About Ski Pass Options in Courchevel & the 3 Valleys
There are a number of different ski passes available in Courchevel. Prices vary according to your age, how many of you there are, what areas you'd like to ski in, how many days you want to ski and the time of year. Planning ahead can help you make the most of your Courchevel ski holiday and hopefully save you some money too.
There are two main types of 'Courchevel Ski Area' passes which you can buy online: 3 Valleys Pass (full area), whilst more expensive is more comprehensive and covers the whole domain including Courchevel & Val Thorens; and the Courchevel Valley Pass (local area), covers the whole of Courchevel but no further and is probably the best option for beginners, unless you're with adventurous friends and family and you'll want to meet for lunch etc. in other valleys.
You can buy your pass online but before you buy anything we recommend you check the weather forecasts on arrival, or speak to your accommodation provider who should be able to advise you of the best options - before you spend money on the wrong kind of pass for you or if the weather will be inclement.
Buying on line means that you can head straight to the slopes as soon as you arrive in resort and you can recharge your pass for up to three years. Plus there's no need to panic if you lose your pass or it is stolen: It is insured as long as you have your purchase receipt. Go to one of the lift offices with your proof of purchase and your pass will be replaced for a small fee.
Group 'Tribu' Ski Passes offer discounted rates for groups of 3 or more skiers, skiing for at least 6 days and all purchasing pass at same time. Special discounts are also available to groups of 20+. You'll need to contact one of the Ski Pass Offices to get a quote.
Family Ski Passes
Family passes are available for both the Courchevel Valley and all 3 Valleys. If you are skiing “en famille” then the family pass option offers reduced rates for two adults and two to seven children aged 5-18 years old (from the same family) when you buy all your passes at the same time for a minimum of 6 days duration. Under 5's ski for free. Proof of age will be required and each member of the family will have their own hands free pass.
3 Valleys ski-passes (Full area)
The 3 Valleys is the largest linked ski area in the world and anyone of any level of ability usually takes advantage of the full area pass. It offers unlimited access to 180 lifts, 600kms of piste and 8 resorts: Meribel/Mottaret, Courchevel, La Tania, Val Thorens, Les Menuires/St Martin, Orelle and Brides Les Bains. You don't have to be an expert skier to ski the 3 Valleys as there are plenty of greens and blues across the area to allow you to enjoy it.
Also see: Ski Areas in Courchevel
Courchevel Valley ski-passes (Local area)
The Courchevel Valley pass is the local area pass that gives you unlimited access to the 62 lifts in the Courchevel Ski Area (150kms of piste). If you are a complete beginner or have 1-2 weeks of skiing or boarding experience, you will probably find that the Courchevel Valley pass has more than enough to keep you challenged and entertained during your stay. Alternatively, if you don’t plan on skiing hard all day, every day, or have to get back to meet your kids from ski school, then this local area pass will also suit you; and remember, passes of 2 days or more can be upgraded on a daily basis to include the whole of the 3 Valleys area.
If you are staying in Courchevel 1650, it is also possible to buy a day or half day pass for the lifts in this sector of Courchevel only. Perfect for a quick couple of hours blast on your doorstep.
Also see: Ski Areas in Courchevel
Early/Late Season Discounts
During the first and last few weeks of the season reduced rates apply to both the local and full area passes. The snow cover may not be 100% across the resort, but the pistes will be quieter, the service in bars and restaurants less frenetic and you could touch lucky with the weather!
Save 10 Euros off a Three Valley ski pass on every Saturday throughout the season. This offer is only available if you book online.
Up to 50% discount is also available for disabled skiers and their accompanying person upon the presentation of a disability badge. Many of the ski lifts are handiski-accessible and lift operators are on hand to offer assistance when required. Adaptive ski equipment can be hired in resort and there is reserved parking at certain places throughout resort.
There are a couple of options for beginner skiers, starting with simply using the free beginner lifts for the first day or so, and then progress to buying a local half day or full day pass.
Courchevel also offers a Mini Pass which gives you access to small sections of the ski area, ideal for those who want to stay local. It covers the Jardin Alpin, Grangettes, Praz and Verdons bubble lifts, the Ferme, Altiport and Ecureuil drag lifts and the Tovets chairlift. The mini pass can only be purchased for a full or half day, and the price is the same for adults and children. For example for €18.50 you can buy a day pass for the Ariondaz bubble, Mickeys, Belvedere and the Grange lift in Courchevel Moriond amazing value for a great beginners ski area. The disadvantage of buying your pass in this manner is that you will need to queue up each day to buy your ticket.
Another thing to consider is that if you are having ski school lessons, your instructor may decide to take the group to another area which is not covered by your pass. In this case it is generally less hassle to buy a week-long pass for the Courchevel Valley.
Also see: Beginner Ski Areas in Courchevel
In Courchevel you have access to the Family park with either a local area or a 3 Valleys pass, whereas the 3 Valleys pass also includes the large DC Area 43 park and the Moon park over in Meribel, plus 2 more snowparks in Val Thorens and Les Menuires.
Also see: Snowparks in Courchevel
Under 5's and over 75's can use the lifts for free, whether on foot or on skis in the 3 valleys. Proof of age will be required at the point of sale and a photo is also required - these can be taken at the ticket office in resort. Although the pass is technically free you'll need to pay 3 euros for a hands free card to access the lifts.
In Courchevel there are a number of free lifts for you to use (although you won't find them all on the piste map!)
- La Tania: Troika
- Le Praz 1300 : Envolée
- Courchevel Village: Roys
- Courchevel Moriond: Belvedere and Mickey
- Courchevel: Cospillot, Bellecote, and Etoiles
Not everyone comes to Courchevel to ski, and when there are such beautiful panoramas to take in and cosy mountain restaurants to enjoy, we can understand why! Pedestrian rates are available for 1-7 day duration lift passes, one-way trips or you can buy a season ticket. Take a look at all of the pedestrian (pietons) lifts available in the 3 Valleys.
Also see: Maps of Courchevel
Good news for cross-country skiers - you do not need to buy a pass! Equipment can be hired from most sports shops and you can set off along the 67kms of trails in the Courchevel valley completely free of charge!
Also see: Cross-country Skiing in Courchevel
Season and annual passes are available for either just the Courchevel ski area or the whole of the 3 Valleys. Prices vary depending on whether you're buying an individual pass, one for the family, in a couple, a trio or depending on your age.
3 Vallées Liberté
If you are a regular skier in Courchevel and the 3 Valleys then the 3 Vallées Liberté card may be of interest to you. Anyone that skis at least 8 (non-consecutive) days a season can benefit from the total freedom to ski whenever they want without having to pass by the ticket office each time. Payment is debited directly from your bank account after you have enjoyed your day on the slopes and you can check your account on-line anytime. The more you ski, the greater the reductions you can accumulate (10% - 15%) and on your 9th ski day is free (then every 6 days).