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. Here are some of our favourites that appeal to all ages.
Christmas in Courchevel – 23-25 December
It’s going to feel a lot like Christmas in the resorts and villages of Courchevel. Monday the 24th is Santa’s big parade passing through La Tania, Courchevel Le Praz, Courchevel Village, Courchevel Moriond and Courchevel (1850). On Christmas Day it’s a big torchlit descent and big fireworks too at 19:00 in 1850.
Ladies Night Tour – 27 December
A night-time parallel slalom competition to showcase the very best of the current Women’s French Alpine Ski squad. As night falls on Courchevel 1850, make your way to the Croisette snow front for 17:30, where there will be food truck and vin chaud (of course!) and a DJ too. Great fun to watch and it’s all free.
New Year’s Eve Party – 31 December
The biggest party in the Three Valleys is most definitely at Courchevel 1850! Rendez vous from 22:30 at the Croisette snow front for a night of snow dancing to bring in the New Year. It’s an amazing set up with DJs on stage in front of thousands of revellers. Get your dancing moon boots on and go for it! It’s free too so get on down and party like the best of them!
Orthodox Christmas Party – 6 January
Why just celebrate one Christmas when you can celebrate the Russian Orthodox Christmas too? This is Courchevel after all and it’s all about partying hard and a little bit of skiing in the day. The fun starts at 18:30 at the snow front in Courchevel 1850 and goes on late into the night with Father Christmas and DJ.
Marshmallow Toasting – Thurs from 10 Jan
Now this one really caught our eye! Every Thursday at the end of the ski day from 15:30, head to the snow front at Courchevel 1850 and toast yourself some yummy marshmallows on the open fire! It’s free and it’s a sweet treat that all ages love.
White Ink Tattoo Festival – 9-11 March
Over 30 tattoo artists will be descending on Courchevel le Praz for this colourful event. There will be tattooing, piercing, workshops, books and after show DJs too. Expect lots of surprises too! Time to get that snowman tattoo or a fine inking of the Mountain Drop-offs logo done?
Fly Courchevel – 30 & 31 March
The famous Altiport of Courchevel opens its doors on the 30 and 31st March to show you the crazy world of high altitude aviation. You’ll be able to buy trial lessons and sightseeing flights in helis and light aircraft and there’s bound to be some flash old pilots busting aerial stunts in their aerobatic planes too. It’s certainly a glamorous way to arrive in resort, but costs way more than your friendly Mountain Drop-offs transfer from Geneva airport to Courchevel – and we drop you off right at your door!
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!