Skiing in Courchevel

Courchevel is situated in Les 3 Vallees, the largest ski area in the world with 600 kilometres of slopes connected by 173 ski lifts.  

Created in 1946, Courchevel was the first resort to be built totally from scratch on previously untouched terrain.  It is also behind the vast majority of innovations in matters of snow grooming, artificial snow and instruction.  Courchevel is a ski playground for everyone but it is not only skiing and snowboarding that you can enjoy here.  The resort offers a wealth of different activities to be enjoyed by all, including an aquatic centre, shopping, snowshoes, dog sledging, exhibitions and even more..... 

Getting here - fly, drive or take the train:

Courchevel enjoys the perfect geographical location.  Whichever form of transport you choose, access to the resort is safe, easy and fast.

Courchevel is just a bit more than 2 hours drive from Lyon and Geneva airports and if you prefer to come by train just 6 hours from Paris.

Skiing in Courchevel

Skiing & Boarding in Courchevel

Courchevel is a good all-round resort. Its ski area offers a good selection of runs for all levels and it is also popular with families, off-pisters and non-skiers.

The resort’s 150 kilometres is enough for most, but the avid skier can buy a pass to the vast Three Valleys ski area, opening up 600 kilometres of lift-linked runs

If you are a beginner, fun ‘ZEN’ areas have been especially created for you to ski in complete safety while the 19 green and 35 blue runs will help you get to grips with the slope. For more experienced skiers, 34 red and 8 black runs enable you to put your technique and skills to the test.

Courchevel offers 66 km of maintained and marked cross country ski trails too!


A new gondola going from Courchevel Village to Courchevel 1850 is opening. It replaces Les Grangettes gondola. The old 4 seated cabins will be replaced by new cabins that will host 10 persons seated with lighting inside and outside when it is dark and takes 2.55 minutes instead of 5 (Direct access to the slope without stairs).

2019/2020: a new chairlift between Aquamotion and Courchevel 1850 will open (and a new slope will be created)

Courchevel is investing €1M in new generation snow makers to enhance further more the ski guarantee. 26 new machines will be put on the Lac des Creux and Rama runs.


Staying in Courchevel

The resort consists of four ski villages: Courchevel 1300 (La Praz), Courchevel 1550, Courchevel 1650 and Courchevel 1850. While 1850 has the most high-end hotels and shops, its modern development is decidedly lacking in charm. Fans of the traditional French feel should head to Courchevel 1650.

When it comes to accommodation, Courchevel pays particular attention to furnished holiday rentals.  The resort counts 47 hotels plus a large range of chalets and apartments.  

Zenith offer a range of hotels and apartments. Details of all the ski accommodations can be seen at....

Leave your car in the car park! With ski-in/ski-out accommodation, transport provided by accommodation providers, a free resort shuttle bus service, marked-out footpaths, childcare centres for your little ones, a Children’s Village that’s one of its kind in France (boasting a safe area for them to learn to ski)… the watchwords here are comfort and ease of use, with or without skis.

Doing more in Courchevel

Aquamotion is a unique place, the largest European water park in the Alps!  There are a whole host of activities to enjoy with in and outside areas and state of the art equipment.  In the Aquawellness area for example there are lagoons, aero beds, effervescent baths, jets, showers, saunas, steam rooms and a salt cave.  At the Spa you can enjoy a range of beauty treatments and massages.  There is also an indoor climbing wall from 6 years of age upwards.

THE place to be to have a great time with family or friends! There is a 2.5 kilometre toboggan run which snakes through the forest between Courchevel and Courchevel Village.

Take Les Grangettes gondola lift up to the top (between 9am and 7.30pm) or travel up by resort shuttle bus, then head off on a crazy descent that lights up at nightfall… It’s the perfect bad weather activity, or simply a way to continue having fun after a day on the slopes!

We offer a range of other options to enjoy including:

  • microlighting
  • parachuting
  • paragliding
  • piste-basher driving
  • segway
  • snow-scooter
  • snowmobile rides
  • tandem hand-gliding
  • tobogganing
  • themed evenings

- want to book any - do email or call us.

For non-skiers:

  • ice rink
  • bowling alley
  • shopping addicts won't be outdone
  • climbing
  • fitness and spas
  • cinema

Getting here:

The nearest airport is Lyon or Geneva - transfers can be arranged from other airports - contact us for further details.

Should you prefer to drive, we can assist with ferry or tunnel crossings.

The local train station is Courchevel and we can arrange trains for you from Paris or from London- more detail at travel arrangements


Got some questions about the resort?

Call us on 0203 137 7678;  email us your questions or;

- see the accommodation

- see other French ski resorts

Key information

No of km of skiing (local area): 150
No of lifts: 58
No of km of cross country routes: 66
Night skiing: 3km
Terrain parks: 1
Longest run: 9km
Altitude (max): 2738m
Altitude (min): 1350m

Local Currency: €

Time difference to UK: +1hr

Ski Insurance

  • Ski insurance is a requirement when booking our holidays

    If you have a policy in place - that's great - if not the policy on our site is available from MPI  This covers all the key areas.

Famille Plus

It means that Courchevel is an ideal resort for families and children with:

  • A family friendly welcome
  • Entertainments for all ages
  • A family policy with prices for all
  • A nearby medical centre
  • Children pampered by professional staff

On arrival, ask for the 'family guide' and the entertainment programme.

Family Park

Parents, children, beginners or experts - there is something for everyone in the Family Park.

  • Boardercross races
  • Mini jumps
  • Whoops and wide boxes

Discover the sensation of freestyle in total safety.  

What we like

  • One of the most exclusive resorts in the world, with its four unique villages perfectly placed in the 600km Three Valleys area.
  • Host to an abundance of top-class restaurants, with seven boasting 12 Michelin stars between them.
  • Good choice of accommodation, from family-friendly apartments to luxurious hotels with spas.

What we would change

  • The resort of Courcheval is known for being very chic and sought after which can often mean that prices are a little higher than some of the other resorts in Les 3 Vallees.

Top 5 things to do

  • Each Wednesday experience night skiing until 8.00pm in the Family Park - a unique and friendly experience for all the family.
  • La Saulire Cable Car - travel up to the snowy peaks in one of the two designer cabins with breathtaking views guaranteed.  Then back down the peak to La Praz, a 1400m height difference, through pure spaces and snow covered trees.  Perfect for the adrenaline junky!
  • Head over to Mt Vallon for the best hidden views in the Three Valleys and enjoy lunch in the sun.
  • Start the day with the Creux blue run - it's a sunny piste that will set you up for a great day on the hill.

Ski Clothing Hire

Ski Chic

The best place for ski clothing and accessories hire online. Choose and book your all-inclusive ski outfit (jacket, trousers, goggles, gloves) and it will be delivered free of charge to your accommodation the day of your arrival in resort.

Ski Chic offer items for men, women, and children. 

  • Hotel New Solarium

    £1092- £1703

    (£pp on std occ)


    The Hotel New Solarium enjoys a privileged location on the slopes of Courcheval with breathtaking views over the entire resort.  The hotel benefits from premium services and a refined and friendly atmosphere.  

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  • Fahrenheit Seven


    (£pp on std occ)


    Opening in December 2017, the brand new Fahrenheit Seven is in one of the best locations in Courcheval 1650.  

    With ski in, ski out access, amazing views of the slopes, villages and mountains Fahrenheit Seven is a new philosophy in hospitality.   

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  • Hotel Olympic


    (£pp on std occ)


    If you are looking for great value right in the heart of Courchevel 1850 then the Hotel Olympic is the perfect choice. This no-fuss hotel enjoys a wonderful location virtually in the centre of the resort and it is just a minute's walk to the ski lifts.

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