Courchevel – France
Anyone who has skied in Courchevel will usually mention two things; the skiing is superb, but that it comes at a price. Whilst the skiing of the vast 'Trois Vallees' is undeniably worth every euro, it is possible to ski here without taking out a second mortgage. It is a resort where you can fly into the tiny altiport and lunch at a two Michelin star restaurant; or you can arrive by coach and enjoy a €4 crepe budget lunch; the restaurants in Courchevel really are that varied.
Courchevel is made up of four villages (five if you count the nearby La Tania), all of them very close together. The largest and most well-known is Courchevel 1850, then there's 1300 (aka Le Praz),1550 and 1650. Many visitors never get around to leaving the village they are staying in, which is a shame as all of them have their own distinct feel and differing facilities. The Courchevel shuttle bus links are very good too, so getting around is a breeze.
The ski area ranges from the lowest village (1260m) up to 3230m, and much of the resort is ski in, ski out. When it comes to chalets and hotels in Courchevel many are firmly in the luxury category, with several five-star, and even two six-star hotels in 1850. The Mountain Centre offers some of the only really cheap accommodation in Courchevel with guests staying in shared dorm rooms. If you're planning a trip to Courchevel then Chambery is the nearest airport, 110 km away, but the snow train to Courchevel, stopping at nearby Moutiers, is also a popular choice.
- Visit one of the luxury hotels in 1850 for hammans (Turkish steam rooms).
- Take an early morning flight across the Courchevel valley in a hot air balloon.
- Try sliding down the 2km luge run in 1850.
- Zoom around the mountain on a skidoo.
- Spend a morning cooking with Michael Rochedy in his two Michelin star kitchen at Le Chabichou hotel.
Team MadDogSki decided it would be a good idea to ski all the villages in the 3 valleys in one day - well it seemed a good idea when we were discussing it in the bar the night before. See how we got on and if you decide to try it, tell us how it went…Email us at email@example.com with your videos and photos.
Posted by AlfAlderson on 11th April 2013
I got a nifty new camera for Christmas. It’s a Nikon Coolpix AW 100 since you ask, which is waterproof – useful in snowy conditions should they ever occur again - and also shockproof which is good in the event of a fall.
Posted by AlfAlderson on 5th April 2013
One of the biggest dilemmas I’m facing whilst skiing the Three Valleys is knowing exactly where to ski – there’s so much terrain to go at it takes ages to get to know your way around, although it has to be said that I’ve faced worse problems in my time.
At a glance
|Resort altitude||1850 m - 1260 m|
|Highest lift||2700 m|
|Lowest lift||1260 m|
|km of piste||150|
|Number of lifts||60|
|Lift pass price||€238.40 / 6 days|
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