Courchevel 1650: Where the Mountains Blow Hot and Cold
Today, we take you on a discovery holiday in Courchevel 1650, between snowy slopes and icy rides in powder snow and comforting Savoyard specialities.
With four luxurious levels: Courchevel Le Praz, Courchevel 1550, Courchevel 1650 and Courchevel 1850, how can you decide which one to choose? Today, we’ll take you on a journey to discover the luxury holiday destination of Courchevel 1650!
why choose courchevel 1650
Perched at an altitude of 1650 metres, in the former hamlet of "Moriond l'ensoleillé", Courchevel 1650 is the land of snow and sun. The resort owes its radiant weather to its location: clinging to the southwestern slope of the mountain, its alpine chalets are bathed in sunshine from dawn to dusk. Ideal conditions to enjoy all the treasures that luxury ski holidays have to offer!
Courchevel 1650 is the perfect balance between the high-class ambience of Courchevel 1850 and the quaint authenticity of Courchevel 1550. Put on your ski caps and succumb to the irresistible charm of a Courchevel ski holiday while enjoying the perfect combination of the freezing cold and the comforting warmth of the mountains.
Courchevel 1650: snowy mountain holidays
In the heart of Savoie, icy winds and frozen rivers have shaped the landscape to form the Vallée des Gravelles. It is in this immaculate area, on a sunny slope, that the resort of Courchevel 1650 took up residence. The alpine chalets at the foot of the slopes stand side by side with glittering shop windows and large tables, big enough for the whole family to sit a spell and taste the pleasures of alpine specialities!
Set out to conquer the Three Valleys:
The history of winter sports in Courchevel 1650 goes back to the 1930s. It was at this time that the first chalets and ski lifts were built in the resort. Formerly managed by the Société des Téléskis de Moriond, a company run by locals, Courchevel 1650 is now part of the Domaine des Trois Vallées. With more than 600 kilometres of slopes, covering all three valleys of the Tarentaise, it is a skier's paradise!
Courchevel 1650 is the perfect destination for a family ski holiday. It is renowned for its gentle slopes and you will be spoilt for choice between the green, blue or red runs that line the resort. Children will have a great time in the resort's "Western Ski Park", located above the Ariondaz gondola lifts: 25,000 square metres of gentle slopes and magic dedicated to young skiers.
Are you an experienced skier? Follow in the footsteps of a former Olympic ski cross champion, a native of the region, who will reveal to you all the best spots in the valley. You can also go off the beaten track: a holiday in Courchevel 1650 is the perfect opportunity to learn about off-piste skiing, with hundreds of possible adventures.
Explore the mountain in great company:
Going on a French Alps holiday means reconnecting with the elements. Meet a local musher and his dog-sledgoing team. These adorable pups will guide you through the forests to a secret yurt where you will listen to ancestral legends of trappers from the Far North.
You can also choose another way to discover the valley. Start your snowshoe trek and discover a farmhouse lost in the mountains. There, a black horse will be waiting for you. Let your exceptional guide lead you and play the role of an explorer for a day. Your journey will take you to the most beautiful panoramas of the region: breathtaking views of the Mont-Blanc or the Vanoise massif will give you shivers, and not from the cold!
Fly above the clouds:
Above Courchevel 1650, there’s not a cloud in the sky. You have to climb much higher, up to the sharp peaks of the mountains, to find them. Leave at dawn, and climb up to the Courchevel Altiport. It is there, at more than 2000 metres above sea level, that your ship awaits you.
Take your whole family aboard a hot-air balloon and fly above the clouds. No itinerary, just let the winds guide you for an off-piste adventure in the air. Once up there, enjoy breakfast or the unmissable "toast of the Aerostiers" while taking advantage of the breathtaking view of the Vanoise nature park.
Courchevel 1650: relax by the fireplace
One could spend hours travelling through the endless expanses of snow on the Domaine, or get lost in the fir forests inhabited by wild animals, but you’ll always end up returning home to find shelter. From the simple pleasures of hot chocolate by the fireplace to the most extraordinary adventures, Courchevel 1650 knows how to warm the hearts of those who have spent the day enjoying the treasures of the outdoors.
Take refuge in a 5-star chalet:
After a day in the exhilarating cold of the slopes, there is only one thing to look forward to: a warm refuge in one of our luxury chalets. For some, nothing beats a crackling fire and a steaming hot chocolate, which you can enjoy curled up under a blanket.
For others, holidays in Courchevel 1650 are synonymous with luxury and pleasure. If that’s more your style, opt for Chalet Ascension. With its sumptuous sauna and private chef, it is one of the jewels of the resort. When you plunge into the heated pool, sipping a glass of champagne, the icy wind of the Alps will be a distant memory.
Forget your preconceptions about Savoyarde cuisine
At dinner time, head to one of the many restaurants in Courchevel 1650 and book a table at Le Gaïa with friends or as a duo. "Your private place to be", as the chef likes to define this cosy place, will make you forget all your prejudices about mountain cooking. Here, the traditional torches that illuminate the slopes have given way to discreet candles, which give an intimate atmosphere to the elegant dining room. Start the evening with a glass of champagne and some appetizers, vegetarian on request. Then continue with a menu worthy of a Michelin-starred restaurant: tuna tataki and fragrant langoustine ravioli, tasty sweetbreads and Paris-Brest revisited, all tasted to the sound of a live saxophonist. A must for your luxury holiday in Courchevel 1650.
But we can never say it enough: the resort of Courchevel 1650 shines with its friendly and authentic atmosphere. It is the ideal destination for your family holidays in the Alps. With children or large groups, you will prefer the ski-in ski-out atmosphere of the Bistrot Manali. Situated on the snow front of Courchevel Moriond, this restaurant offers traditional cuisine with simple and comforting dishes. But it is above all for the breathtaking view of the Saulire River and Courchevel 1850 in the distance that you come. Let the little ones have a snowball fight in front of this exceptional panorama, while you enjoy a piece of beef or a crozets risotto.
With its dizzying summits, snow-covered forests and wooden chalets wrapped in white, Courchevel 1650 seems to have come straight out of a Christmas tale. This marvellous setting is a call to dreams, childhood memories and extraordinary stories.