The Ski-Slopes Guide of Courchevel
Are you planning to organize a snowy escape in one of the most beautiful places in the world? Courchevel could be the right place for you, as it is an alpine paradise that boasts a very high altitude, hundreds of snow cannons, and guarantees good snow throughout the season, what else??? The destination is perfect for travelers who love winter and want to enjoy the good things in life. In any case, to make you fully enjoy your luxury ski trip, today I will go to detail the many different slopes in Courchevel as those who love Nordic skiing will find over 66 km of equipped and free slopes.
The town is a small village in alpine style. Away from luxury, it offers nice and affordable restaurants while shuttle buses run every 20 minutes to Courchevel 1850 for free. If you want to leave your children at Kinderheim and go skiing, Courchevel Village is a good option to enjoy quick access to the Les 3 Vallées area. In Courchevel 1550 there are 4 slopes and two lifts, but you can reach 1850 in 5 minutes. Like Moriond, it is a popular destination for families with children.
All in the forest, the four tracks to reach the country offer an excellent opportunity to ski especially when there is bad weather at high altitude, its two lifts allow a rapid ascent. Being family oriented means having facilities for children: accessible from the age of 18 months, the new ESF nursery school welcomes children in a dedicated space, while Wood Park, at the Top of Tovets, is a mini freestyle park, very fun to entertain the younger ones.
At 1550, there are not many off-piste, the essential is higher up. Nevertheless it is a place of introduction to skiing for the whole family.
Also known as “Moriond” is the original core of this ski resort, here was installed the first ski lift in the valley in 1946. Moriond has experienced its heyday in the 70s with the construction of many modern buildings. Today the village is gradually renovated in a modern style with typical chalets. You can also find good restaurants and many interesting bars, ideal for lively and dynamic young people.
The Moriond or Courchevel 1650 area is an excellent playground for both advanced skiers and beginners. Long, easy slopes allow you to ski safely. Here, no prowess, just an easy and fun ski whatever the level. More sunny than the rest of the area, it will allow you to spend pleasant afternoons with a magnificent view of the Dent du Villard and the Vallée de L’Aval.
La Vallée des Avals is the ideal place for experienced skiers. Easily accessible from the top of Chanrossa, it will take 10/15 minutes on foot to isolate you from the world and reach the summit of the Aval. From there, many paths start, but if you are ready to still walk on alpine or freeride skis, paths like Petit Mont Blanc, the Rateau or the small Val, all will open you wonderful and wild horizons.
Courchevel 1850 is the highest village in the valley, for its height and for its position: everything is carefully prepared to accommodate and satisfy high-level clients. The architecture of chalets and luxury hotels is unique in France, as the center is well stocked with luxury shops: Chanel, Hermès, Yves Saint Laurent and Prada have a presence in this part of the district. A multitude of outdoor events are completely free, such as the International Fireworks Festival where the best pyrotechnists in the world come to present their art in a spectacular way.
Courchevel 1850 has slopes for all levels, with areas for beginners that allow a peaceful and safe learning, and wide green or blue slopes to explore the area. The Saulire slope at the top of the station offers, for the more expert skiers, black slopes with considerable slopes. To be noted the Family Park, a closed and perfectly maintained playground with a ski-cross for the little ones and accessible boxes, rail & jump for those who want to try freestyle. In the same spirit, the “Verdons by night”, allows everyone to discover night skiing on the Verdons slope and the Family park, the bar and the Verdons restaurant are obviously open to perfect the atmosphere. In addition there is the Children’s Village which offers 5 km of closed and marked slopes, various adapted lifts but also a games room, a nursery and a place for meals, a definitely nice place!
The area is interesting for its off-piste possibilities. The proximity of the park of the Vanoise, the valley of the Aval, its forests at high altitude offer an area accessible to all, interesting, fun and very varied. In fact, the area that extends from the Creux Noirs sector to the Loze peak offers a variety of large-scale freeride routes, as well as the Avals valley which offers a multitude of itineraries away from the ski lifts. However, it is preferable to be accompanied by a professional to ensure maximum safety.
Where to stay
Hotel La Sivoliere is situated in the heart of the forest at only a ten minute walk from the city center of Courchevel 1850. La Sivoliere is a 5 star hotel, connected with a snow-white environment, combining alpine tradition and contemporary design. The hotel displays the true Savoy style of wood and stone nestled among snowy pines in the heart of Courchevel 1850. Superb panoramic views take in the resort nestling below and the surrounding mountains.
The hotel has 35 rooms and 20 of them have been totally renovated this year: it is mix British comfort, shimmering and colourful velvet, wood and stone. The bathrooms are also redone and each new suite has a steam shower. All the rooms have an incredible and warm light with a view of the village, the slopes or the forest. Le 1850 Be Organic is the gourmet restaurant of La Sivoliere, run by the chef native of Carpentras, Bilal Amrani. Intimate and cozy, the restaurant welcomes guests into a homey atmosphere to enjoy the unique cuisine of Chef Bilal Amrani, while the dancing flames from the fire place and the logs artfully decorate the walls.
After a long day’s skiing, relax yourself in the wellness area or taking a swim in the pool area. The relaxation area includes a balneotherapy and counter-current swimming pool, steam room, sauna, massage room and a fitness room equipped with cardio-training machines. The Mini Sivo Club is a wonderful service for kids and children, offering a personalised welcome, children’s currency, a special supper table and fantastic play area.
Tips (only for pro-adventure skiers)
Do not miss, if you love hard slopes, is the Grand Couloir, a trail that inspires fear. In fact, the black Grand Couloir of Courchevel is the steepest in Europe. With its maximum inclination of 80% and an average gradient of 55% it exceeds also other slopes of the Alpine arc famous for their difficulty. Unlike other tracks with similar slopes like the Harakiri of Mayrhofen that reaches “only” 76%, the black of Courchevel is not beaten by the cats but by the skiers themselves that run through it and are marked and bounded by the appropriate sticks. Don’t you believe us? Watch the video of Graham Bells about it.