Courchevel Village Luxury Chalets

Three Valleys, France

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Courchevel Village (also known as 1550) is directly below the chic and sought after resort of Courchevel 1850. It will appeal to those wanting a quieter and less expensive holiday than the pricier 1850 resort. Forming part of the extensive Three Valley's Ski Area, which includes Meribel and Val Thorens, the skiing suits all levels of skiers.

The ski resort of Courchevel 1550 is an ideal alternative choice for those who can't or won't pay the higher prices of its sister resort. Courchevel Village was the original village of Courchevel in the days before skiing came to the valley.

Courchevel 1550 is immediately below Courchevel 1850 and is serviced by 2 lifts, both whisking skiers up to 1850 in just a few minutes; making it easy to reach other parts of the massive Three Valleys Ski Area.

A high speed 6 person chairlift was constructed in the summer of 2004; it replaced the old Dou du Midi 2 person chairlift, and now offers a very quick connection to the centre of 1850. There is also a 4 person bubble from the centre of 1550 right into the heart of Courchevel 1850, it runs from 9am until 7.30pm daily.

There is a free local bus service which runs a regular service to Courchevel 1850, Courchevel 1650, La Tania and eventually to Meribel Village and Meribel centre.

Courchevel 1550 has a small nursery slope but most beginners will take the lift to Courchevel 1850 which has some fantastic gentle and long greens to learn the basics, by the end of the first week you should be skiing on blue runs and over in the next valley above 1650 are some great blues which even on the peak weeks seem quiet and less crowded.

All of the resorts within the massive Three Valleys Ski Area are ideal for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. The choice of runs are endless with 487 km being on Blue and red runs so the perfect choice for intermediates.

For expert skiers there is a huge choice of challenging pistes and off piste to keep you entertained. For a real challenge head to the top of the Saulire cable car and descend down one of the Three Couloirs which are some of the steepest in Europe. Also the black down to La Praz can be fun and drops over 1,000m and an ideal place to head if bad weather closes in as these are tree lined runs.
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Prices in Courchevel 1550 are much more moderate than 1850. There are some friendly bars and restaurants, but nightlife is quieter in comparison to its higher neighbour.

There are a few tasty restaurants to choose from in Courchevel 1550. L'Oeil de Boeuf has traditional Savoyard specialties and an open grill in the fireplace to cook delicious grilled meats and fish. La Cortona is a fabulous pizza restaurant and Le Caveau offers unique regional dishes with a very good wine list (booking is recommended here).

There are no mountain restaurants above Courchevel 1550, instead there are plenty above Courchevel 1850. It would be possible to take the Grangettes gondola from 1550 then get the connecting Verdons gondola at Courchevel 1850 to take you up to Verdons.

For a bit of après-ski, the Taverne and Chanrossa bars are both British owned and generally attract a good crowd.
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