Reviews of Courchevel, France

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  4.56 of 5  (9 reviews)
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dayzilucky
Reviews: 2
Essex
    4 of 5,  "so much fun"  10/04/2013 @ 22:51
Booked Trip Through
worked for ski olympic
Times Visited
Just Once
Review Detail
i lived here for 3 months and had the best time, i worked as a chalet host in 1650 last year. the ski area i thought was small although seasonaire passes are only for courch and not the whole 3 valleys. its also very child friendly.
Hot Spots
the funky fox.
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tombolton82
Reviews: 3
France
    5 of 5,  "Amazing resort"  18/03/2008 @ 15:21
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Price Paid
£250 + flights & lift passes
Booked Trip Through
skicourchevel.net / easyjet
Times Visited
6-15 Times
Review Detail
Amazing resort. So many runs to play with and a huge amount of off piste. Snow conditions were unbelievable, no rocks or stones and plenty of coverage right down to the lower end of the resort. We went on march 11th so it was getting towards the end of the season, we were a little worried about snow levels but there was over a meter on the piste at 1850 before we arrived and we had a foot of the fresh stuff on the first day although conditions were terrible due to high winds and snow, most of the high chairs had to shut but there were plenty of drag lifts around to allow us to get pretty much everywhere. They have snow cannons everywhere anyway so even when there is nothing then they just make it.
We then had about 3 days of glorius sunshine and time to play in the fresh powder. The next couple of days we had another 2+ feet of snow to get lost in.
Stayed in a brand new chalet in bozel village called chalet bon amis through www.skicourchevel.net the place was amazing, each room had an en suite bathroom so no sharing with random wierdos. The food was second to none, great breakfast, cakes ready and waiting for when we got back from a hard days boarding and fabulous 2 course dinners with loads of wine. The host was a woman called sue who lives there all year round and gave us loads of info about the resort, cheap places to go and where the best snow is to be found.... if there was something we needed to know she could give us the info. would definatly recommened it!
Strengths
great snow conditions as it mainly faces north so keeps the snow.
loads of off piste to be found.
the piste is well maintained.
amazing accomadation in a beatuiful chalet.
chalet host had great local knowledge, really helped to make the holiday.
good price £250 in high season for bed breakfast, afternoon tea and evening meal with wine.
Hot Spots
la tavern in courchevel 1550 ~ opposite the granges bubble in 1550. the cheapest beer we found and a pool table.
a bar by the roundabout in bozel, cant remember the name but it has cheap beer and another pool table.
pannini place in the forum at 1850 where you can get something hot and a drink without having to sell a kidney.
1650 has loads of bars and good nightlife without 1850 prices.
Weaknesses
can be very expensive unless you find out the cheap places to eat and drink.
the park isnt huge and unless you are a pro there are only a couple of small jumps to play on, there is a much bigger park in meribel which is over the top into the next valley.
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meribel
somewhere in austria, not sure where it was a long time ago
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Alf0nse
Reviews: 13
Somerset
    5 of 5,  "back Again"  17/03/2008 @ 10:08
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Price Paid
£500 + liftpass
Booked Trip Through
Pleisure/Eurostar
Times Visited
2-5 Times
Review Detail
Ok due to lack of imagination and wanting to hook up with some friends we found ourselves back in the 3 Valleys for the 4th time in 10 years.

As you probably know the 3 valleys is huge and includes Courchevel, Meribel , Val Torens, Les Menuires , La Tania and a couple more little valleys.

Courchevel 1850 is the playground of the rich and corrupt. We stayed down the mountain but had a peek at where the Russian oligarchs and posh spice like to stay. You could see flunkies waiting outside the luxury chalets, ready to remove ski boots and give foot massages. You could see the bodyguards looking inconspicuous in their stereotype bodyguard outfits. We couldn't find the club that does the £3k cocktails

But being peasants we stayed with pleisure at 1550 - I've used these guys plenty of times and as ever they always deliver on the value for money holiday. I have used plenty of other similar enterprises (boarder run chalets) and pleisure pretty much sit at the top for what you get for your money and are superior to plenty who charge alot more. So thanks again and thanks for putting up with us.

As usual we bought 3 valleys passes, this time I think we shouldn't have bothered as Courchevel was enough for us and the novelty of racing across the ski area just to charge back didn't float our boat this year. The snow was workable in courchevel too so VT with its altitude didn't really tempt us this time.

The snow went from ice & slush under blue skies...which was fun to a nice dusting of fresh which revitalised the crud on the piste sides. We spent a bit of time goofing around in the unoficially titles "disneyland/marioland" sections around the signal chair with little cliffs and jumps.

For some reason the piste bashers also made some huge rollers on the blue down to Le Praz where we got some scary air time.

Why do people go to Courchevel? Cos its consistent and large and if you stay in the right place it isn't as expensive as it could be. People moan about the french but imagine if we had the alps - it would be a shitehole with MacDonalds and Center Parcs
Strengths
Huge area
excellent lift system
easily accessible by eurostar bringing the transfer down to 20 minutes
consistent snow due to vast snow making facilities

Hot Spots
Marioland/disneyland "beside piste" area under the signal chair

the Fruitbowl area (aguille des fruits/parameul/roc mucnier lifts) - a whole bunch of runs which converge at 3 lifts keeping you ticking over all morning

the bubble bar in 1650...mellow & English speaking for all you Francophobes
Weaknesses
You gotta know how to do it cheap or it could bite you in the wallet.
The Spar and other cheap sources of lunch shut at midday, so don't get caught hungry in 1850.
Stick waving skiers with no spacial awareness.
Similar Resorts Visited
the other parts of the 3V , les Arcs, Tignes, Banff, Portes Du Soleil plenty more
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ShelleyM
Reviews: 2
    5 of 5,  "The best holiday ever!"  31/01/2008 @ 15:17
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Price Paid
£399
Booked Trip Through
Ski Solutions (ifyouski.com)
Times Visited
Just Once
Review Detail
This is the first time I have visited the 3 Valleys and had the best time.

We booked last minute (5 days before) and was lucky to be the first people in a catered chalet "Le Notus" in 1650 - so got the biggest room with a bath! The chalet was owned by Le Ski, which is not a company I had heard of before, but would definately book with them again. The chalet and service was fantastic, expecially our host Sarah who was very accomodating to our fussy eating requirements.

We went to Canada last year which completely blew us away with the vast ski area and piste conditions. We were all set to be disapointed by Courchevel. We purposely waited as long as possible before booking to make sure we had the best possible snow and were fortunate to have the best conditions we have ever experienced.

1650 is a great place for beginners/intermediates, there are lots of wide, groomed pistes, mainly blues & greens with a few reds. There are only a couple of drags and most pistes can be reached by the bubble and chairs. 1850 is huge - something for all abilities. If you want a park you have to go over to Meribel. Im not that good yet so didn't make it over there but I heard it was good.

On our second day we were treated to fresh powder - something I had never really experienced before - it was fantastic!!!

We bought a 3 Valley pass which was only 40 euros more than the Courchevel one so thought it was worth it. If its your first visit there is no need to buy the full area pass as there is more than enough to keep you occupied for a week. We only ventured into Meribel & Val Thorens to get our moneys worth and to be honest we liked Courchevel best. Meribel is South facing so although its warm and sunny on the pistes - they were more icy. Courchevel could be cold in the shade but always had great piste conditions.

1650 is fairly quiet but there are a few lively bars - the Bubble & Rocky's were the ones we went to. The Bubble bar was owned by Le Ski so got a free drink on the first night - yea! They have internet access and live bands on. Rocky's shuts at midnight and the Bubble at 1am but there is the Funky Fox if you want to carry on till 4am (never got there as always too tired).

The resort is fairly expensive (as most places are in the alpes) but there was happy hour from 4-6 and the pitchers of beer were better value than buying per pint. The Bel Aire restaurant on the slopes was reasonable and I'Ours Blancs at the bottom do a fantastic cheeseburger (shame about the chips!). In 1850 at the top of the Verdon lift there are two cafes - go to the one on the right (as you face them) as it is self service & half the price of the other. Don't get a cheeseburger there however as I was told it was tiny and not very nice.

I loved this resort & would definately go again. One of the guys we shared a chalet with has been coming here for the last 15 years and still wasn't bored with it. There is so much to do I can understand why.
Strengths
Piste conditions
Can access most of the area without having to use a dreaded drag!
Vast area
Lots of lovely, wide, blues & reds
Hot Spots
Bubble Bar
Rockys
Le Petit Savoyard - great fondue and not too expensive
l'Ours Blanc
Pistes - Pramint, Indians,Creux,
Weaknesses
Expensive resort - but no different from anywhere else in France
Similar Resorts Visited
Alpe D'Huez, Sauze D'oux, Banff, Les Arcs, Risoul, Les Deux Alpes
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SnoBunny
Reviews: 7
    5 of 5,  "My favourite resort"  08/01/2007 @ 14:15
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Price Paid
£700
Booked Trip Through
Independant
Times Visited
Just Once
Review Detail
Great resort - everything you'd want - we stayed in 1650 - much much cheaper than 1850 - because we went pretty early the runs in 1650 were closed but it was no hassle to get to 1850 & back. The piste grooming is good with lots of snow cannons if (like us) you go practically in summer! Not sure the blacks are very challenging (maybe a good thing?) but there's a good variety and the place was vitually deserted. No problems for boarders. The restaurants in 1650 do really good food - try the special tapas at Maracas. Can't wait to go back.
Strengths
variety of runs
Hot Spots
Maracas restaurant
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