Courchevel ski route

Ski Courchevel Self-Guided Day Tour

Published on 4th Oct 2018 by

Try this 1 day ski route, which takes in the best of one of the Alps premiere resorts.

As is the case throughout the season, a little inside knowledge goes a very long way.

Spring skiing in Courchevel can be a unique joy – assuming you know where to head and when! We’ve utilised the local knowledge from the team at Alpine Infusions, to find spring’s best places to ski and stay in Courchevel. This is because, as well as increased likelihood of sunshine, the quieter end-of-season means greater availability of luxury chalets!

So if you’ve made the decision to head out to ski Courchevel this spring, here’s a recommended one-day itinerary to get you started. It’s a relaxing route, starting out on gentle greens and blues in crisp morning snow, and finishing with reds once the sun’s up, but nothing too challenging.

For more fantastic routes like this one, we can recommend guides and instructors in Méribel, Courchevel, Val Thorens and throughout Les Trois Vallées, whose impeccable local knowledge means they’ll be able to craft a route that fits your ability and interests perfectly.

courchevel piste map with directions for tour
luxury chalet in courchevel
Competitive prices in spring mean you can treat yourself to a luxury catered chalet

Lavish Breakfast

After enjoying a lavish breakfast in your chalet, start out early at Courchevel 1850 to make the most of the popular runs before they get too crowded.

High-end chalets offer driver services that mean you can start your day where the snow will be best. A relaxing run first thing is the green VERDONS, which can be accessed via the VERDONS bubble. Continue the gentle, leisurely pace by then taking the JARDIN ALPIN gondola to the top station and enjoying the gorgeous GREEN run back to base. With a bit of luck, you’ll still have plenty of space before the ski schools head up.

Next, use the same gondola to head back up to the top, this time paying attention to the PRALONG beginner area as you pass it. If the crowds haven’t yet arrived and the conditions are good, make the most of these cruisey GREENS with a few relaxing runs.

Morning Coffee Stop

In spring, slopes can often be icy in the morning. This could be the perfect excuse for a coffee-stop while they warm up.

If you’re starting to work up an appetite too, check out ALTI CREPES for the perfect mid-morning fill-up. You might find there’s a queue to brave by late morning, but it’s always worth it.

For less crowded runs as the masses begin to arrive, head over to Moriond 1650. There’s a lovely BLUE piste here that runs next to and then under the ALTIPORT to PRAMÉRUEL, which is definitely worth checking out. For two ultra-relaxing (and usually quiet) blue runs to enjoy all to yourself, hop on the fast ROC MUGNIER chairlift slightly beyond the double PYRAMIDE drag-lifts.

Chances are your hunger pangs will be returning with a vengeance now – the perfect excuse to stop for lunch at Belair restaurant. Try to secure a table on the terrace where the views are every bit as spectacular as the dishes served.

Head above Courchevel’s treeline in the Verdons bubble
Head above Courchevel’s treeline in the Verdons bubble
The classic French ski-fuel!

Explore the Web of Ski Runs

Explore the network of ski runs from the Chapelets and Ariondaz lifts. The hugely enjoyable red runs of CHAPELETS, ROCHERS and BEL AIR can then be accessed easily by hopping on the fast CHAPELETS chairlift – perfect for working off an indulgent lunch! Following this, there are some fabulous blues and greens that will take you back down to Moriond 1650 – use the ARIONDAZ gondola and be sure to try them all.

THE INDIENS blue run is a particularly unmissable highlight in Courchevel, featuring a historic Indian village on the way down!

Complete Your Ski of Courchevel

Finish your day down in 1650, and head back to the chalet to unwind with afternoon tea! Leaving the your sumptuous catered chalets for the evening may be a challenge, but on your chef’s night off we’d recommend Le Petit Savoyard Restaurant for hearty local dishes. Or, for something a little more upmarket, Manali Restaurant offers exquisite fine dining and the promise of a terrace that’s an unrivalled suntrap during the afternoon!

Take in views of the Three Valleys, before skiing down to 1650
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