Courchevel has a reason for being the most glamorous, celebrity filled ski resort in the world, it has the best skiing, the best restaurants and views of Mont Blanc that will literally take your breath away (at 2,900m).
Having lived here for the past ten years and having skied in many other resorts in the world, nowhere has groomed slopes like the perfect corduroy of Courchevel.
If you are a beginner there are plenty of big, open, wide pistes for you to learn your techniques without the worry of other people in a confined slope.
For Intermediates the resort offers perfect blue runs all across the valley, meaning you can cover some miles. All the way from the tree lined runs down to the small village of La Tania which was the purpose built competitor village for the 1992 Albertville Olympics across to Courchevel 1650, this would be a day to test the endurance of even the best of skiers.
For the expert there is plenty of incredible off-piste terrain. The first test being the marked off-piste run called the Grand Couloir which is steep and often deep, once that is conquered then the endless untouched terrain could take you on a ski tour away from the lifts, to places where you wouldn’t see another human being for the whole day.
When skiing around the resort you might come across the Altiport. Voted one of the most dangerous runways in the world at only 500 metres long you can ski right above it and watch the daring pilots take off into the valley and pop up out of the other side! This is where much of the celebrity spotting has been done as the rich and famous land in resort either by helicopter or plane. The runway was famously used for some of the opening scenes of James Bonds, Goldeneye!
Courchevel is made up of 5 small village resorts linked together, if you cover this area then you can move on to the rest of the biggest ski area in the world Les Trois Vallees consisting of the brilliant skiing of Meribel, Les Menuires and Val Thorens but you will always be happy to get back to the Courchevel valley at the end of the day for a well-earned drink, before heading out to one of the villages beautiful restaurants.
The Chabichou Hotel is a beautilful white hotel sat at the base of the race piste in Courchevel 1850, it has a double Michelin star restaurant if you are looking for something extra special but as of last winter it had a very reasonable bistrot restaurant called the Chabotte which has the trainee soon to be Michelin chefs cooking your dinner at a snippet of the price!
Another fantastic hotel is situated in the Courchevel resort of Le Praz, the hotel Les Peupliers has an incredible atmosphere with the best gluwine on the mountain(the addition of brandy helps). It is also a great restaurant in the evenings with a wine list to rival any.
If you are looking for a cosy drink whilst skiing up the hill then look no further than the Courchneige hotel situated on the Bellcote piste. The friendly staff will find you a nice place infront of the fire and then you can relax with a nice coffee or hot chocolate.
People occasionally question the pricing of Courchevel but to me you cannot put a price on perfection, hopefully I’ll see you out there this winter!