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Courchevel Ski Resort

  • Nearest town: Meribel
  • Resort Altitude (metres): 1850m
  • Ski Season: December to November
  • Mountain Range: In The Alps at the eastern part of the Three Valleys area.
  • Number of Lifts: 65
  • Highest Lift (metres): 2738m
  • Lowest Lift (metres): 1300m
  • Number of Slopes: 102
  • Snowboarding: Yes with 2 parks and a halfpipe.
  • Cross Country (km): 120km

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General information

Courchevel is a relaxed town in the daytime and the top level boasts many fine, exclusive and expensive shops. It is great to just window shop and pop in to one of the many quaint and interesting shops. There are plenty of sporting opportunities indoors and out including a fitness centre and bowling alley.The nearby town of Meribel is a charming centre and has a good museum and some interesting churches.

  • Languages: French
  • Temperatures: 6.9c
  • Driving: Right hand side
  • Emergency contact numbers: All Emergencies - 112
  • Population: 2000
  • Religion: 90% Catholic
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Apres-ski

The resort enjoys over 30 restaurants at the four levels and the higher you go after dark the more expensive it gets. With most of the nightlife centring around the top level. There is some fine classic French dining to be savoured including Le Bateau Ivre and the busy Le Chabichou. The bars get busy as the night draws in and the top level again comes out best with 4 possibilities and the other three have 1 each. For the late night ravers there are three night clubs on the top. Le Kalico is the place to rave till the morning.

Overview

Courchevel is the eastern part of the Three Valleys and the resort is divided into four separate parts by altitude. The highest being 1850m, next 1650m, then1550m and the lowest at 1300m which is at Le Praz an old farming village. The resort is a slice of life with the rich lying at the top of the heap as Courchevel 1850 has the top hotels and swanky restaurants and shopping, and that gradually reduces from there. The snow is nearly always great and the lower classes can just go up in the world on poor days.Facilities are world class, catering well for the beginner up to the expert, and it is a popular destination.

Courchevel Attractions

Courchevel Activities

Bowling International Du Forum - This is a great place to take the children for a fun day out. The lanes have been adapted for children thanks to a special bumper system. There is special equipment for children from 5 years of age. There are also video games; snacks; and ice cream.

Mini-Guide Trip - This leisure trip will take your children on unbelievable adventures: monkay and Nepalese bridge; footbridges; giant spiders' webs right in the heart of the Forum at Courchevel 1850. Available for children from 7 years old, every day from 5.30 to 8.00pm

Courchevel Restaurants and Bars

Courchevel Restaurants

La Bergerie - Located at Quartier Nogentile. This restaurant is housed in and old shepard's hut, with uneven flagstone steps; stacks of firewood; and weathered pine logs and planks. The atmosphere is sporty and outdoors. Excellent menu items include scallops in shallot butter; fondue bourguignonne; and raclette made with cheese. Main courses cost around $18.45 - $36.85.

Chalet des Pierres - Located at Au Jardin Alpin. This is one of the best restaurants found around the slopes, accented with weathered planking and warmed by open hearths, it is in the middle of the Verdon slope. Blazing fireplaces; hunting trophies; and a hip crowd contribute to the charm of the place. They serve a range of local dishes at reasonable prices.

Le Bateau Ivre - Located in the Hotel Pomme-de-Pin, quartier Les Chenus. This restaurant is one of the best in the French Alps and offers a view over the town and its slopes. The setting is amazing, with big windows; soft reds; parquet floors; and earth tones. They serve an excellent range of local dishes like polenta with escalopes of foie gras in vinaigrette; and a succulent version of rack of lamb with olives and artichoke hearts.

Courchevel Bars & Clubs

Piggy's Pub - Located in La Croisette. This bar is very popular with locals and tourists, where stiff drinks and modern music make you forget that you're in the French Alps. This is a great place to go and have a few drinks, while meeting some new people.

Les Caves de Courchevel - Porte de Courchevel. This bar attracts a more upscale crowd, where a mock Tyrolean facade of weathered wood hides a club evoking a medieval cloister, with stone arches and columns. This is the place to go to party till the early hours of the morning.

La Grange - Found at rue Park-City. This informal spot for music and dancing is open from December to April 15 only, daily from 11pm to 4am. If a show is being staged, the doors open earlier. This is a great place to have a wild party and meet new people.

Courchevel children's activities

Bowling International Du Forum - This is a great place to take the children for a fun day out. The lanes have been adapted for children thanks to a special bumper system. There is special equipment for children from 5 years of age. There are also video games; snacks; and ice cream.

Mini-Guide Trip - This leisure trip will take your children on unbelievable adventures: monkay and Nepalese bridge; footbridges; giant spiders' webs right in the heart of the Forum at Courchevel 1850. Available for children from 7 years old, every day from 5.30 to 8.00pm

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