Gondola cable cars:
With 150km (93 miles) of pistes, the Courchevel Valley makes up a quarter of the Trois Vallées ski area, with its total of 600km (373 miles) of runs and nearly 200 lifts – but the local area on its own has much more than most resorts can offer.
Beginners need not pay out for a lift ticket from day one, as there are a dozen lifts operating free of charge for first timers on nursery slopes near to the resort's various bases. Beginners can then progress onto ideal terrain (wide blues and greens) further up the ski area.
Average ability skiers will find more lift-linked skiing accessible straight from their accommodation in Courchevel and the Trois Vallées than anywhere else on the planet, with nearly 250 blues and reds to explore in the full region.
Experts also have a huge choice, including the famous ‘Ugly Sisters' couloirs and steep mogul fields such as Jean Blanc. Heli-skiing over into Italy is popular with the well-heeled crowd (it’s illegal in France, though helicopters do set off from here), while off-piste tours and many other advanced-level ski activities can be organised through the local ski schools or the mountain guides’ office.
The ski season in Courchevel runs from early December to the end of April.