Courchevel Ski Resort and Ski Holidays

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Courchevel   Resort Information
Season November - Mid April
Nearest Airport Chambery,Geneva and Grenoble
Ski Area 150km and 600km 3 Valleys
Ski Lifts 179
Ski Runs 119
Longest Run 12km
Resort Height 1300m
Snowball Ratings
Beginners 4 / 5
Intermediates 4 / 5
Experts 4 / 5
Families 4 / 5
Nightlife 3.5 / 5
Affordability 3 / 5
Non Ski Activities 3.5 / 5

Arguably France's most exclusive resort, well located at the eastern end of one of the world's largest truly inter-connected ski area (The 3 Vallées) and with some of Europe's best on and off-slope in-frastructure, Courchevel would perhaps rate in the top 10 selection of resorts around the world for most dedicated skiers, though it can be hard on the pocket. Better known regulars include the Danish and Spanish royal families, Jean-Michel Jarre, Roman Polanski, President Giscard d'Estaing... Unsurprisingly Courchevel shares the reputation of St Moritz, Aspen or Lech for exclusivity and high prices but, equally unsurprisingly, the tourist board is keen to point out that it is possible to stay at and enjoy Courchevel 'on a budget', more so the lower down the valley you go. 

Not a particularly attractive resort architecturally, the view from a distance gives little clue to the presence of exclusive boutiques, luxurious chalets and the wonderful restaurants serving dishes of  gastronomic quality all the way to traditional pizzas!.

Today Courchevel ensures hotels, restaurants, shops and other businesses provide the best possible service and open as advertised throughout the season. The resort is made up of four main different base stations, all self-contained villages and all known by their altitudes, (1300 which still calls itself Le Praz and the other authentic Savoyard village Saint Bon). The best known of the four, and the one on which the resort's reputation is based, is the highest and largest - Courchevel 1850.(with 1650 and 1550 being the other two)

Slopeside accomodations are available among a total of 32,000 beds. 42 additional hotels are located nearby. Chalets, apartments, and hotels available, with some very high end hotels and chalets, mainly in and around 1850, with the odd budget hotel located there too.

There are 11 restaurants on mountain and many more restaurants located nearby; cuisines ranging from Gastronomique, Creperie, French, Italian, Savoyard, Seafood, and West Indian. Bars, tea rooms, and piano bar. There are over 150 shops nearby, 3 cinemas, and 4 night clubs. Child care is available for ages 18 months to 12 years old. Ski schools offer lessons for ages 3 years to adults.

Snow park and baby pipe, canyons, dunes, and hoops available for snowboarding.Snowboarders will certainly have fun in Courchevel but watch some of those on mountain prices and the apres ski can work out to be a tad expensive!

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