Crisp mountain air, the sun on your face, fresh snow at your feetâ€¦ Thereâ€™s nothing quite like a skiing holiday in the French Alps. With its huge network of pistes, buzzing aprÃ¨s scene and wide range of accommodation options, the resort of Courchevel has something for everyone.
The most important part of any ski holiday is, of course, the snow. In these days of warming temperatures, itâ€™s important to go up high for the best chance of top conditions. With 80% of the resort sitting at an altitude of 1,800m or above, Courchevel offers fantastic snow from the beginning of December right through until April. And you certainly wonâ€™t be disappointed by the slopes: a good mix of runs makes Courchevel well-suited for beginners and experienced thrill-seekers alike.
For those members of the group who feel like stretching their legs, Les Trois VallÃ©es â€“ the largest skiing area in the world â€“ is ready and waiting. Offering around 600km of skiable terrain, you need never do the same run twice. And if all that skiing isnâ€™t enough, you can get more sporting action at Courchevelâ€™s swimming pool, bowling alley or climbing wall. Less confident skiers might even want to explore the mountain by air â€“ on a sunny day, you canâ€™t beat paragliding with spectacular alpine views!
After a hard day on the slopes, thereâ€™s no better way to relax than with a few hours of aprÃ¨s-ski. Itâ€™s the perfect way to catch up with friends, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a Vin Chaud or two. If all that aprÃ¨s gets you in the mood for a little more, Courchevelâ€™s night-life scene can keep you partying all night long.
Whatâ€™s New This Season?
There are lots of exciting new developments for the 2017-2018 season in Courchevel. For when Mother Nature might need a little helping hand, eco-friendly snowmakers have been installed around the resort to guarantee the best possible conditions. A brand new 8-seater gondola will begin operating in the Moriond area of the resort, reducing congestion in this busy area of the mountain. It will also open in the evening twice per week for night skiing â€“ which is perfect for anyone who really canâ€™t get enough time on the slopes!
When youâ€™re done with skiing for the day, the 3km toboggan run is a great way to test your mettle against your friends. Last one to the bottom buys the drinks?
One final tip: if youâ€™re visiting in December, be sure not to miss the first ever Ladies parallel slalom World Cup race. Witness the thrills and spills of ski racing, make history and be part of the crowd to cheer on the best in the world.
How To Get There
One of the easiest ways to travel to Courchevel is by air. Airports all over the UK offer regular direct flights to Geneva, where there are good road links to all the Alpine resorts. Shuttle Direct offers a fuss-free transfer service from Geneva to Courchevel. Our drivers will be on hand as soon as your flight arrives, waiting to help out with luggage and heavy ski kit.
A shared or private transfer from Geneva to Courchevel with Shuttle Direct takes around 3 hours. The journey couldnâ€™t be simpler: hop off the plane, jump into one of our comfortable vehicles and travel in style to your ski destination.
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for an affordable Geneva to Courchevel, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.