CourchevelResort Guide - The Skiing
The Skiing in Courchevel
Courchevel's connection to the 3 vallées means that the variety of skiing you can experience here is endless; you can live here for years and still not have done it all. Yet, in actual fact there is enough terrain in the Courchevel ski area alone to keep all beginners and most intermediates busy for at least a week.
Due to the size of the ski area, there is no need to fear that someone in your party will struggle or not be tested enough; Courchevel caters for beginners, intermediates and experts very comfortably. The lift operation is extremely slick so that even during the peak periods queues are minimal, so if you are planning a trip over Christmas or New Year's then Courchevel is a realistic option despite the numbers of people on the slopes.
There are many options for Beginner's skiing on nursery slopes located within easy location of all the villages; the beginner ski area for Courchevel 1850 is located just above the village at Jardin Alpin. There is a brilliant beginner area at Pralong but complete beginners may need to access this area by road.
The weakest aspect of Courchevel skiing is for timid intermediates as the red runs tend to be quite demanding here. We would suggest to head for the Biollay and Pralong chairs for some nice blue slopes or the Crêtes run can be good to get away from the crowds if other people make you nervous. If you are a more confident intermediate then you will have a fabulous time skiing here; with red runs that will test you and lots of easy blacks. If you go to any of the summits you will find a range of different trails to try out; our favourites being from Creux, Vizelle and Chenus. If you want to try out some easy off piste right next to the slopes then the Signal lift area offers some good possibilities.
Experts will just love the steeps that Courchevel has to offer; the most infamous being the Grand Couloir which is near to the top of the Saulire cable car but watch out for the access route which can be pretty intimidating. If you are looking for some tough bumps and lumps then head for Chanrossa. The off piste possibilities are endless and great fun; with good weather and powder we recommend heading all the way down from La Saulire to Bozel. However if the visibility is not great then our favourite tree-run is off Dou des Lanches towards La Tania. Some of this off piste may appear easy and danger-free but we always recommend you equip yourself with the right safety gear and hire a mountain guide. The added bonus of a guide is that they can take you to more hidden spots that are untracked.
What We Like
The BMW Snow Polo Masters
The excitement and passion of the riders and spectators alike creates a buzzing, electric atmosphere to go with the champagne and caviar snacks.
An evening dinner at Pierre Gagnaire at Les Airelles
A night surrounded by opulent décor, being waited on hand-and-foot and being served master-pieces of dishes by the world reknowned chef: Pierre Gagnaire, makes an evening here feel like a little slice of heaven.
Exploring the 3 Vallées
In order to be taken into the depths of the 3 Vallées, hire a mountain guide and set off on an adventure you will never forget.
An après or evening in The White Bar
This place is the favourite hotspot for the elite in Courchevel without being as messy as the prestigious nightclubs; you can enjoy glamour and quality in a sophisticated but hip atmosphere.