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Courchevel 1850 - the ultimate ski resort

Courchevel 1850 offers real French charm in the wide variety of chic shops and fine restaurants and thoroughly deserves its top-flight reputation. It is renowned for having one of the longest ski seasons and the best snow cover in the whole of the Alps, and has headed skiers’ list of prestige resorts for many a year now.

1850 is located in a wide bowl, where the skiing encircles the resort, with runs leading to virtually every corner of town. The blue slopes of the Pralong area are alongside our Chalet Hotel Crystal 2000 and therefore provide an ideal location for the whole family to ski together and children can take the opportunity to show their parents their newly honed ski skills without having to travel far to find appropriate gentle slopes.

Courchevel 1850

Chalet Hotel Crystal 2000 - Close

Chalet Hotel Crystal 2000
  • NEW Adventure Soft Play Zone
  • Superb piste-side location
  • Ski back to the front door and to the closest ski lift, the Pralong, 200m.
  • FREE Esprit minibus shuttle to and from the resort centre
  • Prices From £729
  • View Chalet

Our Child Care In Courchevel 1850

Childcare
Nursery 17 weeks-40 months All day care with qualified Nursery staff - 6 days £315
Spritelets 3–4 years Half-day ski-play - a toddler’s introduction to the fun of skiing - 5 afternoons £215
Sprite Beginners 5–9 years Morning classes for complete beginners aged 5-9 years - 5 mornings £215
Sprite Improvers 6–10 years Improver morning classes for those who have mastered snowplough turns on blue runs - 5 mornings £215
Sprite Improvers Xtra * 6–11 years Morning classes are instructional with more fun skiing in the afternoon, for 6-11 years. *Cannot be booked without Supervised lunch - 5 mornings & afternoons. £289
Sprite Intermediates 7–11 years For 7-11 year olds who have skied for a minimum of 2 weeks and are starting to parallel ski but still rely on snowploughing on trickier red runs - 5 mornings £215
Sprite Advanced 8–12 years Morning classes for 8-12 year olds who have confidence in blue and red turns - 5 mornings £215
Teen Tuition 13-18 years A teen freeskiing course also open to the general public - 5 full days £343
Supervised Lunch 3–12 years Children’s lunch with staff supervision 12-2pm - 5 days £85
Sprite Guided Ski Fun 6–12 years For Improver standard children 6 years and older. They are guided, in an informal environment - 5 afternoons £215
Snow Club 3–8 years Action-packed half day activity club with our Snow Rangers, including lunch - 5 half days £199
Any child booking any morning plus any afternoon element along with Supervised Lunch receives their Cocoa Club / Mini Cocoa Club FREE or Cocoa Club Plus at HALF PRICE
Mini Cocoa Club 3–5 years 7.30-9.30pm - A quiet time for pre-bed stories and play in most resorts - 6 evenings
(Children must be out of nappies)
£29
Cocoa Club 6–12 years Supervised evening club 7.30-10 pm - 6 evenings £59
Cocoa Club Plus 8–12 years Supervised evening club 7.30-10 pm - 6 evenings (peak weeks only) £79
Saturday Family Guiding Over 5 years Saturdays can prove to be a dilemma for families who
are not confident enough to take the family out on their own - Book a guide either individually or as a group of families (groups are £39 per adults and £29 per child) - 6 mornings & evenings
£139
Peak weeks include departures on 20th & 27th December 2015, 14th February, 27th March, 3rd & 10th April 2016. Gressoney dates are one day earlier.

Esprit Classic Child Care

For parents our Esprit Classic Child Care offers a completely seamless service and means being able to leave your accommodation after breakfast to head for the first lift, only needing to return after the last one shuts. We look after you children completely throughout the ski day if you wish. For the kids it means non-stop fun with english speaking staff and children!

Collection Service

Five mornings a week, children in all Sprite ski classes are collected by our staff (and/or the ski school instructors) from a central meeting point in the Chalet Hotel and taken to the nearby slopes for their lessons or to the Snow Club for their morning fun.

At the end of the morning lesson or Snow Club, children joining Supervised Lunch, afternoon Snow Club or with afternoon Sprite or Spritelet sessions will be collected and returned to the Crystal 2000 for lunch.

Snow Club

The Snow Club is based in the Crystal 2000 with outings for their specific snow fun activities. All children in afternoon Sprites or Spritelets will be taken to and collected from their session by our staff and will join the Snow Club children for the remainder of the afternoon, before high tea.

The Skiing in Courchevel 1850

The Skiing

Ski range from 1,300 - 3,230m

Beginners

Courchevel 1850 is superb for beginners and our Chalet Hotel couldn’t be better located with a novice area right outside the Crystal. There are extensive slopes green and blue slopes all across the bowl local to 1850 and skiers in their early days really can get the feel of traveling round the mountains and not be restricted to one or two slopes.

Intermediates

Most runs in Courchevel are boulevard pistes and glades, absolutely perfect for intermediate skiers to perfect their turns. To the east, Courchevel 1650 is mostly gentle, and everyone, including better skiers, will have a smile on their face as they cruise down scenic and winding runs like Pyramide. Down the valley, around 1550, Le Praz and La Tania, is wonderful roller-coaster country, and you will discover slopes here suitable for all.

Advanced

Good skiers undoubtedly get the best from this region. The two steep black runs down to Le Praz, Jockeys and the Jean Blanc, mogul fields on the top of the Suisses and the steep terrain on the slopes of La Vizelle are just a few of the challenges that await the more adventurous and experienced skiers.

Powder Potential

Traversing the arête just to reach the famous Saulire couloirs is enough to satisfy most people’s appetite for thrills. Skiing them in deep powder is a milestone in most extreme skiers’ lives. Formal off-piste itineraries are limited for such a big area but some of the guided tours are extremely popular with better skiers.

Snowboarding

With three snow parks and a dedicated Border-cross area, snowboarders are spoilt for choice in just the Courchevel area. Across the Three Valleys there are several more to explore making this area an absolute mecca for boarders, especially as the number of chairlifts and gondolas make access to all areas easier!

Après Ski

Courchevel 1850 is renowned for both the quality and variety of its après ski life. Ranging from highly sophisticated through to loud and lively, it is mostly based around the atmospheric heart of the village. The Café de la Poste is ideal for a family pizza or the Refuge for a more traditional fondu or raclette. Once the children are in bed you can perhaps take advantage on our staff night off to catch a celebrity in an exclusive club or enjoy a cocktail in one of the many lounge bars – there really is something to appeal to all tastes.

Activities

  • Paragliding
  • Toboggan run
  • Ice-skating
  • Dog sledding in La Tania
  • Indoor rock-climbing wall
  • Bowling

Other Amenities

  • Banks & ATMs
  • Street markets
  • Numerous Michelin-starred restaurants
  • 100 chic shops & boutiques
  • 2 night clubs
  • 15 bars & 4 tea rooms

Resort Map

Ski Essentials

Ski Essentials

Pre-booking all your ski pack requirements couldn't be easier - simply tell us what you need and we will arrange everything for you.

Pre-booking simply means letting Esprit staff take the strain, vetting all suppliers in advance, getting everything ready for your arrival, and standing by throughout your holiday to help and support you.

Free lift pass for children under 5

Equipment 6 Days Description White Blue Red Black
Adult 13+ yrs Skis/poles/boots - £97 £113 £128
Skis/poles - £74 £85 £96
Snowboard - - £85 £96
Snowboard/boots - - £113 £128
Child 6-12 yrs Skis/poles/boots - - £53 -
Snowboard/boots - - £53 -
Child 3-5 yrs Skis/poles/boots £41 - - -

1 FREE child White or Red skis/boots when 1 adult pre-books Red or Black skis and boots.
This offer must be reserved at the time of booking and may not be available later as date restrictions apply.
FREE helmets included with child skis/snowboard. Adult helmet approx. £22. 

Tuition Ski AM Snowboard AM or PM
Adult price 13+ yrs £173 £173
Times 5 days 9.30-12.00 5 days* 09.30-12.00 or 14.30-17.00

*Snowboarding is only available in French school holidays, weeks commencing : 20/12-27/12 & 07/02-28/02.
5% off adult tuition if booked by 31st October.

Teen Freeski (multiglide) Course (13-18 yrs): 5x full days: £343 (lunch not included but lunch with instructor can be organised)

6 Day Lift Pass Local Pass Three Valleys Area Pass
High Season Low Season High Season Low Season
Family (2 Adults & 2 Children under 18) £594 £535 £709 £638
Senior 65-74 yrs £167 £150 £197 £177
Adult 13-64 yrs £174 £156 £208 £186
Children 5-12 yrs £148 £134 £177 £160
Child under 5 FREE FREE FREE FREE

Low Season week commencing 13/12, High Season 20/12-10/04.
Recent photo and passport required for under 5's.
Passports required for junior and senior passes.
Sprite Beginners and Spritelets do not require a lift pass from Day 1 so should arrange passes locally.
Adult beginners require a lift pass.

Fly From

Fly to Geneva (GVA) or Chambery (CMF) from the following airports

Birmingham CMF
Bristol CMF
East Midlands CMF
Edinburgh GVA
Gatwick CMF, GVA
Heathrow GVA
Manchester CMF, GVA
Southampton CMF, GVA
Stansted CMF

Esprit Cuisine in Courchevel 1850

Resort Cuisine

All of our holidays include great food six days a week. We set high standards for our cuisine, and train our staff extensively to ensure our guests enjoy every meal.

Includes a skiers' buffet breakfast to start your day, afternoon tea to welcome you 'home', and a 4 or 5-course evening meal with wine and coffee to complete the evening.

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