Courchevel Moriond , France
Courchevel Moriond (formerly known as Courchevel 1650) is a friendly village ski resort with excellent access to some of the best skiing in the world. Many would argue that this is 'le vrai' Courchevel, with its year round population and more than a nod to its roots as the farming community it once was.
The local ski area is an intermediate's paradise although in order to explore the rest of the Three Valleys, a bit more effort is required to get over the valley into Courchevel 1850's ski area before heading onto Meribel and Val Thorens.
Pros & Cons
- Massive and varied slopes to suit everyone from beginners to experts
- Lots of good value for money chalets
- Fantastic lift system
- One of our favourite ski schools for children and adults alike
- Good apres ski scene
- Little to do away from the slopes
- Expensive mountain restaurants (although the on slope Bel-Air is rather good)
1650 is much smaller and quieter than 1850 but still has a great selection of restaurants and at cheaper prices. To sample Savoyard dishes try the Petite Savoyard - with good food and friendly atmosphere and a great sense of sarcasm this restaurant always goes down well with Brits. Great Savoyard dishes as well as pizzas cooked on huge open wood fire. La Table de Marie and L'Ambassad'or are also great restaurants to try with varied menus and reasonable prices. Situated at the far end of 1650, the L'Alhambic specialises in a range of mouth-watering Savoy favourite dishes. The restaurant in the hotel Seizena comes highly recommended as do; the Eterlou and Montagne.
There is plenty to offer most palates and pockets in such an international ski area. In 1650 the Bel Air comes highly recommended with its lovely tiered sun terrace. Definetly worth dining at twice as repeat customers are likely to be offered freebies such as aperitifs, digestifs or hors d'oevres. In Courchevel 1850 there are plenty of very expensive silver service restaurants; Cap Horn and chalet de Pierres are a couple, others to try are the Bergerie, the Verdons, La Soucoupe, and the Panoramic. We would however recommend checking the prices in most restaurants as we don't want a heart attack on our hands and do reserve a table if you are going for a long lunch.
The Bubble bar is a fun place with Satellite TV, internet access, cheap bar prices, a happy hour and bands playing live music on a regular basis. La Boulotte situated next door, is also popular especially with chalet staff as it becomes the cheapest place to drink between 4-6pm. A must to visit is the open air Fire and Ice bar at the Portetta hotel. Right at the bottom of the main piste, it has huge burning log fires, flaming torches, ice shots, fur snugs and heated bar seating. Great for après as during happy hour between 4.30-7pm, buy a drink and get a free slice of pizza with it! Rockey's bar is a perfect place for an ice cold beer at the end of a hard day skiing. Other places to try are Rock's in the chalet hotel Les Avals, where a largely British crowd gather; Remonte Pente a tiny French bar..
Funky Fox bar is a great place to party in 1650. Every Tuesday they host their usual DJ sets and Fridays will showcase a variety of music talents with everything from blues to beat boxing. If you're looking to dance the night away then head to the club La Klinik. The Space bar has pool tables and regular live music and the local night club La Godille will also keep you going til the early hours.
- Cable Car
- Chair lift
- Drag lift