Courchevel 1850 is the highest, largest and smartest of the 5 resorts that make up the resort of Courchevel. The others being Courchevel 1650, Courchevel 1500, Le Praz and La Tania, all part of the largest ski area in the world, Les Trois Vallees.
The skiing in Courchevel is considered the most varied and extensive in the 3 Valleys and many guests never venture any further. The long tree-lined pistes around Moriond are the most sun facing and offer beautiful views for the cruiser. The Couloirs around the top of Saulire are world famous and feature in countless films. For the adventurous skier the Grand Couloir is a box that must be ticked. Once you get to the top of the Couloir you are entering the steepest marked run in the 3 Valleys, and there are various other couloirs around the Grand that are narrower and steeper.
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Courchevel is also very well connected to the rest of the 3 Valleys via 2 large Gondolas to the top of the Saulire. If you have the energy and can get up early then the 10 resorts in one day challenge might be for you. In the St Bon Valley you have to check in at Le Praz, Le Moriond 1650, and La Tania before going over to the Les Allues Valley to check in at Méribel and Mottaret, and then you have to tackle the chalet host’s favourite and very fast Jerusalem Red piste down to St Martin de Belleville before heading up the valley to Les Menuires and Val Thorens to complete the Belleville Valley. It can be done quite easily if you don’t get side-tracked but just make sure you catch that last lift back up to the top of the Saulire from the Méribel Valley. Courchevel
is classy and exclusive and the customers they attract expect nothing less than perfect pistes. The grooming here is 2nd to none in France and the red runs from the top of the Saulire towards 1850 are wide and steep and will make you look a million dollars as you carve your way down between some of the best Mountain restaurants to be found anywhere in the world. If you have the wallet for it then try out Pilatus near the Altiport for good sized portions and Verdons for live music on the terrace. Coucheneige on the Bellecôte piste and Soucoupe at the Loze are both good quality and a nice treat in traditional Savoyard style. Cap Horn and Chalet de Pierres are slightly more expensive but superb. Chalet de Pierres in particular is a favourite and frequented by the likes of oligarchs and Beckhams. Our top tip is The Bel Air above Moriond (1650). The house beer and wine are reasonable priced and the tiered terrace is a delight on a sunny day. Unfortunately the piste map does not name the restaurants so you need to ask for directions and keep your eyes peeled for hidden gems off the side of the piste.
Courchevel 1850 is the largest resort in the area and therefore the focus of much of the action. It has countless 5 star hotels, bars and restaurants. Dining here would satisfy even the pickiest of gastronomes. Apart from all of the superb hotel restaurants there are 4 restaurants with 2 Michelin stars and 2 more with 1 star.
Après ski is busy without being rowdy. There are lots of bars on the main street and around the Croisette to try but our favourite is the Mangeoire Piano Bar. After dinner the 2 clubs that attract the crowds are Kudetas (Le Kalico) and Le Caves de Courchevel. If you are walking past any of the glamorous Hotels it’s well worth the time to pop in and check out their bars that are worked by really knowledgeable staff and offer top quality cocktails and wines in beautiful lounges among the beautiful people of the fabulous Courchevel 1850.