About Courchevel Moriond (1650)
Hidden away on the edge of the Three Valleys, Courchevel 1650 offers a mix of energy, laid back skiing and seasonaire hangouts sprinkled with a little glamour that overspills from the luxurious 1850. Self catered apartments for the frugal and five star hotels for the monied bolsters the expanding village to suit all budgets.
For leisurely skiers the pistes consist of long merciful motorways, some steeper undulated roller-coaster red runs and, for the adventurers, ample easily accessible backcountry. The serene North facing slopes give exquisite snow conditions and only two ski links into the area means that during peak times it will still feel quiet. Check out runs like Chapelets and Belair for almost guaranteed empty pistes. The lower altitude produces tree skiing and open faces, so get a local guide and find the secret snow spots. The Ariondaz gondola can get busy in the mornings so consider queue busting by taking the Marquis drag and scoot over the Signal chairlift.
Take a quick ride up the Aguille de Fruit chairlift and you will have access to the rest of Courchevel's spacious one hundred and fifty kilometres, which includes the 1850 bowl, shops, cafes and pistes all the way down to Le Praz.
After a day on the slopes relax in the sun at the Fire and Ice bar at the Hotel Portetta, where free pizza and comfy sofas are on offer at happy hour to accompany your vin chaud. If your looking for a lively Apres Ski then check out seasonaire hot spots Le Bubble Bar and La Boulotte for live music and, for those that are partaking, toffee vodka. Live DJ sets kick off from 10pm and on in to the night at the Funky Fox. Be careful, as your likely to bump into your chalet hosts here once they sneak off after dinner service.
Those that are self catering grab your supplies from the Carrefour supermarket sitting on the main road towards 1850. It offers the same great prices on products up the mountain as it does at sea level. A stroll around the village in the evening will give you a choice of restaurants, if you're looking to spoil yourself there is Angela Hartnett's Cucina Angelina.
Numerous ski rental shops are on dotted around the village including Sport 2000 and Intersport, if you are looking for the easy life then book yourself Whitestorm's ski rental delivery and collection service. Equipment specialists can set you up with custom gear, skiers head to the British run The Boot Lab for you comfort fit guaranteed ski boots. Whilst snowboarders can find boards and hardware in Endless Winter along the main parade of shops.
The new Aquamotion centre is situated below the village, either a 15 minute walk or a quick bus ride away. It is the perfect option for an afternoon if the weather is not favourable. Swimming pools and spa facilities for the adults to relax, waterslides, surf machines and climbing walls for those who can't sit still.
Courchevel 1650 is a great all rounder, easy skiing and empty slopes on your doorstep with access to the biggest ski area in the world, leave plenty of time if you're planning a trip to Val Thorens. It's lively enough to keep you up at night and sprinkled with enough luxury to help that hangover the next day.
A huge thank you to Eliot Prince for this Courchevel 1650 review. Eliot is a freelance writer with a focus on the ski industry. He offers content writing services to small and bespoke companies that need some help in producing regular, consistent articles, blogs, newsletters, press releases and everything else needed. For further information about Eliot and the services he provides:
Courchevel Moriond (1650)
01/02/2018 via Alpine Independents
Get to the starting line at the top of the brand new Ariondaz lift. Hop onto your sledge to slide down the 3km of the Moriond Racing slope. All we've got to say: get ready for some thrills!
Courchevel Moriond (1650)
15/01/2018 via Eliot Prince
Amazing sunny skiing over the past few days. We're ready for a fresh dump now though, looks like there's a good metre of snow on it's this week way starting tonight! Get the powder skis out.