Courchevel – Where to stay
Courchevel has everything from exclusive hotels to backpackers' hostels, so you should be able to match both your needs and your budget. Whatever your budget, if you are skiing in high season, you should book as early as possible. For those skiing on a budget, the more flexible you are and the later you book, the more likely you are to get a bargain, particularly at the beginning and end of the season.
Hotels in Courchevel
The highest, largest and most expensive village is 1850, and for most people it is the heart of Courchevel. Home to the luxury hotels and most - but definitely not all - the gourmet restaurants, it also has a lively nightlife and much of the accommodation is ski in, ski out. The next largest village, 1650 is connected throughout the day and into the night by a 10 minute shuttle bus service to 1850. It has great beginner slopes and is popular with families. Although the village is quite spread out, you can rent heated ski lockers in the main lift building, simplifying the chore of carrying skis and poles uphill in cumbersome ski boots. The village at 1550 is on the slopes and directly below 1850, but tends to be a bit cheaper. The home runs are quite steep though, so are not ideal for total novices. The lower villages of La Tania and La Praz offer good value ski-in and out accommodation too, but off-slope facilities are more limited.
Chalets in Courchevel
There are many excellent chalets to choose between across the Courchevel valley, but on the whole 1650 is where the majority of Brits stay. Le Ski has a great reputation and not far off 20 different chalets to choose between, many of which have saunas and steam rooms. If your after mid-market or budget chalet accommodation, then SkiWorld are a good bet too, while Esprit Holidays is great for families, providing an excellent childcare service.