Courchevel Ski Resort

Courchevel is the glamorous face of the 3 Valleys, where celebrities go to be seen and the Paris jet-set fly in on their private planes. But it's not all glitz and bling. There is also excellent skiing to suit all standards, and the lower Courchevel villages are actually quite affordable.

Courchevel has the most varied skiing in the 3 Valleys. It has superb off-piste, wonderful tree-lined runs, a good range of terrain for all levels, and a state-of-the-art lift system. Around 60% of Courchevel's pistes are groomed every day and mosts are north-facing so excellent snow conditions are the norm throughout the season.

Given what is on offer in its own valley, it's not surprising that many visitors to Courchevel rarely venture over the ridge to Meribel to explore the rest off the Three Valleys. But that's a pity, because there is no other connected ski area in the world that can match it for size. And whilst Courchevel might have something for everyone, the Three Valleys as a whole has a lot more.

There are six resort bases in the Courchevel valley. Courchevel 1850, now sometimes simply called 'Courchevel', carries the most allure, and has the quickest access to the best slopes and the rest of the 3 Valleys. It's also the most expensive place to stay, eat and drink in. Although it's a purpose-built, high-altitude resort, and no great beauty, it mostly escaped the architectural horrors inflicted on other ski resorts of its era. And somehow, it's retained its veneer of Parisian chic, even though half its visitors come from abroad.

The lower, quieter, more family-friendly, Courchevel villages are more affordable. Courchevel-Moriond, formerly known as Courchevel 1650, has an attractive centre and is in a nice setting, but it can feel a bit out on a limb because its own uncrowded slopes are separated from the rest of the Courchevel by a ravine that can only be crossed in a few places. Courchevel-Village (Courchevel 1550) is the closest to Courchevel 1850 and is in its shadow, sometimes literally and always metaphorically; it has its own lifts but they only go to Courchevel 1850. The pretty old mountain village of Courchevel-Le Praz (Courchevel 1300) has its own identity and its own area of treelined runs which it shares with with La Tania, which is regarded by most people as a separate resort. Finally at the bottom of the valley is the village of Saint Bon at 1100m. If there is good snow cover, a solitary piste runs down to it, but there is no lift back up, so people who stay here commute to the other villages to ski. 

Ski & Snowboard hire in Courchevel

All the Courchevel villages have a good choice of equipment rental shops. Those staying in 1850 can save a bit of money by nipping down to Courchevel 1550/Village where the prices tend to be lower. But the shops in all the villages seldom give significant discounts if you simply walk into them. 

SKISET will give discounts of up to 50% if you book online in advance and has outlets in Courchevel 1850, Courchevel Moriond (1650), Courchevel Village (1550), and Courchevel Le Praz (1300). also works with shops in all the Courchevel villages and can secure discounts of up to 60% if you book online in advance here.

Courchevel Pros & Cons

+ A large local ski area with runs for all
+ North-facing, snow-sure slopes
+ Part of the world's largest lift-linked ski area
+ Plenty of accommodation near lifts and pistes
+ Good tree cover, especially around Le Praz
+ A choice of villages fitting all budgets

- Courchevel 1850 is too expensive
- Le Praz is too low to have consistently good snow
- Courchevel 1550 feels like a dormitory suburb
- Courchevel 1650 is rather isolated

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Courchevel Statistics

  • CountryFrance
  • RegionThe Three Valleys
  • Base1,300 metres
  • Peak2,738 metres
  • Vertical1,438 metres
  • Beginner59 %
  • Intermediate33 %
  • Advanced8 %
  • Longest Trail5 km
  • Total Lifts20 
  • Cable Cars
  • Gondolas10 
  • Surface Lifts32 

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Where to stay in Courchevel?

  • Alpes Hotel du Pralong Courchevel

    Alpes Hôtel du Pralong

    The 5-star deluxe Alpes Hotel du Pralong is set on the slopes above Courchevel 1850. This luxurious hotel provides easy access to skiing the 3 valleys.

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  • Hotel La Sivolière Courchevel

    Hôtel La Sivolière

    The 5-star Hotel la Sivolier is less than a 5 minutes walk from central Courchevel 1850. It blends classic and modern, offering luxury accommodation. 

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  • Le Saint Joseph Courchevel

    Le Saint Joseph

    The 5-star Le Saint Joseph is in the centre of Courchevel 1850. With easy access to the ski slopes this luxurious hotel offers two restaurants.

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  • Hotel Manali Courchevel

    Hotel Manali

    The 5-star hotel Hotel Manali is in Courchevel 1650 resort. This impressive chalet property offers direct ski access, fine cuisine and lively bar and lounge area.

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  • Hotel Le Kilimandjaro Courchevel

    Hotel Le Kilimandjaro

    The prestigious 5-star Hotel le Kilimandjaro is situated above Courchevel 1850. This hotel offers luxurious accommodation with a 2-star Michelin restaurant and direct ski-in/ski-out access.

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  • Le Strato Courchevel

    Le Strato

    5-star Le Strato is an elegant hotel in Courchevel 1850. With direct ski-in/ski-out access, this luxurious hotel offers Mediterranean cuisine and upscale spa facilities.

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  • Grandes Alpes Private Hotel & Spa Courchevel

    Grandes Alpes Private Hotel & Spa

    5-star Grandes Alpes Private Hotel & Spa is situated in the centre of Courchevel 1850. This luxury chalet offers Japenese cuisine and direct ski access. 

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  • Hôtel des Trois Vallées Courchevel

    Hôtel des Trois Vallées

    4-star Hotel des Trois Vallees is in the centre of the prestigious Courchevel 1850 resort.  Offering guests charming luxurious accommodation with direct ski-in/ski-out access. 

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  • Hotel Le Chabichou Courchevel

    Hotel Le Chabichou

    4-star Hotel le Chabichou is a luxury hotel just above Courchevel 1850. With ski-in/ski-out and just 200 metres from the lifts, it offers 2-star Michelin dining. 

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  • Les Chalets du Forum

    Les Chalets du Forum

    4-star Pierre and Vacances Premium les Chalets du Forum is an apartment complex in Courchevel 1850. With ski-in/ski-out access these apartments have fully equipped kitchenettes. 

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  • Hotel de la Loze Courchevel

    Hôtel de la Loze

    The 3-star Hotel de la Loze is nestled near the hub of Courchevel 1850. Offering traditional alpine accommodation, only 70 metres from the main ski lifts.

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  • Les Peupliers Le Praz Courchevel

    Les Peupliers Le Praz

    The 3-star Les Peupliers is in the centre of Courchevel Le Praz. Charming property offering guests easy access to the slopes and a choice of restaurants.

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  • Hotel New Solarium Courchevel

    Hôtel New Solarium

    The attractive 3-star Hotel New Solarium is located in the Jardin Alpin area above Courchevel 1850, with instant access to the lifts and ski slopes.

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  • Hotel Les Ancolies Courchevel

    Hôtel Les Ancolies

    3-star Hotel les Ancolies is a family-run hotel in Courchevel 1550. Only 80 metres from the lifts, this cosy alpine hotel offers direct ski access. 

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  • Hotel de la Croisette Courchevel

    Hôtel de la Croisette

    The 3-star Hotel de la Croisette is a perfectly located hotel in the centre of Courchevel 1850, offering guests direct ski access and delicious in-house cuisine. 

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  • Les 3 Chalets Courchevel

    Les 3 Chalets

    Les 3 chalets are a luxurious chalet complex in Courchevel 1550. These self catered chalets with fully equipped kitchens offer easy access to the ski slopes. 

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  • Chalets Kandahar Courchevel

    Chalets Kandahar

    Chalets Kandahar is a luxurious chalet near the centre of Courchevel 1550. Made up of two chalets providing fully equipped kitchens and direct ski access. 

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