Courchevel 1650 Ski Resort Guide

Ideally situated at the end of the Three Valleys, Courchevel 1650 (Courchevel Moriond) provides access to the world’s largest ski area, without the crowds found in the central hubs. Courchevel 1650 is one of five villages that make up the resort of Courchevel. The others are Courchevel 1850, Courchevel 1550 (Courchevel Village), Le Praz and La Tania.

Courchevel is one of the premier French ski resorts popular with French, British and Russian skiers and boarders alike. Courchevel 1650 is a lively village frequented by Brits and younger holidaymakers. Although Courchevel struggles to compete with the après scene over in neighbouring Méribel, it has some lively bars and late night drinking holes. In recent years, it’s amassed a reputation as a party town in its own right, with something for young and old alike and to suit every budget. So if Gucci and Channel shops of Courchevel 1850 aren’t your thing, but you’re looking for an amazing ski area with affordable accommodation, a smattering of nice restaurants and bustling bars then Courchevel 1650 could be just the place! Here’s why we think it’s one of the best resorts for families.

Find the lesson that suits you at our Courchevel 1650 Ski School.

Courchevel 1650 Resort Information

Courchevel 1650 Key Facts

  • Also known as Courchevel Moriond
  • Part of the Three Valleys, the world’s largest interconnected ski area
  • 150km of pistes across the whole of Courchevel
  • 600km of pistes in the Three Valleys
  • Links to Meribel, La Tania and the Val Thorens
  • 67 ski lifts across Courchevel
  • 6 lifts leading out of Courchevel 1650

Courchevel Piste Map

Courchevel Piste Map

3 Valleys Piste Map

3 Valleys Piste Map

Click on the images to download a high res piste map for Courchevel and The Three Valleys.

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Skiing in Courchevel 1650

Best ski runs in Courchevel 1650 – our pick of the bunch

Courchevel is part of the world’s largest ski area known as the Three Valleys. There are 150km of runs in Courchevel alone and once you add in those in neighbouring Meribel, Val Thorens, Les Menuires and St Martin you have over 600km of pistes to ski. More than enough to keep you going for a winter, let alone a week’s holiday! As well as the variety of pisted runs on offer there are a number of snow parks to explore and avalanche safety camps to test your skills, as well as some incredible off piste to keep the biggest powder hounds grinning all week.

Courchevel is often heralded as an intermediate paradise although at closer look it does offer something for all levels from nervous first-timers through to off-piste adventurers. Of their pisted runs 19% are classified as green, 31% blue, 40% red and 10% black. Plus plenty of itinerary runs and off-piste to explore.

Courchevel 1650 is set off to the far left of Courchevel which means it benefits from quieter pistes than can be found at neighbouring 1850 and shorter lift queues. Though to be honest, with a fast and efficient lift system the queues in Courchevel are only really noted during New Year and February half term or first thing at the major lifts in resort.

For Beginners:

  • Beginners ski area – Just at the foot of resort just off the Mickeys run, serviced by a free drag lift. This is closed off so there’s no need to fear faster skiers flying by, but the top of the run is a little steep for total beginners.
  • Western Ski Park – A second beginners area was created in 2016 just at the top of the Ariondaz bubble. Complete with tipis for the kids and a covered magic carpet it’s the perfect place for beginners to take their first steps on skis.

For Intermediates:

  • Grandes Bosses and it’s fun rollers
  • Chapelets and Bel Air – These two red runs can’t be beaten when they’re perfectly pisted.

For Advanced:

  • Courchevel 1850 Couloirs and black runs – If you’re looking for a challenge, you can easily access the steepest runs in Courchevel.
  • Les Avals Valley – If off-piste is more your bag, then there are some incredible routes down in Les Avals, to the left of Courchevel 1650, where fresh tracks can be found days after fresh snow.

Courchevel 1650 Restaurants

Recommendations for places to eat in Courchevel 1650

Courchevel is well renowned as a foodies paradise and rightly so. With 12 Michelin stars to its name and options to suit all budgets, there’s something for everyone. You just need to know where to look!

Best Cheap Eats

  • Chez La Goulois – For amazing sandwiches, made to order with oodles of melted cheese, you’ll find this just next to the New Gen shop in 1650. Their sandwiches are around 6€ a pop and are big enough to share, or keep you well fueled ’til dinner!

Mid Range

  • The Boulotte – For great value and filling lunches, head to this spot in 1650. They serve burgers, steaks, home-made soups and ginormous (and very tasty!) wraps. Prices range from 10-15€ per meal.
  • La Chabotte in 1850 – Another great value for money, this is the bistro restaurant to the Michelin starred Chabichou. They serve a 3-course menu du jour lunch for 25€.
  • The Petit Savoyard – Perfect for an evening meal on chalet night off. They serve woodfired pizzas, steaks, and salads, as well as the usual Savoyard fayre, done better than the rest. Pizzas start at around 16€ with fondues around 26€ pp.
  • La Copiña – If you’re after anything other than cheese, head to this tapas bar for Spanish flavour. A mixture of delicious tapas with favourites including the squid and croquettes. They also have a menu of mains if you’re after a sit-down experience.

Fine Dining

  • Cucina Angelina – A new addition to 1650 located in the Portetta Hotel, the chef was one of Gordon Ramsey’s right-hand women, Angela Hartnett already has a Michelin star claimed in London. This rustic yet chic restaurant serves fine Italian dining from the antipasti to the tiramisu.
  • Le Bel Air – This infamous mountain-top restaurant is just near the Aroindaz gondola. With its huge south facing terrace, this is a great spot for Savoyard fare and meat dishes. Main courses ranging from 20-40€.
  • Azimut – If you fancy treating yourself on your next visit, without re-mortgaging your home, then give this low-key Michelin star restaurant a whirl. The food is impressive but without the stuffy service. Lunch menus start at just 30€.

Courchevel 1650 Après & Nightlife

Courchevel 1650 may not have the reputation of après and bar scene as Méribel, but it has a good atmosphere in its own right.

Here are a few of our favourite spots to grab a drink and see some live music.

  • La Copiña – A bit more upscale than the typical seasonnaire watering hole, this new tapas & cocktail bar is not to be missed. Their custom cocktails are to die for, and with its cool interior decor, you won’t feel like you’re in France!
  • Bubble Bar – A great seasonnaires hang out and spot for cheap drinks. With bands on for après and late night, it’s always a happening place.
  • La Boulotte – Although known for its delicious burgers, it’s also a great place to grab a drink later in the evening. A cozy interior and après bands on a few days throughout the week.
  • Funky Fox – For a big night out, this spot is not to be missed. It has a laid-back atmosphere with pool tables with DJs and bands every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday – you’ll definitely be dancing late into the night.

A Bit of History

During the 1930’s the French government were looking for a spot to build a ski resort in order to compete with those in Switzerland. But with the war, things were postponed. In 1943, Laurent Chappis had the idea to build a ski resort here and link St Bon (the original center of the area) with the Les Allues valley (Meribel) and Belleville (Les Menuires and Val Thorens).

By the 1960’s Courchevel 1850 was fully established, but the residents of St Bon, the original village of the valley, wasn’t benefiting at all. They had become frozen out of the decisions and benefits of the resort. So they began to develop Moriond, Courchevel 1650 where they could own businesses and benefit from the tourism. But there was little forethought to the plan and layout of the resort, leading to buildings springin up along the main road, with no thought for access or parking or the visual impact of the area. You can see today how this lack of foresight led to a sprawling uncoordinated ski station.

In 1964 they three Courchevel villages decided to come together and operate as one unit, with the control being with the council of St Bon – as it still is today.

By 1973 the whole of the three valleys was linked, and still remains the largest connected ski area in the world.

Courchevel 1650 Village Map

COURCHEVEL 1650

Courchevel 1650 FAQ’s

How can I get to resort?

Airport Transfers

If you’re arriving by air then you’ll probably fly into either Grenoble, Lyon or Geneva. The following transfer companies offer airport transfers, either private or sometimes shared:

3 Valley Transfers

Snowbound Transfers to Courchevel

Sky2ski

Snowlinx

Snow White Transfers

There are buses from the airport but you will need to change at Moutiers and they’re not cheap so if there is a few of you it often cheaper to share a transfer.

The train is the cheapest option from the airports, but again this will involve several changes and the trains are somewhat infrequent.

Drive

It’s about a 9hr drive once in France to reach Courchevel. The benefits of driving are no luggage restrictions and the option of an extra day skiing during a week’s holiday but keep in mind the tolls can be quite pricey on the motorways.

Train

The Eurostar offers overnight trains direct from London St Pancras to Moutiers (about 25mins from Courchevel, at the foot of the mountain). If you don’t mind overnight travel and can sleep on trains (or are willing to forego sleep) then this can be one of the cheapest and most convenient ways to reach the Alps. Plus, no extra charge for ski carriage. You just need to be able to carry all you can bring…..

Where can I stay in resort?

Here’s a list of some of our favourite tour operators in resort:

Le Ski
Chalet holiday specialists. They have a range of chalets in 1650. Highly recommended.

Scott Dunn
Holidays without compromise. Chalets at the ‘higher’ end of the market.

Skiworld
A selection of chalets to choose from in 1550 or 1650 for great value ski holidays.

Mountain Heaven
Three lovely chalets located in Le Praz (Courchevel) with easy access to the bubble up to Courchevel 1850.

Powder White
Chalet holidays tailor-made for you.

Ski Olympic
Choose from their chalet hotel or two lovely chalets, all in the centre of town.

Courchevel-Chalets-Apartments
Independent ski accommodation specialists for catered or self-catered accommodation.

Pleisure Holidays
Quality, affordable snowboarding holidays in Courchevel Le Praz since 1997.

Silver Ski
Great value catered chalet holidays in Le Praz.

As well as some agents with whom you can book stays in Courchevel:

Oxford Ski
Luxury chalet or hotel accommodation in Courchevel.

Ski Solutions
Luxury ski resort travel and accommodation

Alpine Answers
Free ski holiday booking service in 150+ resorts. Over 1,200 chalets and hundreds of hotels ranging in size from 2 to 200 people.

Altitude Holidays
Small, flexible, owner-run company.

Carrier
Luxury bespoke tour operator.

Elegant Resorts
Luxury ski breaks in Courchevel.

Exceptional Ski
Bespoke ski holidays in Courchevel and Meribel since 2005.

Erna Low
Ski holidays and short breaks with one of the oldest ski companies with a strong reputation.

IndependentMountain
Catered and self catered chalets &apartments in the French Alps.

Move Mountains
Handpicked ski holidays.

My Chalet Finder
A website specialising in self-catering chalets and apartments across the world’s top ski resorts.

Powder Beds
Ski accommodation specialists.

Ski Boutique
Luxury ski holiday agent offering the finest chalets and hotels with a VIP service from start to finish.

Skiline
Ski Holiday Company – run by skiers for skiers.

Ski-Links
Find your perfect skiing holiday – independent specialist advice for Courchevel 1650.

SNO
Ski deals and cheap holidays with the biggest tour operators in Courchevel.

Snowfinders
An up and coming ski agency who will find you exactly what you want! Best prices, best advice.

How easy is is to get around Courchevel?

There is a regular free bus service in Courchevel which links all the villages. You can get from Courchevel 1650 to 1850 every 10mins during the day and buses run between Courchevel 1650, 1550 and Le Praz every 30mins. Bus timetables are displayed at each bus stop. And buses run until about 1.30am.

Where can I get my skis and snowboard equipment?

We recommend the following ski hire service in Courchevel 1650:

Francis Blanc
Opposite the tourist office and slightly up the hill.

The Boot Lab – Boot Fitting Specialists
If you’re considering buying your own ski boots (a worthwhile and wise investment for comfort and performance) then pop in for a free assessment where we share a shop with in Courchevel 1650. Each boot fit is conducted by a boot fitting specialist, comes with a through free assessment and a comfort guarantee.

What is the snow like? Courchevel 1650 webcams

These can be accessed on the Courchevel website.

Where can I find more information about Courchevel?

If you’re looking for more information about resort including where to eat, what’s on during your stay and general hints and tips then try one of the following websites:

3V Guide
Great blog written by Three Valleys locals with insider tips and hints on where to ski, eat and drink, and lots more.

Courchnet
A helpful site with regular event listings of what’s going on in resort, snow reports and more.

Courchevel Tourist Office
The official site for Courchevel

What shopping is available?

Food Shopping

  • Pain D’Antan Bakery – Next door to the Boot Lab & the New Gen office is a lovely bakery.
  • Super U – Small supermarket on the main drag near the pharmacy.
  • Carrefour Montagne – Another supermarket just a bit further up the road on the main street in 1650.

Clothing and Ski Shops

  • Ski Republic, Endless Winter, The Boot Lab & Superdry – Trendy ski and snowboard gear & clothing shops dotted along the main drag.
  • Intersport and Sport 2000 – Two ski shops in town.
  • Souvenir shop – Also along the main drag is a large souvenir shop.

What services are available in Courchevel 1650?

Doctors – There is a doctor at the Medical Centre in 1650.

Pharmacy – There is a pharmacy on the main street left of Super U.

Post Office – A large post office is located in the Croisette in Courchevel 1850.

Cash Point – There are cash points near the main gondola station.

Hair Dresser – Helene Coiffure is a hair dresser located just near the gondola station.

How about non-skiing activities?

There are loads of other things to do in Courchevel. So whether you’ve got a non-skier in your party, you’d like a rest day or there are white out conditions outside there’s plenty to keep you entertained.

In 1850 there’s an ice skating rink and bowling alley in the forum, a well-equipped spa in the Chabichou hotel as well as plenty of shops to peruse.

And later this year the new all signing all dancing aquatic centre is due to open between 1650 and 1550.

Or if you fancy something a little more athletic why not try your hand at cross-country skiing? Or alternatively, Simply Savoie offer Guided Snowshoe Walks around Courchevel. Get off-the-beaten-track and discover the “real mountains” with Mark Tennent.

What about childcare?

We recommend two companies who provide childcare options in Courchevel 1650:

T4 Nannies
T4 offer a private nanny service in Val d’Isere, Tignes, Meribel, Courchevel, La Tania, La Plagne and La Rosiere. They hand pick nannies who share the belief that undivided attention, fun and getting involved are the key ingredients to a happy family holiday.

SnowBugs Child Care and Private Nanny Service
SnowBugs Nannies offer a high quality, friendly, trustworthy and professional private Nanny service in La Tania, entertaining your little ones in the comfort of your own accommodation during your winter holiday.

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