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The Three Valleys embrace one of the most extensive linked ski areas in the world, encompassing Courchevel, La Tania, Meribel, Les Menuires and Val Thorens. The skiable area rises to 3230 metres at the glorious Sommet de 3 Vallees, and is criss-crossed by a staggering 615 km of piste.

The Three Valleys is the greatest intermediate playground in Europe and you will not be disappointed with Courchevel’s local slopes either. Around 75% of the pistes are blue or red and most are immaculately groomed. Although only 8% of the piste are designated advanced, Courchevel has some excellent black runs including steep mogul runs, couloirs reputed to be among the most difficult black runs in the world and plenty of good off-piste.

For beginners

There are excellent nursery slopes above Courchevel 1850, plus plenty of easy green and blue runs allowing beginners access to quickly venture further afield.

Snow parks

The Family Park above 1850 is getting bigger and better as each winter passes. Located alongside the Verdons piste, it has lines to suit different levels, with a variety of jumps, rails, tables, obstacles and a boardercross. For those looking to push themselves, the red kickers in the Big Air section are closer to black grade than red. There is also an airbag to test out all those new tricks without the fear of injury. Starting at 3€ for one jump, five jumps of 10€ or hourly rates, there's plenty of time to master the jumps.

You will also find two smaller ‘fun zones’ above Moriond (1650).

Off piste

There is plenty to interest expert skiers in Courchevel, even without considering the rest of the Three Valleys. There is a lot of steep terrain, both on and off piste, on the shady slopes of Vizelle. The couloirs at the top of the Saulire cable car were once black pistes (some of the steepest in Europe) but now only the Grand Couloir remains a piste. offering challenging off piste skiing, there are also the long tree runs in La Tania and miles of easily accessible off piste skiing in the Les Avals valley of Courchevel 1650.

It is imperative that you take all the safety precautions you can, shovels and probes and beepers can be purchased or hired. Speak to lift operators prior to going off piste as they will have a better idea of what is safe and what isn’t. To be extra safe professional guides can be hired who have all the local knowledge to take you to the best spots without sacrificing safety.

Cross country skiing

There’s nothing like cross country skiing for getting into shape... Courchevel, Meribel and La Tania offer miles of cross-country tracks: green and blue for beginners and red for confirmed Nordic skiers. Courchevel itself has 65km of prepared cross country trails, the most in the Three Valleys. Most start at 1300 with trails through the woods towards 1550, 1850 and Meribel. You will find ‘walking, Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing maps’ at the Tourist Office, alternatively lessons and guided excursions are available from the various ski schools, ask a member of staff for details.

In Courchevel we provide our ski hire from White Storm, just a short distance from the chalets. The shop offer in chalet fitting and a delivery/collection service. The shop's owner Simon is personally responsible and provides good service and equipment. 

We collect details such as ski ability, height, weight and shoe size beforehand, to ensure the team at hire shop know exactly what you’re looking for and therefore the whole fitting process is as quick and seamless as possible.

We are confident you’ll get the very best of service from White Storm. We have also negotiated that they will stay open later on your day of arrival, or open earlier the next morning to ensure your ski fitting is as hassle free as possible, should any delays occur due to bad weather.

Ski rental equipment descriptions and categories vary from resort to resort, and even from shop to shop. To make this easier we describe ski equipment as bronze, silver, gold or platinum. We would advise you book the following according to your experience and ski ability;

Bronze – for complete beginners
Silver – for intermediate level
Gold – for intermediate/advanced level
Platinum – for advanced/expert level

Please note the prices below are a guide and may change due to suppliers or exchange rates.

Adult silver  
Skis only £83
Boots only £45
Skis & boots £128
Adult Gold  
Skis only £101
Boots only £45
Skis & boots £146
Board only £101
Board & boots £146
Adult Platinum  
Skis only £131
Boots only £45
Skis & boots £176
Child bronze (3-5 years)  
Skis only £42
Boots only £19
Skis & boots £79
Child Silver (7-12 years)  
Skis only £57
Boots only £23
Skis & boots £98
Board & boots £98
 
Adult helmet hire

£27

Possibly one of the most important aspects of a ski holiday, the lift pass is vital unless you plan to walk up the mountain before skiing down!

Pre-book your lift pass directly with us before you travel. Your lift passes will be delivered to your chalet before breakfast on the first morning, in plenty of time for you to make it up the first lift.

Prices shown below are a guide and may fluctuate due to exchange rates

6 day 3 Valley lift pass
Adult - £267
Adult 65-75 years - £253
Child 5-12 years - £225
Family of 4 - £898
Family of 5 - £1122
Family of 6 - £1346

6 day Courchevel Valley lift pass
Adult - £220
Adult 65-75 years - £211
Child 5-12 years - £187
Family of 4 - £748
Family of 5 - £935
Family of 6 - £1122

3 day 3 Valley lift pass
Adult - £152
Adult 65-75 years - £137
Child 5-12 years - £122

3 day Courchevel Valley lift pass
Adult - £138
Adult 65-75 years - £124
Child 5-12 years - £110

Adult & Child Carre Neige - £16

There are several ski school providers in Courchevel, each will offer a variety of tuition options from beginner groups to private lessons and off piste guiding, however, some may specialise in a particular area. We have listed a few of our recommended suppliers below, and highlighted those we pre-book on your behalf.

TDC +33 (0)6 85 88 05 91

We can pre-book lessons on your behalf - please call us on 0208 875 1957

TDC in Courchevel is a truly British ski coaching centre and ski school. If you want to get more out of your skiing, and you have tried traditional ski schools and ski lessons, then go and see the team at TDC, and they will help you move your skiing to the next level. They offer clinics (3-6 people) and private tuition for adults, teenagers and kids. All native English speaking instructors. Small groups ensure the highest standard of personalised coaching.

New Generation +33(0)4 79 01 03 18 (UK: 01462 674000)

We can pre-book lessons on your behalf - please call us on 0208 875 1957

New Generation is a British-run ski school with international teams in 16 resorts across the French, Swiss and Austrian Alps, including their original school based here in Courchevel.  With 19 years' experience helping skiers and boarders build confidence and develop technique, they are able to tailor lessons and adventures to meet your needs, and pride themselves on providing excellent customer service. They offer a wide range of ski and snowboard lessons for all ages and abilities from wobbly first timers, to off piste adventurers. So whether you're looking to join a group, get private coaching, or go on an off piste adventure, they will help you get the most of your time in Courchevel.

BASS (British Alpine Ski School) +33(0)6 19 77 85 57

Bass supply BASI trained, English speaking instructors, with small group sizes to ensure personal and thorough instruction service. They have an effective lesson program that caters for absolute beginners to advanced, and are committed to helping their customers advance quickly, safely and enjoyably. Group and private ski lessons for adults and children.

ESF +33(0)4 79 08 07 72

ESF are a local branch of the French Ski School and provide private and group ski & snowboard lessons, for children, teens and adults. ESF are unique in offering Kindergarten ski school for children from the age of 3 years. Lessons are available for beginners or advanced abilities and you will find all their instructors are not only highly competent but extremely friendly to ensure you enjoy your lessons.

Oxgene Ski School +33(0)4 79 01 01 81

We can pre-book lessons on your behalf - please call us on 0208 875 1957

Oxygene and Magic in Motion have teamed up to provide a dedicated and motivated team across the French Alps. Oxygene offer both group and private tuition for skiers and snowboarders, with small English speaking groups to ensure you receive individual attention and maximum enjoyment. 

You will certainly not be bored on your ski holiday in Courchevel. Courchevel offers a variety of activities for both the non-skier and those wanting some alternative entertainment after a day on the mountain. Our resort staff will have further details and would be able to assist you in booking.

Husky Dog Sleigh ride

Get a taste of Alaska on a husky powered sledge whilst taking in the breath-taking mountain scenery. Dog sledding began in Canada and Alaska where, in the far north, people were dependent on their dogs for protection, companionship, hunting, trapping and, most of all, transportation. Daily tours are available weather permitting.

Cinema

The Courchevel cinema features all the very latest releases. Pick up show times from Tourist Office for the week's schedule. English films are marked VOST and are usually shown 2 or 3 times a week in the evenings. Courchevel cinema also opens in the afternoon if the weather is very bad.

Bowling

The Courchevel’s Bowling is a great complex wtih 8 alleys, children bumpers, pool table and other games. 

Fat bike

Discover a new thrill and try this new generation of mountain bike, especially conceived and adapted for the snow. Every Wednesday and Friday, fully supervised by professionals.

Hang gliding

If you want to know what it feels like to fly like a bird, hang-gliding is the activity for you! Attached to a delta-shaped wing, take off and discover new flying sensations while admiring the magnificent landscapes. Accompanied by an experienced pilot, don't hesitate to try out this alternative way of discovering Courchevel. Guaranteed thrills! 

Helicopter ride

A real once in a lifetime experience! Hover around the Three Valleys in a helicopter, marvelling at the wonderful scenery beneath you.

Hot Air balloon ride

See the 3 Valleys from up high in the comfort of a wicker basket! Whitetr@cks offers hot air balloon rides scaling across Courchevel & Meribel with spectacular views of the area and beyond. Probably the least strenuously way to see the region by far! Please note excursions may be cancelled dependent on weather conditions.

Ice skating

Test your skating skills at the indoor Forum Olympic ice rink, located in the centre of Courchevel 1850. Open daily for ice skating from 3pm to 7pm except Wednesday, when the rink is open from 4pm to 10pm. The rink may also be open for public use from 2pm on bad weather days.

Paragliding

Suspended from a canopy, allow yourself to be carried by the wind, swirling in the air over Courchevel and gliding above the valleys. Enjoy the unforgettable experience and sensation of freedom offered by paragliding.

Skydiving

After a brief training session to cover the basic free fall position the plane goes up to 17000 feet. Don’t worry, you’re hooked to a tandem instructor who’s in charge of everything. You just enjoy the ride… 45 seconds free fall followed by a 5 minutes ride under the canopy. 

Sledging

Get ready to hurtle down Courchevel's 2 km-long sledge run. The run plunges 300m vertical drop over 2km, and with an average incline of 15%, prepare to experience some serious thrills. Open all day and floodlit in the evening. The run is free with a lift pass, you will need to hire a toboggan from one of the many shops. There are also other sites which are ideal for tobogganing.

Piste basher driving

A childhood dream can come true. Drive those fascinating machines on Courchevel’s equipped circuit, learn how to move the snow, to groom the slopes and guide the piste basher up and down the mountain.

Snowmobile rides

Try your hand at driving these 500cc two-seater motorbikes built specially for the snow. With the rear wheel replaced by a caterpillar track for momentum and the front wheel swapped for a pair of skis for steering — snowmobiles are incredibly quick and able machines whether snow, ice or even water is put in front of them.  Whether you are a beginner or have done it several times before, after some expert instruction you are soon to be out on an open country trail enjoying the buzz and adrenalin rush of being in control of a snow scooter. 

Snowshoeing

Equipped with snow shoes, amble beneath the spruces, tear down a powdery slope, get close to the river bed and its ice crystals, guess which animal left its trail before you. Explore Mother Nature's secret corners on foot.

Torch lit descent

They’re always fascinating to watch so why not have a go yourself? Discover new sensations by skiing at night with just the light of a torch and with no other noise other than the gliding of your own skis across the snow and the crackling of the flame!

Airboarding

Airboard is a new way to descend the mountain in the form of a posh sledge, like body-boarding on an inflatable. This relatively new twist on snow sports is a bit like body boarding down the piste. Lying stomach-down on an inflatable sled-like cushion you slide head-first down the mountain, picking up speed and using your bodyweight to shift direction. The underside of the air board is grooved, so that you can steer and brake by leaning from side to side. 

Gym/Fitness centre

A public gym & fitness classes can be found at the main sports centre in Courchevel and a number of hotels also have their own facilities to keep you trim while you're on holiday.

Igloo experience

A couple of local companies offer igloo experiences where you can either dine or stay over in an igloo. Definitely something you don't find in every ski resort!

Swimming

The Grandes Combes swimming pool in Courchevel Village is open every day. It has 2 different pools which are open from 10am to 6pm

The "Aquamotion" centre in Courchevel Moriond is a watery haven where you can take a dip, relax in the spa and wind down after a hard day on the mountain. This is not just any old swimming pool the centre includes water slides, wild rivers and a wave surf zone! There is also a wellness area with sauna, steam room and a restaurant. 

We understand that for many guests an important part of their ski holiday is enjoying an après ski beer or dancing the night away into the early hours. We’ve listed below just a few of our favourite bars in Courchevel. Don’t forget to ask your Chalet Host for advice on which venues are the best, they will after all, probably have frequented most of them.

Milk- Le Milk Pub in the Place du Forum, has a great atmosphere from around 16.00 – 18.00 and then from 22.00 onwards most evenings. By day Le Milk is a pub-style eatery offering traditional Mexican cuisine; at night, it transforms into disco heaven with guest DJ nights, drinks promotions and a good mix of seasonnaires and guests make for a great night out in 1850. Milk Bar is pretty trendy with an underground setting, and the prices are pretty reasonable.

Le Tremplin - A popular après bar at the foot of the slopes, Le Tremplin offers live music, a large sun terrace and good levels of service.

Purple Café - This is a Parisian style cocktail bar located at the entrance of 1850. It’s a stylish bar with a wide selection of cocktails and an excellent wine list. The atmosphere is cosmopolitan, sophisticated and rather quirky.

Mangeoire - There’s no shortage of places to drink in Courchevel, and La Mangeoire is among the best. While it may look like more of a restaurant at first glance, come midnight the tables are pushed back and the dinner crowd gets up to dance until the early hours. Famed for its collection of cocktails, you can enjoy an extensive drinks menu against a backdrop of piano music every night of the week. It does get busy but has a great atmosphere.

Funky Fox - Located in Courchevel Moriond (1650) the Funky Fox offers live music, DJ nights, live sports, pool and darts.

TJ’s - TJ’s is a British run bar located in the centre of 1850, so tends to attract British clientele. They’re famous for their theme nights and offer plenty of drinks promotions. The bar becomes busy between the hours of 10pm and 2am.

Le Kudeta/ Kalico - Located in Place du Forum at the heart of Courchevel 1850, this venue has all you need from lunch right through to the small hours. Kudeta, which is part of the famed Le Kalico nightclub, gets things going with live music from 4pm and is a legendary haunt for both holidaymakers and seasonnaires. Le Kalico fills up later in the evening and stays open for live music, cocktails and partying until the early hours of the morning.

La Grange Nightclub - Located in the exclusive Rue Park City district of Courchevel 1850, this Moroccan-style nightclub keeps the party rocking every night with a variety of DJs. This is one of the oldest nightclubs in Courchevel but has managed to renew and update itself continuously and remains a popular venue to dance into the early hours.

La Suite Bar & Lounge - La Suite Bar & Lounge has a well-chosen wine list, a range of fine whiskies and luxury champagnes as well as soft drinks, spirits, cocktails and hot drinks all complimented by delicious bar snacks and gourmet "tasting plates". Music, subtle lighting and chic decor blend to make La Suite the ideal place to relax and socialise after a day on the mountain.

Les Caves - A Courchevel hot spot and a must for all holiday makers looking for night-life, Les Caves offers up some of the best DJ's and music in the ski resort of Courchevel. Les Caves is jam-packed every night and attracts locals, tourists and celebrities alike.

Stanley's Bar - A mix of traditional chalet style and modern luxury interior this is a great place to relax after a long day on the slopes. Located at the Kilimandjaro Hotel this is a popular bar with a warm and cosy atmosphere. Enjoy one of their many cocktails or taste the rare brandies, there is varied musical entertainment each night.

La Luge Bar & Restaurant - Perfect for a quick bite to eat or a few drinks in the centre of Courchevel. Conveniently located in the Forum, by day it’s the perfect place for a quick bite to eat (the menu offers hamburgers, salads, wraps, soups and snacks). The bar is open daily and serves lots of rum based drinks and cocktails. Cocktails are served from 17:00 and the DJ kicks off a night of music and drinking that will keep you going until the nightclubs open.

There are a huge variety of restaurants to choose from for lunch, either on the mountain or in the villages. Many of the lunch time restaurants also offer dinner in the evening. As your chalet host will have one night off in the week, this provides the perfect opportunity for you to sample the local cuisine.

Courchevel has more Michelin starred restaurants than any other ski resort and is renowned for its fine dining. A total of 7 restaurants share 11 Michelin stars, including three restaurants which have been awarded two Michelin stars.

In busy periods don’t forget to ask your Chalet Host to make a reservation to ensure that you get the restaurant of your choice. Below we’ve listed a few of the many restaurants in Courchevel.

Mountain restaurants;

Les Pierres Plates (La Saulire), Courchevel - This is a popular and funky mountain restaurant with a large terrace at 2738m. The main restaurant has a 320 degree view of the mountains and serves traditional French cuisine, there's a large terrace outside with a bar. There is also a snack bar serving sandwiches and hot dishes.

La Table des Flocons, Courchevel Village - This is an ideal lunch spot, right next to the piste and the fast 6 man Touvet chair lift. The restaurant is part of a family run hotel and serves delicious Savoyard cuisine which can be enjoyed either inside or on their sun terrace. Open daily 11:30 - 23:00

Le Pilatus, Courchevel - Found next to the Altiport, this restaurant has grown from a small self-service establishment to a large and fantastically re-furbished restaurant & hotel. Le Pilatus has been running for over 15 years and is a popular lunch stop and a perfect choice for those in search of some authentic mountain charm. Open daily 09:00 - 17:00

Les Chenus, Courchevel - As the name suggests you will find this restaurant at the top of the Chenus bubble. The menu is based around grilled dishes, from meat to fish and burgers. They also have a selection of starters, Savoyard specialities and desserts. The terrace offers breath-taking views of the Mont Blanc and the surrounding valleys. Open from 9:00 to 17:00.

Le Tremplin, Courchevel - Located just next to the main lifts area (La Croisette) in Courchevel 1850, this restaurant is a firm favourite of locals and visitors. Serving everything from fresh seafood and sushi to filet steak. The wine list is one of the most extensive in Courchevel. Open for lunch from 12:00 and 18:00, and for dinner from 20:00 to 22:30. Booking is a must.

Le Dou du Midi, Courchevel - A nice place to stop for a lunch break on the mountain, Le Dou du Midi offer a set menu of a soup, savoury tart and a dessert from €30 per adult. All soups are made with fresh vegetables from farmers market.  Lunch is served every day from noon until 14:30.

Le Bel Air, Courchevel Moriond - An on-piste restaurant above 1650. Right outside the top of the Ariondaz bubble. They offer a daily Plat du Jour plus omelettes, great salads, steaks & Savoyard dishes. They also have a snack menu with sandwiches and paninis for a quick bite on the terrace. This is a popular lunch spot and even with 300 seats it is often fully booked each day.

L'Oeil de Boeuf, Courchevel Village - This is an authentic mountain restaurant in Courchevel 1550, at the bottom of the Tovets piste.

This tiny little 200 year old hut with just 8 tables downstairs and about the same again upstairs, serves food cooked over the open fire at the end of the room. There’s no choice of vegetable, just potatoes & onions baked in the embers of the fire. Definitely a must visit for meat lovers and with a sun terrace it makes for a great skiers lunch spot!

Le Cap Horn, Courchevel - Cited as one of the top 10 mountain restaurants in the world by The Telegraph, this restaurant is a must-visit while you're in Courchevel.

It may be pricey but from the large sunny terrace you can sit back and watch the super wealthy arrive at the nearby Altiport in their private jets while you take your pick from a fresh seafood platter. If fish isn't your thing they also serve a good selection of salads, pasta dishes, omelettes, grilled meats and roasted chicken. There is also a "Wild burger" menu offering starters, cocktails, snacks, pizzas and, of course, burgers. Open daily for lunch and dinner, booking recommended.

La Cave des Creux, Courchevel 1850 - Up at 2112 metres, this restaurant has great views of the Mont Blanc and the Courchevel Valley which can be enjoyed from the large south facing terrace with an outdoor fireplace. Savoyard specialities are on the menu together with Asian fusion recipes, and they boast a fine wine list. There is also a buffet of homemade desserts. Open daily from 09:00 - 17:00

La Fruitiere, Meribel - For foodies we definitely recommend a visit to La Fruitiere over in Meribel. It offers fine dining on the slopes, next to the infamous Folie Douce bar. The menu is designed around sourcing high quality local produce. La Fruitiere is equally original in its interior design, taking its inspiration from the old mountain diaries, with a modern interpretation. Located below the middle station of the Soulire Express Gondola. Open daily 09:00 - 17:00

Village restaurants;

Le 1947, Courchevel - This fabulous restaurant, located at the foot of the slopes, boasts two Michelin stars. Chef Yannick Alléno offers a unique experience inspired by the surrounding mountains and Alpine flavours.

The interior has been carefully decorated by Sybille de Margerie, opening the kitchen to the dining room so that you can see the masters at work. Specialities include Modern tartiflette with black truffle and reblochon snow, Gnocchi with féra fish from the lake, black truffle and buttermilk, Scallop vapour with celeriac and caviar, or Chocolate fondant over a meringue mikado, seaweed biscuit and yuzu sherbet.

Le Chabotte, Courchevel - Le Chabotte is located at the Chabichou Hotel in the centre of resort. They offer great food, with a bistro menu as well as local specialities. The restaurant combines tradition with contemporary design with dishes like skewered meats, reinvented Savoyard recipes and homemade desserts.

In the evenings, there is live music at the bar with the occasional cabaret night to entertain you while you dine.

Le Genepi, Courchevel 1850 - This upmarket Savoyard restaurant has an excellent reputation, located just up the road from the La Crossiette lift. The menu offers wonderful flavour packed dishes including fresh traditional ingredients with a more modern twist. Enjoy exceptional dishes such as lobster ravioli and carpaccio of duck plus a number of Savoyard specialities.

La Saulire, Courchevel - La Saulire offers great service and exceptional food making this a great choice. Jacques, the owner, is renowned for being a good host who offers everyone a warm welcome. With main courses costing in the region of €40-50 and a whole page of the menu dedicated to truffle dishes this is not the place to go for a cheap meal, but its popularity speaks for itself. Booking is recommended.

Il Vino, Courchevel 1650 - The clue is in the name – it is the wine rather than the food that takes centre stage at Il Vino, select your wine and the waiter will suggest a dish to complement it.

All wines are served by the glass so that you get to sample a range of flavours to suit the different courses of your meal - you can even opt for a "blind menu" where you will be presented with 4 different courses and 4 specially selected wines. Although the wine is the star of the show, the food is also a treat with house specialities such as homemade tortellini with black truffles or Breton seabass with champagne lentils.

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