Courchevel sits on the northern side of the Three Valleys ski area and is connected by ski lifts to Meribel (in the middle) and Val Thorens and Orelle at the far side and southerly edge.
Courchevel has in the region of 52 ski lifts giving access to ski terrain ranging from 1350m to 2738m altitude and ~150km of pistes (see the piste maps). This ski area is varied with plenty to keep all levels of skier and snowboarder occupied and can be split into three main ski areas: La Tania, Courchevel (1850) and Courchevel Moriond. With 150km of piste skiing and 617 snow canons, you'll find snow-sure terrain suitable for any skier.
This part of the ski resort has it all - a beginner and intermediate skiers paradise, Europe's steepest black run and mountainous off-piste terrain. For those just starting out the lower slopes around Courchevel Village are perfect. They can be easily accessed by gondola and there's a separate fenced-off beginner area. For piste skiers, there's plenty of variety. Steep runs lead down from the top of Saulire, with the Grand Couloir claiming the crown as Europe's steepest run. From here, it's possible to ski down to Le Praz at 1300m which is more than 1400m of descent! Slightly mellower red runs fill the space between Courchevel and Courchevel Moriond with the excellent Creux, Jean Pachot and Park City. Powder skiers can take on the couloirs of Saulire and the serious terrain in the Creux Noirs bowls. On a white-out day head below 1850 to the trees around Le Praz. The Family Park alongside the Verdons piste is ever growing in popularity as more and more features are added each year, from the gnarly red kickers and quarter pipe to the gentle ski cross, the Family Park has something for everyone. If you want to take a quick break, why not climb into an igloo and rest those weary legs.
Courchevel Moriond catches the last of the evening sun so it's a good place to finish the day. With long, mellow reds and blues aplenty it's a great place to work on your technique. There are a few gems when it comes to powder skiing in Moriond. The tree skiing around Roc Mugnier, Chapelets and Gravelles are a great place to head in white-out conditions. For something a bit more serious then the Roc Merlet face is a short hike with huge rewards. To top them all though is the off-piste run through the valley of Les Avals, starting from the top of Pyramide lift and descending all the way back down to 1650. It's well worth booking a guided lesson with an instructor to get the most out of the area. New Generation Ski School offer a good range of off-piste options at reasonable prices.
The La Tania ski area has a great variety of skiing above the resort. For piste-lovers, there's the black run Dou des Lanches which then connects to the awesome Folyeres, a blue run which winds down through the trees into resort. There's not a great deal for beginners here but the addition of Plan Fontaine, a green winding run, has made it easier to get back to resort. If you're looking for powder then there are two areas above La Tania that are worth a mention. The face of the Rocher de la Loze, known locally as the Freeride Face is only for the most experienced skiers. It is accessed via a hike with steep chutes, big drops and tight couloirs aplenty. Lower down, underneath the Dou des Lanches lift, there is more easily accessible powder, cliffs, steeps and trees which makes for some awesome and varied terrain.
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