For a luxury skiing holiday with the family, Courchevel is the ideal resort. Set in the stunning French Alps, this world-class resort provides intermediate skiers with wide, well-groomed pistes and modern ski lifts, making sure no part of the area is left unexplored. With a lively après-ski scene, various activities and beautiful accommodation options, you will want for nothing in Courchevel.
Since Courchevel is such a large resort, there’s no end to the skiing opportunities available – altogether the pistes stretch over 600km. The resort is also linked to Val Thorens and Meribel, so you can always visit other areas if the closer slopes become too crowded.
The wide, gentle slopes work well for family skiing as children are able to keep up and control their speed. Each ski area is linked together and there are various difficulty levels, so finding something to suit everyone is not a problem. The modern ski-lift system makes it easy for those who are more advanced to explore the entire area.
If you have slightly younger kids who are going to need an introduction to skiing, here are some ski schools available in Courchevel:
- Maison des Enfants
- Villages des Enfants
- Les P’tits Pralins de Moriond
Fun Facts about Courchevel:
- There are 52 ski lifts around the resort.
- The altitude of the pistes ranges from 1350m to 2738m.
- Originally, Courchevel was made up of small hamlets and inhabited by sheep farmers.
- The construction of the resort began in 1961.
- Many celebrities have holidayed here.
Despite the area being largely ski-based, there are some other brilliant family activities on offer, whether you choose to holiday during summer or winter months. Here are some of the top recommendations for family fun off the slopes:
Children in particular will love the Aquamotion centre. This outdoor and indoor waterpark boasts heated pools, wave zones, Jacuzzis and saunas for the adults. Plus, if you don’t fancy taking a dip, there is a wellness centre offering fitness sessions, spa treatments and a high-class restaurant – not a bad way to spend the day if you ask me!
Also available to enjoy around the area is a cinema (showing films in English), a bowling alley and an indoor climbing wall – the children will be entertained for hours. Once they’re worn out, you can choose from the several Michelin-star restaurants on site to enjoy some delicious cuisine.
There’s no need to worry if your children are fussy eaters – as well as authentic French cuisine, there are burger restaurants and Italian eateries that will surely have something on the menu for picky dinner guests!
If you happen to visit the resort during the summer months, you will not be missing out – there’s still plenty to do around Courchevel including golf, mountain biking, paragliding and climbing. Any avid adventurer will be in their element.
Where to Stay
Hotel Edelweiss – This chalet-style hotel is located at the heart of the resort and has a wonderful alpine flare. Its luxurious furnishings and tasteful suites make it the perfect place for families who love to travel in style. Admire the beautiful views form your window and enjoy having to walk just a few steps to reach the lifts.
Les Monts Charvin – Though slightly more garish in its design, this hotel prides itself in being eco-friendly, and boasts a fantastic location, comfortable furnishings and a daily breakfast service featuring locally-sourced produce. Enjoy the charming facilities and feel right-at-home in the warm and friendly atmosphere.
Alpes Hôtel du Pralong – There’s nothing that this hotel doesn’t have! If you’re looking to stay in five-star luxury, then this is the place for you. Featuring a heated indoor pool, onsite restaurant, fitness room, sauna and beauty spa, you and the family will have the real VIP treatment. The rooms have astonishing views of the surrounding mountains, and there is a buffet-style breakfast served each morning.
How to Get There
From the UK, the best option is to fly to Geneva Airport. There are approximately 182 flights scheduled every week, so finding one to suit your requirements should be relatively straightforward. The journey will take just one hour and 30 minutes.
From the airport I would personally suggest pre-booking a transfer service to your accommodation. That way, you won’t have to wait in any public transport queues and can be on your way to starting your holiday in no time. A transfer to Courchevel takes around two hours and 20 minutes.
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