Courchevel is part of the ski area known as les Trois Vallées (the Three Valleys). This contiguous skiable domain is the largest in the world, comprising of a total of 600 kms of pistes, and 8 ski resorts! La Vallée de Courchevel is only one of those three; the other two are Vallée de Méribel and Vallée de Belleville, whose main ski resorts are Méribel and Val Thorens, respectively. When skiing in Courchevel, it is best to buy a ski pass only for Courchevel for the entire period you are there, and add to it a Trois Vallées pass for the day you decide to cross over to the other two valleys. Skiiing les Trois Vallées is a must when in courchevel, not only to experience the vastness of the domain, but also to reach the highest altitude of 3200 metres at Cime de Caron, near Val Thorens.
What else would one do in Courchevel? The resort offers some of the best skiing in the world, so make the most of it! Of course, snow-boarding is an option too. Courchevel alone has 119 runs, 150 kms of pistes, which go from an altitude of 2700 metres down to 1300 metres - a total vertical drop of 1400 metres.
Although not the highest peak around, Col de la Loze is still an impressive backdrop to many photos in Courchevel. The peak rises to a height of only 2274 metres and it separates la Vallée de Courchevel with that of Méribel. It is from this point that one can cross from one valley to the other on skis.
At 3855 metres, la Grande Casse is the highest mountain in the Massif de la Vanoise, the central Alps of France. Although not within the skiable terrain of Courchevel, the giant mountain dominates the views on the opposite side. Immediately next to it is a peak known as Pointe Matthews, in reference to William Matthews, who was the first person to climb it in 1860.
The highest peak within the skiable domain of Courchevel, Saulire rises to an altitude of 2733 metres. Immediately below it is the highest skiable point in the resort of Courchevel, at just below 2700 metres. The majestic peak provides a breathtaking backdrop to the views in Courchevel 1850.
La Croisette is the base of the ski lifts at Courchevel 1850. It is from here that one purchases ski passes, reserves ski lessons and obtains information related to the ski resort. The complex also contains a bank and other amenities.
The village of Courchevel was built on three levels, 1550, 1650 and 1850 metres, each of which has become known by its altitude. Courchevel 1850 is the largest and contains the best hotels and restaurants. It is also the most central to the slopes. Many of the hotels here are ski-in ski-out. The heart of the village is very charming, with typical Alpine architecture.
Just between Courchevel 1650 and 1550 there is a swimming pool and little sports place.
The Archery centre is well equipped, well worth the money and was good fun too.
The sun was quite strong but they provide awnings from which to shoot and watch.
From never having picked up a bow my 11 year old son became quite proficient in a short space of time. This was entirely due to the superb instructor. He was patient, encouraging, a great teacher and he really enthused a group of kids from different nationalities into the sport.
At the end of the session everyone was given an official French Archery Federation card with their proficiency levels ticked off and signed by the instructor.