Courchevel is the playground of the rich and famous, often considered St. Tropez of winter sports, attracting a mix of VIPs, millionaires and royals. This does not detract from the skiing however, with access to the Three Valleys and some of the most challenging black pistes in Europe through the couloirs above the resort.To give some scale of the level of luxury in Courchevel, there are 50 5 star hotels in France, 9 of which are in Courcheval, while it plays host to 2 of only 8 six star hotel 'palaces' in the entirety of France.The list of celebrity guests, Michelin starred restaurants and luxury brands available in resort are too extensive to list, while the prices you would expect to pay for many items are correspondingly eye watering. The resort also attracts a substantial portion of well heeled Russian guests right up to Oligarchs, typically around new year and the Russian Orthodox Christmas on the 7th of January, resulting in the first two weeks of January being considered peak season.
The resort is comprised of four villages, previous named after their altitudes, though this was dropped given that they did not in fact tally up. What is now simply called Courchevel, previously 1850 is the primary, and most luxurious resort, while the three further down the valley are more affordable. Each can be accessed via a free bus.For those who can afford the resort, the reward is exceptionally high quality skiing. Perfectly groomed resort runs will suit beginners, who do not need to venture beyond the local slopes. For intermediate and advanced skiers however, Courchevel is linked to Meribel and Val Thorens to make the massive Three Valleys ski area. Together this makes up 600km of slopes served by more than 160 lifts. With a high percentage of north facing slopes,Courchevel sees some of the best snow conditions of the whole Three Valleys Expert skiers will be well served by the couloirs above the resort, home to some of the hardest black runs in Europe.