Courchevel Cross Country Skiing
The 3rd most popular XC Ski in France.
Saturday 25 June 2016 01:58 GMT
Northeast of Grenoble and southeast of Albertville, the Courchevel Ski de Fond trail network has a total of 67 km spread over rolling valley countryside. This is a popular place for both classical cross country skiing and skate skiing.
Courchevel Ski Area is centered about four villages: Courchevel 1300, Courchevel 1550, Courchevel 1650 and Courchevel 1850.
In Courchevel 1300 (Le Praz), there are 3 cross country ski loops. The Green loop is a 2km route that starts across from the ski jumps. The Red loop (7km) and the Black loop (8.5km) both start at the Tourist Office in Courchevel 1300.
In Courchevel 1550, the Les Brigues-Chantery Ski de Fond route is a moderately difficult 5km track running through forest. It starts about 150m down from the Brigues car-park. It does cross some alpine ski runs, so use caution.
In Courchevel 1650, the Boucle Bleue de Belvedere route is a easy 5km track rolling past farm houses at Pralin and the Avals path. It starts next to the Granges tow rope lift.
In Courchevel 1850, there are numerous cross country skiing options including: Col de la Loze loop (moderate 2.5km), Bouc Blanc (moderate 5km starting near Epicea tow rope), Courchevel-Meribel Altiport track (moderate 17km starting near Epicea tow rope lift), and Courchevel-La Tania (moderate 15km).
All of the trails are regularly groomed for both classical and skate skiing. The trails are free to use, except for Col de la Loze in Courchevel 1850. There are trail maps available in all the Tourist Offices.
The villages of Courchevel 1850 and 1650 have the liveliest apres ski scene and nightlife (which goes until 5am). For apres ski, try the Jump Bar in Courchevel 1850. For nighlife, check out Milk Pub, La Grange and Les Caves. Note: Expect to see a lot of American and British tourists in Courchevel -- it is not as popular with European travelers.
Courchevel is just two hours from the international airports of Geneva Cointrin and Lyon Saint Exupéry, and 30 minutes from the railway station at Moûtiers Salins. It has a high quality network of roads and motorways that will speed you safely to your destination.
Once you get there, take advantage of the many covered car parks, bus and taxi services to park your car or get around easily.
Overall, Courchevel is the 3rd most popular cross country ski area of all 19 Nordic ski destinations in France.