Courchevel, Rhone-Alpes: tourism & sightseeing
Visit Courchevel (Rhone-Alpes, France)
Courchevel is a very popular and well known Alpine Ski resort that forms part of the 'Three Valleys' Alpine ski region with Meribel and Val Thorens, together forming the largest ski area in the world.
Not just one resort...
Courchevel itself includes several 'separate' resorts, each named according to their altitude above sea-level (although not always strictly accurately) - hence we have Le Praz (aka Courchevel 1300), La Tania (aka Courchevel 1350) and Courchevels 1550, 1650 and 1850.
In fact there is an additional Courchevel resort called Saint-Bon, at 1100 metres altitude. You should be aware that this is below the level of the start of the ski lifts although a frequent bus operates to take you further up the mountain.
Courchevel 1850 was the first of the resorts to be constructed, soon after the second world war, and remains the largest of the resorts. Of course, Courchevel has changed a great deal during the last 50 years - including the implementation of a vast 'snow generator' system with hundreds of snow cannons to ensure you will always be able to ski.
Le Praz (1300) is a very attractive traditional village, and 1850 is the most luxurious of the stations, with the intermediate resorts at 1550 and 1650 being targeted towards families and related activities.
Because of the large area covered by the resorts it is no surprise that there is skiing for all levels of skier, from the complete beginner, via an extensive range of blue and green runs, to a wide network of highly reputed 'black runs' and ample cross-country and off-piste opportunities for the very experienced. There are 150 kilometres of ski runs and 170 ski lifts.
Courchevel is recommended for both enthusiasts and families looking for a ski holiday together, with ski school on hand to help novices ge started.
Many visitors find that the Courchevel resorts have everything they need, but ski passes can also be purchased which allow access to the whole Three Valleys area - which have been designed as one interlinking ski region, allowing easy access between them and with a total of 600 kilometres of ski runs...
If you want to try other activities Courchevel also a good choice, from spas to ice-climbing, from hang-gliding to ice-skating, from hot air balloons to dog-sled trips I don't think you will be able to come up with an activity that isn't available. Of course, these activities all come at a cost so bring your wallet along...
When you have finished skiing you wil find that all other winter resort facilities - both day and night - are catered for with numerous ski related shops, enough other shops and boutiques to rival a decent sized town, including many upmarket shops, and lots of restaurants and bars.
To give you a clue as to how extensive the range of restaurants is, there are more than five restaurants here that have received a Michelin star and an almost uncountable number of more 'standard' restaurants.
Summertime in Courchevel
If you are a summertime mountain enthusiast, Courchevel will still welcome you, with easy access to some stunning hikes through great scenery, outdoor activities at La Saulire, mountain biking and mountain climbing etc, and the opportunity to explore the Vanoise National Park. You wil find that many resorts remain open all year but are realy quite quiet in summer, but Courchevel is usually busy.
Where is Courchevel?
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Address: Courchevel, Savoie, Rhone-Alpes, France || GPS: latitude 45.415, longitude 6.63389
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne: recommended detour (27km)
- Albertville: town of art and history (34km)
The French version of this page is at Courchevel (Francais)