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03 December 2020.

Courchevel, Skiing & Snow...

The ski and snowboard area of Courchevel is suitable for riders of all abilities. If it’s quality you want rather than quantity then you need never leave the valley. Although if you didn’t leave the valley you’d simply miss out on the great skiing found elsewhere in Les Trois Vallees.

Les Trois Vallees lays claim to being the worlds largest linked ski area. It boasts an enviable 600 kilometers of marked pistes and a vast area of easily accessible off-piste terrain too. It is the number one ski and snowboard destination for many people who keep coming back year after year.

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Beginner

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Beginners are well catered for with seven free drag lifts allowing them to practice falling off tows (especially the boarders) without having to shell out for the experience. Seriously though there are some very wide and very gentle green runs through the trees, mostly around 1850 and 1650 and progressing beginners could ski as far away as La Tania on the blue Les Folyeres run. The particularly adventurous could even make it to Meribel and back by carefully choosing their route (with an instructor of course).

Intermediate

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Intermediates will love this place! They can choose a different direction to head off in on each day, blast along on the wide open blue runs and test their abilities on the numerous reds especially those down through the trees to Courchevel 1550, Le Praz and La Tania. They can test themselves against the clock and try to make it up to the glacier at Val Thorens in time for lunch and back, at least to the summit of the Saulire before the last lift of the day. After all, it’s all about adventure.

Advanced

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Crossing the metre wide track with Courchevel a 2000 meter drop on your right and Meribel the same on your left (or so it can seem – particularly in bad weather when you really can’t see beyond a few meters) you gain access to the three infamous couloirs, the best known being the Grand Couloir. These couloirs might have built up a bit of a reputation for themselves but they are by no means the most fearsome couloirs on the planet or even in this area. In fact a strong intermediate would be able to ride the Grand Couloir in most conditions. Although I must warn you; as with many couloirs entry can often involve a bit of a drop in, which can make things a little sketchy in hard conditions. Courchevel and Les Trois Vallees are an advanced rider’s paradise. There are considerable challenges both on and off-piste. Don’t forget to venture to the outer reaches of this vast area.

Freestyle, Skier and BoarderCross

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Freestyle aficionados’ will love Les Trois Vallees (Three Valleys) with almost more parks than piste. Not quite but there are a few, two of the best being the Moon and Plattieres parks in the Meribel valley. Pipes, kickers, rails and skier/boardercross courses are all on offer. Fill your boots.