Visitor reviews for Courchevel Ski Resort

Courchevel Ratings

Overall: 4.3. Based on 61 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: 3.7

(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: 4.2

(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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March 15, 2011
Brian Latto from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Well, it is true this is a fantastic resort with many excellent areas to test your silky skills. Also if you're only in it to be seen and people watch then this is the place for you, and your Bogner Clothing. However, the current snow report levels are complete fiction. There are for example closures to the bottom sections of runs above 1850 because of lack of snow. This does not match up to a 77cm base layer. The majority of runs are open, but you will find grass and rock patches a plenty, so I suggest not bringing your best gear with you. Today the snow was all time pap, more akin to waterskiing, but, on snow, what happens is that unfortunate sticking sensation. Hopefully things will pick up with a serious drop in temperature and snowfall. At the moment I would have to say if you don't like skiing terrain parks, it sucks the big one. I can only sadly suggest you go to North America this season if you want good skiing. Good luck whatever you do.
March 15, 2019
Ian from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Disagree with another reviewer. Last 3 seasons in 1650 have been great at the end of December over Christmas and New Year. The last 2 years being particularly good. The new Ariondaz lift (replaced for 2017 season) has close to doubled the capacity of the old lift and will get you over to Meribel or Val T in no time at all. But then you’ll hit the queues of hungover students in Val and wish you’d stayed in Courchevel.
January 01, 2013
Dom from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Been to lots of places including Austria and Switzerland. Going to 1650 for our 4th visit in Feb 2013 and can't wait. We don't spend loads as we drive from England and eat in at nights as a group after a few après beers. Doesn't need to be expensive to be good, just avoid expensive meals out and silly priced on resort shopping. You just can't beat it!
February 04, 2011
Mary Lumb from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We have been to Courchevel 4 times over the last 8 years, staying in 1650 with Le Ski. I've had lessons with New Generation and can highly recommend them. We've just returned from a week with bright sunshine but more snow needed. I must say that the piste staff do a fantastic job maintaining what they have and providing more with snow cannons. What could have been disappointing was a really enjoyable week's skiing. All of the Courchevel valley is a pleasure to ski: great slopes, pretty villages, excellent restaurants. Yes, it's expensive in places, but it's easy to picnic in the sun! Can't wait to return.
January 12, 2011
Stephen Knight from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Courchevel is over-priced, over-rated and becoming over-used. My sincere advice to all of you is to find somewhere else to ski! xxx P.S. We are property owners in Courchevel.
February 05, 2011
Mini Mansell from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
For weekend trips, any day arrival you could try www.skicourchevel.net Down in Bozel it's not on-piste. But a free 12 minute bus ride away. Because it's not on-piste it's actually affordable, The local bar does a beer for 2 Euro instead of 6 in 1850 and a tenner for a pizza. This makes Courchevel affordable to stay at. I have just had 2 fantastic weeks there.
January 05, 2010
RB from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Had new year in Courchevel . . . absolutely fantastic . . . the weather while unsettled was still fabulous. 100% snow coverage . The restaurants, as always, are ridiculously expensive . . . but still amazing . . . Cap Horn is truly historic . . On new years eve we spent the night in there dancing in front of the croisette. . over 5000 people having a fantastic time . the fireworks display was brilliant . . The town itself is becoming more and more pretty as the buildings are being upgraded from the horrid 60's and 70's flat roof buildings . . . it has a real alpine feel with the buildings being constructed in old timber. . The shops are totally excessive!!! It's Bond street on ice !!! I still believe it's the finest ski resort in Europe . . totally excessive but totally wonderful. . Enjoy Courchevel for its excesses . . .
December 05, 2010
Julia Holloway from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We have been going to Courchevel for 12 years now and it is fantastic. We always stay in Courchevel 1650. It's much more relaxed than 1850 but it not only has some of the best beginner skiing, but excellent, safe off-piste skiing in the "Chaplets" area. The whole of the Three Valleys (over 600 kms of piste) is accessible by skis and lift. Try the "Grand Couloir" if you want to be scared silly! Just remember to go to Kaie's bar (La Boulotte) in 1650 on Thursdays for apres-ski. It's complete madness, but fantastic fun!
December 31, 2012
Russ from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Came back from skiing in Courchevel on the 22nd Dec. What an absolutely fabulous week. The snow was incredible. There was lots of new snow most days and because the slopes were quiet per Christmas, it was pretty much fresh tracks every day. The highlight being the off-piste down to St Martin de Belleville. It was waist high and like skiing in talcum powder. Wow. We stayed at the Saint Louis in Courchevel, run by FlexiSki. It was fantastic. I've stayed at the finest hotels in Courchevel but this was a revelation. If anyone says you can't stay cheaply in Courchevel well book this hote . It cost £595 inc flights and transfers from Geneve. This was half board!! Food: great and the staff were brilliant. They even throw in a ski guide for people who don't know the resort!! Historic!! Can't wait to get back in Feb. They have enough snow for the rest of the season. Getting booked for 2013. It's looking like it will be a good one.
September 22, 2006
Tom age 13 from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I went to Le Praz (also known as Courchevel 1300) in the Christmas of 2005. The snow was fantastic which meant that most of the lifts were open. It also meant that we could ski down to 1300 which in all the times I have been to Courchevel I have never been able to do. I highly recommend it!!! :)