Courchevel 1850

Overview

The highest of the four villages, 1850 has long been a favourite spot for the rich and famous. It`s top hotels and restaurants have always been among the most expensive in the Alps. 1850 is the largest village, and the focal point of the area with most of the smart nightlife and shops. Two gondolas go over its lower slopes towards the links with Meribel and the rest of the Three Valleys. You can pay a lot to stay, eat and drink, but more affordable places can be sought out.

The slopes around the village are ideal for early intermediate and beginner skiers and there is nothing in and around the village that is likely to catch out nervous skiers.

For the more mileage hungry the position of 1850 offers skiers a great opportunity to get full value for money on the Three Valleys lift pass. A real favourite of ours close to the resort is the red Dou de Midi from the top of the Plantrey chair..... but remember to watch out for the compression in the middle, which catches many out.

Experts are well catered for with some of the most testing blacks anywhere in Europe, those that know the narrow ridge to get to the Petit and Grand Couloir runs will testify to this fact!

The lift system is second to none with a huge amount of modern fast lifts with only a few slow lifts in the area.

Apres ski is lively and good fun with the Refuge (one of our favourites) and the Kudeta(formerly the Kalico) offering live music and happy hour prices.

Snowboarders are as well catered for in the Three valleys ski area as anywhere in the world, huge investment in modern fast lifts means there are hardly any drag lifts. There is a great snow park above 1850 for those that want it.

 

Positive

  • Highest of the four villages
  • Some great restaurants
  • Wooded setting is pretty and useful in bad weather
  • Varied terrain
  • High quality accommodation

 

Negative

  • Some pistes can get crowded
  • Can be expensive
  • Losing its French feel

 


Offslope/apres ski

1850 has the most varied nightlife with exclusive nightclubs, some with top Paris cabaret acts, bars and restaurants. There is a Cinema showing English speaking films and a bowling alley. There are many shops and markets and a pedestrian lift pass is available for use on buses and gondolas in Courchevel and Meribel. The tourist office produces a non-skiers guide.

Our View

A high altitude chic resort in the worlds largest ski area. Huge variety of runs to suit all levels from nervous beginners right through to hardcore experts.

At a glance

Chalets:
45
Hotel & Apartments:
23
Pistes:
600km
Resort height:
1800m
Top station:
3248m

Suitability

Experts:
4 stars
Intermediates:
5 stars
Beginners:
4 stars
Non-Skiers:
3 stars
Scenery:
4 stars
Resort charm:
3 stars
Nightlife:
4 stars