One third of the world’s biggest ski area, Les Trois Vallées – Courchevel is a truly universal resort which caters for everyone. On the mountain you’ll find a wide variety of pistes to satisfy beginners, intermediates and advancers skiers alike. With free lifts operating on the beginner slopes, a huge range of intermediate slopes and steep north facing expert terrain its a skiers and boarders paradise. And because of its North-facing aspect you’ll find some of the best snow conditions in the 3 Valleys.
With streets filled with designer boutiques more commonly seen in Paris, the highest concentration of luxury hotels on the globe and a spattering of Michelin stars, its visitors are just as likely to arrive by private jet or helicopter as on four wheels. As such, it’s great for a spot of people-watching or celeb spotting with pop stars, footballers and royalty paying regular visits.
On the slopes there is a mixture of terrain: excellent beginner slopes, a family snowpark and wide cruisy pistes. And for off piste fans there’s the famous Saulire couloirs to give you some serious thigh burn! In the centre of the Courchevel valley, Courchevel (formerly known as 1850) is well placed to reach each of the other local resorts as well as dropping in to the neighbouring valley of Meribel. The world class Stade run has hosted a number of key events in recent years including the Ladies World Cup Slalom and, if you time it right, you might catch the BMW Polo Masters tournament. Played at an elevation of 2000m, at the Courchevel atliport which you might recognise from the James Bond film ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’.
The bar scene is a little limited in Courchevel, giving way to upmarket hotels and restaurants, but if you’re searching for evening entertainment there’s always the bowling alley, ice skating rink and night skiing.
Rue de Bellecôte 73120 Saint-Bon-Tarentaise Courchevel 1850 • France
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