Courchevel 1850 Ski Holiday Resort

Overview

The highest of the four Courchevel villages, 1850 has long been a favourite spot for the rich and famous. Its 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. Tthose 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 and 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.

A little known fact is that whilst most people assume Courchevel 1850 is at 1850m, it isn't. It is situated at 1747m; the resort management decided to call it Courchevel 1850 to rival the popularity of Val d'Isere. You can't trust those Frenchies you know!

 

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.

Overview

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

At a glance

Pistes:
600km
Resort height:
1747m
Top station:
3248m

Suitability

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Positives

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

 

Negatives

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

 

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Chalet Montana REF: AK009

We could not be happier with the addition of this stunning chalet to our Courchevel 1850 chalet portfolio. The luxurious Chalet Montana not only benefits from a superb location right by the...

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Chalet Perce Neige REF: AEI150

Chalet Perce Neige is one of the most luxurious chalets in Courchevel 1850 with absolutley stunning accommodation for up to 15 adults.  Exuding sheer luxury and elegance, this chic 8...

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Chalet Aspen REF: AEI162

Chalet Aspen is a six bedroom property located in the popular Chenus area of Courchevel 1850 and offers beautiful accommodation for up to 12 adults. The chalet is only 80m...

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Chalet Rossignol REF: AEI151

Chalet Rossignol is located in the Nogentil area of Courchevel 1850, right at the top of the resort, offering ski-out accommodation via the blue Cospillot run and to return it’s...

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Chalet Nanuq REF: AEI149

The impressive Chalet Nanuq is located in the Chenus area of Courchevel 1850 on the red Dou du Midi slope, 200m from the resort centre, and offers stunning accommodation with...

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Chalet Ajacour REF: AEI163

Chalet Ajacour is a cosy, self-catered chalet located in the quiet Chenus area of Courchevel 1850 providing a modern alpine style. Recently-built, it can sleep up to 4 adults and...

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Chalet Le Namaste REF: ACN02

Chalet Le Namaste is one of the leading private homes in Courchevel and was the former summer residence of Baroness Margaret Thatcher. Located in the exclusive, gated Hameau de Cachemire,...

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The recently-built ski-in/ski-out Hotel Barrière Les Neiges is perfectly positioned at the foot of the Bellecôte ski slope, with everything within easy reach and just a few minutes’ walk from...

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Hotel L`Apogee REF: AEI153

Situated high on the slopes at the top of the former Olympic ski jump the stylish Hotel L’Apogée occupies an unrivalled ski-in/ski-out location. The hotel’s unique interiors combine bespoke furniture...

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Hotel Annapurna REF: AEI155

The luxurious Hotel Annapurna boasts exceptional views and fantastic facilities set in a fabulous slopeside location in Courchevel 1850. It is a perfect choice for families, with a young children’s...

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