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Courchevel

Purpose-built after the Second World War, Courchevel consists of four unique villages named after the various altitudes they occupy which offer something for every taste and budget.

Courchevel Drag Lift1850 is by far the poshest of the villages and is where Michelin starred restaurants and spectacular chalets come with price tags few can afford. 1650 sits lower down the mountain and lower down the price scale as well. It still has a unique character and style though and is home to some of the quietest slopes in Courchevel. 1550 is quieter still and has a bubble lift connecting it with 1850 and access to the higher slopes.

1300 retains a French village feel but has all the local amenities you would need for a week-long holiday as well as two bubble lifts taking you up to 1850 in just 8 minutes. The snow can be a little more patchy at this lower altitude but effective artificial snowmaking means you can still ski all the way down to the village. In fact, excellent snowmaking and piste grooming usually guarantees good snow conditions on all pistes no matter what the altitude.

Courchevel Ski LiftAll the villages have good access to the slopes and an impressive network of lifts provides access to the huge ski area of the Trois Vallees. There are very few slow lifts, and those that do remain are actually marked on the piste map so few lift queues exist.

Local to Courchevel are a good range of pistes for all ability levels and some of the best skiing in the Trois Vallees area. There is a partly wooded setting around the village which provides shelter in bad weather, although most slopes are open and exposed to the elements.

All the villages that make up Courchevel are home to good restaurants and top quality hotels. Prices can be a bit high here but more affordable chalet options are available as well. There are a range of pricey mountainside restaurants and a very varied nightlife with Cuban and Moroccan themed bars amongst the normal French fare.