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Best Advanced Ski Areas in Courchevel

Discover the top Courchevel advanced skiing


The 3 Valleys is one of the largest ski areas in the world. With this being the case there is a whole host of challenging and steep skiing for the advanced skier. 

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Whether it be mogul fields you are after, couloirs, steep gradients or just a challenging terrain you can find everything in the three valleys. Courchevel offers some great Couloir skiing, Meribel has the Olympic downhill Face to tackle and Val Thorens has a number of steep bumpy runs to really get the legs working.

Courchevel has some awesome steep, challenging pistes and mountains in the higher altitude areas of the valley. A mix of Couloirs, steep pistes, challenging terrain and great snow it is a great place for advanced skiers to challenge themselves. 

The Couloirs and steep black runs are the ones that everybody talks about. Courchevel is known for having some of the worlds hardest and most challenging black runs, so it is definitely one to head for if you fancy a challenging skiing holiday. The Couloirs at the top of the Saulire cable car are the ones that people challenge themselves with the most, there are two official pistes that are a Couloirs, the Grand Couloir, which notably is the easiest of the bunch but still a challenge, the rest are no longer pistes but can still be tackled and enjoyed. The other is Couloir Tournier which takes you into Meribel.

There are also plenty of black pistes with steep and tough moguls. A selection of these can be found at the top of the Susses lift, the top of the Vizelle bubble and the top of the Saulire. This area around the Saulire and the Creux Noirs will definitely provide plenty of advanced skiing, with the high altitude and steep gradient you can whizz down a number of tough reds and blacks. 

If you are staying down in Courchevel Le Praz and you want a challenging run to finish your day or you just fancy an advanced piste through the trees then head down the Jean Blanc from the top of the Plantray or Bouc Blanc. This black piste runs through the trees in the valley making it the perfect challenge for a bad weather day or wonderful views when the sun shines. You can also challenge yourself on the black pistes that sit above La Tania, the Dou des Lanches is definitely one to try. 

Courchevel can also offer some off-piste skiing for the advanced skier. This is definitely recommended with a guide to show you around in the most fun and safe way.

Advanced areas in Meribel

Premiere Neige skiing in Meribel

There are several black runs in Meribel that will offer a challenge for the advanced skier. Heading up the Roc de Fer chairlift and then the Olympic chairlift will take you to the Face which was the Olympic downhill run for Women in 1992. It can be in great condition and is best to head to in the mid-morning when the snow is slightly softer but still firm.

If you take the Loze chairlift up the mountain you can tackle the Tetras run back down. This tends to be a challenge as it is often extremely mogul-filled so be ready to work those legs. You can also take the Pas du Lac up from Meribel Mottaret and then take the slightly less challenging (but still advanced) Sanglier or Grande Rosiere pistes back to resort.

Both the red runs at the top of the Mont Vallon lift are long, steep and often full of moguls. These lengthy uninterrupted pistes tend to be a good place for practicing your technique as they are generally quieter as it is not linked to other parts for the Three Valleys.  

The piste 'Bumps' runs next to Martre piste ending at the plateau in the centre of Mottaret. This allows the advanced skiers out there to show off their bump skills to people on the Plattieres lift.

Finally, the steep couloir under the Saulire Express lift has been turned into a black run and named Couloir Tournier. The start of this narrow run is steep - 37 degrees - and a video camera has been installed here so you can keep a record of your exploits.

Advanced areas in Val Thorens

The fourth valley - Orelle

Runs from the top of the Cime Caron lift, particularly combe de Caron, have always been a favourite and since the lift was replaced in 07/08, the queues at peak periods are a thing of the past. From the top of this lift you can also access the famous combe de Rosael which is often filled with huge moguls that will test your skills.

Being the furthest point, the slopes around the Bouchet lift in the fourth valley of Orelle, are the best place to get fresh powder. The runs up here are wide and often quiet, allowing you to pick up as much speed as you can handle.

The Point de La Masse has four tricky blacks, masse, lac noir, dame blanche and rocher noir.  It is the perfect spot first thing in the morning as it avoids the Three Valleys traffic and gets the best of the pre-lunch sunshine.

Another good place, although slightly busier as the gondola leaves from the centre of resort, is the runs at the top of the Funitel Peclet. Christine is the steepest and longest of these runs and gives you the chance to follow up with the col red run at the top of the Glacier de Thorens accessed via the Moraine lift.

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