Courchevel Piste Map – Best runs in resort

Find the most up-to date Courchevel Piste Map for 2020 below. You can also download it here and save to your phone.

Courchevel Piste Map 2020

We also recommend you download the 3 Valleys App, this will show you which lifts are open on any given day when you’re in resort. It also gives a 3-day forecast, updates on piste grooming and webcam access. Perfect for when you’re in resort on your holiday.

Now that you’ve got your piste map on hand, you might need some recommendations of where to ski. We’ve rounded up our favourite spots to ski in Courchevel for all levels.

Best pistes for beginners – green runs

Aside from the number of magic carpet beginner areas around resort, there are plenty of green runs for once you’ve graduated from those. Here are some nice, gentle green runs in Courchevel that are a great next step.

  • Loze Est – From the top of Coqs chairlift (also accessible by taking Dou Des Lanches) this nice green winds its way down to Courchevel 1850, and gets the morning sun.
  • Plan Fontaine – Although pretty long and windy, this green run from the top of La Tania back down into resort is perfect for giving your ski legs a challenge.
  • Verdons – Situated right in the centre of 1850, this run (aptly) runs from the top of Verdons bubble down to the Croisette. It’s wide and slightly rolling – perfect for practicing your turns.

 

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Best pistes for intermediates – blue runs

As with all grades of piste, there is a range within each colour. Some blues are more difficult than others, but here are some of our favourites.

  • Folyeres – On our home turf in La Tania, everyone loves Folyeres. Although at parts it seems like more of a red than a blue, it’s undulating and a nice long run right back down into resort. You’ll likely take this one daily!
  • Creux – From the very top of the Saulire – where you can catch some stunning views & a few snapshots – runs the long blue run Creux. It tends to get bumpy later in the day, so we recommend hitting this one early. You can ski down to the mid-station of Marmottes chair, or all the way down to Aiguille de Fruit for a nice, long run.
  • Cospillot – A lesser-known run, tucked away at the bottom of Pralong chair is Cospillot, a quiet run through the trees that hardly gets any traffic. It winds its way down to 1550 and is perfect when you want to escape the crowds.

Best pistes for advanced – red & black runs

For those looking for more challenging runs, Courchevel does not disappoint.

  • Marmottes – This run always has great snow. A long with a steep, but not too steep of a gradient, this is great run that catches the sun for most of the day. Access it from the top of Suisse, Vizelle or Saulire Express.
  • Chapelets – Over on the far side of 1650, Chapelets is a great red run to challenge yourself.
  • Jean Blanc – Another semi-hidden gem. From the top of Plantrey chair, this black run sits between La Tania and Le Praz and has really steep challenging bits. It also is one of the last pistes to get groomed so after it’s snowed you can often find fresh powder here.

Best off-piste areas

For those who want to venture off-piste we highly recommend you do so only with an instructor or a local guide who knows the area. And be sure you have all the safety equipment required. There is no messing around when it comes to safety off-piste. But that being said you can get some amazing runs in around the resort.

  • Creux Noir – At the top of Creux Noir chair is loads of accessible off-piste area. The chair is closed for this winter due to renovations, but next year, put this one on your list.
  • La Tania & Le Praz Trees – When it’s snowing & the weather is in, take full advantage of the clarity that the trees provide. You can lap this area 10x over and always take a different route.
  • Courchevel Couloirs – Very famous, as they should be, you can ski a variety of the couloirs at the very top of Courchevel. A bit of a hike is required to access them. And we have to admit sometimes the hike is more difficult than the ski. But if the snow’s good, it’s absolutely worth it.

10 Activities in Courchevel Not To Be Missed

We know you’ve come to Courchevel for the amazing skiing that the Three Valleys has to offer. However, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy beyond skiing. Whether you’re looking for a fun adventure with friends, a kids activity or something for the non-skiers in your group – Courchevel has something to offer.

Here are a few fun activities in Courchevel to add to your bucket list for the week.

1. Aquamotion

This state of the art pool and spa centre is a great activity for both kids and adults, and perfect if you want to take a day off skiing to rest your legs. The swimming area has a kids play pool, two large pools, diving boards and a slide.

The separate spa area can be an additional add-on to your pass, where you can indulge in a bit of relaxation. They have an indoor-outdoor pool and jacuzzi, salt pool, hammams, saunas and also offer massage & beauty treatments. In addition to all of this the centre has a climbing wall and a mini wave pool to test your surf skills.

Find out more about what Aquamotion is really like.

aquamotion courchevel

2. Helicopter Ride Over Courchevel Valley

Check out the views of the Alps from above. Take an opportunity to make use of Courchevel’s Altiport – which was named the 7th most dangerous airports in the world due to it’s short runway(don’t let that put you off)!  You can get taken up in helicopter and get views of Mont Blanc and the Alps from above.

3. Sledging

Sledging is one of our favourite activities in Courchevel after the pistes close – for both families and friends.

There has long been a fast and fun sledge run between Courchevel 1850 and 1550. Head up the Grangettes gondola in 1550 (which is free after the pistes close), and from the base of 1850 you head down a windy track through the woods back down to 1550. It’s free to use, you just need to rent a sledge for approximately €5.

However just a couple years ago, Courchevel 1650 added in their own sledge run which is some fierce competition for the old one – it’s longer and faster! The sledging winds from the top of Ariondaz gondola, through tunnels and around bends as it heads down to the base of resort. Helmets must be worn because you can get some speed on this one! It’s approximately €10 per person, which includes your sledge.

New Tobaggan Run in Moriond (1650)

4. Indiens Teepee in 1650

Perfect for tiny tots is the Indiens park in Courchevel 1650. This is located just above the Ariondaz gondola (moved from it’s previous location), and is a fun activity to break up a day’s skiing. Also a chance for little ones to rest their legs for a bit. Head into the teepee and try on a traditional headdress, get your face painted, sing some songs and play the drums. The big kids can get a vin chaud inside to keep them warm whilst the kids play.

5. Family Fun Park

Right in the centre of Courchevel 1850 is the Family Fun Park. Younger kids can have a race on the skier cross, play in the igloo or give the tubing jump a go (landing safely on an airbag). Bigger kids can try out the green and blue graded boxes and jumps scattered throughout the park. You might end up looping this over and over for those who enjoy the features that add a little more interest to a day’s skiing.

6. Verdons By Night

Ever wanted to ski in the dark? Okay, not total darkness… On Wednesday evenings Courchevel opens Verdons gondola and the aforementioned Family Fun Park for night skiing. The park is totally lit up and they usually have music on, providing a nice atmosphere. It’s a fun and different experience and definitely one worth doing. It’s also a great time to ski without any queues or hardly any other skiers around. You don’t need to be an advanced skier to take advantage of this as the green run is the main piste open.

activities in courchevel

7. Skidoo

Take the opportunity to try out Courchevel’s snowmobiles. Available any day of the evening you can rent the snowmobiles and go for an adventure with a guide. You can also take passengers from age 8. Definitely one for the thrill-seekers.

8. Stay in a Refuge

For the more adventurous, there is the option to stay in a mountain refuge. Although this take a bit of organising, it’s an experience to be remembered. Scattered around the off-piste areas of resort, you’ll find tiny mountain refuges where you can spend an evening. Some are manned where dinner will be cooked for you, however many are unmanned and it’s up to you to show up with food. They’re fully equipped with cooking equipment and logs to stoke the fire. Although it will be a trek to get in and get out, if you’re after a bit of serenity tucked away in the mountains – this is where you should head.

activities in courchevel

9. Ice Skating, Bowling & Rock Climbing

Located inside Le Forum in Courchevel 1850 you will find a handful of shops and restaurants, as well as some activities for non-skiers in your group. There is a large ice skating rink where you can take figure skating lessons, and where they often have events on. On the base floor there is a climbing wall – although it’s not always open so be sure to check that beforehand. And there is a trendy bowling alley which has a bar inside and often has music on at night.

10. See What’s On

Head to the tourist office when you’re in resort and see what’s happening that week. Every single week throughout winter the resort has a variety of special events going on. These can be anything from figure skating shows, ice hockey matches, fireworks displays, torchlight descents, and much, much more.

Amongst all this, you of course have a plethora of ski terrain to keep you busy each day, and loads of restaurants and bars to check out each evening. You won’t be hard-pressed for activities in Courchevel to keep you busy.

What’s new this winter at Ski-Dazzle

Autumn is officially here, and we’re enjoying glorious weather here in the alps, with lots of sunshine and blue skies. We’re not quite ready to put on our winter woolies yet, but it wont’ be long I am sure until we have our first frosts and snow fall.

We have nearly all our staff in place and we’ll be making Christmas Puddings, Cakes and Mincemeat soon ready for our Christmas Guests.  Then, a trip back to the UK in November for British supplies such as tea bags, porridge oats, baked beans and Christmas Crackers.  Every year we come back with a fully loaded bus of goodies!

It has been a busy few months in Chalet Juliette with the renovations almost complete.

We have renovated two bedrooms and two bathrooms this summer.   We’ve done some before and after shots, so you can see the transformation.

In the bathrooms, we have new floor and wall tiles, and a new bathroom suite to include a large walk in shower.   We provide fluffy bathrobes and slippers, l’occitane toiletries and don’t forget a complimentary half hour massage, which really helps to ease those tired aching muscles.

 

Bathroom Before Renovations

Bathroom after Renovations

Bathroom after Renovations

In the bedrooms, we have taken out the step, to make just one level, which has made the rooms more spacious. The walls have been decorated, there is a new parquet floor, and we are fitting new curtains. We have chosen 100% pure wool fabric in a Scottish style Tartan, to make the rooms warm and cosy, the perfect place to unwind and relax after a busy day on the slopes.

 

Bedroom Before Renovations

Bedrooom Ater Renovations

 

Tartan Fabric 100% wool

The wall in the lounge which cracked this winter due to the pressure of the snow on the roof  has been fixed.  The weight must have been something to cause such damage.

The lounge/dining rooms area was totally remodelled two years ago. There’s a gorgeous contemporary wood-burner which revolves and comfy sofas with fur cushions.   Just imagine sitting back and feeling the glow of the fire, whilst sipping a chilled glass of bubbly.

 

Chalet Living Room

We have a great team working in the chalet. A lovely Kiwi/British couple, one being an experienced chef and my husband Bertrand will also be working in the chalet, running the dinner service.  He is looking forward to preparing mouthwatering French cuisine with English twists!

Bertrand loves nothing more than talking about cheese, so if there is a cheese you would like to try, just let us know. (just don’t pick Camembert)!

He has been on a number of cookery courses this summer.  You won’t want to miss his salted caramel chocolate truffles, they are to die for.

 

Also featuring, will be Pain Perdu, with a berry compote and vanilla ice cream, which was a big hit at a dinner party recently.

 

We’re trying out lots of recipes in the coming weeks, and also choosing our wines, who said that work had to be a chore!

Carli and John are returning to Chalet Jamais Bleu. Their season hardly got going last year, due to John getting injured on the slopes. They have been cooking in Scotland this summer and can’t wait to come back.

 

Chalet Jamais Bleu

We have also decided, because of the changes in regulations, to trial chalet Dahu as a self catered chalet. We are offering some optional extras, to include a daily bread delivery service, a drinks delivery service (wine, beer and soft drinks) plus catering options in the evening to include a Raclette night and two course dinners starting from 16 Euros per person, so if the extra cooking and work is putting you off, you can get some help with this. We know that many of you love a catered chalet and who wouldn’t want to be cooked for and looked after, but if you know of anyone this would appeal to, please let them know.

Also, to comply with French employment laws, we are planning on giving our very hard working staff one full day off and one half day off a week, which means that in our catered chalets there will be two self service breakfasts in the week.

Well, that’s all for now. We’ll keep you updated with what we have planned for this winter in the coming months.  The weeks are booking up quickly, so do get in touch if you would like to book, or have any questions.

 

Hear what some of our guests from last year thought about the chalet

Chalet Juliette is a wonderful place to stay, right on the slopes

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The layout of the Chalet is great, we particularly liked that you could all sit at the table together or all sit on sofa’s together as a group to play games of an evening – we didn’t find many chalets which offered this when we were looking around.

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Every bedroom, toilet, and communal space has been upgraded to a fantastic level. It felt like we were staying in a boutique 5 star hotel! The open plan living space was just the perfect setting for our group to unwind after a big day on the slopes.

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