Courchevel 1650, now also known as Courchevel Moriond, is a bustling resort with numerous bars, restaurants and shops, including 3 supermarkets as well as a cinema and weekly street market selling local produce including cheese, meats and wine. The relaxed, village feel of Courchevel 1650 is a counterpoint to the glitz up the road in Courchevel 1850. Not only that but guests here will encounter the delights of a more affordable resort, whilst still having access to the same stunning ski area.
Courchevel has some of the best beginner slopes around and with many excellent British and International ski schools, it is one of the very best places to learn to ski in the world, let alone France. Families with children and beginners are well rewarded with fun, gently undulating pistes such as Indiens and Grandes Bosses. The home runs back into resort are also wide, gentle and deliver an enjoyable experience for the last run of the day.
The skiing here is a true delight, rarely ever crowded and there are great blue pistes that are easy to progress on. The on piste connections to the various resorts of Courchevel are quick and you will be skiing and travelling around the mountain, never having to ski the same run twice, unless that is if you choose too! Above 1650, for those who like speed against a stunning backdrop, Chapalets is a must ski slope and within the Courchevel valley there are 150km of slopes with great variety for all abilities.
Being part of the 3 Vallées ski area, the worlds largest ski area, with some 600km of slopes, it is easy to see why people come back season after season. The lift system is modern and very efficient, ensuring maximum time is spent on the slopes. Whilst with several different places to link over to Méribel and Val Thorens, the other resorts of the ski domain, the choices for intermediate and expert skiers and snowboarders are almost endless.
For those who love their ski holiday with long mountain lunches, the Bel Air restaurant, with wonderful sun terrace, can also be accessed by non skiers via the Ariondaz bubble lift.
A free ski bus links all four Courchevel resorts, and it is only a few minutes drive up to Courchevcel 1850. For families, new Aquamotion complex, complete with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, dedicated children’s play areas and spa facilities is located just below 1650. This new facility, which opened in December 2015, is a fantastic addition to an already world class ski resort, and also ensures families will be entertained both off as well as on the snow.