Courchevel – France
Resort height: 1,300m – 2,700m
Total piste length: 160km
The 3 Valleys ski area, in which Courchevel is located, is internationally considered the most interconnected and largest ski area in the world. With accessibility taking precedence, there are 3 parallel valleys connected via lifts or runs over the ridges or passes. The lift system offers flexibility and practicality at this resort, making it easy to navigate the 160km of alpine ski runs.
The resort prides itself on its inclusivity, with a specific ‘ZEN’ area purposefully created for beginners to become accustomed to skiing.
Where to lunch
Le Chalet De Pierres is situated on the Verdons slope and offers the perfect setting to take a break from skiing and enjoy some local cuisine. With a covered and heated terrace, the restaurant affords its guests stunning views as well as the chance to have lunch in open air. Private lounges are also on offer for those looking to enjoy the traditional fare in a more intimate setting.
Where to stay
Much like the slopes themselves, the accommodation is flexible and varied to suit most budgets and party sizes. Chalets and apartments, bed and breakfasts and holiday villages are the main options for accommodation. With most places offering direct access to the slopes, accessibility won’t be a problem whilst staying at the resort. For those with a generous budget the Appartments D’Exception promises a luxurious stay. Balconies complete with panoramic views, a bar, chef, housekeeper and massage facilities are all on offer in this exceptional chalet.
For those looking to spend more time on the slopes and less on accommodation, the holiday villages offer an affordable alternative to luxury apartments and chalets. Le Lac Bleu Touristra is a good option for families with young children. Offering family rooms sleeping two to four, children’s activities and a day nursery, this accommodation would suit those looking for a more family orientated trip.
Le Piano Bar Du Lana is full of sumptuous décor and jazz music playing well into the night. The bar is described as ‘chic Byzantine’ style with ‘deep sofas’ to sink into after a day on the slopes.
Alternatively head to Le 8611 bar for a warmer more relaxed atmosphere, the head barman is renowned for his mixology skills and selection of cocktails. For those looking to party into the small hours, Les Caves de Courchevel welcomes revellers and offers the perfect venue to drink and dance the night away.