Best beginner areas
Courchevel ski resort is made up of 5 different villages at various altitudes, each with their own beginner ski area, at least one free ski lift and different grades of pistes. The beginner zones are gently sloping and will allow you to practise your turns before deciding whether or not to venture further up the mountain. These areas are called 'ZEN' areas and are marked on the Courchevel piste map, always located next to at least one free chairlift. Some of the chair lifts across resort are equipped with magnetic backs for child safety when travelling on the lifts, you will need to ask one of the lifties for a magnetic vest before getting on.
This is the best place to head to if you're a complete beginner. This area has the biggest concentration (5) free ski lifts, 5-6 green pistes and the same number of blue pistes heading back into the resort centre. The Pralong Zen area is situated next to the Ferme and Altiport drag lifts. This large beginner's area makes for a great place to start off on skis or a snowboard. With the easy drag lifts you can start off with the shorter Ferme and when you have built up a bit more confidence, you can tackle the slightly longer Altiport drag lift. There is also the Golf Zen area, next to the Jardin Alpin bubble lift, which is a little smaller than the Pralong area and has two magic carpet lifts to get you started. There's also a family snowpark in 1850 which is one of 3 fun areas where you can practise your skills.
The next largest beginner area is Courchevel Moriond and it has three free ski lifts, 4 green pistes and around 13 blue pistes. There is a fenced off area exclusively for beginners serviced by a free drag lift (called Mickey) where you can build your confidence without having to deal with a lot of other skiers.
Courchevel Village has a beginner zone and free lift called Roys and a short green piste running alongside it. There are also three blue pistes running back to the village and a fun luge track that starts at the top of the Grangettes lift, which makes a nice change from skiing if your legs start to get tired.
The beginner zone closest to the La Tania village is called the Troïka and connects via a long green piste (Plan Fontaine) to another beginner zone and free lift at the top of the La Tania gondola. There are also two long blue pistes, one which starts from the top of the Bouc Blanc lift and one from slightly lower down at the top of the Stade lift.
Courchevel Le Praz
Courchevel Le Praz also has a beginner designated area called Envolée Zen, located next to the Envolée drag lift and the ski jump. There aren't any green or blue pistes feeding back into the village here though, so if you're a complete beginner you might be better off heading to 1850 or Moriond.
The whole area above Courchevel Moriond and Courchevel itself, from the Verdon bubble towards the resort are a paradise for beginners. Hundreds of man-hours of preparation go on every night to ensure the pistes are absolutely perfectly groomed at 09:00 every morning. These pistes are wide and shallow as they approach the lower part of resort and with a selection of different greens you can practice what you have learned and build confidence as you go. These slopes give you the opportunity to get back to resort without losing your confidence, even when you are tired at the end of a long day up the mountain.
Also see: Ski Areas in Courchevel, France