The Courchevel Valley is one part of the ever-popular holiday destination the Three Valleys. This resort has always held a reputation for being the more glamorous section to this part of the Alps. However, this Courchevel guide shows that Courchevel offers something for every kind of holiday experience.
Visitors are spoilt for choice and can pick between a range of areas to in which to stay. There is the traditional and luxurious Courchevel 1850, and the favourite among younger groups Courchevel Moriond. A little further down the mountain, there is also the family and budget-friendly Courchevel Village. Also included in the ski pass is the traditional Le Praz, and the quaint La Tania.
Once skiing finishes for the day there is a free bus shuttle service between the different villages and even one that links to Meribel, meaning you are spoilt for choice.
The Skiing in Courchevel Guide
- Nearly 100 slopes with just over half being green and blue, making it perfect for learners
- Easy access to the rest of the Three Valleys, providing a total of 600km of pistes
- Many north-facing slopes, normally ensuring the snow stays late on into the season
- Free beginners lifts to help reduce costs of learning to ski
- Verdons by Night, a weekly event where the main green slope into town remains open, providing a new skiing experience
The Ultimate Guide to Après Ski in Courchevel
Courchevel provides a range of après ski options, ensuring you are kept busy throughout your holiday. It often has a reputation for being more of a mellow resort, but we have found visitors still have a variety of choices, from live music to clubs. Here is just a selection, and then check out our main website for a longer list.
Chez Gaston – Located in the centre of Courchevel 1850, this western themed bar and restaurant offers a spectacular view over the slopes. Enjoying a vin chaud need not break the bank either with their relatively reasonable prices. If you cannot imagine a ski holiday without a night out the bar transforms into a club in the evening. They then stay open late into the night.
La Folie Douce – Courchevel provides easy access – on or off skis – to Meribel’s La Folie Douce – an iconic bar that could trick you into thinking Ibiza had moved to the Alps. The Saulire lift provides a lift back into the Courchevel Valley. This is the perfect location for pounding music and performers like no other.
Pub Le Ski Lodge – Found in the heart of La Tania, this perfect if you are looking for live music, a hearty meal, and unrivaled range of beer. Live bands play every weekday, with some of the most iconic bands in the Alps frequenting the pub. Whether on the heated outdoor terrace or kept cosy inside this is a must-visit for après.
Nokken – If glamourous nights out are your thing, then look no further than Nokken. This is the ultimate place to continue après into the early hours of the morning. It is located in Courchevel 1850, and while a little pricier, L’ARC provides an unforgettable night and certainly justifies its price.
Activities Off On Offer in Courchevel for Thrill Seekers
While it is easy to fill your time in Courchevel with simply skiing and après, you would only be scratching the surface of what is available to do there. If your perfect holiday involves constant activity and new things, then Courchevel has more than just skiing.
Aquamotion – This is a favourite of ours, and we would really recommend paying this leisure centre a visit. Located between Courchevel Moriond and Courchevel Village, Aquamotion offers indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, and an indoor surfing experience! Perfect if you are looking for some time off from the slopes.
The Luge – This heart-racing activity is a must for thrill seekers paying Courchevel a visit! The Luge has only recently opened and we can see why it is already so popular. This fast-paced track is 3km in length, with a 450m descent. The track even splits into two, upping the competition if you try it as a group!
Paragliding – If you feel brave enough there is no better way to view the Alps than from the skies! This adrenaline packed experience is a popular one, with multiple companies running in resort, providing some of the highest and longest flights in the Three Valleys.
Courchevel Guide to relaxing Activities
Spa – If nothing else, Courchevel’s ultimate attraction off of the slopes is their unbeatable range of spas. These are mostly focused in Courchevel 1850, in local hotels. They also provide access to the public, making it the perfect way for everyone to find a way to unwind and relax.
Pedestrian Pass – The slopes are not just open to those on skis or snowboards – the popularity of exploring the resort on foot is clear due to their introduction of a ‘pedestrian pass’. You can reach some of the highest parts of the resort this way, with incredible views for miles.
Courchevel is a great choice for holidays of all types since it provides access to the Three Valleys. It is particularly beginner-friendly – perfect for families or big groups of varying abilities.
- Check out Courchevel 1850 for luxury ski chalets
- If location is important for you then try Courchevel Moriond to have access to skiing, nightlife, and other activities
- Why not try Courchevel Village for more budget-friendly options
- Take a look at La Praz to get that alpine-feel atmosphere
- We also have a variety of chalets in La Tania
We would be happy to talk through the different options both in Courchevel and other resorts, just give us a call: 020 7801 1080