Courchevel, France

Courchevel, France

Want a ski holiday with lots of chic and plenty of powder? It doesn’t come any better than trendy Courchevel, which gives you access to one of the largest connected ski area in the world.

One of the resorts making up the 3 Valleys ski area, Courchevel is a gateway to 600km of piste, and there’s also excellent off piste and cross-country to be enjoyed here.

A lush for A listers and the rich and famous – this ski palace is a five-centre layer cake of exquisite options, from the resort’s birthplace at Saint Bon in 1925 (1,100m) to the luxurious Courchevel 1850 – and let’s not forget Courchevel 1650 for all those seeking the party town.

And whether you stay in traditional Courchevel 1300 – Le plaz, or family-friendly 1550, you’ll find each place has two things in common – access to some of the best slopes in the Alps and guaranteed snow.

You won’t know where to point your camera first, with panoramas stretching from the Mont Blanc massif in the north to the Les Ecrins massif in the south,

The resort is two and a half hours from Chambery, three and a half hours
from Grenoble, and 40 minutes from the ski train stop at Moutiers.

Luxury appeal    
One of the world’s most exclusive resorts, Courchevel comes complete with designer boutiques, gourmet dining options and exclusive trendy night spots.

Star attraction
Peter Andre, Posh and Becks, David Walliams, David Coulthard, Robbie Williams…it’s definitely a ski hang out for the celebs

Technical
Coucheval has 600kms of piste. There are 335 runs – 183 easy, 119 intermediate and 33 difficult . The longest run is the 5kms Cîme de Caron.There is one snowboard park and 120kms of cross-country trails. The 1,850m resort has183 lifts and cable cars across the Three Valleys (3 cable cars, 37 gondolas, 69 chairlifts, 74 drag lifts). And you can ski from December through to April.

Apres ski
Chill out in one of the 43 mountain restaurants, glam up for a glitzy night on the town. You can revel 24 seven in Courchevel. And if you planning a day off the slopes there’s also ice-skating, bowling (1850) • tobogganing, snow shoeing, skidooing and ice climbing to enjoy.

Location, location
The Three Valleys, or Les Trois Vallées, lie in the Tarantaise Valley in France’s Savoie department. The valleys are Saint-Bon, Allues, and Belleville, and skiing has now been extended into the Maurienne valley too.
Some ski areas lie within the Vanoise National Park.

Photography Credit: David André

Briony Key has worked for the Scotsman and Travel Weekly and currently writes for Time and Leisure, planetski and Family Ski News. She loves action sports and is this year taking on a Ben Nevis challenge for the British Heart Foundation. Her hobbies include travel, restoring old furniture and working in theatre wardrobes.

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