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.
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Info & Stats
December 12, 2020 – April 25, 2021
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.
Linked ski area
The 3 Valleys (7 resorts): Courchevel, Bride-les-Bains, Meribel, Les Menuires, St Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens, Orelle
- 600 km – 327 runs (17% greens, 39% blues, 33% reds, 11% blacks)
- 166 lifts
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.
- 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
Location & Trail Maps
Transfer time to Courchevel from:
- Moutiers train station (closest): 25min*
- Chambéry airport: 1hr15min*
- Geneva airport: 2hrs*
- Lyon airport: 2hrs*
Resorts altitude: 1,100m to 1,900m
*Transfer time is approximate, by private transfer vehicle and subject to weather and road conditions. Shared shuttle/bus transfers have set departure times, take much longer to travel and don’t offer door to door service which is why we recommend private transfers only.
Courchevel Ski Resort Video
Courchevel is home to the largest linked ski area in the world (3 Valleys), the most beautiful and luxurious chalets in the world, and features the most Michelin starred restaurants of any ski resort in the world. Watch this video to find out more…Watch Video now
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.
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 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!
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!
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.
Next winter, Courchevel Ski Resort is scheduled to open from December 5th 2020 to April 23rd 2021.
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!
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.