Boasting French sophistication, Courchevel 1850, is the highest and more elitist of the sister resorts. The resort sits in the Three Valleys, the largest skiable area in the world, which includes Courchevel’s very accessible neighbor; Meribel. It is very difficult to find yourself at a loose end when surrounded by 600 kilometres of well-maintained pistes in this winter playground which is suitable for all levels of skier, from beginner to off piste extremist. The luxurious town centre comprises plush Michelin-starred restaurants such as Chabicou and Azimut to Coucoupe, a cosy log fired gastro bar where you may even bump into former Freeride World Champion Manu Gaidet. There are copious up-market boutiques to fulfil your winter shopping desires.
- 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
- Have a go at snowshoeing or go on a guided hiking tour around the winter trails
- Speed down the toboggan run from Courchevel 1850 to 1550
- Have a cocktail at the Purple Caffe or a happy hour pint with live music at the Milk pub
- Enjoy a heavenly gourmet meal at one of the six Michellin Starred Restaurants
- Test your skills on the new Airbag jump
- Fly like a bird, take a hand-gliding trip!
- Get as close as possible to inaccessible areas of the mountain by taking a helicopter heli-skiing
Resort Height: 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
Easy lift connectivity to Meribel and Val Thorens
Fantastic mountain restaurants
Excellent Ski School’s
Perfect for beginners to learn to ski
An abundance of off piste for the more adventurous
Lots of options for non-skiers
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.