Get ready with the bling, you’re going to Courchevel! Transfers from Geneva airport to any of the five resorts that make up Courchevel take roughly 2.5 hours depending on traffic, weather and road conditions. Mountain Drop-offs offers private transfers to Courchevel, so you’ll have a dedicated vehicle and driver allocated to you and your group, so no hassles about missed transfers due to late arriving flights or the like.
And of course, you’ll benefit from our door-to-door Mountain Drop-offs transfer service. And don’t forget, we carry your luggage (Louis Vuitton or otherwise!), skis and snowboards for free. There are no hidden charges, meaning you’ll have more money to put in the apres-ski kitty when you hit the very glitzy and glam bars of Courchevel.Guide section
All the glamour and glitz of Courchevel
First of all, let’s put the record straight about Courchevel. Yes, prices in Courchevel (1850) are ridiculous (we’re talking 18€ for a beer, 40€ for spaghetti bolognaise and 9€ for a hot choc) but Courchevel is made up of four other resorts, where prices aren’t so excessive. So in essence, you don’t have to be an oligarch to ski and snowboard those Courchevel pistes.
The showbiz reputation of Courchevel began when the Jardin Alpin concert and show venue opened, attracting international stars galore. And still today in Courchevel 1850 (now simply called ‘Courchevel’, you’ll see more fur coats, botox and big lips and hear more Champagne corks popping here than anywhere else in the Alps.
Affordable Courchevel – it does exist!
The good news is that, as well as being less pricey and offering the shortest Courchevel transfer time from Geneva, the resort of Courchevel le Praz (formerly know as Courchevel 1300) is much more reasonably priced. What’s more, there are four pistes down from 1850 and two ski lifts to get you directly up there too, so you are well-linked.
Continue on the same road you’ll find La Tania and, once again, Mountain Drop-offs offers private transfers to and from La Tania. Back on the road towards 1850, there’s Courchevel Village at 1550m. This is where the sledging piste from 1850 arrives and there are lifts to whizz you directly into the heart of 1850 too.
Further along the road is Courchevel Moriond (otherwise known as 1650). It boasts a unique position on a south facing ledge and is host to the superbAquaMotion watersports centre. Families will love the relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere.
We should also mention Courchevel Saint Bon at 1100m. It’s the first official resort under the Courchevel umbrella and although it doesn’t have any lifts, there are shuttle buses running all day and you can ski back down.
Access to the whole of the Three Valleys from Courchevel
Wherever you’re staying in Courchevel, you’ll have access to fantastic skiing. Collectively, there are 150km of pistes and 62 different lifts around the Courchevel area. And, being part of the Three Valleys ski area, you will be able to access nearly 600km of pistes across the resorts, with a fast, efficient lift system meaning you can move between resorts and areas easily.
And if you do stop for lunch on the slopes, there’s every chance you might be rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous, with everyone from Wills and Kate, to Katie Price enjoying Courchevel. And it’s the same at apres-ski time in the bars and cafes around the snowfront side of La Croisettte.
Courchevel – the place to see and be seen
As well as doing a lot of posing in the sunshine on the terraces of the mountain restaurants and a little bit of skiing, there is a whole range of activities for all ages in Courchevel. Here’s our pick of some of the most exciting things to get up to in Courchevel:content-activities.php
Dotted around the resorts of Courchevel, you find yourself face to face with some fabulous sculptures. Every year there’s a perfectly-curated selection of amazing art for visitors to Courchevel. You might spot some of the eight Dali works of art that have been installed in the town, or ski right past one of the Fred Allard plastic sculptures on the piste. You can’t miss them, they’re all brightly coloured and huge!
Courchevel is bursting at the seams with eateries featuring in the famous red Michelin guide for France. There are enough one and two starred restaurants to dine in a different one every night of the week. But there’s only one three-star establishment. If you want to go for the height of luxury at le 1947 in the very splendid Cheval Blanc hotel, you’ll need around 400€ per couple to taste chef Yannick Alleno’s culinary delights.
Watch the amazing firework displays of the Pyrotechnics festival that Courchevel hosts every year. This is where Europe’s best firework display teams put on the biggest, most extravagant show possible to be crowned the display supremos. It’s free to watch and yo can see the displays from all over the resort. Surely the perfect evening entertainment for this most decadent of ski resorts?
Le Combe de la Saulire has to be the best-known piste in Courchevel and this red is often used for FIS World Cup skiing events too, so have a race down it like a pro. Then try the Grand Couloir at your peril (and note the warning signs next to the start of the piste!). This short, but very very steep black run at the top of the Dent de Burgin at 2739m is probably the toughest black in the whole of the 3Vs and is basically an on-piste ice gully. And you must cruise the Bellecote and Cospillat pistes that weave in and out of the trees, giving you plenty of time to nosy at the posh chalets and hotels on the way past.
We have to give a mention to the ski teaching in Courchevel. Many believe the ski schools here offer some of the very best tuition certainly in France, if not Europe, with literally hundreds of fully qualified ski instructors available. Whether you’re a beginner or a good skier wanting to improve technique, this is the place to do it!
Splash out on a sightseeing flight from Courchevel Alitport. This high altitude airfield is world famous for being one of the hairiest landings in the world and it’s how the very rich and famous transfer directly into Courchevel for their holidays. Experience it for yourself with a fully qualified instructor at the helm, along with the amazing mountain views. A 15 minute flights costs upwards of 125€ per person.
Drive an actual piste basher after the slopes have closed! Once the pistes have been safely cleared of skiers, you will head off in a proper full size piste basher to discover the fascinating after-hours world of slope grooming. You even get to drive the machine for around 15 minutes, with the professional driver at your side. The sessions cost 100€.
Learn to cook like a pro at the four star Le Chabichou hotel, restaurant and spa! The cheffing duo of Michel Rochedy and Stephane Buron invite you into the kitchens of their two-Michelin starred restaurant to discover all about French gastronomic at its finest. With just five budding chefs taking part, you will learn lots and get to taste the food too. A bargain at 75€ when you think how much it’d cost to actually book a table and eat at such a renowned address.
If you fancy a change from skiing or boarding, go for a good old sledge instead. There’s a purpose built, floodlit piste just for tobogganing that starts at Courchevel 1850 and ends up in 1550 after 2km of thrilling descent. It’s open from 09:00 to 19:30 and free with a valid lift pass, so it can be a daytime activity or a fab apres-ski event after a vin chaud or two for Dutch courage!
Keeping everyone happy, well-watered, fed and having fun is what a holiday in Courchevel is all about. With so many visitors who don’t actually ski coming to Courchevel, it means there’s always a whole raft of events laid on to keep you entertained day and night.
Courchevel and Meribel welcomes the very best of the men and women skiers for the World Championships 2023. From the 5th to the 19th February, the slopes around the two resorts will host as plethora of races.
To get to the heart of the action as a spectator, you’ll need a ticket for the grandstands and standing spots at the arrival arenas. These can be bought online on the official Courchevel Meribel World Championship website. Just imagine seeing Marco Odermatt whizzing past, cheer on our Brit fave Dave Ryding in the slalom and witness Mikaela Shiffrin breaking records for the number of race wins! Pic@MeribelTO
The Programme is as follows:
5/2 – Opening ceremony
6/2 – Combined – Women
7/2 – Combined – Men
8/2 – Super G – Women
9/2 – Super G – Men
11/2 – Downhill – Women
12/2 – Downhill – Men
14 & 15/2 – Team parallel
16/2 – Giant Slalom – Women. Giant Slalom qualifiers Men – free access
17/2 – Giant Slalom – Men
18/2 – Slalom – Women. Slalom qualifiers Men – free access
19/2 – Slalom – Men. Closing ceremony
In honour of the World Ski Championships coming to Meribel and Courchevel, the resorts are pulling out all the stops for us mere mortals too! The World Ski Festival stage at the Plateau de la Chaudanne will be hosting entertainment, events, concerts and DJs throughout the competition period from the 5th to the 19th Feb. If you’re skiing make sure you pop on by to join in the fun! It’s all free too. Pic@MeribelTO
This is a good one! Toasting marshmallows on an open fire in La Tania! A great activity for the kids (and the grown ups) after a day on the slopes. It’s all free and it takes place at the snow front from 4pm onwards, every Wednesday. Delicious! Pic@CourchevelTO
A Yooner, if you have never of it, is a high-tech, super-speedy sledge which has a ski and a little seat. They actually go really, really fast and they as much fun for adults (if not more so!) as they are for kids.
Courchevel Village (1550) hosts Yooner evenings every Wednesday from 4pm. The idea is you’ll be racing against the clock to post the best time. Hot drinks are free and there’s some serious sledging honour at stake! Free to take part.
The very best pyrotechnics teams from around the world come to Courchevel to put on a show and compete for the crown of best display. Each year there is a theme and this year it is ’30 years of Disneyland Paris. There’s a fireworks show each week at a different resort in Courchevel, with a start time of 7pm. Pic@CourchevelTO
It is, of course, free to watch and they are truly spectacular shows. Here’s the programme for 2023:
9/2 – Courchevel 1850
16/2 – Courchevel Moriond
23/2 – Courchevel Village – the GB crew Pyrotex will be putting on the show!
28/2 – Courchevel Le Praz
1/3 – La Tania
2/3 – Closing ceremony Courchevel 1850
Courchevel native Alexis Pinterault has legendary status on ski racing’s world stage. The Winter Legacy was his idea and aims toi close the ski season with a ski race event that’s good humoured and fun. The idea is that you do a whole load of disciplines in one run.
You will be skiing moguls, giant slalom, super g. ski cross and (if you’re up for it) a waterslide at the end. It all takes place on the famous Saulire piste. You can subscribe online on the Winter Legacy website and pay for your place as a junior, a solo adult or a team.
Cheer on HCMP The Bouquetins at their home games! The Courchevel-Meribel-Pralognan ice hockey team plays in the 2nd division of the French ice hockey league. Home matches are played at the Courchevel Forum ice rink and it’s always a great atmosphere.
Puck off is a 8:30pm and you can buy tickets online, from the tourist office or on the door. Under 6s get free entry. Allez Les Bouquetins!
So that’s our insight into the world-famous resort of Courchevel. Whilst it’s renowned for posh hotels and expensive restaurants, there’s no denying the skiing is exceptional too. If you fancy staying in Courchevel (1850) prepare to pay top whack, or head to the other Courchevel resorts for a wide choice of hotels, chalets and self-catering options. Mountain Drop-offs offers transfers to all areas under the Courchevel umbrella, so let us take you directly to the door of this very chic resort!