Courchevel - where you can ski for miles! The runs are well groomed, the lift system is efficient and the views are bracingly beautiful. And Courchevel's four villages offer something for everyone - but also a lot of choice about where to stay. (If you have your ski trip to Courchevel all planned and just need accommodation recommendations go direct to our guru's list of the best places to stay in Courchevel.)
Le Praz, also known as Courchevel 1300, is a traditional French alpine village, with wooden chalets and a good selection of bars and restaurants - including 'Le Bistrot du Praz, one of the most famous restaurants in the Three Valleys. It's also only a ten minute lift to the centre of Courchevel 1850, and has easy access to the rest of the Three Valleys region.
Courchevel 1550 (Courchevel Village) is directly below 1850, and is a less prestigious option, offering mostly self catering and privately-owned chalets. So it's one of the best places to stay in Courcheval if you're on a budget and all about the skiing rather than the après-skiing.
1650 (Courchevel Moriond) is a resort in its own right, and becoming more so as 1850 gets more exclusive. Now one of the best places to stay in Courchevel for families, its restaurants are affordable and the lovely old wood and stone chalets are getting spruced up. It's also got good skiing above the resort, which is often much quieter than at 1850 and above.
Courchevel 1850 has been the St. Tropez of the alps since it was built after the 2nd World War. It boasts the greatest number of six-star hotels in France (two), and eleven hotels have a five-star rating. It's also got 11 Michelin stars, shared between seven restaurants. So it's definitely one of the best places to stay in Courchevel if you want to rub shoulders with A-listers and royalty.
Lets call it traditional rather than understated, the Hotel Les Monts Chavin is a comfy B&B built by the current owner's grandfather in 1955. He was one of Courchevel's first ski-instructors, so, even though it's one of the best places to stay in Courchevel on a budget, expect all the warming necessities: plenty of roaring fires, wood panelling and a cosy bar.
A rare find: a boutique bed and breakfast in the heart of 1850. Authentic and cosy with roaring fireplaces, traditional fabrics, and leather sofas. A delightfully understated spot.
Exquisite and soothing - a welcoming family hotel directly on the slopes. Rustic wooden interiors with stone fire places and rooms with private balconies. Perfect for families with young children as it is next to the nursery slopes.
Courchevel (Rue du Rocher)
This chic and stylish designer hotel is in a picture perfect spot. Rooms are small but super cosy with contemporary smart interiors, offering views of the mountains from the windows or the balconies. Also features a fitness centre and a sauna to relax. Individual ski service for every guest.
An 1850 building with an eclectic and quirky mix of chalet and château. Parquet floors, furs, fireplaces - a cosy home from home with two fantastic restaurants, and minutes from the slopes.
Beautiful, traditional white-painted wooden chalet with exceptional MIchelin-starred cuisine and wonderful service. Rustic-chic rooms and family friendly suites. A gourmet ski holiday for romantics, foodies, and families.
Supremely comfortable, contemporary family friendly hotel right on the slopes. Rooms and suites with Himalayan-style decoration - warm Asian tones, furs, silks, painted friezes, and exotic wooden panelling. A luxurious and characterful chalet.
Courchevel’s latest cutting-edge five-star hotel right on the piste. Spectacular traditional-chic interiors - furs, parquet floors, paintings, designer fire places, and wonderful private balconies. Gourmet delights in the fantastic restaurant and bare foot luxury at the spa.