Courchevel & its Surroundings
What makes Courchevel different is that it is not one single resort, but spread across four different altitudes; Courchevel Le Praz 1300, Courchevel 1550, Courchevel 1650 and Courchevel 1850; each offering a very different image and village feel.
Courchevel 1850 is where the rich and famous come ‘to see and be seen’. The secluded Jardin Alpin sector is where all the spectacular chalets and hotels are located, however there is still reasonably priced accommodation in the centre of town. There are gentle beginner slopes and a vast array of intermediate, advanced and off-piste couloirs to keep even the most accomplished skiers busy.
Courchevel 1650 is lower down the valley, and the price scheme. 1650 still has much to offer with a welcoming atmosphere encompassing its own unique character and style. Piste wise, there are some cruisey wide blue runs in 1650, where frequently you will often find some of the best snow and quietest slopes in Courchevel.
Courchevel 1550 is markedly quieter, with just a few chalets and hotels. A new high speed 6 person chairlift was installed in winter 2004/05 offering a very quick connection to the pistes of 1850. There is also a bubble lift which runs daily from 09.00 until 19.30 taking you into the centre of 1850.
chevel 1300 sits on a large flat ledge and so is very easy to get round on foot with no hills to navigate. A couple of thousand people live there all year round so it has the feel of a real village all the year round. There is a school, supermarket, 5 restaurants/bars, 2 ski shops, post office, baker, butcher etc. – in fact everything you need. The 2 bubble lifts from the village take you rapidly up to 1850 in less than 8 minutes. The village has lots of little nooks and crannies and is easily the prettiest part of Courchevel. You can ski back to 1300 all season due to the investment in snow cannons and the 2 black runs (Jean Blanc & Jockeys) are 2 of the greatest runs in skiing.
Closest Airports to Courchevel
The most convenient airport for the Three Valleys is Chambéry, situated 109 kms (1 1/4hrs) away. From here, you have a number of different methods of transport to choose from to get you up to resort. If you can’t get a flight to Chambéry, the next best options are Grenoble (2 hours), Lyon (2 hours) or Geneva (3 hours) – all of these airports are serviced by a number of the major airlines.
Each airport has it pros and cons. Chambery is closest but may close in bad weather and your flight be diverted elsewhere. Geneva has excellent bus/shuttle links to Meribel, Courchevel & Val Thorens, but finding the route in a hire car isn’t particularly easy. Lyon St-Exupery has fewer links to resort, expecially midweek, but the journey is easier and quicker than from Geneva if you hire a car.
Remember, before succumbing to a bargain flight into one of these airports, take a few minutes to investigate your onward transfer options; your flight may only cost you £50 but your transfer to resort could set you back €300 – €400!!
Shared helicopter transfers can be booked on a per seat basis, meaning that you do not have to foot the cost of chartering a private helicopter. Sharing the helicopter means sharing the cost amongst the passengers.
This service is ideal for business travellers who need to arrive quickly and efficiently, for couples who want to enjoy a romantic flight over the Alps, or for holiday-makers looking to treat themselves to an unforgettable experience.
Flights can be booked for up to three passengers at a time; sharing the transfer with two other passengers will save nearly half the cost of a private helicopter.
Whitetracks Helicopters can make shared transfers from all airports in the Northern Alps; Geneva, Chambery, Grenoble (St Geoirs) and Lyon (St Exupery), as well as all airports in Switzerland; Geneva, Zurich, Sion, Bern-Belp and Basel to any Swiss ski resort.
+44 (0)779 664 0841
Door to Door Courchevel airport transfers
Alpine Cab has been operating in the French Alps for 17 years, offering ‘door to door’ airport to Courchevel transfers for skiers, boarders, climbers, mountain bikers & alpine residents.
Vehicles are fully equipped for all-weather conditions and baggage requirements; thereby ensuring you & your luggage have a safe & comfortable journey to your destination. Alpine cab passengers will be met inside the airport terminal building, (Geneva, Lyon, Chambery, Grenoble and St Etienne all serviced) at the exit from the customs hall. Alpine Cab drivers will assist you with your baggage and wait while you change money or use airport facilities. Your comfort and safe transfer is the top priority and drivers are happy to stop en route, particularly where there are children concerned (time permitting).
Alpine Cab is fully licensed with all relevant authorities and use a fleet of luxury vehicles, carrying 1 to 8 passengers. For larger groups please email Alpine Cab below for a quotation. Alpine Cab aim to give clients the most professional & effective service available in the Alps.
SARL Alpinecab Chalet Les Iris, La Beunaz St-Paul-en-Chablais, 74500 France
+33 (0) 450 73 19 38
Alpes Taxis Transports SARL
Courchevel Taxis, Minibuses, Buses and Limousines
Alpes Taxis Transports is an English-speaking company providing taxis, minibuses, limousines, 4x4s and buses, servicing all the French Alps.
For the last 16 years Alpes Taxis Transports has been organising all types of transfers for different people such as; individuals travellers, families, tour operators, travel agents, seminar groups and corporations, VIPs and their entourage and medical assistance companies. Vehicles can also come equipped with trailers, baby-seats and DVD-players.
Airport transfers can be booked for the following ski resorts in particular:The Tarentaise Region :
• Méribel, Courchevel, La Tania, Val Thorens, Les Menuires, Valmorel
• The HauteTarentaise Region : Val d’Isère, Tignes, Les Arcs, La Plagne
From the following airports:
• SWITZERLAND: Geneva (on the Swiss side), Lausanne, Zurich etc
• ITALY: Turin, Milan
• FRANCE: Geneva (on the French side), Lyon, Chambéry, Annecy, Grenoble, St Etienne, Nice, Paris
And the railway stations of:
• Moutiers Salins, Aime, Bourg Saint Maurice, Albertville, Chambéry, Aix les Bains, Annecy, Lyon, Genève
Alpes Taxis Transports is also a fully licensed in-resort taxi service operating in Meribel and Courchevel, for your trips to and from the pistes, shopping, nightlife and day time excursions.
ALPES TAXIS TRANSPORTS sarl
Le Cassiopée N° 2
73550 Meribel France
Fax :+ 33 4 79 00 42 98
Tel. : + 33 4 79 00 47 37
During the winter ski season, from December to February, average temperatures range from -15°C (5°F) to 5°C (41°F). During the spring ski season, from March to April, average temperatures range from -5°C (23°F) to 20°C (68°F). Snow conditions are excellent, with six to eight metres each winter and very well maintained slopes. Artificial snow is used to ensure good snow conditions over the Three Valleys round trip at the beginning of winter.
French is the main language of communication. English spoken Italian, German and Spanish.
The Euro is the only currency accepted in Courchevel. There are opportunities for exchange of U.S. Dollars, Swiss Francs or Sterling Pounds.
European Union nationals do not require visas but valid passports and visas are required for visitors from most other countries. Guests are advised to check with their nearest French embassy or consulate.
Electricity is 220 volts and the sockets take standard two-pin round plugs. Courchevel’s time zone is plus one hour GMT.