Editor: Eric Delaperriere
Courchevel, a skier’s resort
With two palaces, twelve 5 star and eight 4 star hotels, sumptuous chalets, and no less than 10 Michelin stars at its restaurants, Courchevel is often billed as the luxury ski destination for the jet set. That aside, it is also an unbridled paradise for skiers.
Courchevel consists of 5 villages, with 5 different atmospheres. If you like traditional villages, head to Courchevel 1300 – le Praz. With its little wooden houses and narrow streets, the village has preserved its unique style. It is a bastion of ski jumping, thanks to its Olympic springboards.
From Praz (1,300m high) to Courchevel 1850, via 1550, 1650 and La Tania, the resort offers nearly 150km of ski slopes for all levels. Beginners will enjoy the ZEN areas (a dedicated zone for novices) offering safe, easy slopes, away from advanced skiers whizzing down the pistes at break neck speed! Experts prefer the slopes of the Saulire or Chanrossa for kilometers of impeccably prepared slopes or great off-piste options. Nordic skiers are not forgotten, with nine cross-country circuits extending for 65km.
If a day on the slopes hasn't left you feeling worn out, you can enjoy a few extra runs down the floodlight Verdons slope, every Wednesday evening, from December to early March. Take the opportunity to recover your strength at Chalet de Pierres, with a portion of tartiflette (€15) and free mulled wine in the evening!
Courchevel has also developed its family-friendly side. If your child is over 18 months, consider the baby ski pass.