Courchevel et les Trois Vallées
Located in the Savoie region of the French Alps, Courchevel is one of the world's most prestigious ski resorts. Its namesake valley is one of three in les Trois Vallées, the largest contiguous skiable domain in the world, with 600 kms of pistes and eight ski resorts. Much like other villages in the Alps, Courchevel is graced by stunning views of majestic peaks from its location on the slopes of a deep valley carved by glaciers during the Ice Age. The village was built on three different levels, 1550, 1650 and 1850 metres, each of which is known by its altitude. 1850 is largest and contains the resort's best restaurants, nightlife and shopping, but all three are linked through an extensive network of slopes of all difficulties. Skiing in Courchevel is definitely a memorable experience, but comes at a high price, driven up mainly by the wealthy Russian elite who in the past decade or so have made Courchevel their ski resort of choice.