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.
With 600km of pistes in total, mileage hungry and advanced skiers will never complain of too little terrain or of lack of challenge. At busier periods, it's easy to avoid the crowds: the tree-lined runs above La Tania or the slopes directly above Courchevel Moriond are two examples of areas that stay relatively quiet.
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.
The Aquamotion centre will certainly keep children entertained. There is also a 2km adventure luge track, which runs through the forest to Courchevel Village, while at the Indian Camp, children can play at being American Indians.
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.
One part, the “Aqualudique”, is huge indoor and outdoor swimming pool with children’s pool, 45m slide and rapids. From 10€ per adult. https://www.aquamotion-courchevel.com/en/ There’s also an adults-only spa, with jacuzzis, saunas, steam rooms, salt pool, and beauty treatments. Amongst other activities, the resort also offers piste-basher driving, hang-gliding and ice karting.
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.