Courchevel Ski Resort Guide
One of the first French ski resorts to be purpose-built following World War 2, Courchevel has become known as the luxury resort for the rich and famous. While it’s true that celebrities and mega-rich Russians have colonised much of the higher-altitude accommodation, there are still bargains to be had if you want a chance to rub shoulders with Beyonce or the Beckham’s.
Spread out over four main villages of differing heights – Courchevel 1850, Moriond, Courchevel Village & Le Praz – prices also tend to descend in line with the decreasing altitudes. Courchevel 1850 has become the home of luxurious 5* hotels (there are nine in total, plus three Michelin-star restaurants). Moriond and Courchevel Village are known for having a more traditional French atmosphere, while Le Praz is a more rustic village surrounded by picturesque tree-lined slopes.
Courchevel offers extensive and varied ski terrain, with 150 kilometres of perfectly groomed pistes surrounding the resort. The north-facing slopes ensure excellent snow reliability and quality and the modern lift system provides few queues and quick access to all points on the piste map. Courchevel also benefits from links with the huge Three Valleys ski area where a partnership between Val Thorens, Les Menuires, St Martin de Belleville, Meribel & La Tania has created the largest interconnected ski area in the world. Motivated skiers and snowboarders acan access almost 600 kilometres of lift-linked pistes throughout the Valleys area.
Offering fantastic skiing opportunities for all ability levels alongside accommodation for all wallet sizes, Courchevel is a fantastic resort choice for anyone – families included. Don’t be put off by the elite image that has been cultivated in recent years, there are plenty of options for a great holiday whoever you happen to be.
Airport Transfers to Courchevel
Situated in the Saint-Bon-Tarentaise commune, Courchevel ski resorts benefits from relatively quick access from 4 local airports. Myriads of transfer companies of varying sizes offer taxi, minibus and coach transfers through the Tarentaise valley area and as such there can be an overwhelming number of options for airport journeys.
Chambery and Grenoble airports are closest to Courchevel at distances of 110km and 174km respectively. Excellent road access and shorter journey times of circa two hours make them a convenient and cheaper option for private transfers, but shared coach transfers are limited.
Geneva and Lyon airports offer a slightly longer journey time of around three hours, but also benefit from many more low-cost airlines flying in on regular routes. Fares to Lyon tend to be more expensive for transfers as there are toll roads to navigate, but some great taxi transfer options exist to link it with Courchevel. Geneva airport tends to be the busiest of the four travel hubs, and as such there are companies providing both private minibuses and shared coaches on a regular basis.
At the bottom of the mountain from Courchevel, Moutiers Station is serviced by international trains, including the Eurostar from London St Pancras. With just 25km up to Courchevel resort from here, the train represents a good value travel option – as long as you can find a company willing to take you on the last leg of the journey up the mountain.