Courchevel 1650 offers the world’s largest ski area on a lower budget than at its higher sister’s resort, Courchevel 1850. The village’s lift system is extremely efficient. The slopes of 1650 infrequently encounter a large mass of piste traffic, compared to its adjoining resorts. This makes the various green and blue pistes running into the resort a haven for children and beginners. The town centre has a tranquil village feel and is within a few minutes’ walk from the main lift.
Domaine: The Three Valleys
Resort Height: 1650m
Skiing Elevation: 1260-3230 m
Pistes: 600 km
- Have a go at snowshoeing
- Speed down the toboggan run from Courchevel 1850 to 1550
- Enjoy a beer in the sunshine at Le Bel Air
- Book into Les Flocons in 1550, where everything is made from fresh local ingredients, or Lilou in 1650 for the valley’s best crêpes
Resort Height: 1260-1850 m
Piste summary: Green: 13 %, Blue: 39 %, Red: 38 %, Black: 10 %
What we love
Huge expanse of skiing – Its one of the biggest concentrated ski areas on Europe
Access to relatively good value restaurants
Excellent Ski School
Perfect for beginners
An abundance of off piste for the more adventurous
Fantastic snow making facilities
Brilliant variety of accommodation
What needs improving
You will pay a premium for the amazing access to the slopes.
Some mountain restaurants are ridiculously expensive.
Any ski shop offer deals as they may only be open for a couple of hours each day
Regional flights from any major UK airport will fly you into Geneva or Lyon (Approx. 2hr 30min road transfer) or Chambery (1hr 30min transfer). Helicopter transfers are also available from Geneva and the flight is approximately 30min. Please note that helicopters are weather permitting.
Trains can be taken from Geneva to Moutiers (approx. 2hr 30min) and then a transfer up the mountain of approximately 40min.