12 Facts About Courchevel


The name Courchevel 1850 was chosen for marketing reasons to compete with rival ski resort Val d'Isere.

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Courchevel used to be part of the commune of Saint-Bon-Tarentaise, but in 2017 that was merged with La Perriere into the new commune of Courchevel.

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Courchevel is in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie departement, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region.

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Courchevel is part of the Trois Vallees, which comprises the resorts of Courchevel, La Tania, Meribel, Les Menuires-Saint Martin, Val Thorens and Orelle.

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Courchevel 1850 was significant, as it was the first resort in France to be constructed from scratch, rather than based around an existing village.

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Courchevel valley includes the town of La Tania, built as competitors accommodation for the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville.

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In May 2018, Courchevel was named a joint host of the 2023 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships with Meribel.

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Courchevel is the most eastern resort of the Three Valleys, the biggest connected ski area in the world.

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The majority of Courchevel's visitors are Gulf Arabs and Russian all of whom are considered luxury clientele.

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Courchevel has one of the largest bases for ski instructors and other seasonal workers due to the size of the three valleys area.

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Courchevel's couloirs are considered some of the most difficult black runs in the world.

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Courchevel's airport has a very short and steeply sloped runway, with a length of 525 metres and a gradient of 18.

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