600km of pistes
Updated lift system
Highest lift: 3230m
16 Le Ski chalets
Our guests say...
'It has been one of the best resorts we have been to for skiing and conditions and one of the nicest chalets.'
- CS, Chalet Paloma, Feb half term 2013
The Courchevel tourist office announced last year that the different villages in the valley, previously known by altitude, will be renamed to reflect their individual personality rather than just being a number. ‘Courchevel’ will now refer to the highest village (1850 as was), with Courchevel 1650 reverting to its original name of Courchevel Moriond. Slightly further down the hill you’ll find Courchevel Village (1550) and Le Praz and La Tania. So we’ll just carry on referring to 1650 as Moriond, which is still going to be as fantastic as ever with cheaper prices, fewer queues and quieter pistes!
We’ve been wittering on about how good Courchevel’s lifts are for many a long year now, but it turns out that over the next few years they’re going to get even better. A whopping €118million is being invested in updating the lift system over the next 7 years, and changes that we’ll see this winter include a new Biollay, speeding up the process of returning to Moriond. Work is also nearly finished, as we write, to replace the Three Valleys chair with an access lift that will whizz our guests in chalets Bonheur, L’Orchidée and Scalottas Lodge up and down to the main Ariondaz bubble.
You can see the live piste map by clicking here and selecting Ski Maps from the Live Information menu
Courchevel has all things for all skiers.
Beginners can find their feet on the free nursery slopes, graduating to the various bubble lifts to get a bit higher once they progress to the wide blues. Intermediates of all levels will enjoy the flattering skiing on cruisy blues and reds, and venturing further afield, it’s possible to ski to Méribel on blue runs.
There’s also plenty to keep adventurous skiers occupied in the Three Valleys – a whopping 600km of pistes in total. We promise you won’t get bored! If steep and deep is more your thing, then Courchevel can offer that too – we recommend skiing with a mountain guide who will be able to show you the best off-piste areas.
The lift pass office have a selection of passes to suit differing levels of ability. For real beginners, there are some free drag lifts so that you can practice and not need to buy a pass until you're ready to go further afield. There are half day passes also available for those who aren't up to a full day. Intermediate skiers can choose a Courchevel Valley pass which gives plenty of skiing. With this pass you can also 'upgrade' with a Three Valley extension for a day if you fancy heading into Méribel or beyond. If you're a keen skier and want to go into the Three Valleys more than once during your week, then it's worth opting for the Three Valleys pass which gives you access to the largest ski area on Earth! There are also family versions, pedestrian passes for non-skiers, discounts for children and seniors and freebies for the very young and err... 'extra-mature' skier!
Ask on the transfer bus if you're unsure as to what would be the best pass for you and your group. Click here for prices.
If you’re a non-skier or simply fancy a change of adrenalin rush, then Courchevel has quite a bit to offer. Ask your Guest Services Manager in resort for information if any of the following tickle your fancy: snow shoeing through the tranquil forests, ice-skating, cross country skiing, paragliding from the top of the mountain, helicopter or plane rides from the altiport (you can also skydive, if that’s what floats your boat) or go snow-mobiling. You could also drive a piste-basher, watch an ice-hockey match, sledge 300m vertical descent or simply go for a swim and a spa in Aquamotion…