The world’s winter wonderland
Nestled within Les Trois Vallées in the French Alps is the awe-inspiring destination of Courchevel. Renowned as the ski capital of the world, this immaculate wonderland is a dazzling escape for relaxation and adventure. In 2013, L’Apogée Courchevel established its home at the top of Le Jardin Alpin in Courchevel 1850 and has been the retreat of choice for discerning ski and snow lovers ever since.
The development of the railroad station in Moutiers and the Brides-les-Bains thermal spa created summer tourism in the region at the beginning of the 20th century. The first restaurant opened, "Le Chalet Curtet," which soon became the iconic Hotel du Lac Bleu.
Still the home of agricultural fields and small hamlets, only those skiers familiar with the area adventured to Courchevel’s slopes. With no access to chairlifts, adventurous mountaineers had to climb the hills on foot in order to ski back down.
Hotel du Lac Bleu opened its doors for its first winter season, attracting only winter sports enthusiasts with the fitness level and courage to scale the slopes on foot. The Lyon ski club was created to accommodate the increased interest and began offering lessons and competitions.
At the beginning of the '30s, several Chalet-hotels were built in Courchevel 1550 and Moriond to adapt to skiing’s rising popularity. Sheep barns were often converted for a few weeks to house enthusiastic skiers, giving them access to the very best slopes.
During the Second World War, the original idea of Courchevel as a “super ski resort” was conceived. The French Commission of Tourism envisioned an international ski area that would compare to Italian, Swiss, and Austrian resorts.
It was this pivotal year that Courchevel was officially born. Laurent Chappis toured the Trois Vallées on skis while planning a resort that was "as close to nature as possible." The construction of the first ski lift broke ground, and a chairlift between Courchevel and Les Tovets was created.
As Courchevel became increasingly fashionable in the early ‘60s, the area’s altiport was constructed. Mountain aviation expert Michael Zieger established the first international mountain airport renowned for having one of the shortest runways in the world.
During the '70s, Courchevel's reputation as a world-class mountain resort spread to global travellers. Following the first 3 Vallées ski pass, neighbouring resorts were connected to Courchevel, creating the world's largest ski area.
In the 1992 Olympics, Le Praz hosted the ski jumping and Nordic combined events producing double French Olympic champions. Around the same time, a rush of hotels popped up in the area totalling eleven 4-star resorts.
On December 12, 2013, L'Apogée Courchevel opened its doors in the heart of the Jardin Alpin. The impressive structure sits on the very top of the former Olympic ski jump installed for the 1992 Winter Games.
The villages of Courchevel
With six unique villages within close proximity, skiers and snow bunnies alike can discover a variety of Alpine ambiances. Each beautifully distinct area is connected by a network of ski lifts making it possible to travel swiftly between them while enjoying the spectacular scenery. As you glide along the valley, a sublime selection of regional Savoyard cuisine, boutique shopping, dazzling nightlife and family adventures are all just a stone’s throw away.
- Courchevel 1850
Home to L’Apogée Courchevel and the most elite of the six villages, Jardin Alpin sets the scene for enjoying world-class skiing and refined Alpine pleasures. The village offers the perfect home base for anyone wishing to be immersed in the most vibrant area of the resort, where Michelin-starred restaurants, chic après-ski and luxury boutiques abound. Ski enthusiasts will delight in Courchevel 1850’s exclusive access from two lifts to the highest peak: the summit of the Saulire.
- Courchevel 1650
Holding the title as the sunniest resort, Moriond sits at a lower elevation, offering just the right angle allowing for longer days on the slopes. The family-friendly village is also home to the adventurous 3km toboggan run, complete with a floodlit night luge that can reach speeds up to 30kmh. Take the magical snowshoe trek to Lac de La Rosière for an unexpected respite from the bustling resort, then cosy up in one of the town's many restaurants.
- Courchevel 1550
Known for its relaxed, laid-back atmosphere, Courchevel Village is easily accessed by a two-and-a-half-minute, high-speed cable car or a blue ski run. The newly opened Aquamotion centre is a main attraction in the area and is the largest mountain water park in Europe. In contrast to L’Apogée Courchevel’s serene indoor pool, families will enjoy the water slides, wild rivers and a wave & surf zone.
- Courchevel 1400
Courchevel La Tania
Developed for the 1992 Winter Olympics, La Tania is the most recently built village in Les 3 Vallées. The unspoilt winter haven offers access to the Méribel ski area or the sweeping Courchevel circuit. Green, blue and red pistes lead back to La Tania, making for an excellent home base for all ski levels. One such piste, the Folyeres, is a favourite for many. This car-free village is prime for après-ski, shopping and dining.
- Courchevel 1300
The gorgeous forests of Le Praz are a Nordic skier's paradise, while daredevils can still be seen on the famous jumps that were built for the 1992 Olympics. Enjoyable as much for the quick transport as the breathtaking views, the bubble ski lift from the centre of town straight back to Courchevel 1850 allows you to reach the village in only seven minutes. Le Praz and Saint-Bon are the original villages of Courchevel, as is seen in their historic architecture, charming chalets and authentic Savoyard spirit.
- Courchevel 1100
This quaint village is home to Hotel du Lac Bleu, Courchevel’s original hotel, which opened for its inaugural ski season in 1925. The tranquil town is brimming with history, including a 17th-century Baroque church and charming hamlets within hiking distance. You can reach Saint-Bon from Courchevel 1850 via a red ski run or shuttle bus, or the concierge desk will be happy to arrange a taxi.
The World’s Premier Ski Destination
Courchevel is one of 8 resorts in Les 3 Vallées, renowned for being the largest ski area in the world. Infinite possibilities for skiing await you with 600 km of slopes and an array of over 300 beginner and advanced runs, all seamlessly connected by lifts via the centre of the village.
L'éclipse, a piste for champions
Rise to the challenge on Courchevel’s legendary new ski run, L'éclipse. Already notorious amongst the world’s elite ski circuit, the complex run begins beneath La Loze in Courchevel 1850 and plummets over 900m through lush forests before emerging in La Praz village.
Courchevel ski resort offers endless snowy adventures to make your mountain getaway in the French Alps truly unforgettable. Explore the surrounding villages while you discover the perfect activities to fill your itinerary. From dog sledding, night skiing, tobogganing to snowmobiling, a spirit of magic awaits you in Courchevel.
Leave your skis behind and go for a sensational thrill with friends and family at the Moriond Racing toboggan run. Two dedicated tracks come complete with 3km of hairpin turns and straights where racers can reach speeds up to 30 kmh.
Experience the mountain in a whole new way after dark on a Fat Bike. Organised through the Courchevel Village ski school, riders will start the exciting two-hour descent at Jardin Alpin or Les Verdons and emerge in Courchevel Village.
Scuba dive beneath the icy layers of Le Praz Lake and transport to where time stands still. Instructors are ready to outfit you in a warm wetsuit and guide you through the underwater world.
For a new cold-weather adventure off the slopes, climb one of the various frozen waterfalls around Les 3 Vallées or the artificial ice climbing wall at the Altiport. Mountain guides are available to assist both beginner and expert climbers.
Set forth on a dog sledding excursion over the hills and through the lush forests of Courchevel. A professional musher will drive as you relax in your seated sledge and enjoy the scenery with this traditional mode of mountain travel.
Take to the slopes after dark on an hour-long snowmobiling tour. This Alpine outing is the best way to see the most of Courchevel’s snowy landscape in the shortest amount of time.
Experience the ultimate adrenaline rush by skydiving in Courchevel. After encountering 360˚ views of the French Alps from your helicopter, you’ll jump with your instructor, parachute overhead, and land over the ski area.
Grab your friends and meet for après-ski at the top of the resort and ski down the last track after sunset. You’ll have the slope all to yourself except for the starry sky above.
Make your childhood dream a reality and drive a snowcat through Courchevel resort after closing. Following an introduction from a professional guide, you’ll take command of the powerful machinery to explore as you wish.
Hot air balloon
The incredible hot air balloon ride above Courchevel will be ingrained into your memory forever. While the sun rises or sets, hop into your ride with your trusted pilot and float over the wondrous white terrain below.
L’Art au Sommet
The 13th annual L'Art au Sommet exhibition is flourishing in Courchevel, featuring large-scale sculptures, ice carvings and original works across the ski mountain and the resort. This year, the open-air exhibition features Richard Orlinski's famous "Born Wild" collection, a series exploring the duality of the animal and human within all of us. While French artist Michel Bassompierre's fibreglass, marble and bronze animal sculptures also make a major appearance alongside the mountain.
Shopping in Courchevel 1850
For those who can’t go without a bit of shopping during their holiday, Courchevel 1850 is home to the premier Quartier de la Croisette, only steps away from L'Apogée Courchevel. Take a break from the slopes to explore the beautiful shops for an afternoon. Here, you'll find luxury boutiques, refined art galleries, elite jewellers and chic perfumeries.
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Preserving our pristine surroundings
L’Apogée Courchevel is highly conscious of nature’s fragility being located on the edge of the Vanoise National Park, a protected habitat for the mountain ibex. We observe, listen, wonder and endeavour to live sustainably.