The Seasonaire’s Guide to Skiing in Courchevel
There are ski holidays to France and then there are ski holidays in Courchevel. One of the premiere resorts in the world; Courchevel is the place to absorb not only skiing, but a way of life. The resort, which is split into four different areas, including Le Praz, 1550, 1650 and 1850, is a hive of activity throughout the winter months. Courchevel 1850 in particular is a thriving centre for après ski and fine dining. With connections to the three valleys, Courchevel is the largest connected ski area in the world.
Although many people come to Courchevel for the prestige, the skiing in this region is incredible. With a well-run network of chairs, pomas and cable cars you can explore the highest peaks and the smallest crevices. One run which should not be missed are the slopes down to 1850 via le creux. This red run offers spectacular views of the valley and a thrilling run through the trees. The round route from 1850 and back will take you up the vizelle bubble, down le creux, along the lac creux, down the altiport, past the swish restaurants on the jardin alpin and into 1850 for a hot chocolate at the Tremplin. With runs like these across the resort it is no surprise people return here year after year.
After a hard days skiing you need to rest and unwind and with 11 five star hotels, numerous bars and several pubs, Courchevel is well placed to cater to your needs. Bars of note include the Darbeilo, Le Praz and Bar le Jump, 1850. There are also numerous bars of note in other resorts including Le Rond Point, Meribel, this bar is famed for its atmosphere and live music.
Courchevel is a place of great skiing, with fantastic bars and excellent food for good measure.