremely child-friendly, making it the perfect option for anyone looking for a reliable winter break destination.
What accommodation the resort offers
The resort boasts accommodation of an extremely high standard. If you want to stay in a hotel, you should check the availability of the Hotel L’Olympic. This hotel offers 28 rooms and is conveniently located close to the ski lifts. The bedrooms are comfortably furnished and rates are very reasonable.
If you would prefer the independence offered by renting a chalet, try the 3 Soeurs. This chalet offers four bedrooms on the ground floor and a luxurious master bedroom on the first floor. The living area is fantastic for families and there is a ski locker and a machine capable of drying ski boots.
There are 11 black runs (suitable for expert skiers), 36 red runs (suitable for intermediate skiers), 29 blue runs (suitable for beginners) and 26 green runs (suitable for those learning to ski). The correct ski pass will allow you to access the ski areas of La Tania, Les Menuires, Meribel, Saint Martin de Belleville and Val Thorens. Reliable lifts transport approximately 68,000 skiers per hour up the mountains. The resort also makes use of 485 snow cannons, which generate artificial snow to supplement the natural snow.
- Downhill Pistes: 150 km
- Cross Country Trails: 120 km
- Number of Ski Lifts: 67
- Maximum Vertical: 1,440 m
- Highest Lift: 2,740 m
- Altitude of Resort: 1,300 m
- Lowest Piste: 1,300 m