10 Things You Might Not Know About Courchevel

Vintage gondolas in Courchevel, Three Valleys. For those who have already experienced the endless delights of Courchevel, its charm and appeal are relatively obvious. Boasting the most fantastic luxury catered chalets in France, an extraordinary array of opportunities for adventure both on and off the slopes, it really is the kind of treasure that is genuinely one of a kind.

So as something of a celebration of this wonderful place for both regulars and first-timers alike, here is a quick overview of 10 things you might not know about France’s number-one ski resort:

1 – Bigger is Better

First and foremost, with a massive 600km of slopes up to 3200m, the Three Valleys in which Courchevel lies is quite simply the biggest linked ski area in the world.

2 – Easy Access

Contrary to popular belief, Courchevel is in fact incredibly easy to get to and is situated just one hour from Chambery Airport and two hours from Geneva Airport.

3 – Four Resorts in One

Courchevel comprises four different resorts at different altitudes, each of which caters to a more specific traveller budget. Along with so many truly world-class accommodation options, there are also plenty of surprisingly affordable ski chalets in Courchevel.

4 – Year-Round Revelry

Though understandably associated with the most incredible winter sports on earth, Courchevel is in fact an incredibly popular year round destination with a thousand and one things to do and places to explore in the absence of the white stuff.

5 – A French First

Interestingly, Courchevel 1850 was the first resort anywhere in France to be designed and built entirely from scratch, rather than as an extension or modification of an existing village.

6 – Sporting Greats

The town of La Tania which lies within Courchevel was built specifically in order to provide accommodation for the competitors of the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville.

7 – Six Star Luxury

In the whole of France, only eight hotels have ever been awarded the incredibly rare six-star rating – two of which are located in Courchevel.

8 – Real Estate

In terms of real estate prices, Courchevel 1850 ranks number six in the world’s most expensive places to buy property. It’s even more expensive than both Cannes and Tokyo.

9 – Fine Dining

Seven of the most luxurious restaurants spanning the resort share an incredible 11 Michelin Stars between them. It’s not surprising therefore that Courchevel has earned a reputation for being one of the most incredible places in Europe to sample exquisite fine dining.

10 – Famous Faces

Last but not least, those luxury chalets in Courchevel have the kind of appeal that isn’t lost on some of the most famous and wealthy faces on earth – many of whom choose this resort for their own winter holidays. From Prince William and Kate Middleton to the King of Morocco to George Clooney and more, you just never know who may be hiding behind those goggles!

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