Les Trois Vallées (Three Valleys) is a group of interlinked ski resorts that make up the world’s largest alpine ski domain, and Courchevel is the largest and most famous of these resorts. Courchevel’s 60 lifts give skiers and riders access to 150 kilometers of alpine runs and provide links to 600 kilometers in the three valleys, encompassing 10 summits with altitudes above 2,500 meters. Four meters of annual snowfall and expert grooming keeps trails in top condition for all levels of skier.
Each of the resort’s five separate villages has good places for beginners to practice and intermediates to hone their skills; in all, 23 percent of Courchevel’s pistes are green for beginners and 35 percent are for intermediates. Beginner areas are always located next to at least one free chairlift. Magnetic vests for children are an added safety precaution on lifts.
Expert skiers come here especially for the off-piste terrain and for the couloirs – corridors – and black steeps studded with moguls. Tree skiing is also superb, especially on the Jockeys and Jean Blanc pistes, or test your mettle on the former World Cup downhill run, Jean Blanc. In addition to the skiing, Courchevel is famous for its luxury atmosphere and upscale lodges, boutique hotels, and Michelin-starred dining (seven restaurants here have earned stars).