Below Courchevel 1850 is a mainly forested ski area, with beautifully curved runs that are protected from the wind, easier to read in fog and, above all, out of the weather and away from the flow of skiers when it's busy... With a bit of luck and good observation, you might even spot a few deer!
The Jean-Blanc piste is our favourite:
A black run with a classic, impeccable profile, great snow thanks to good exposure and very few crossings. In short, a legendary run for good skiers.
Imagine snow-covered mountain pastures as far as the eye can see, regular slope profiles, wide, sensual runs, rocky outcrops, fir trees... A really nice atmosphere that takes us on a journey to a rocky world, a la Wild Wild East.
We particularly like the Chapelets piste:
At the very end of the 3 Vallées, exceptional snow in a dream setting - fir trees, rocks and a view of the ravines of the Dent du Villard... Take a trip to the Far East!
When it seems that everyone is heading for La Saulire, the highest link between Courchevel and Méribel (usually at the start of the week or mid-morning), it’s a great time to get off the beaten track, as the locals do, and head to La Col de la Loze to explore the next valley…
We love :
In Courchevel / Heading down to La Tania via the blue runs Arolles and Folyères. Two magical pistes that take a winding trail through the forest…
In Méribel / The easy slopes towards the Altiport, a quiet area where you can ski safely away from the crowds.
This wild terrain in the Méribel Valley is home to two secluded runs which boast excellent snow conditions due to the North-facing aspect.
Not widely explored by the general public, the Roc de Tougne sector has been made more accessible by the installation of a new chairlift, but even so, it remains off the beaten track of most skiers. It’s also THE quickest way to get to the Les Menuires Valley from Méribel and we promise you that the views from the top are truly exceptional!
We love Bartavelle run :
Pick a steady line down the upper slope, then take a moment to admire the arolla pines perched on the rocks – so pretty you could be in the beautiful Dolomite mountains! Then it’s time to let loose your racer instinct and fly down the rest of this gorgeous, undulating piste.
If you are in thrall to high-altitude adventurers, don’t miss your chance to discover the Chavière glacier area in Val Thorens. Observe the moraine from the two successive chairlifts, then arrive at the mountain pass or ‘col’ which feels as though you could be in Chamonix!
At the summit of the Col chairlift, you’ll be able to observe the majestic Chavière glacier. Inspired by the tracks of the freeriders and mountain guides which head into the off-piste, you’ll feel the adrenalin rush of the courageous mountaineer as you pick your line down the Col and Moraine pistes.
The ultimate mountain landscape: a panorama of open spaces and ridges overlooking immense snowfields. As far as the eye can see there are white expanses, contoured slopes and rare trees dotted along the river which winds its way below the snow… From Méribel, let yourself glide gently towards St Martin de Belleville or St Marcel, simply enjoying the tranquillity of this meditative mountain vista.
We love Jerusalem run :
This south-facing blue run offers a gentle, undulating descent into picturesque St Martin de Belleville.