European Snowboard Resort Guide
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COURCHEVEL, FRANCE

 

TRANSFER TIME (approx): Geneva 3 hours 15 mins

                                                         Grenoble 3 hours 30 mins

                                                         Chambery 2 hours 30 mins

 

LIFT PASS (2010/11): Adult £226 (3 Valleys area)

                                                           £187 (local)

                                             Child £171 (3 Valleys area)

                                                          £133 (local)

 

PISTE FACTS: Longest Run:5km

                             Total: 600km (Three Valleys)



 

Well known for its exclusive top end hotels and restaurants, this is a posh place to go boarding!! As part of the Three Valleys area, there is a vast variety of terrain both above and below the tree line. In total, there is over 600km of pisted runs from gentle open green and blue runs, to steep blacks to test yourself. There is a total of 4 parks and 4 pipes for the freestylers, and plenty of decent off piste for those looking for their powder fix. This area really offers everything you could want and lures people back year after year.

 

Apres Ski

 

Up market restaurants, hotels and bars mean it is a little pricier here. A regular ski bus links the various villages until late so you can check out the apres in each. Courchevel 1850 is smart, with many shops and bars. 1650 is a bit quieter so it depends what you are looking for in your holiday or season on the snow. There are horse drawn sleigh rides, ice karting, ice skating, snowshoeing, skidooing and hot air ballooning on offer if the 600km of pisted runs are not enough to burn off the great food and drink you will be enjoying.