Courchevel has always had a reputation as the home of swanky chalets and mega-rich clientele – but there's a lot here that will suit a wide range of skiers, in an attractive setting within the huge Three Valleys ski area.
Don't let stories of 400€ bottles of champagne put you off. Sure, Courchevel has for years been a magnet for the uber wealthy. But it's an excellent resort boasting superb local slopes – and well positioned within the Three Valleys ski area. The villages all have ambiance and buzz about them, and for families the proximity of good nursery slopes is major plus.
Courchevel's local slopes are second-to-none for beginners and wobbly early intermediates. These long, smooth runs are surrounded by plenty of trees, making them good in poor weather too.
In the three higher resorts, there are nurseries with snow gardens that accept children from 18 months and upwards.
In 1550 there’s the Maison des Enfants, in 1650 there’s Les P'tits Pralins de Moriond and in 1850 the Villages des Enfants.
Situated between Courchevel 1650 and 1550, Aquamotion aquatic centre is a spectacular building with sloping grass-covered roof, designed to blend in with the mountain scenery.
The nearest Eurostar station is Moutiers, you can then transfer to Courchevel by bus or taxi.
By bus: around 45-55 minutes; Adult 12€, Youth (U26) 9.50€ (www.altibus.com)
By taxi: around 45 minutes; about 110€ for an 8-seater taxi.
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