If you’re new to skiing then you might be wondering when is the best time to ski Courchevel, taking into consideration the weather and snow conditions. Take a look through our notes below to help you plan your ski holiday…
We’re very lucky in Courchevel to have high altitude, North-facing slopes. Coupled with the incredible snow-making, it means that when snow falls, it stays, making it a reliable choice for an early season holiday. The slopes are beautifully quiet, prices are lower and you can escape the pre-Christmas overload as well as doing a bit of exercise to make space for the inevitable festive overindulgence! Families can benefit from great discounts as part of our Family Weeks. Good For: Getting your ski legs before a main holiday, great value ski breaks, anyone wanting to escape before Christmas (but be back in time for panic shopping!) Family Week Discounts available
Christmas Skiing If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, then it makes sense total to run away to the mountains! With beautiful scenery, twinkling lights and a general air of festive cheer, Courchevel is a lovely place to spend your December holiday, and what better way to relax than in a catered chalet when you can really take a break from the housework? Our Ski Magic chalets sleep between 8-12 guests, so take the opportunity to bring grandparents, aunties and cousins together for a Christmas to remember. There are lots of lovely walks and activities for non-skiers.
Our fabulous hosts will cook a humungous roast dinner with all the trimmings, then serve it alongside unlimited wine and as many roast potatoes as you can eat! Relish the opportunity to build a snowman (whether you have kids or not) instead of wrestling with a turkey… Good For: Relaxing with friends and family in a beautiful setting
New Year What can we say? It’s one of the most popular times to ski because it’s such fun to be in a ski resort at New Year. Here in Courchevel we have reliable snow, parties on the piste, fireworks and torchlit descents. Not to mention chalets hot tubs and chalets overflowing with fizz! Put simply, it’s the place to be…
The fantastic bonus of being in the Alps at New Year is that skiing is one of the only hangover cures to actually work. The mere act of concentrating on something very important (not falling over) whilst being in crisp, fresh mountain air is extremely reviving to anyone who has indulged in one too many shandies… Good For: Party people!
January The pistes are tranquil and there have usually been a few good dumps of snow. With ski holiday prices usually at their lowest, what’s not to like about January skiing? In Courchevel you’ll have the slopes to yourself, there’s no queue at the lifts and the snow conditions are excellent due to colder temperatures and there’s plenty of snow both real and artificial. You’ll also be sitting at the best tables in all the mountain restaurants!
It’s a great opportunity for parents to bring younger children as January holidays are included in our Ski Magic Family Weeks with half-price childcare and savings on accommodation and ski hire. Good For: Families with young children and anyone that enjoys making huge carving turns on an empty piste! Family Week Discounts available
If you have school-aged children then half term is a very popular week to visit the mountains. It’s a great time to enjoy a family holiday without any of the stress of shopping, cooking or cleaning – you can totally relax, make the most of your days on the slopes and have fun with your children. Courchevel is a great choice as it has a good selection of excellent ski schools, the lifts are really very speedy which means less crowding, and 80% of the skiing is betweem 1180m-2738m so there’s plenty of snow to go around.
Outside holiday periods you’ll find its quieter and the lifts start to stay open a little while longer because of the longer days; Spring is on the way and you’ll find yourself sitting outside for lunch on a sunny terrace which seems unbelievable in February! There are also lots of events and activities such as fireworks and torchlit descents to enjoy. Good for: Families, and skiers who need a good-sized playground for the week!
March Beautifully-groomed morning pistes, lunch in the sunshine and lifts open late: March is perfect for those who like a relaxing, sunny ski holiday.
As its later in the season, the snow is in great shape with lovely soft Spring snow conditions. With a majority of North-facing slopes in Courchevel, there’s a substantial accumulated snow-depth which is freshened up by the odd snowfall. It’s a great time to bring younger children as you can take advantage of our Family Weeks. Good For: Everyone! It’s warm, relaxed and there’s great skiing to be had. Family Week Discounts available
April Courchevel’s slopes stay open until the 3rd week in April, and this is where that North-facing aspect really makes the difference. While other resorts may just have seen a bit too much of that lovely Spring sunshine, Courchevel has that natural advantage, and you can easily follow the sun around during the day to get the best out of your ski day. It can get softer in the late afternoon, so take a leaf out of our book and ski high all morning then retire for a long, late lunch in the sunshine! It’s a great time for family skiing, warm temperatures meaning children don’t get chilly, and on Easter Sunday you’ll find chocolate eggs in all the gondolas!