Courchevel is rightfully regarded as one of the world's best ski resorts. It is located in France's massive Three Valleys/Trois Vallees region, the largest ski area in the world. With over 600 km of pistes and over 200 ski lifts,its hardly surprising that the ski chalets in Courchevel attracts skiers and snowboarders of all abilities.
Skiing in Courchevel
Beginners and advanced skiers alike can cover a huge amount of ski terrain and then all meet up in the same mountain restaurants for a well-deserved vin chaud and lunchtime raclette. The 3 Valleys is easily accessible from many international airports, including Geneva, Grenoble, Lyon and Chambery and is also within a good driving distance of the UK.
There are, in effect, four Courchevel villages that make up the single resort. Courchevel 1850 (now better known for its Russian visitors and sky-high prices than for the superb skiing it offers), Courchevel 1650, Courchevel 1550 and Courchevel Le Praz. Our catered and self -catered chalets in Courchevel are located in the delightful, friendly village of Courchevel Le Praz. It is a true Savoyard village and is easily the prettiest of the four Courchevel villages with a quaint village square, traditional chalets and narrow cobbled streets.
Dominating the hillside are the ski jumps built for the 1992 Olympics, whilst elsewhere in the village one can find a selection of over 60 shops, 8 restaurants and a wealth of cosy bars in which to unwind after a day in the mountains.
We have the stunning Jardin D'Angele and Chalet Emilie located down a private driveway very close to the lifts. Jardin D’Angele sleeps 15 people and Emilie sleeps 8 people and both can be combined to sleep 23 people. Chalet Louis sleeps 10 people and we have a large self-catered apartment with 2 bedrooms called Perle de Neige . All are located in superb positions just a minute or so from the lifts
Courchevel Le Praz has aTelecabine lift which takes you directly into Courchevel 1850 in less than 10 minutes. And new for 2014/15 season is a very fast chairlift linking Courchevel Le Praz to the La Tania ski area and then fast access to the Meribel and Val Thorens valleys.
The ski back to our ski chalets in Le Praz is beautiful; enjoy tree lined pistes down into Le Praz, which are some of the prettiest runs in the Three Valleys ski area. It is generally snow secure with north facing slopes and an extensive network of snow cannons. You can ski back to within 100 metres of the chalet along a winding forest piste - or simply take the Telecabine down if you feel like a more leisurely way back to your chalet.
Courchevel Le Praz has a great selection of bars including our staff favourite L'escourchevel also known as the Sports bar, which serves great reasonably priced food and has live entertainment on many nights. In addition there is the Cave de Lys, an atmospheric vaulted wine bar that is in a great quiet spot and serves tapas style snacks. In addition you can soak up the atmosphere and drink inside or outside at the Les Peupliers
Restaurants include "Le Bistrot du Praz", also the small unpretentious Michelin starred Azimut and La Table de Mon Grand Pere in the Les Peupliers Hotel. Le Praz also has a good selection of supermarkets and shops which are all just minutes away from our range of ski chalets in Courchevel.
Things to do
New for this season is a fantastic aqua centre. This is only a short bus ride away from our chalets and the main leisure/recreation area will include a 4 lane 25m swimming pool which will be kept at 27 degrees, a 180m2 recreation Laguna with bubble seats and massage jets which will be 32 degrees - perfect for relaxing, a diving pool, wild river canyon, a four lane water slide and an outdoor pool which will have a whirlpool, bubble jets and a water current and will be kept at a 34 degrees. Also in this area will be a children’s paddling pool and a surf pool
Bowling and Ice Skating
There is an 8 lane bowling alley and an ice skating rink located in Courchevel 1850 and it’s only a bus ride away from our chalets
After a 10 minute training you will be taken up in a plane to and then in tandem with an instructor you will free fall for 45 seconds and then have a 5 minute ride under a canopy before landing this can be book at www.parachutisme.fr
Sightseeing flights over Courchevel
Courchevel has its own airport and you can book flights over the mountain with the following company www.aeroclub-courchevel.com or try a helicopter flight from www.azurhelico.com or how about a hot air balloon flight from www.skivol.com
There is a 2km toboggan run between Courchevel and Courchevel Village and its open until 7.30pm
There are a number of companies offering tandem paragliding in the area
Snow Shoe Walking
You can hire a guide if you like to walk on many of the trails in the area and snow hiking maps are available at all of the tourist offices but also try this company www.naturelle-rando.com
There are many very good restaurants and bars in the area these include
Azimut this is a small restaurant located in the centre of Le Praz
Le Bistrot du Praz is another good restaurant located in the village
Le Peupliers has a fantastic restaurant called La Table de Mon Grande- Pere, it’s also a great bar for an après-ski drink and the hotel owns the “posh” burger bar opposite that serves very high quality burgers
Our favourite bars in the village include:
La Cave des Lys which is a traditional vaulted cellar and serves snacks as well a wine and beer
To book any of our wonderful properties you can either book online, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org (we can call you back to sort out the booking) or we can take your booking over the phone on 0151 625 1921
· If paying by £ then this can be done online or over the phone with a credit/debit card
· If paying in Euro we will need to take payment over the phone
We also accept UK and French cheques and UK and Euro bank transfers. If booking within 8 weeks of departure then the full amount is payable immediately. If paying with a credit card there is a 2% extra charge
The final payment is required a minimum of 10 weeks before departure.
There are four airports within easy reach of our resorts:
• Geneva – approximately 2.5 hours away
• Grenoble – approximately 2.5 hours away
• Lyon – approximately 2.5 hours away
• Chambery – approximately 1.5 hours away
These are only guide times and travelling periods are likely to increase during peak periods. All four airports can be reached by a number of airlines, including Easyjet, BA, Swiss, Flybe and Jet2.com.
Onward Travel from the Airports
We are pleased to be able to offer a transfer service; this is complimentary for our catered ski chalets in Courchevel and for our self-catered apartments we offer a very competitive rate.
If there are only a small number of you, hiring a car is a cost-effective choice for bridging the gap from the airport to the mountain. If you are arranging your car hire yourself from Geneva Airport, be sure to pick up your vehicle from the Swiss side of the airport so that you miss the motorway pass and reduce your travelling time. Snow tyres are mandatory for all cars in Switzerland – unlike in France – and usually come equipped with snow chains as well. If arriving at other airports ensure that you pre-booked snow chains.
Please note that whilst traveling in the Alps snow chains are mandatory from December to April – you can be fined and denied access to the mountains if you do not have them.
There are bus services to our resorts in Courchevel from Geneva Airport, although it is advised to reserve your seats beforehand to avoid disappointment – particularly in the peak periods where booking is essential. For those looking to use the bus, we recommend visiting either alpski-bus or Altibus. To get from Chambery airport this company operates a shuttle service www.mobisavoie.fr
Driving from the UK
Our chalets are approximately 600 miles from Calais, which is about a nine-hour drive (at peak times this may be much longer).
It’s a very easy drive and largely on motorways, providing a real opportunity to enjoy the French countryside along the way. Please allow approximately £100 for all motorway tolls. To get across the English Channel there are plenty of ferry services, plus the Eurotunnel. If you want to take a more leisurely drive, there are plenty of opportunities to stop off in scenic and interesting tourist spots.
Train from the UK/France
You can travel directly via Eurostar or on the combined and cheaper Eurostar and TGV services directly from Paris. Rail services to our Courchevel resorts are excellent, as you can travel directly from the UK via the Eurostar and TGV services. You can then travel from Moutiers to our chalets by taxi, with taxi ranks available at the train station or if you have booked one of our catered chalets we provide the transfer free of charge.