Courchevel is superbly positioned at the end of the world’s largest lift-linked ski area, the renowned Trois Vallées in France. With over 600km of well-groomed pistes and gentle slopes, Courchevel really is the perfect ski destination for beginners looking to improve their skills on the mountain. Not only do I love the quality of the pistes, but the standard of accommodation, and the excellent choice of non-ski activities makes Courchevel an unbeatable resort for families and beginners.
A Glamorous Ski Resort
The resort consists of five villages situated at different altitudes to make up the Courcheval ski area. Don’t worry about accessibility though. All the villages are all linked by a network of 162 lifts and 99 pistes, plus a super-efficient, regular and free shuttle bus.
The Courchevel Local Area Ski Pass, giving you unlimited access to 62 different lifts and more than enough slopes to keep you entertained all week!
Explore the Courchevel Ski Resort
Throughout the villages there is something for everyone. Each has its own different personality. From the super-luxury 5-star resort of Courchevel 1850 which boasts over 178 luxurious accommodation options, to the beautiful alpine village of Courchevel 1300, also known as Le Praz. Here you’ll spoilt for choice with a plethora of amenities to keep the whole family entertained and numerous ski in, ski out accommodation options.
Top tip – Stay in Courchevel 1650, also known as Moriond, if you like to enjoy quieter slopes with no lift queues. The snow lasts much longer here and you get a lot more for your money!
The Largest Ski Area In The World
The 3 Valleys ski area covers an unrivalled 600km of pistes which translates into 319 slopes, 200 lifts and over 1500 snow cannons guaranteeing snow all season long. The 3 valleys includes 8 resorts; Courchevel, La Tania, Meribel, Brides-les-Baines, Les Menuires, Val Thorens, Orelle & St Martin de Belleville.
The Ski lifts
Courchevel is the largest and the most popular resort. It benefits from a fast and modern lift system, so you do not have to wait long to reach the top of your favourite slopes. Its pristine corduroy runs are a piste skiers dream, and thanks to its north facing slopes, Courchevel has some of the best quality snow found anywhere in the Alps. No wonder it is one of the popular choices for British skiers!
With a massive 57% of pistes classified as green or blue, Courchevel really excels as a resort which is suited to casual skiers either learning for the first time, or looking to improve their technique. If you are an adrenaline junkie looking for ultra-challenging off piste adventure, you may be better served across the Swiss border in Verbier. Read my blog on why Verbier is the best ski resort for experts.
There’s A Ski Pass For Everyone
Courchevel has numerous ski pass options which allow you to explore the ski area of your choice without paying for access to areas that you’re unlikely to use. They range from a single adult lift pass all the way up to the Trois Vallée pass giving to admittance to all 600km.
The Ski Pass
Beginners should take advantage of the free lifts located near to the novice slopes at each of Courchevel’s village resorts. Once you are on your feet and ready to explore the longer green and blue runs you should look to purchase the Courchevel Local Area Ski Pass, giving you unlimited access to 62 different lifts and more than enough slopes to keep you entertained all week!
The Lift Pass Discounts
There’s some serious discounts to be had for groups of three or more. You can make a substantial saving on a family pass where everyone pays the children’s ski lift rate. Find out which Courchevel skipass is best for you. Look for the “Tribu” pass on your 6 to 8 day ski holiday with 3 people or more purchasing at the same time. For families, children under 5 ski for free and if the grandparents come with you, they will also enjoy the ski slopes at no cost if over 75!
There’s More To Courchevel Than Skiing
If you are like me and like to enjoy non-skiing activities, you will not be disappointed by Corchevel. As well as bowling, a cinema, and an indoor/outdoor spa and aqua centre, the resort is also home to a number of other exciting activities which you seldom find anywhere else.
Activities For Non-Skiers
Courchevel Adventure Camp has a huge list of adrenaline-filled activities available everyday for the whole family. Release your inner Olympian with biathlon shooting, or get your crampons on, pick up your ice axe and get up close and personal with the glacier through ice climbing.
Considering cross-country skiing? The Nordic Ski Area dos not require a ski-pass! So have fun trying yourself on the 67km of trails winding through farmhouses and tranquil alpine sceneries.
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