||The village of Courchevel 1850 in the French Alps is part of the world’s largest skiing area called the Three Valleys. Courchevel consists of 6 villages, all steeped in French tradition, yet each with its own unique and discreet charm. Courchevel 1850 is the highest of these 6 villages and is where the rich and famous flock to enjoy its international reputation for exclusivity and large choice of luxury hotels and chalets. Courchevel has its own airstrip with the largest area for private planes in a ski resort in the world.
||Courchevel offers 600 km of pistes and 162 ski lifts. The majority of slopes are North facing, ensuring that the snow quality in the Courchevel valley is always good. Courchevel 1850 is the main lift hub with gondolas from the centre heading up in three different directions. It is not unusual to see celebrities and members of the British Royal family skiing in Courchevel and Robbie Williams, George Clooney, Prince William and Georgio Armani have all been visitors to the area. Courchevel appeals to all levels of skier with 52% of slopes being suitable for beginners or intermediate skiers, 38% of slopes for advanced skiers and 10% of the terrain being reserved for expert skiers.
||The summit of the Three Valleys is the ‘Pointe de Thorens’ which sits at an altitude of 3,266 metres and is in neighbouring Val Thorens. There are heli-skiing options from Courchevel 1850, as well as the opportunity to paraglide over the village for a panoramic view.
||Courchevel hosts many events including the Ladies Alpine World Cup Giant Slalomwhich takes place every December. There is also an International Fireworks Festival in February and in mid April, Courchevel hosts the Dynastar X3 mountain triathlon which includes cycling, running and skiing. Courchevel has an Olympic ice skating rink.
||The most helpful website for fact finding and general information about Courchevel 1850 is provided by Courchevel Tourism.