Visitor reviews for Courchevel Ski Resort

Courchevel Ratings

Overall: 4.3. Based on 62 votes and 68 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.5

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Courchevel is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 4.9

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Courchevel has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 4.4

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Scenery: 4.4

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 4.0

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Courchevel.

Public Transport: 4.2

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Courchevel, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 4.4

(1) No places to stay in/near Courchevel, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 2.9

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 5.0

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Courchevel.

Ski in/Ski out: 4.8

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 4.3

(1) There are no child care facilities at Courchevel, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 4.6

(1) Courchevel relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.7

(1) There are no snow groomers at Courchevel, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Courchevel are groomed daily.

Shelter: 4.2

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Courchevel is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 4.2

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Courchevel, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 4.5

(1) Courchevel usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.3

(1) The staff at Courchevel are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Courchevel are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 4.0

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 4.8

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.8

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Beginners: 4.6

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.9

(1) No intermediate terrain at Courchevel, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.8

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 4.1

(1) Not even a kicker at Courchevel, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 3.6

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Courchevel, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 4.1

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Courchevel has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 4.5

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 4.5

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 4.3

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 4.3

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 3.8

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 4.0

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 4.2

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 3.7

(1) Overall, Courchevel is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 3.7

(1) Overall, Courchevel is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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January 29, 2012
dodge from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Courchevel is a fantastic resort. Spent New Year week at 1850 - our second visit to Courchevel having skied in many different resorts across the French Alps across many years, this is definitely our favourite. Excellent skiing for all abilities, the 3 villages of Courchevel are interlinked both with pistes and with buses, great piste grooming and pretty villages with trees - such a bonus if the weather is bad, you can still ski in almost all weather conditions. For us British, the prices are high, mostly pushed up by the visitors to the numerous 5 star hotels and super luxury chalets located in 1850, so the downside is it's expensive, eating out in restaurants is very pricey but if you can self-cater and take baguettes for lunch, that will save a lot! Well worth it for such a great resort.
December 18, 2011
yilmoko from Ski Turkey Turkey
Have been skiing Courchevel for the last 15 years, excellent all around resort with skiing for all levels. We have been renting Chalets in 1850 for years and have been very satisfied. Last season we rented a Chalet from the internet and got ripped off. Definitely go through the Tourist office if you don't know where to stay!!so that you don't ruin your vacation.
December 13, 2011
Richard from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Courchevel is always good but some times fantastic
December 02, 2011
andy from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I have just read the comments below. What I find funny is when people say it was the best snow? Where ever you go if the snow is good then it will be amazing. After all it's just weather! I have skied all over Europe, New Zealand, Canada, Alaska and Chile. I can tell you for certain that it's the same all over the world. If there's good snow you will have a good holiday and if there's bad snow you won't! I worked in Courchevel for 10 years and had some amazing powder days but also some sh*t days when it was busy and raining! It's a great resort and there are some well priced little places to eat, and lots of well over priced places. The variety of skiing is great for 99% of people. I would highly recommend. Stay lower i.e. 1650, 1550 etc and you will have a great holiday. If the snow's good!
November 06, 2011
David Mavi from Ski France France
Just wanted to share, we live in Grenoble and are always looking for a place to stay in Courchevel. It's always difficult as the hotels, hostels etc are only interested in Saturday to Saturday bookings, and we want Friday evenings to Sundays, or just long weekends. However, we have found a great chalet that is split into two apartments which is 15 mins outside of the resort but rents out on a nightly basis for thirty euro per person. This in one of the most expensive resorts in Europe and is an absolute bargain, and the booking flexibility is welcome in this ski area. Don't know if I am allowed to post the web address but if I am it's ski-courchevel.org. You do need a car, but if like us you live locally or can hire at the airport, then this place is a steal.
April 14, 2011
Brian from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Courchevel is a great resort, when there's snow... I would not bother coming for the last week!! 1650 is closing on Saturday and they are only keeping 3 lifts and 2 slopes open. If you've booked a holiday make sure you are bringing walking boots.....
April 05, 2011
Maintenance Mike from Ski France France
Well, for those of you waiting to hear the latest news (or should I say duty rumour/gossip) of the end of the season...I have had it on good authority that the season will not be ending early. This has been confirmed by ski pass office officials (quote: emphatically refute the early closure of the resort due to no snow). So...there you have it...it looks like the seasonaires will be working to the end of their contracts although the meeting today between the piste workers, ESF and other controllers of the resort will add more fuel on the fire of those that believe the early closure to an already dead Courchevel will leave many businesses in a bind. The tourist office will keep trying to entice visitors to Courchevel even though there is no snow because they want people to spend their hard earned money here. I feel so sorry for them. I live here and would not even entertain going on the so called snow/slush/ice/crap...many of the staff want to go home and the end couldn’t come any quicker for many others. The weather has not been like this in 50 years (according to a local source). Out of my window I see wonderful skies and at 1300 people sit by the lake enjoying a picnic. I for one will be here during the summer and it looks like we will be missing out on spring as summer is already here. While working outside I eagerly watch birds in the trees, butterflies and bees going about their business as if it were June. I was in Moutiers the other day lying by the river in 32C weather while here today I enjoyed a comfortable 24C in resort whilst working outside on some furniture. The forecast is indeed good for those wishing to undertake some downhill bike riding or other outdoor activities apart from skiing. Camping weather is here folks, so bring your walking boots piton hammer and climbing gear as summer takes a hold...
April 01, 2011
russ from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Well, looks the the season is well and truly over (did it actually ever begin?). The temperatures forecast this coming week in Courchevel look more like the south of France that the Alps. This is the first time in the past 10 years I haven't gone skiing at the Easter holiday break. Totally P'd off! Booked to go to Marrakesh instead. Guess what .. yep there's heavy rain forecast and the temperatures are dropping. Might be worth taking the skis and hopping on a donkey up the Atlas mountains and skiing there .. ridiculous!!
March 29, 2011
Jon from Ski Chad Chad
Hi, this isn't really a Courchevel review even though I have lived in 1850 for the last 3 years. 1850 is everything people have said, expensive, extravagant and a bit soulless, however, the skiing is as good as it gets (when there is snow) no queues, good terrain, with an up to date lift infrastructure, and with no real competition for the good stuff when it's on because most people are busy being seen....shopping?? Anyway, my main point in this post is directed at snow-forecast.com... I don't know which tour operator or tourist office pays your wages or bought the 'random weather forecast machine' but never have I seen a service as consistently wrong! I appreciate weather forecasting (especially in the mountains) is no exact science but I am definitely sure that I would have had a better success rate if I just made up the forecast a year in advance! Having a bad snow season is one thing,, but to be consistently lied to about imaginary snow just to try and fill resorts is like salt in the wound. Seriously, anyone checking the forecast before you book a holiday use another site not sponsored by tourist information, or if you really have to ask your neighbour or grandparents or children, I would rely on them more than this... I could go on but I'm gonna get an early night because I'm getting first lifts for the 20cm that's on it's way tonight!...according to? I hope I eat these words tomorrow and get some pow! Well see.. [Editor's note: it is unfortunate to read about your bad experience with the forecasts. We do hope our service can help you in the future.]
March 21, 2011
Dill Tart from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Must be one of the poorest years for snow fall I can remember, particularly as the last 3-4 years have been good. The pistes can best be described as ice rinks separated by mounds of snow/ice. The higher runs are holding up 'just' but stones and rocks coming through and after 2 weeks staying in Bozel (great central location) moved onto Val D'Isere for a week. They had just had a reasonable snow fall but again the surface of the runs are being hard packed and polished and even competent skiers are struggling to gain an edge. The 'face' run into the resort is mayhem and I was narrowly missed by borders & skiers alike who had fallen and gathered speed! Decided the telecabin was the best route down at the end of the day.