Courchevel is part of the 3 Valleys Ski Resort, the largest linked ski resort in the world.
The resort of Courchevel has over 600km’s of piste and 167 lifts. The resort is simply enormous and even after 7 days of skiing in the Courchevel valley alone you would not be able to find everything.
The peak of Courchevel, La Saulire, is 2738m and there are pisted runs down to 1300m giving a vertical drop of over 1400m. It is also possible when the conditions are right, to be able to ski all the way down to the village of Bozel at around 900m, a vertical drop of 1800m!
Courchevel benefits from predominantly north facing slopes, one of the most important things to consider when choosing a ski resort. The north facing slopes don’t get the full force of the sun for as long during the day so they heat up less and keep the snow for longer.
Courchevel has a number of different villages around the resort:
- Courchevel (1850)
- Courchevel Moriond (1650)
- Courchevel Village (1550)
- Courchevel Le Praz (1300)
- La Tania (1350)
Courchevel (1850) is the home of the Croisette, this is the centre of Courchevel and it has a network of gondolas to transport you around the resort. From here you can make your way up to La Saulire via the midway station and explore the rest of the 3 Valleys. The Croisette’s gondolas are the stepping stones to explore the Courchevel Valley.
Courchevel Moriond (1650) is almost a ski resort in its own right. Although well linked to the rest of Courchevel it quite often remains very quiet even during busy periods. It is on an area of grazing land which means long, open spaces and many long, wide blue runs.
The Valley of Courchevel is well suited to all levels of skiers and snowboarders, with beginner areas around the Altiport and Jardin Alpin. The numerous red and black runs around Courchevel are enough to challenge any skier or snowboarder.
Courchevel also has its terrain park and fun areas under the Plantry Chair and alongside the Verdons piste.
The Off Piste areas to explore in and around Courchevel are plentiful, from the 3 Couloirs accessed from the ridge to the west of the Saulire cable car, the Grand Couloir, Sous Le Télépherique and Emile Allais, to the more easily accessible areas in and around the pistes or Courchevel Moriond.
Don’t forget to pay a visit to the Luge run from Courchevel (1850) to Courchevel Village (1550), one of the best places you can take your children in the whole valley!
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