An Extensive Courchevel Guide by Alpine Answers

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 Courchevel Guide to Skiing
The Courchevel Guide to Skiing

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 LodgeFound 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.

The Courchevel Guide to Activities
The Courchevel Guide to Activities

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.

AquamotionThis 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.

The Courchevel Guide to Activities
The Courchevel Guide to Activities

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 PassThe 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.

Conclusion

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

Courchevel Snow Report

With a dusting of snow falling over the Alps and brutal winter storms battering the west coast of England it seems like the long hot summer is finally over. The crisp air that has fallen across London in the last couple of days has really put the idea of getting back onto my skis at the forefront of my mind. Thinking back to the last two seasons where I have been on a chalet holiday in Courchevel 1850 with my family, there has been a particularly impressive snowfall, especially in the period after Christmas. Looking at the Courchevel snow report on New Year’s Eve in December of 2011 we were elated to see a constant 10-20cm of snow forecast for pretty much the whole of the first week in January. As the week progressed, we were definitely not disappointed. This deep January powder snow is something that can be expected in the major powder resorts of North America but not often in the family friendly Courchevel with it’s pristine groomed runs. So, what we would love to know at Alpine Answers is whether this trend for massive alpine snowfall is going to continue for future winters.

Courchevel snow report
John enjoying the fantastic conditions to skier’s left of the Suisse chairlift

Courchevel Snow Report – What does the Future Hold?

There are many contradictory reports of what the future holds for Courchevel and for the rest of the Alps. The last three seasons we have enjoyed deep powder and beautifully groomed ski slopes, which hardly seems to be adding to the body of evidence of global warming. Deep in the Alps, however, scientists are observing, monitoring and reporting the effects of changing climate patterns and the general consensus is that there may not be many more golden years like this left. A leading scientist in this field is Gilles Brunot and one of his more disturbing graphs shows average temperatures in the Alps since 1971 with what he predicts the temperature will do in the future.

Courchevel snow report
Gilles Brunot’s graph displaying temperature increase in the Alps since 1971 with projections to the year 2100

If this graph were to be correct then many of the resorts around the world would be devastated with lack of snow, especially in the lower lying resorts.

However, it is not all bad news. There is one strong view which is gathering pace and completely contradicts the findings of Mr Brunot. Dr Rainer Zahn, Peter Wadhams and many other leading scientists are of the belief that as the rate of melting in the Arctic ice caps continues to gain momentum, the Gulf Stream which brings warm water up from South America may be seriously affected, consequently changing the climate of Western Europe. There is strong reason to believe that should the Gulf Stream be switched off or decrease dramatically, that these areas would experience a climate shift to much cooler weather – possibly even plunging Europe into another ice age. Thus it is entirely possible global warming could lead to severe cooling in the Northern hemisphere, which in turn would lead to much higher levels of snowfall in both the Alps and closer to home. However, whether or not we want another ice age is another matter entirely.

Courchvel snow report

Average snow depth history in Courchevel (2009 – 2013)

If you wish to believe the doom and gloom or the optimism regards the future quantity and quality of snow in the Alps, we think the way forward is to make the most of it while we can. We all love skiing whether there is a load of snow or hardly any, and after all it’s really all about the experience and being there to enjoy it.  We are hoping for another powder-filled season this winter, and going from the Courchevel snow report history over recent years we are pretty sure it’s going to be epic.

Our Snow Reports and Mountain Weather Forecasts

If you are ever unsure as to the snow conditions in any of the resorts we offer you can always have a quick look at our snow report page where you can see an up to date snow reports and HD webcams for all the major ski resorts of the Alps. If this is not enough you can always ask one of our Alpine Answers team who will be happy to advise you where you can get the best snow.

Courchevel snow report
A view at the top of the Saulire Mountain after the first snow fall of this winter season –  07th November 2013

If you believe us and Dr Zahn and are looking experience some fantastic snow this winter then please do give us a call at Alpine Answers and take full advantage of our vast and detailed knowledge. We would be delighted to help you find your ideal holiday in Courchevel and chalet or any other ski resort. Phone us on +44 (0)20 7801 1080 or you can browse through the thousands of ski chalets and hotels we offer on our website: www.alpineanswers.co.uk.