“Courchevel attracts some of the wealthiest people from all over the world including plenty of nouveau-riche Russians. Based over four levels - Courchevel 1350 (aka La Praz), 1550, 1650 and 1850, named after their altitudes - the atmosphere varies greatly from village to village, with a different, younger clientele being drawn to the area in recent years. Everyone converges on the huge terrain of the Trois Vallées ski area to take advantage of long runs and short lift queues, all groomed to immaculate status. In short, it's a French classic."
Based in Val Thorens in 1999 we only got to ski one day at Courchevel, not because of our ability but we were there the same week that an avalanche destroyed 18 chalets at Chamonix. There was so much snow that it was impossible to open the links over to Meribel let alone Courchevel however when we finally got over there the skiing was superb.
In 2004 we based ourselves in Courchevel 1650 which is effectively on the left hand side of the fourth valley so a couple of lifts required before getting into the main skiing area. Much pegging fun was had, Roy had his own lift to play on and some silly people challenged us by putting their alchohol on their first floor window ledge - you shouldn't give English alcoholics that sort of challenge.
2008 was the year we got a stunningly cheap late deal to a little known resort called Bride-les-Bains which just happens to be a twenty minute bubble ride up into Meribel. Not saying the apartment was small but we had to move the dining room table to be able to get into bed.