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Courchevel Chalet Guide

Discover the best ski chalets in Courchevel to rent, catered & self-catered

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A chalet embodies the quintessential ski holiday. Who hasn’t dreamt of coming back to the perfect chocolate-box house after a day on the slopes? Even better if there's a plush sofa you can snuggle up on in front of a roaring fire or an outdoor hot tub to unwind in while surrounded by deep powder fields and high snow-capped peaks. That’s exactly what staying in a chalet is all about.

Considered by many to be one of the Alps' biggest luxury ski resort with exceptional access to the Three Valleys ski area, Courchevel is the place to come for a boutique chalet holiday in France. There are hundreds of independently-run chalets available here, from traditional Savoyard-style converted farmhouses to contemporary Alpine abodes.

This guide will help you choose the perfect chalet for your holiday. Let's dive right in.

5 things to look out for when booking a chalet in Courchevel

Booking a chalet in Courchevel is really easy. Fill in the box at the top of this page or go to our Chalets page, where you can book directly with some of the best Courchevel summer and ski chalet companies, handpicked by us. Select your requirements at the top of the page – at least your arrival date and number of people – and we’ll show you which properties are available for you.

To find the perfect chalet, there are a few things you may want to consider beforehand.

1. When should you book your chalet?
We recommend you book your chalet as soon as possible. Chalets usually sell out quite quickly and a lot of people book as early as January for the next winter season. Our top tip is that you book your accommodation before buying your flights or train ticket, the reason being that availability may be limited and chalet start/end dates are not always as flexible as travel options.

As for the best time to stay in a chalet, they're usually open for bookings during the winter and summer high seasons – from December to April and from June to September. However, some chalet companies may offer their chalets up for interseason rentals, especially for large parties such as company retreats or events.

2. How long should you book a chalet for?
Most ski chalets in Courchevel are rented on a weekly basis only. You’ll find that Saturday to Saturday rentals are most common, especially with independent chalet companies, while big tour operators who sell packages including flights and transfers sometimes have Sunday to Sunday rentals. However, these dates can occasionally be flexible and some chalet companies may provide a mix of Saturday and Sunday changeovers.

Lately, thanks to the increased offer in flights, especially cheap ones, shorter and longer ski breaks are becoming more and more popular so some chalet companies may be flexible on their rental dates on request. Therefore, even if you can only find seven-day offers on our Chalets page, we may be able to accommodate shorter and longer bookings – state your desired dates in the Special Requirements box and we’ll get back to you with some options.

On the other hand, summer chalet bookings in Courchevel are generally more flexible on dates and length of stay, especially outside the peak months of July and August. This means that you can come for a long weekend, for ten days or for a few days mid-week more easily. Again, state your requirements in the Special Requirements box while booking.

3. How big is your group?
Chalet holidays are suitable for all sorts of parties: couples looking for a romantic escapade, families, groups of friends and even large corporate retreats, as they usually have at least two bedrooms with some offering space for up to 20 people and more. Solo travellers and couples can opt for a room in a larger catered chalet.

However big or small your group is, you’ll need to know the exact number of people and the ages of the children coming with you on your holiday before booking. You can filter our chalets by capacity at the top of our Chalets page.

4. Should you book a whole property or a shared chalet?
Chalets in Courchevel can either be booked by the room or as a whole property. Catered chalets are more often than not rented by the room, meaning that you share the chalet and its facilities with other guests, while self-catered chalets are rented out as a whole property, exclusively for your party. Booking rooms in a shared catered chalet is a great option for small families, groups of friends and couples. Some catered chalets can also be rented out on a whole property basis for larger groups, or even if you'd just prefer private use of the chalet without using the full occupancy. To learn more about whether to choose a catered or a self-catered chalet, read below.

5. What should your chalet include?
That depends on your needs and wants. There are hundreds of chalets on offer in Courchevel, some providing simple accommodation at the foot of the slopes and others boasting five-star luxury commodities. After having filtered your list of chalets by date and number of people, take a look at the pictures on the listings to get an idea of what the chalet offers. If it catches your eye, then check out the amenities and services included to see if it ticks all your boxes. Whether you want WiFi, ski-to-door access, state-of-the-art boot warmers, a large terrace, a cinema room, designer decor or a pet-friendly property, Courchevel's got a chalet for you.

Many high-end accommodation providers also offer concierge services who’ll take care of everything, from your ski passes to your lessons, your equipment hire, chauffeur services to take you to and from the slopes or drive you around resort, private chefs and spas with massages on demand. You're spoiled for choice in Courchevel!

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Self-catered vs catered chalets in Courchevel

When booking your chalet in Courchevel, you’ll find that there are two main options: catered or self-catered. These depend on whether your meals are included in the price of your chalet rental or not.

Catered chalets in Courchevel
Catered chalets include accommodation and meals under the same roof. Generally managed by one or more chalet hosts who take care of cooking, serving and cleaning, the chalets are usually half-board and include at least breakfast and dinner in the price of your accommodation.

Catered chalets are generally rented by the room and priced per person, based on two people sharing a room. If you’re a solo traveller, you won’t share a room but you may be charged a supplement for the empty bed. Some chalets have triple or family (quad) rooms available and these are priced slightly differently.

  • Pros: Catered chalets are the best option for those searching for a hassle-free holiday, as there’s nothing much you need to do other than enjoy your stay. You’ll wake up to the smell of freshly cooked breakfast, come back from skiing to homemade cake and tea, and sit down to a three or four-course dinner in the evenings. Chalet hosts will also clean rooms and common areas.
  • Cons: The price per person of catered chalets is usually higher than that of self-catered chalets. However, you also get more bang for your buck since chalet hosts will cook your meals and clean after you. If you don't want to share your accommodation with other people, then a self-catered chalet might be a better option as bookings are always for the whole property.

Who should book a catered chalet in Courchevel?
Since catered chalets are usually booked by the room, they suit small families and groups of friends, as well as couples and solo travellers who want an easy, effortless holiday. Some companies may be able to rent out their catered chalets as a whole property for large groups too.

Our local team's advice: Chalet staff usually have one or two evenings off during the week. When this happens, you’ll get a continental, self-service breakfast left out for you by your host, as well as afternoon tea and cake. For dinner, you’ll usually get the chance to sample the local restaurants. Alternatively, some companies provide self-service dinner, carefully prepared and left out for you, often in the form of a traditional Savoyarde fondue or raclette.

Self-catered chalets in Courchevel
Self-catered chalets include only the accommodation in your rental, so you need to take care of your own meals.

  • Pros: Self-catered chalets are rented out as a whole property, so you get the chalet all to yourself. Self-catered chalets are also generally cheaper than catered chalets, which means that you'll have more cash to splash on Courchevel's great selection of restaurants.
  • Cons: You'll need to sort out your meals yourself. However, self-catering nowadays is easier than ever thanks to the array of catering options available in the Alps. Some chalet companies provide welcome packs or can offer additional flexible catering options as add-ons to your booking. Otherwise, you can arrange this separately – anything from flexible private chef services that you can book for one night, two days or the entire week to convenient delivery options that you can order online and receive on your arrival day, ranging from a simple pre-arrival shop to ready-made meals.

Who should book a self-catered chalet in Courchevel?
Self-catered chalets are ideal for those who want the chalet all to themselves, don’t mind cooking and cleaning or want to experience different catering options throughout the week.

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Luxury chalets in Courchevel

As you may imagine, finding a luxury chalet in Courchevel is not exactly difficult as it is possibly the swankiest resort in the Alps and the destination of choice for a whole host of international celebrities.

What's included in a luxury chalet?
When we talk about luxury chalets in Courchevel, we refer to chalets boasting five-star facilities: large ski rooms with boot warmers, cinema rooms, stunning central-piece fireplaces, videogames, large chef-style kitchens, spa rooms and, of course, floor to ceiling windows so that you can soak in the views from the warmth of your living room. Luxury chalets usually come with concierge services that'll take care of everything for you, from ski passes to lessons, equipment hire, airport transfers, shuttle service to the lifts, etc. A private chef or a 24hr chauffeur can usually also be added as options.

Where can you find luxury chalets in Courchevel?
While there are luxury chalets in all areas, the most extravagant of these are to be found in Courchevel 1850 and offer glitz and glamour in abundance. State of the art gyms, swimming pools with panoramic views and even private chauffeur services are the norm here. Basing yourself in Courchevel 1850 for your chalet ski holiday also means that you are within easy reach of the town centre with its Michelin-starred, gourmet restaurants and upmarket boutiques.

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Group chalets in Courchevel

If you’re looking to organise a group or corporate ski trip, Courchevel is the perfect place to host it. A charming Alpine village with great nightlife and loads of choice when it comes to group accommodation, Courchevel has lots going on and it’s situated in one of the biggest ski areas in the world.

Where can you find large chalets for groups in Courchevel?
Your budget may ultimately decide your location but groups would do well to book a chalet in Courchevel Moriond. Self-sufficient as a village, with its own nightlife and character, Courchevel Moriond has great skiing and is within easy reach of the rest of the Three Valleys ski area as well as chic Courchevel 1850. There are plenty of large chalets here that are suitable for large groups and quality ranges from mid-budget to the extravagant.

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Family chalets in Courchevel

Courchevel is really well set up for mountain-loving families, with plenty of activities for all ages and a host of family-friendly chalets.

What should you look out for when booking a chalet for your family in Courchevel?
A family-friendly chalet is generally one that is near gentle ski slopes and ski schools, and there are loads of these in Courchevel. Where you choose to base yourself will be budget dependent but, if you’re looking for less bling and a more relaxed ambience, it may be wise to avoid Courchevel 1850. There are plenty of family-friendly chalets in the pleasant and friendly resorts of Courchevel Moriond, Courchevel Village, Le Praz and La Tania while childcare is also widely available here, leaving you free to make the most of the world’s largest ski area.

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Budget chalets in Courchevel

When it comes to Courchevel, the term ‘budget’ never really makes the headlines but, despite this, options do exist for those looking for slightly cheaper chalet accommodation.

How can you save money on your Courchevel chalet?
Courchevel Moriond is where you can find chalet accommodation that is comfortable, cosy and won’t leave you bankrupt. This lively town with a friendly vibe has become increasingly popular over the years with skiers looking to make the most of the fantastic skiing on offer in the Three Valleys without having to pay central Courchevel 1850 prices.

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Ski-in & ski-out chalets in Courchevel

Unlike many other Alpine resorts, finding ski-in/ski-out chalet accommodation in Courchevel is relatively easy. Most of the villages that come under the umbrella of Courchevel have lifts directly onto the pistes so, even if your chalet is not actually ski-to-the-door, you’re going to be on the ski runs pretty quickly and easily.

Where can you find ski-in & ski-out chalets in Courchevel?
Courchevel 1850 has pistes running through its streets and a high proportion of ski-in/ski-out chalets, while Courchevel Moriond and Courchevel Village are more ski-in than ski-out as the lifts are located above most of the accommodation. Of all the villages, Le Praz is perhaps the least convenient as lifts are located a short walk from the village.

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More inspiration...

Our guide on Where to Stay in Courchevel will help give you an indication of the character and feel of the different resorts. Courchevel also has plenty of self-catered apartments available to rent, take a look at our Holiday Rentals page to see what's on offer and read our guide on the best self-catered ski apartments for more information.

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