The skiing in Courchevel is probably the most varied in the region with easy green and cruising blue runs, through to steep and tough black runs. A Courchevel skiing holiday will keep everyone in your group happy and anyone who wants to venture further afield has the other fantastic resorts in the area to keep them happy as well. The Courchevel skiing is not the highest in The Three Valleys but the varied terrain both above and below the tree line is what makes it so special. If you need access to seriously high skiing then you can easily get to Val Thorens but most of the time you will have no need to leave the Courchevel valley except for the sake of exploring.
Beginners will love the skiing in Courchevel. There are some easy nursery slopes, which are ideal for getting to grips with your skis, right in the centre of 1850 just above the Croisette (the main lift station). These slopes can be used for free which means that beginners will not have to pay for a lift pass until they have done a couple of lessons. There are also free lifts in 1650 as well. Again these lifts are right by the main lift station in the centre of Courchevel 1650 making it very convenient for novice skiers.
With an abundance of Red and Blue runs there is plenty of skiing to keep an intermediate skier happy in the Courchevel ski area. You could easily spend an entire week without even leaving the Courchevel Valley if you don't want to fork out for a full area pass. 1850 and 1650 each offer enough skiing to keep you happy for a full day if not more, as does the amount of skiing between 1550, La Praz and La Tania. Most people end up buying a full area pass as the draw of the full Les Trois Vallees is too strong but if you are happy to just ski in Courchevel then you will not be bored.
With over 600 km of varied piste to be skied, a full area pass is a must for an adventurous advanced skier. There are over 50 black runs spread throughout the region on which to test your abilities. In Courchevel you will find yourself drawn towards Piste M and Suisses among just a few.
For those who like cruising around on board then the gentle, wide slopes of 1850 and 1650 are ideal. Courchevel might not be a haven for freestyle riders but the snow park in 1850 is well maintained, albeit not the most demanding in the world. However, for those who are after a bit more of a challenge you can always head over to Meribel or Val Thorens where the parks are bigger and faster. On the other hand, if park riding is not your thing but you still want something a bit more adventurous than just cruising around then check out the humps and bumps underneath the Biolley lift. It’s a jibber’s paradise.
The most famous of all of the off-piste ski runs that Courchevel has to offer is that of the Grand Coulior located at the top of the Saulire. It is quite a challenge in the Coulier at the top but then opens out into a huge powder field at the bottom. The run down under the Chanrossa chairlift is also a favourite with the locals after a big dump of powder. It can get tracked out quite quickly though so if you know in advance that a powder day has been forecast you had better set your alarms pretty early.