- Countryside Endless Trois Vallées
- Country life The place to ski
Courchevel has built a reputation as a high-altitude, high-living resort where the beautiful people come to see and be seen, yet every winter it’s the vastness of the Trois Vallées that steals the show.
The largest ski area in the world has 330 separate runs to point your Chanel skis down and there’s challenging off-piste skiing too. Even if you eschew the upscale piste-side restaurants – and we recommend you don’t – you’ll never tackle the Trois Vallées in a single visit. Conserve your energy; you’re going to need it for some of the most glamorous nightlife in the French Alps.
Do go/Don’t go
The ski season lasts from early December until April, with Christmas the busiest time. The resort is popular with Russians so Orthodox Christmas on 7 January is lively too. Courchevel needs the rest of the year to recover; it’s very quiet out of season.
- Planes Chambéry airport is nearest and just under 90 minutes' drive away. It’s about three hours to Lyon and Geneva airports. Helicopter and private plane transfers to the Courchevel Altiport are the most convenient, but the landings and take-offs look quite terrifying if you ask us. Contact Whitetracks (+44 (0)779 664 0841) for helicopter transfers.
- Trains Eurostar operates a convenient overnight Ski Train service in season. It runs on Fridays and Saturdays stopping at Moûtiers, 30 minutes from Courchevel (www.eurostar.com).
- Automobiles Follow the E711 and E70 from Lyon, or the E25 and E712 from Geneva to Chambéry. Take the péage to Albertville and then the N90 dual carriageway to Moûtiers. Just beyond the town, the road to Courchevel climbs the mountainside in a series of tight hairpin bends.
- Taxis Call +33 (0)4 79 01 10 10 to pre-order a taxi from Locatax, based in the heart of Courchevel.