600 Km (linked with Courchevel 1650, Courchevel 1850, La Tania, Meribel, Val Thorens, St Martin de Belleville and Les Menuires)
1,550 M, 1,300 M
1,300 M – 3,230 M
Bouchet chairlift 3,230 M
Green 51, Blue 131, Red 107, Black 30
Chambery 1.75 hrs
Lyon 2.5 hrs
Geneva 2.5 hrs
Courchevel 1550 and Courchevel Le Praz is one of the best choices for groups of families and friends looking to explore the 3 Valleys at a more cost effective rate.
From mid-December to early April.
Courchevel 1550 and Courchevel Le Praz are incredibly well linked through a system of fast modern lifts to take you up to the wide open beginner slopes of Courchevel 1650 and 1850.
There’s a good selection of nanny agencies with a presence in Courchevel if there’s no provision included in your chalet. There are several nursery facilities across the different villages for children from 18 months and ski school from age three. There are a number of British ski schools offering children’s lessons from age 4 or 5 too.
Courchevel 1550 )also known as Courchevel Village) is quieter than its higher neighbouring resorts with the advantage of having essentially the same position as Courchevel 1850 but with cheaper accommodation and restaurants. Some of the accommodation is a fair distance from the gondola link with Courchevel 1850 but if you are situated in the Brigues area, you will have the advantage of ski-in ski-out accommodation. The resort is rather quiet at night, with only a few bars to choose from, nevertheless, Courchevel 1550 is fantastic spot to access the 3 Valleys and suits groups of families and friends looking to enjoy great skiing at much lower price.
Courchevel Le Praz (also known as Courchevel 1300), is a more traditional rustic village set on plateau and surrounded by picturesque forests. This is an attractive village which has lost little of its original mountain charm, even after the expansion triggered by the 1992 Winter Olympics. It remains quiet, pleasant and is an especially good base for families with children or adults looking for some great value fine dining.
Just a short lift ride away from the larger more vibrant villages of Courchevel 1650 and Courchevel 1850, both Courchevel 1550 and Courchevel Le Praz are both very much a separate base with a life of its own and its own selection of facilities and affordable family friendly chalets. There’s perhaps more of a family focus here and yet the number of great bars and restaurants continues to grow giving plenty of choice for apres ski on top of the world’s best choice of ski terrain the 3 Valleys.
The skiing around Courchevel Moriond is often accurately described as “an intermediates’ paradise” with superb runs like Les Indiens which cuts down through the woods above the village to enjoy.
As you have the world’s biggest ski area at your ski tips however everyone but novice skiers should invest in the full 3 Valleys pass and make some excursions over to Courchevel 1850’s world-class ski area and then on to the Meribel Valley and even over to the furthest Belleville valley to visit St Martin, Les Menuires and Val Thorens.
For expert skiers, there are plenty of challenging red and black runs, including Jean Blanc, which was Courchevel’s original World Cup run back in the day. The off-piste is, of course, legendary, but then if you are a good skier you won’t need us to tell you that.
Thanks to Courchevel Moriond being part of one of the world’s biggest and best-equipped ski resorts, as well as a very family-friendly ski resort, there are lots of options for beginner adults, as well as for children and babies needing care in your chalet or lessons on the slopes. One particular strength is that there are British-run nanny services like ‘Snowbugs’ available to come and look after your baby in your chalets as well as British-run ski schools offering private lessons for kids and group lessons in the school holidays. Adult beginners can also choose between group or private lessons.
On top of all these options there’s a municipal creche and a variety of group and private ski school options for children from age two offered by the Ecole du Ski Francais, which operates from the foot of the slopes allowing parents to watch from the terrace of the Portetta Hotel.
It’s worth also considering that Courchevel has invested like no other in child safety on ski lifts. Almost all lifts use their ‘Magnestick’ system which holds children on the seat and makes sure the safety bar stays down until it’s time to get off.
In addition the resort invested in that state-of-the-art watersports centres, one of the best in the world, which opened just below Courchevel Moriond only a few winters ago.
Compared to its larger neighbouring villages Courchevel 1550 has a smaller selection of bars, however there are a few gems worth visiting. The Chanrossa is an lively bar which regularly hosts live bands making is a popular spot during happy hour and apres. Le Schuss is also a great place to enjoy a drink with beautiful views over Courchcvel 1550. Le Caterail has live bands and DJs for a livelier après atmosphere. The Taverne and Chanrossa bars are both British owned and generally attracts a good crowd.
Courchevel Le Praz provides a much more relaxed setting when it comes to apres, but there are still a handful of good bars to try. The Dropp Inn Bar serves much more reasonably priced drinks with really friendly staff and pool tables to keep you entertained. Wine Wednesdays are a hit especially as free nibbles are sometimes served, making it popular with locals and giving the place a more authentic feel. L’Escourchevel, pizzeria and sports bar, is a great place for weekly live music and drinks – a popular choice is the Vodka Freeze, a combination of slush puppy and vodka. La Cave des Lys is a stunning wine bar located in a vaulted cellar, perfect for a sophisticated drink with nibbles.
There are no mountain restaurants in Courchevel 1550 or Courchevel Le Praz, its advisable to head higher up to the likes of Courchevel 1650 and 1850 which enjoy a much better selection. To do this take the Grangettes gondola from Courchevel 1550 then catch the connecting Verdons gondola at Courchevel 1850, taking you up to Verdons.
Within the Three Valleys there are plenty of mountain restaurants to indulge in. If you’re looking for something close to Le Praz then the best restaurant to visit would be at Praz-Juget. Reach this by taking the Foret lift up and skiing down the blue run, Arolles. From here you can also take the Dou des Lanches chairlift to get to the top the Col de la Loze.
There are a couple of great restaurants to choose from in Courchevel 1550. Located at the base of the Tovets slope L’Oeil de Boeuf offers traditional Savoyard specialities and an open grill in the fireplace to cook delicious grilled meats and fish. La Cortona is a delicious pizza restaurant you must try, and Le Caveau offers unique regional dishes with an exceptional wine list. La Table des Flocons in the Hotel les Flocons is a fantastic place to enjoy traditional cuisine on both a beautiful sunny terrace or cosy dining room.
In Courchevel Le Praz the Bistrot du Praz provides incredible cuisine, drinks and service. Since being taken over by new owners the restaurant has only got better, this is a must try which also offers reasonable prices. To sample great local cuisine head to the Hotel Peupliers in the heart of the village where their Au Burger d’à Côté restaurant serves up delicious classic (and also non conventional) burgers. The hotel’s fine restaurant, La Table de Mon Grand Pere, serves a range of seafood and authentic local cuisine. The Cave de Lyrs is a cool, vaulted wine bar serving tapas-style snacks if you’re looking for something more relaxed.
ESF in Courchevel 1550 offers flexible teaching methods across both group and private lessons with a huge range of qualified English speaking instructors.
Oxygene ski school in Courchevel has huge amounts of experience offering outstanding ski & snowboard lessons in group and private formats in English, French and a variety of other languages.
The Supreme Ski School (supremeski.com) have been in Courchevel since the early 1990s and have a strong list of repeat clients. A few years ago management moved to new blood with three former members of the British ski team taking over the reins.
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