Courchevel Moriond resort guide - a general overview
This resort guide to Courchevel Moriond gives an overview of the ski area, the restaurants (both on and off the mountain), the apres ski scene and also the nightlife options available to those that choose to take their ski holiday in this fabulous Three Valleys ski resort.
Courchevel Moriond formerly known as Courchevel 1650 is a friendly village ski resort with excellent and convenient access to some of the best skiing in the world. Many would argue that this is 'le vrai Courchevel', with its year round population and atmosphere of the farming community it once was. The skiing is an intermediates' paradise although in order to explore the rest of the Three Valleys, a bit more effort is required to get over the valley into Courchevel 1850's ski area before heading onto Meribel and Val Thorens. Staying in Courchevel Moriond offers better value for money than its higher neighbour and the resort amenities are good.
Chalets in Courchevel Moriond are plentiful and range from the fairly down to earth to the sublime. There are also some very reasonably priced chalet hotels right in the centre of the resort near the lifts. So all tastes and budgets are catered for, just let us know your preference and we can let you know the best options.
1,650m - 3,200m
Level of skiing
- Snow sure
- Ski area
- Charm factor
- Resort layout
- Fine dining
- Short transfer
- Resort value
- Massive and varied slopes to suit everyone from beginners to experts
- Lots of good value for money chalets
- Fantastic lift system
- One of our favourite ski schools for children and adults alike
- Good apres ski scene
- Little to do away from the slopes
- Expensive mountain restaurants (although the on slope Bel-Air is rather good)
Courchevel Moriond Resort Restaurants
1650 is much smaller and quieter than 1850 but still has a great selection of restaurants and at cheaper prices. To sample Savoyard dishes try the Petite Savoyard - with good food and friendly atmosphere and a great sense of sarcasm this restaurant always goes down well with Brits. Great Savoyard dishes as well as pizzas cooked on huge open wood fire. La Table de Marie and L'Ambassad'or are also great restaurants to try with varied menus and reasonable prices. Situated at the far end of 1650, the L'Alhambic specialises in a range of mouth-watering Savoy favourite dishes. The restaurant in the hotel Seizena comes highly recommended as do; the Eterlou and Montagne.
Courchevel Moriond Mountain Restaurants
There is plenty to offer most palates and pockets in such an international ski area. In 1650 the Bel Air comes highly recommended with its lovely tiered sun terrace. Definetly worth dining at twice as repeat customers are likely to be offered freebies such as aperitifs, digestifs or hors d'oevres. In Courchevel 1850 there are plenty of very expensive silver service restaurants; Cap Horn and chalet de Pierres are a couple, others to try are the Bergerie, the Verdons, La Soucoupe, and the Panoramic. We would however recommend checking the prices in most restaurants as we don't want a heart attack on our hands and do reserve a table if you are going for a long lunch.
Courchevel Moriond Apres Ski
The Bubble bar is a fun place with Satellite TV, internet access, cheap bar prices, a happy hour and bands playing live music on a regular basis. La Boulotte situated next door, is also popular especially with chalet staff as it becomes the cheapest place to drink between 4-6pm. A must to visit is the open air Fire and Ice bar at the Portetta hotel. Right at the bottom of the main piste, it has huge burning log fires, flaming torches, ice shots, fur snugs and heated bar seating. Great for après as during happy hour between 4.30-7pm, buy a drink and get a free slice of pizza with it! Rockey's bar is a perfect place for an ice cold beer at the end of a hard day skiing. Other places to try are Rock's in the chalet hotel Les Avals, where a largely British crowd gather; Remonte Pente a tiny French bar..
Courchevel Moriond Nightlife
Funky Fox bar is a great place to party in 1650. Every Tuesday they host their usual DJ sets and Fridays will showcase a variety of music talents with everything from blues to beat boxing. If you're looking to dance the night away then head to the club La Klinik. The Space bar has pool tables and regular live music and the local night club La Godille will also keep you going til the early hours.