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Courchevel

Courchevel Area Guide

Buying property in Courchevel

The sophisticated resort of Courchevel is part of Les Trois Vallées, which forms the biggest linked ski area in the world, covering more than 600km of pistes. Courchevel generally refers to the four sister towns of Courchevel 1850, Courchevel 1650, Courchevel 1550 and Courchevel 1300 (Le Praz), each named for their altitude in meters and each offering a very different Alpine experience. A fifth town, Saint Bon, is also included and is the location of the Marie for the valley.

Buying, owning or selling property in Courchevel

Courchevel 1850

Courchavel 1850 was the first resort in France to be constructed specifically for skiing (lead by Laurent Chappis following the Second World War), rather than built around an existing village. As such it can easily accommodate the needs of families, beginner skiers and expert skiers alike.

Recent huge investment in the infrastructure, including the installation of heated pavements, a new aquatic centre and lift systems - famous for being virtually queue free even at the height of the season - have confirmed Courchevel’s place among the premier resorts in the Alps.

It is also one of the most glamorous with VIP and royals making up its regular clientele. As such, you will find a host of Michelin starred restaurants (with seven restaurants sharing an incredible twelve stars in 2014), ample luxury shopping opportunities and many of the finest and most exclusive ski-in & ski-out chalets in the region. Plus sixteen 5 star hotels and three 6 star hotels for the 2014 season.

Courchevel Moriond (formally known as Courchevel 1650)

A refined resort offering ideal skiing for families, with numerous south facing gentler slopes to choose from that are a joy to drift down after a good lunch. Many people have moved away from the bright lights of 1850 to 1650 for precisely this reason. The Belévèdere area is especially attractive, being quiet and relatively private yet with direct access to the slopes of the Courchevel valley.

Courchevel Village (formerly known as Courchevel 1550)

Linked to 1650 by the new aquatic centre 1550 has historically been overlooked as the poor neighbour to 1850 and 1650. However, since a regeneration programme that began eight years ago 1550 is well worth another look. In particular Les Brigues which is situated very close to 1850 yet properties here are significantly more affordable.

Courchevel Le Praz

Le Praz is the original village and is quite different to the other three resorts. Rather than chalets Le Praz is made up of charming closely built traditional houses. It is a lively and friendly village, with superb amenities and great piste literally on its doorstep.

Living in Courchevel

Education

There is a choice of primary and secondary schools in the region.

Activities

The three Valleys has developed into the largest ski area in the world boasting 60 Ski lifts and approximately 600km of total pistes.

Because of its excellent sunshine record the opportunities for exploring the great out-doors easily extend into the summer – the walking and hiking choices are among the finest in the world and almost without limit.

On offer are a wide variety of activities including;

• A wide variety of over snow vehicles are available to experience some real thrills.

• Hot-air balloons, Hang gliding, microlighting, Flying and Helicopter experiences.

• Indoor climbing wall

• Cinema (showing films in French and English)

• 9 Hole Golf course with 27 bay driving range

• Canoeing, rafting and Kayaking

Culture

• Art galleries often displaying pieces on or next to the pistes in winter.

• Various cookery courses run by Michelin starred chefs.

Accessibility

By air: Chambery international airport is 110km away.

Grenoble international airport 130km.

Geneva international airport is 149km away.

Lyon international airport is 187km.

By Rail: Good links from Chambery airport, Geneva airport and between towns.

All distances approximate

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