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Explore Courchevel 1650 with our Ski Expert Alex Hutchins

26 July 2019

Majestic Moriond – Explore Courchevel 1650, a firm 3 Valleys favourite

For many, the word Courchevel creates visions of bottles on ice, fur coats and private jets, where a stay in a 5-star residence is the norm. While this is definitely on offer for those seeking the finer things in life, it definitely does not mean this beautiful valley is not available to the rest of us! The glitz and the glam of Courchevel 1850 is just a part of what this iconic resort has to offer. Take 5 to get the inside scoop on Courchevel 1650 and find out why the team here at SkiWeekends cannot recommend it highly enough.

Courchevel Moriond, formerly known as Courchevel 1650, is an affordable and accessible village in the 3 Valleys ski area. Located at 1650m as the original name suggests, the access to higher areas is quick and easy. Visitors can whisk themselves up into the local ski area on the Ariondaz gondola from the main street and take advantage of being at the far end of the valley. Early risers will beat those coming from other villages experience wide, open and quiet slopes in the morning. The access to the neighbouring village of 1850 is enjoyable even for intermediate skiers, where those looking to clock up the distance can move into the Meribel valley and beyond.

For those who do not ski, there is plenty in the surrounding area to keep you entertained. Trying a luge run, snowmobiling, hiking, snowshoeing and a husky ride are just some of the exciting activities on offer. Aquamotion is a swimming, spa and activity complex that can be reached by foot from 1650. With indoor/outdoor swimming pools and an impressive spa area, this is the perfect way to unwind after a heavy day on the slopes.

Although originally purpose built, the use of wood in and stone has been widespread, creating an authentic Alpine feel. The village is focussed around the main street, where the bars, shops, restaurants and lifts are all within walking distance of each other. This makes for a relaxed, convenient and enjoyable experience.

Why We Love Courchevel 1650

-          Access to an extensive ski area

-          Spectacular valley views

-          Quieter slopes than other areas in the 3 Valleys

-          Plenty of bars and restaurants

-          On the easy and free bus route linking all Courchevel villages

-          Everything within walking distance

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Chalet Monique


Chalet Monique is without a doubt our 3 Valleys party piece. This spacious, 26 person, traditional style chalet boasts picture perfect valley views and its very own hot tub. The prime location means you are just a short stroll from all the amenities the village has to offer. Monique is ideal for either large groups looking for an exclusive experience or those looking to socialise and dine with other guests.

Our chalets come on a chalet board basis (breakfast, afternoon tea and a 3-course evening meal with wine). There are no evening meals on a Saturday and a Wednesday due to days off for our hosts.

It’s a Beautiful Day – SkiWeekends Director and Courchevel connoisseur Sarah shares her step-by-step guide to the perfect day

  1. I love starting the day skiing the wide, quiet, perfectly groomed blue slopes of Courchevel 1650. Ariondaz and Grandes Bosses are perfect to warm up on. 
  2. Progress onto the fabulous reds either side of Chapelets and ski away catching the Aiguille de Fruit lift. Squeeze in a few sneaky Creux blue and reds before heading over Saulire, towards Mottaret.
  3. Taking the Aigle red towards Mottaret allows for a stop at a bar/restaurant on the mountain, with a fabulous view. Grab a coffee or a spot of lunch before dropping into Mottaret. 
  4. From here you are in the heart of the 3 Valleys. After a quick gondola ride up Plattieres, you can drop via blues or reds into Plan des Mains and the bottom of Mont Vallon.  A ride to the top of this mountain is a must for the views and a quiet, high altitude 3 Valleys experience. There are 2 long red runs to choose from and an excellent restaurant at the bottom or a self-service snack bar. 
  5. Ski a flat green down Truite, which leads you back to Mottaret and the Pas du Lac gondola. This will whisk you to the top of Saulire for your return to Courchevel 1650 via blue Creux. To end a fantastic day, enjoy an Aperol Spritz on the terrace of Bel Air. What a perfect day.

And if you have a thirst for après…

The post-ski entertainment has a chilled out and laid back vibe which we cannot get enough of. Do not be surprised if you catch us in one of these hangouts with our feet up!

La Boulotte – This cosy and friendly bar offers live acoustic performances between skiing and your evening meal.

Le Bubble Bar – Live music on a Tuesday night. Popular with seasonnaires.

Fire and Ice Bar at Le Portetta – At the bottom of the slopes in 1650. Grab a free slice of wood-fired pizza for every drink you buy during happy hour (4.30pm-7pm).

Funky Fox – Late night bar on the main street, which is open until the early hours. Food served until late.

La Folie Douce – Ski over to Meribel for an afternoon of fun on the famous terrace of La Folie Douce. Just make sure you get that last lift in time, so you can drop into Courchevel and avoid that pricey taxi back!

Ski Lodge La Tania – Pub grub and live sport. Busy with seasonnaires on a Wednesday afternoon.

Courchevel 1650 really does have something for everyone. Whether you are a lively group looking for fun or a family on your first ski trip, an unforgettable experience will be created. Get in on the act and join SkiWeekends in resort, to see what all the fuss is about! Be happy, ski more.

Inspired? Contact our Ski Experts on 02380 206 971 for more information on how to experience a trip to Courchevel 1650.


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