Part 2. Courchevel

If Courchevel were no longer linked to the other two valleys it would probably still claim to be one of the world's Top Three Ski-resorts. It is the prettiest valley with superb views of Mont Blanc and Belleville (the La Plagne mountain). Most of the skiing is in a gigantic north facing bowl that preserves snow on the steepest slopes, but there are extensive pistes facing all directions of the compass. It has the most varied range of skiing in the Trois Vallées with superb opportunities for every skier from total beginner to expert. Courchevel 1850 is the perfect resort for a mixed ability party.

Map of Courchevel. Links to more detailed description of a sector shown in blue text. The red crosses indicate pisteurs huts which are attended during normal working hours. Although there primary purpose is as emergency services (first aid, avalanche control etc.) the pisteurs are sometimes willing to advise on the advisability of specific off-piste routes, particularly with respect to avalanche risk. Red circles indicate lower or intermediate lift stations.

Couloirs in Courchevel
Loze, Praz-Juget and La Tania Vizelle Saulire and the Courchevel Couloirs Creux, Chanrossa and Col de Fruit Les Avals

Most of the more interesting runs for advanced skiers are located either in Les Creux (served by the Chanrossa and Creux Noirs chair lifts), Vizelle (served primarily by the Vizelles telecabines and the Suisses and Marmottes chairs, and Saulire (served by the Saulire télépherique). There is also extensive offpiste and tree skiing for advanced and intermediate skiers in the Les Avals to Courchevel 1600 sector and in Col de Loze down to Praz or La Tania.

 

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Updated 14 May 2004