Courchevel Village (also known as 1550) is perched directly below the chic and world-renowned resort of Courchevel 1850. A quieter mountain village than its sister resorts, it can often be overlooked. However, after huge investment in recent years plus a lovely collection of new luxury ski chalets being developed, it’s becoming increasingly popular for the family-friendly atmosphere and excellent value for luxury price point.
Linked to Courchevel 1850 by high-speed lifts that can whisk guests up the mountain in a few minutes, Courchevel Village enjoys excellent local skiing for all abilities, plus convenient access to the wider Three Valleys ski domaine. Courchevel has a well-deserved reputation for great snow conditions right the way through the season thanks a combination of sophisticated piste management and maintenance, as well as North-facing, high altitude slopes. Add to this the huge variety of skiing in the Courchevel Valley, and across the 3 Valleys, and skiers of all abilities are well-catered for on a Courchevel Village ski holiday.
Beginners do have a ski school in Courchevel 1550, as well as the village nursery slopes, however there’s also the option to take the lift up to the ski schools in Courchevel 1850 which has some fantastic long greens to learn the basics, plus gentle blue pistes for additional variety.
For intermediate skiers the Three Valleys is simply a paradise, with almost 500km of blue and red pistes across Les Trois Vallées domaine. The experts will want to head to the couloirs above Courchevel 1850, the tree-lined black piste that drops over 1,000m down to Courchevel Le Praz, or L’Eclipse; a World Cup piste specially developed for the professionals.
A lovely alpine village, Courchevel 1550 has a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. Whilst Courchevel Village is perfect for families or anyone wishing to get away from it all for a week in the mountains, it is nonetheless well located to explore its sister resorts across the Courchevel Valley. The Grangettes gondola whisks straight up to Courchevel 1850 in about 6 minutes and runs into the evening every day, whilst free buses link the village to neighbouring Courchevel 1650 and Courchevel Le Praz.
Courchevel 1550 is a world away from the hustle and glamour of Courchevel 1850’s bars and nightclubs, however there are a few casual drinkeries with a good atmosphere for a post-ski aperitif. Ideally for visitors who prefer a self-catered luxury ski chalet, Courchevel Village punches well above its weight when it comes to restaurants, boasting several excellent options serving both Savoyard specialities and international menus.
When not skiing, there’s a weekly local market in Courchevel Village to explore, which visits the resort throughout the year. Here can be found plenty of artisanal vendors selling cheese, charcuterie and deli items to enjoy back home in the chalet. A toboggan run winds down from 1850 to Courchevel 1550, for thrills without strapping on any skis.
Aquamotion, the biggest water park in the French mountains, is located just between Courchevel Village and Courchevel Moriond, and is open throughout the winter. With waterslides, children’s pools, a surf wave, climbing wall and an extensive spa, it represents a brilliant day of fun for the entire family.
When it comes to value for luxury and luxury ski chalets, Courchevel 1550 is a perfect resort. You'll find an array of ski accommodation to suit all tastes, and its situation in the huge Trois Vallees ski region, plus its proximity to the high-end resort of Courchevel 1850, is perfect for a luxury ski holiday in the Three Valleys. For a family ski holiday, Courchevel Village is popular for its quiet, friendly atmosphere and the myriad of intermediate pistes, perfect for both children and adults to enjoy.