Courchevel is one of the most famous and exclusive ski resorts in the world. With it's designer shopping, luxury hotels and private airport, it's been welcoming the mega-wealthy for many years.
Despite this reputation, it's actually a great place to bring the family thanks to the wonderful skiing area, a fabulous swimming pool complex and excellent snow play areas. Yes, you will pay more for the experience, but equally you will have the pleasure of superb facilities, a modern ski lift infra-structure, and plenty of entertainment and activities for children.
Courchevel lies in the Three Valleys ski area and is renowned for its wide, immaculately groomed pistes that run through pretty Alpine forests. The resort consists of several villages on a hillside, and the higher up you stay, the better the chance you will have of finding ski-in, ski-out accommodation. This is important if you don't want to be carrying two or more sets of skis and all the paraphernalia that goes with skiing with children! You may encounter some steep slopes if walking between your accommodation and the centre of each village, and if you don't want to bring a pushchair or buggy, you can hire these in resort, or use a baby carrier instead. There is also a free and frequent bus service that runs throughout the resort. Have a look at a Map of Courchevel to see how it's all connected.
In addition to the top-notch skiing, Courchevel can offer families plenty of fun in the newly built Aquamotion, a swimming and leisure complex with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, slides, river rapids, kids play area and indoor surf pool. There is also an indoor climbing wall and spa area. Many of the restaurants are family-friendly, particularly in Courchevel Moriond and La Tania. In addition to the municipal crèche in Courchevel Monriond (they cater for children on holiday), there are several independent childcare companies and ski schools that can help you with looking after the kids.
Courchevel is a nice option for a summer holiday as well, particularly if you are a biking family. The Alps are very beautiful in summer with hot sunny days and cool nights, and plenty of activities and events to keep you occupied.