Courchevel (3 Valleys) 

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Courchevel ski resort

Courchevel is nestled in the heart of the French Alps, in the upper part of the Tarentaise Valley.

The ski resort has 6 pretty villages which gradually appear as you round each corner of a pretty zig-zag mountain road, surrounded by forests and breath-taking views.

The 6 villages are connected by ski lifts or free shuttle buses and form a single ski-in / ski-out resort.

The quest for excellence and minute attention to detail echoes throughout like a repeated refrain. Let yourself give in to temptation and soak up the resort’s many different atmospheres until you find the one that suits you best.

Season

December 12, 2020 – April 25, 2021

Ski area

Courchevel has 150 kilometres of trails, including 19 green runs, 35 blue, 34 red and 8 black.

It’s part of the Three Valleys ski domain, which stretches for 600 kilometres from the Mont Blanc massif in the north to Les Ecrins massif in the south.

There’s also a terrain park with rails, jumps, moguls, boarder-crosses and a children’s toboggan slope.

Accommodation

Courchevel has 45 hotels catering to all budgets, including three highly prestigious six-star hotels in its tree-lined Jardin Alpin area, known as ‘palaces’. It is the only ski resort in France to have hotels with the palace ranking.

It also has a large selection of self-catered and catered chalets and apartments, from standard to deluxe.

Non-ski Activities

Courchevel is known for its fine dining, with no less than 6 Michelin-star restaurants! This is more than any other ski resort in the world.

It’s also home to more than 160 boutique shops, including luxury stores Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Valentino, Prada, Cartier, Fendi, Dior and Chanel.

6 Villages

  • Courchevel Saint-Bon (1100) – The birthplace of Courchevel
  • Courchevel Le Praz (1300) – Discreet charm
  • Courchevel La Tania (1400) – Nestling at the heart of the forest
  • Courchevel Village (1550) – Family spirit
  • Courchevel Moriond (1650) – Sunshine and après-ski
  • Courchevel (1850) – Exceptional
Resort altitude1,100 – 1,900m
Linked ski area

The 3 Valleys (7 resorts)

Courchevel, Bride-les-Bains, Meribel, Les Menuires,

St Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens, Orelle

Skiable area

600 km
327 runs (17% greens, 39% blues, 33% reds, 11% blacks)

Number of lifts166

Chalet Makalu
|Courchevel

5 Bedroom - sleeps 10. The chalet Makalu is without doubt the most authentic and warmest of all. You are surrounded by a cossetted atmosphere with an unequalled, uninterrupted view over the mountains and the valley. The luxury chalet Makalu has an area of 270 square meters and can accommodate up to 10 people, 8 adults and 2 children. Each

Hotel Le K2 Djola
|Courchevel

Hotel Le K2 Djola. Hospitality is a mantra for K2 Collections, and this hotel has it in spades. Nestled in the centre of Courchevel 1850, the beating heart of a bustling resort, Le K2 Djola has truly overhauled the concept of a “city hotel”. Facing the largest ski resort in the world, it offers the unique style of mountain hospitality.

Chalet Shemshack Lodge
|Courchevel

5 Bedroom - sleeps 8 Adults + 5 Children. Chalet Shemshak Lodge is a stunning luxury chalet situated in an enviable position directly on the piste in Courchevel 1850. The chalet has been built to the standards expected in this world-class resort. Shemshak sleeps 8 adults in 4 en-suite bedrooms and up to 2 adults and 3 children in an

Hotel La Sivoliere
|Courchevel

Hotel La Sivoliere. Nestled amongst the fir trees, Courchevel’s most discreet location continues in it’s quest for “well-being” during the 2020-21 season. Built in pure Savoyard tradition, the chalet of wood and stone is nestled between snow and trees. A wonderful way to reset your soul in a dream setting where every detail has been considered for your contentment only.

Hotel Le Lana
|Courchevel

Hotel Le Lana. Since its creation in 1958, the hotel Le Lana has only had one ambition: transform your stay into a delicious moment at the heart of the resort of Courchevel. To do so, our convivial and caring team is ready to listen to you to meet all the requests you may have.

Hotel Le Chabichou
|Courchevel

Hotel le Chabichou. Family owned property since 1963. At the heart of Courchevel 1850 and at the foot of the slopes stand two white wooden chalets… Le Chabichou***** Relais & Châteaux. A family hotel offering a warm welcome and personalized service.

Hotel Le Portetta
|Courchevel

Hotel Le Portetta. In the best position at the foot of the slopes of Courchevel 1650, the ski in/out Portetta Hotel is still as relaxed and family friendly as ever.Enjoy Fire & Ice the best sun terrace, best lobby lounge and bar, the best restaurant and sleep in the best rooms and lofts.

Hotel Annapurna
|Courchevel

Hotel Annapurna. Since it was built in 1974 by the family Pinturault, still owner and director nowadays, the Annapurna hotel has kept a privileged relationship with its guests and an enviable position in the resort of Courchevel.

Les Suites de la Potiniere
|Courchevel

Hotel Les Suites de la Potinière. Ideally located at the heart of the village, at the bottom of the ski slopes and facing the Croisette, discover the warmth of our 15 Suites of contemporary inspiration, the exceptional Penthouse, the Lounge Bar Restaurant and the Spa Biologique Recherche with its innovative and organic products. The broad range of services offered will

Chalet White
|Courchevel

5 Bedroom - sleeps 10. Chalet White is an amazing independant chalet at 270m², situated in the heart of Courchevel Le Praz across from the lifts. 100m from the slopes and direct lift to Courchevel 1850, direct closing chair lift on the 3 Valleys are and a complimentary ski learning are/lift. Facing the lake and Olympic Games Ski Jump, the White Chalet

Chalet Or Blanc
|Courchevel

5 Bedroom - sleeps 10. Chalet Or Blanc is a luxury chalet for rent in Courchevel village. It can accommodate up to 10 people in an area of 270 square meters. Its ‘look’ and its cool accessories give it a unique style while keeping the authenticity of a chalet designed with noble old wood from ancient Alpine barns.

Hotel Le K2 Altitude
|Courchevel

Hotel Le K2 Altitude. Le K2 Altitude (formerly the Kilimandjaro) is a luxury chalet-style hotel in a perfect ski-in ski-out location nestled alongside the Pralong slope in Courchevel 1850. This stylish hotel is decorated to a high standard with inspiration from the Himalayas.

Hotel Le K2 Palace
|Courchevel

Hotel Le K2 Palace. The 20 000 sqm of the luxury hotel Le K2 are composed of a main building with 29 rooms and suites connected with 5 prestigious chalets. The hotel Le K2 displays its harmonious lines with an architecture fully integrated in the landscape. This French Palace has a magnificent view over the valley, a ski-in/ski-out access and is

Hotel Barriere Les Neiges
|Courchevel

Hotel Barriere Les Neiges. Pale wood, white marble, silky fabrics and an open fire. The Hôtel Les Neiges perpetuates the warm authenticity of a mountain chalet showcased with elegant contemporary furniture.Guests have direct access to the ski slopes, ski room, the spa, pool and private cinema room throughout the day. Spend the morning on the ski slopes then indulge in

Chalet “M”
|Courchevel

5 Bedroom - sleeps 10. Chalet "M" is a luxury chalet for rent in Courchevel village. It can accommodate up to 10 people in an area of 270 square meters. Its ‘look’ and its cool accessories give it a unique style while keeping the authenticity of a chalet designed with noble old wood from ancient Alpine barns.

Les Chalets du Forum
|Courchevel

1 to 4 Bedroom apartments. Les Chalets du Forum. In the heart of Courchevel 1850 and close to the district of La Croisette and the shopping gallery in the Rue du Commerce, the Chalets du Forum put the resort’s entertainment and services within easy reach. The 4-star residence offers spacious and comfortable apartments, some of which are duplexes and is

Chalet Pearl
|Courchevel

7 Bedroom - sleeps 14. Chalet Pearl has an enviable combination where fantastic location meets jaw-dropping views. After undergoing a €1,000,000 renovation, the chalet offers some 800 square meters and is situated in the middle of the Nogentil area, in Belle Cote.

Chalet “S” 
|Courchevel

5 Bedroom - sleeps 10. Chalet S is a luxury chalet for rent in Courchevel village. It can accommodate up to 10 people in an area of 270 square meters. Its ‘look’ and its cool accessories give it a unique style while keeping the authenticity of a chalet designed with noble old wood from ancient Alpine barns.

Chalet Le Petit Chateau
|Courchevel

7 Bedroom - sleeps 14. Experience ultimate luxury in one of the world’s most iconic ski locations. Chalet Le Petit Château™ provides the perfect base from which to explore Courchevel 1850, the legendary skiers’ paradise. Located on the edge of Bellecote Piste, Le Petit Château™ is a rare ski-in, ski-out lodge, giving you the ability to ski from your front door

Chalet Le Petit Palais
|Courchevel

7 Bedroom - sleeps 14. Chalet Le Petit Palais™ is an exceptional ski-in, ski-out chalet, situated on the slopes of Bellecote Piste in Courchevel 1850 – the legendary skiers playground. With Le Petit Palais™ you get the ultimate in comfort, style and service, matched with a phenomenal vantage point from which to explore the world’s finest ski resort.

Residence Le Christiania
|Courchevel

1 to 2 Bedroom apartments. Residence Le Christiana is located in the heart of Courchevel La Tania, a car-free, family-friendly resort in the centre of the world’s largest ski area: The 3 Valleys. The ski-in, ski-out residence is just 2 minutes from the ski lift, and offers comfortable, fully-equipped apartments.The shops, entertainment and ski school are in the vicinity.

Approximate (private) transfer time to Courchevel from:

  • Moutiers train station (closest): 25min
  • Chambéry airport: 1hr15min
  • Geneva airport: 2hrs
  • Lyon airport: 2hrs 

Resorts altitude: 1,100m to 1,850m

The 3 Valleys ski area

Courchevel, Bride-les-Bains, Meribel, Les Menuires, St Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens, Orelle

The 3 Valleys Trail Map Large 3 1

Courchevel ski area

Courchevel Trail Map
What makes Courchevel ski resort unique?

The best and most luxurious hotels and chalets in the world are located in Courchevel, France.

Courchevel has arguably the best ski chalets on the planet, is home to 6-star “Palace” hotels and offers the most luxury 5-star hotels and Michelin starred restaurants than any other ski resort in Europe.

To top it off, Courchevel is situated in the largest linked ski area in the world – The 3 Valleys, with over 600km of runs.

If you are looking for the ultimate winter alpine chalet experience, look no further than Courchevel Ski Resort.

Who would love Courchevel ski resort the most?

Courchevel is most suited for families or groups of friends looking to catch up and spend quality time together in their own private chalets away from the crowds, whether it be self-catered or fully-catered complete with your own private butler and French chef (not for people on a small budget).

The exquisite luxury hotels of Courchevel with their ski-in ski-out quality designs, top-class service, restaurants, spas and facilities, and awe-inspiring views, equally appeal to romantic couples.

The ski resort itself consists of 6 unique but interconnected ski-in-ski-out villages, each with its own charm and appeal:

1) Saint-Bon – the birthplace of Courchevel
2) Courchevel Le Praz – discreet charm
3) Courchevel La Tania – nestled in the forest
4) Courchevel Village – family ambiance
5) Courchevel Moriond – sunshine and après-ski 
6) Courchevel 1850 – Exceptional all-round!

What is there to do for non-skiers in Courchevel?

Shopping lovers will take delight in all the high end boutiques on offer in Courchevel 1850 such as Hermès, Chanel, Prada, Dior, Moncler and Louis Vuitton just to name a few.

The non-skiing winter activities in Courchevel are endless and include:

Adventure Camp (inuit experience, ice diving, snowmobiling, dog sledding, theme evening dinner up in a refuge on the mountain etc);  Aquamotion (biggest and best water park in the French Alps incl indoor surfing infinity wave, spas, treatments, rock climbing, fitness classes); Bowling, Cinéma, Climbing, Dancing, Dog sledding, Fat Bike, Fitness, Flying, Hang-gliding, Helicopter, Hiking and Snowshoeing, Hot-air balloon, Ice climbing, Ice skating, Languages and other courses, Library, Paragliding, Private functions, Sightseeing, Skydiving, Snow cat driving, Snow-scooter, Snowmobile, Spas, Theme evenings, Tobogganing, Torchlit descent, Yoga.. and the list goes on!

How do we get to Courchevel?

Courchevel is a 2-hour drive by private transfer from either Lyon or Geneva Airport.
It’s a 25min drive from Moutiers train station, the closest train station in France to Courchevel.

A shared shuttle transfer from Geneva will take over 4hrs and will only drop you off at the village bus stop, not at your accommodation – not ideal if you are travelling with ski gear and luggage and don’t know your way around.

Top Snow Travel can also arrange helicopter or scenic flight transfers from all airports or other ski resort altiports in the region.

How long does the Courchevel ski season last?

Next winter, Courchevel Ski Resort is scheduled to open from December 5th 2020 to April 23rd 2021.

Which other ski resorts are part of The 3 Valleys ski area?

There are 7 ski resorts which are part of the 3 Valleys system which include: Courchevel, Meribel, Bride-les-Bains, Les Menuires, St Martin de Bellevile, Val Thorens and Orelle.

When is the best time to go skiing in Courchevel?

January 2nd to Feb 6th 2021 is the cheapest and best time to go (low season), followed by 6th March until mid-April 2021 (the shoulder season).

For Australians travelling to France to ski during our January summer holidays, we benefit from the cheaper rates on offer in the French ski resorts’ low season.  This happens to be when the French and Europeans go back to work and school after the 2 week Christmas and New Year holiday period.

Europeans and the Brits flock to the resorts through February into March (DO NOT TRAVEL from 6th Feb to 6th Mar 2021 as this is the French school holidays). The slopes are extremely busy, the queues at the lifts are long and the price for accommodation is very expensive during that time.  Even all the restaurants are booked out!

Typically, in January, the snow is dry with the largest build up. It is also the coldest time, so you will need to make sure that you dress warmly. It is still wise to choose a high-altitude resort in case mother nature has not been kind earlier in the season. Bear in mind though, that snow-making is used to supplement natural snowfall in high traffic areas.

So, not only is January the cheapest time to go skiing in the French Alps, it is also the best time to go thanks to the weather conditions, the lack of queues, more availability and choice of accommodation and you get to breathe fresh air with your loved ones, rather than with thousands of other people!