Courchevel Ski Resort

Courchevel is the glamorous face of the Three Valleys, where celebrities go to be seen and photographed 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 in the lower villages it's actually quite affordable.

Courchevel has the most varied skiing in the Three 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 carries the most allure, both in terms of altitude and star quality. It's also the most expensive place to stay, eat and drink in. Just stopping for a coffee can blow a hole in a normal skier's budget. Although you can tell it's a purpose-built, high altitude resort, it mostly escaped the architectural horrors that were inflicted on other ski resorts iof its era. And somehow, it's retained its veneer of Parisian chic, even though half its visitors come from abroad.

The lower, more family-friendly resorts of Courchevel 1650, 1550 and the pretty old mountain village of Le Praz (sometimes called Courchevel 1300) are much more affordable. Beyond Le Praz on the road to Meribel, is La Tania. 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 this, but there is no lift back up, so most people who stay here commute to the other villages by car each day.

Courchevel Pros & Cons

+ A large local ski area with runs to suit all standards

+ Mostly snow-sure North-facing slopes

+ Plenty of accommodation near lifts and pistes

+ Good tree cover, especially around Le Praz

+ An integrated part of the largest lift-connected ski area in the world

+ A choice of villages fitting all budgets


- Courchevel 1850 is too expensive

- Le Praz is too low to have good snow throughout the season

- Courchevel 1550 can feel like a dormitory suburb of 1850

- Courchevel 1650 is rather isolated from the main area


Courchevel Rating

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  • Beginners star rating
  • Ski Lift System star rating
  • Lift Queues star rating
  • Scenery star rating
  • Resort Charm star rating
  • Apres Ski star rating
  • Non-Skiers star rating
  • Getting There star rating

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 

5 Day Snow & Weather Forecast

  • 22nd Sunny 14° 6° Clear skies New Snow 2cm
  • 23rd Sunny 11° 3° Clear skies New Snow 2cm
  • 24th Sunny 11° 4° Clear skies New Snow 2cm
  • 25th Sunny 13° 7° Clear skies New Snow 2cm
  • 26th Sunny 16° 8° Clear skies New Snow 2cm

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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