Considered one of the most glamorous ski resorts in France, Courchevel forms part of Les Trois Vallees in the magnificent Tarentaise Valley. It was originally established during World War II and comprises the largest linked ski area in the world, together with its well-known neighbours, Paradiski and Espace Killy.
Things to do in Courchevel
Rent a set of skis or a snowboard to explore Courchevel’s groomed pistes, most of which are suited to beginner and intermediate snow enthusiasts. That being said, its couloirs are among the most difficult black runs in the world. You can also cross-country ski and snowshoe through the easily accessible backcountry terrain or set out to explore on a husky-pulled dog sledding adventure.
At the end of a long day on the slopes, rejuvenate in the heated pools of Aquamotion Courchevel, which is also home to a sauna, steam room and spa. Kids will love the thrilling waterslides and the indoor climbing wall, as well as the artificial surfing facility. Instructors are on hand to teach you the ins and outs of surfing, bodyboarding and wakeboarding.
For a completely different perspective on Courchevel’s ski fields, take to the skies on a hot air balloon adventure to experience the remarkable mountains of the Tarentaise Valley at sunrise. Alternatively, you can launch yourself off one of the surrounding cliffs and ride the thermals while paragliding with an experienced pilot.
Getting around Courchevel
Courchevel is around 1.5 hours’ drive from Grenoble and 2.5 hours from Lyon. Geneva Airport is two hours away and has flights to destinations across the globe. Trains connect from cities across France to the Moutiers railway station, from where it’s around 20 minutes by taxi to Courchevel. The village of Courchevel is small enough to explore on foot.