Let’s dream, let’s love, let’s Courchevel !
Courchevel and its villages reveal themselves to you along a pretty road that winds between forests, offering panoramic views… This unique doorstep skiing resort comprises 6 villages linked by ski lifts and shuttle buses, and a wealth of different atmospheres. Wherever you are, the quest for excellence and attention to detail prevail. In each village, no stone is left unturned to ensure you enjoy an unforgettable stay…
Ski like nowhere else
Courchevel’s ski area offers 1,001 different landscapes, ranging from forests to narrow corridors and wide open spaces, with high altitudes and perfectly positioned slopes. A pioneering resort in terms of slope preparation, its perfect piste grooming and unparalleled snowmaking system, combined with the maintenance and re-contouring of slopes as soon as the last snows have melted, are quite simply ingrained in Courchevel’s DNA.
To enhance your level of comfort and safety, the ski lifts undergo constant improvements, and new equipment and services such as the Serenity Patrol on the slopes are created.
Take a walk through the land of lights…
Courchevel works its magic… with its varied and elegant stone and wood-built mountain architecture, blending discreetly into the forest or along the edge of the slopes. At nightfall, its exceptional firework displays, twinkling lights and illuminations add a warm glow to your après-ski, inviting you to stroll through the streets and share precious moments of quality time together, being happy…
A wealth of possibilities at your ski tips
Leave your car in the car park! With ski-in/ski-out accommodation, transport provided by accommodation providers, a free resort shuttle bus service, marked-out footpaths, childcare centres for your little ones, a Children’s Village that’s one of its kind in France (boasting a safe area for them to learn to ski)… the watchwords here are comfort and ease of use, with or without skis.
Art of living à la française… that’s our pledge!
A land of delights, this is certainly one of the many areas in which Courchevel excels. The resort is renown for its gastronomy, both in terms of its unparalleled culinary wonders … the quality of its home cooked fresh produce… the many different opportunities in which to indulge your guilty pleasure… and the ability of its Chefs, the most prestigious in the world, to maintain the excellent standards required by the leading gastronomic restaurants for several years.
This love of good food continues on the slopes, tantalising the taste buds and exhilarating the senses at every turn…
Courchevel, a leader in its field
With more than 40 different nationalities visiting Courchevel every year, the other resorts and the media keep a close eye on it to see what it will come up with next. Come and try it out for yourself!
Dates d'ouvertures :du 9 December 2017 au 22 April 2018
Altitude station :1850 m
1 AQUAMOTION CENTRE
If you fancy going for a dip, lazing around, diving in, swimming, splashing about or surfing, head to Europe’s largest mountain-based aqua-fun centre. With aqua-fun, aqua-wellness and aqua-sport areas, as well as a spa (massages available), it has everything you need to have fun, be active, relax, or lounge around… whatever your age or inclination. You’ll find a paddling pool for little ones, a five-slide waterslide and wild river for the adventurous, indoor surfing for daredevils, a climbing wall for scaling the heights, a well-being area for maximum relaxation, aqua-sports classes for burning off some energy, snack bars and restaurants if you feel peckish…
Located at the crossroads between Courchevel Village and Courchevel Moriond, you can access Aquamotion on foot, or by free shuttle bus.
2 LA SAULIRE
Culminating at 2,738 metres, the majestic Saulire is the highest point in the Courchevel Valley ski area. Accessible on skis or on foot using the cable car (first built in 1952 and replaced in 1983), it’s well worth taking the trip up there in the cabin customised by talented artist JonOne. Speaking of works of art, the Saulire summit itself isn’t to be overlooked; it greets those coming to discover monumental masterpieces every winter, with breath-taking panoramas set against a backdrop of Mont Blanc and La Grande Casse, the highest point in the Savoie region.
At the foot of the cable car, you’ll find an exhibition covering the history of ski lifts. Then it’s all aboard and 3 minutes later, you’re at the summit! From there, you can access Courchevel’s ski area and hurtle down the legendary Combe de la Saulire or explore Les 3 Vallées, strike a pose in front of the photo frames, relax on a slopeside terrace… and even in summer, discover the highest Via Ferrata in France.
3 FAMILY PARK
At the heart of Courchevel’s ski area, and the crossroads of all the valley’s ski routes, you’ll find a paradise for families, teens and keen freestylers. The Family Park is a magical land of rails, tables and jumps, moguls, boardercrosses, a big air bag and more…
It opens one night a week as part of the Verdons By Night, which is your chance to enjoy the park and music beneath the stars! Don’t miss the Verdons By Night XXL event; held twice during the season, with large-scale firework displays and beautiful torch-lit descents!
4 TOBOGGAN RUN
THE place to be to have a great time with family or friends! This 2.5 kilometre toboggan run snakes through the forest, between Courchevel and Courchevel Village. Take Les Grangettes gondola lift up to the top (between 9am and 7.30pm) or travel up by resort shuttle bus, then head off on a crazy descent that lights up at nightfall… It’s the perfect bad weather activity, or simply a way to continue having fun after a day on the slopes!
And what’s more, after 5pm, it’s free to get up to the top…
Two other areas reserved for younger children are also located at the top of the Tovets chair lift, next to the top of the toboggan run.
Created in 1961 by Michel Ziegler, former mayor of Courchevel and mountain and aviation enthusiast, Courchevel’s Altiport has played a key role in the resort’s history. At an altitude of 2,007 metres, it was the first mountain aerodrome to have an upslope runway and is the only altiport to be kept clear of snow all year round. With the use of helicopters becoming increasingly popular, the heliport has expanded to accommodate them even more comfortably and safely.
Accessible via an easy run, it’s the ideal place to enjoy panoramic views over Mont Blanc or La Grande Casse… and to admire the impressive sight of planes taking off!
A few figures:
- 537 metres: length of run
- 18.66%: maximum slope, the highest gradient in the world!
- 6,000 flight turnarounds every winter
6 LA ROSIÈRE
Set in a unique natural setting at the heart of a mountain forest, discover the natural treasure that is the Lac de La Rosière; a Natura 2000-listed site. It exudes a majestic sense of tranquillity, a gentle approach to life that nature lovers will adore, a change of scenery worthy of “Into The Wild”… Snowshoeing is the ideal way to enter this untamed, magical land at the foot of La Dent du Villard and its gypsum ravines!
In summer, visitors love the coolness of the sparkling lake, taking walks around its shores, zig-zagging between Swiss pines, enjoying waterside picnics and barbeques…
7 THE FORUM
A legacy of the 1992 Albertville Olympic Games, the forum was built on the site of the former outdoor ice rink. Today, it is home to an indoor ice rink, an ice-skating training centre, and is where the Val Vanoise ice hockey team, currently in the 1st division of the French championships, plays its matches.
A shrine to leisure activities, not only can you ice-skate here, you can also use the sports hall, go bowling, test your limits on the climbing wall, have fun on the mini-guides course and launch yourself into the air on a Tarzan rope swing!
There are a number of shops to delight shopaholics, as well as food options to suit everyone, whether you’re just feeling a little peckish or absolutely ravenous. The Forum also hosts private and public events such as ice-skating galas, concerts and shows… It’s the ideal place if the weather turns bad!
8 SKI JUMPS
Definitely the most noteworthy part of the 1992 Olympic Games legacy, the ski jumps in Le Praz are home to an exhibition on the history of the site and the sport. To begin with, there were two ski jumps, measuring 90 metres and 120 metres, the latter being to this day the only one of its kind in France. Then came the 60 metre and 25 metre jumps, completing the most extensive, best-equipped collection of ski jumps in the country. French and international teams carry out their ski jump training at the Maison des Sauteurs and the Envolée Gymnasium, whilst the Sports Club invites budding champions to make their first jumps from the age of 6-7.
Every summer, the area becomes the stage of the world ski jumping championships (attracting more than 8 000 spectators), with numerous competitions taking place there throughout the year.