If you are working a ski or summer season then it could well be the first time you have spent an extended period away from your friends and family.
But don’t worry, all of your mates and your close family will be queuing up to visit you during the season because you are living in an absolutely amazing place. If they are lucky, you might even have a sofa or a bit of floor space in your accommodation where they can crash making it a bargain break for them.
The only problem is that you probably do not have your own car in resort, and even if you did, you won’t have the time to go and pick up people from the airport. To make things worse, your mates are probably trying to save a few quid, so they booked the cheapest flights which land at the airport in the evening, making it impossible to get to resort by public transport! (Except in Switzerland…)
So how do you find cheap transfers for your friends and family?
First of all, have a look at our shared and last minute transfers page to see if there are any matching transfers already advertised by local companies. If you find any, you can contact the company to make a booking. It might be that transfers are advertised to nearby resorts – in this case it is still worth contacting the local company as they might make a little detour for you.
If there are no shared or last minute transfers already advertised, then don’t panic. Just enter your transfer details at findtransfers.com and local taxi and airport transfer companies will make you an offer if they have a vehicle going in the same general direction.
We hope that you have a great season and that all of your visitors have a great time!
Since 2012, FindTransfers.com has helped thousands of people find the best value ski transfers from airport to resort.
Get several prices for your ski transfers
Using FindTransfers.com to find ski transfers is very simple. You tell us which airport you are flying to, which ski resort you are going to, when you are travelling and how many people are in your party. We then send your ski transfer request to local airport transfer and taxi companies and they send you their best price.
We only work with small, local taxis and airport transfer companies so that you get the best quality ski transfers at the best possible price.
Book ski transfers with a local company
When you receive quotes for your ski transfers through FindTransfers.com, you will be able to see lots of information about the local company and their vehicles. This is different from using an online agent where you have no idea which actual company will meet you at the airport. With FindTransfers you can read about the different companies and see pictured of their vehicles before you choose which one you would like to use.
Reviews of ski transfer companies
New for this winter, you can read reviews of the local taxi and transport companies written by other FindTransfers users. We think that this is a great new feature and will give you confidence in the company that you are booking with.
You can also see a copy of the local company’s licence so that you can be confident that the company you choose for your ski transfers will get you where you need to go in comfort and safety.
Vehicles equipped for your ski transfers
The companies that you will find on FindTransfers for your ski transfers all have experience driving in winter conditions and know the local area well. All of their vehicles will be well equipped with snow tyres and plenty of space for skis and boards. Many of the companies go a little further and only use 4 wheel drive vehicles for your ski transfers.
Cheap Ski Transfers
At FindTransfers we can also help you find cheap ski transfers. Everyday there are hundreds of empty taxis and airport transfer vehicles travelling to or from the airport empty because they are on their way to pick people up or have just dropped off. Our system makes it easy for companies to advertise these empty vehicles at bargain prices so that you get a great deal and they do not have to drive for hours with an empty vehicle.
There really is no better option than using FindTransfers for your ski transfers this winter. You get to compare lots of local companies based on price, review score, quality of their vehicles and their company ethos.
Courchevel is located in the Tarantaise valley, in the Rhone-Alpes region of France. It is part of the famous Three Valleys ski area, which is the largest ski area in the world.
Courchevel in recent years has become associated with being a millionaires’ playground full of fur coats, designer shops and more Michelin stars than you can count. While this might be true for Courchevel 1850 there is still a lot to enjoy in this area of the 3 Valleys for us mere mortals! We will attempt to introduce the different villages of the Courchevel Valley and to give you some personal recommendations.
Let us start with the “odd one out”:
When Albertville hosted the winter Olympics some of the events took place around the Three Valleys and they needed to build a base where some of the competitors and journalists could stay. Thanks to this the village of La Tania was born and opened at the end of 1990.
Since then it’s grown from strength to strength and it is a very popular destination. The advantages that La Tania offers is a ‘traffic free’ resort with a new area of lovely chalets. You get great access to the rest of the Three Valleys and lovely tree runs to ski back on at the end of the day. It is the perfect place for families and beginner skiers. It is also a budget-friendly way to stay in the Courchevel Valley. La Tania is small but offers plenty of entertainment. It has a few bars and plenty of restaurants to keep you happy after a long day on the mountain. Our favourite après-ski venue is the Ski Lodge at the bottom of the Folyères piste. They have a cheerful food menu, live music and the owner is a fantastic character. Say hello to Tim for us!
For a nice meal out in La Tania you have Le Farcon, the new Michelin star addition to La Tania’s restaurant scene. If you fancy something different then try La Taiga, the food is plentiful and delicious.
If you find yourself in the Three Valleys at the end of the winter season then make sure to head to La Tania for its famous Charity Day. It is what all seasonnaires wait for and it is a fun day helping a good cause. Beer has never tasted better!
Skiing around La Tania is also fantastic. The runs are very pretty mostly winding down between the trees back to La Tania. It is also very easy to pop over to Meribel from La Tania, it is only 2 lifts away. La Tania also offers plenty of great off piste skiing but please be careful. Never venture off piste without the right equipment and sufficient information about the area and potential dangers.
If you want to find out more about La Tania then check out this brilliant guide – http://www.latania.co.uk – we especially enjoy their Celebrity Watch section.
Le Praz (also known as Courchevel 1300) is a lovely, traditional French mountain village that has plenty to offer. Le Praz has got a really nice buzz thanks to some great pubs and restaurants. When you arrive in Le Praz the first thing that stands out is of course the Olympic ski jump that is still in use for competitions today. Just next to the ski jump are the Le Praz gondolas. You can buy your lift pass from the bottom of these.
You can either take the Le Praz gondola which goes up to Courchevel 1850 or the Foret gondola which will take you above La Tania.
To ski or snowboard back to Le Praz you can choose between red and black runs so beginners should consider taking the gondola or the free ski bus back to the village. The Jockeys black run goes from La Tania back to Le Praz and if the conditions are good it is a fun piste to do! Avoid it on tired legs though.
After a long day on the slopes I’m sure you will enjoy a beverage in one of Le Praz’s pubs or bars. We recommend the L’Escourchevel (or better known as the Sports bar). They sometimes have live music on and they also show the main sporting events so you don’t have to miss out on your favourite football game. The food is plentiful, mainly burgers and pizzas. You should stick to these, for anything gourmand there are other great choices in Le Praz. Drinks are also rather reasonable here; we would avoid ordering the house wine though based on personal experiences.
For a nice glass of wine and some French-style tapas head to Cave des Lys. It is a small wine bar but the atmosphere is great and the wine is divine!
Our favourite restaurant in Le Praz is hands down the Bistrot du Praz, the quality of the food is amazing and their set menu is usually cracking value. They have an extensive wine list as well; you can find something for any taste (and budget).
Maybe the lesser known part of Courchevel is 1550. It is a mixed bag of traditional-style chalets and bigger (uglier) hotel and apartment buildings. But the overall impression is good, it is a good base for a holiday. It is a quieter village than the others but it also means that accommodation prices can be cheaper. Courchevel 1550 is linked to the other levels by a free bus service and there is also a direct gondola between 1550 and 1850. The sledge run from 1850 finishes right at the gondola station so you can hop back on for another round. It is a real fun afternoon out! You can rent sledges from most ski hire shops.
The ski run coming back to the village is nice and wide, it is a good place for beginners to start. You can take the gondola straight to 1850 and start skiing from a bit higher as well.
For going out there is Le Caterail which has live music every Thursday or the infamous “The Bar”. It is where most seasonnaires hang out and make the most of the cheap drink prices. Our favourite restaurant in 1550 is L’Oeil du Boeuf. Steaks cooked on an open fire with delicious sides – what more can you want? Make sure you book ahead as this is a very popular choice between the hungry folks of Courchevel. It is not cheap but if you like beef then you have to try this. We found the service typically French but the food compensates the lack of smiles from the waitress. The guy who owns it is great, have a chat with him!
In Courchevel 1650 we are getting closer to the luxury levels, there are some very nice hotels and chalets based here but don’t fret – cheaper options are still available! 1650 is a good place to look for self-catering accommodation, which probably explains why there are 3 supermarkets in this small village. Maeva, Pierre Vancances and many individual owners rent out apartments on a weekly basis.
There is a regular bus service between Courchevel 1650 and 1850 until quite late but there isn’t a direct gondola between the two.
Skiing in Courchevel 1650 is truly excellent; it offers some great pistes for all abilities and also plenty of off piste itineraries. The pistes are nice and wide which beginners will appreciate. If you are here with kids then don’t miss the Indiens piste. You can stop half-way down and visit the wigwam, shoot arrows and even get some fighting spirit in you with the help of some facepaint. The red runs around the Chapelets chairlift are usually really nice to ski, especially first thing in the morning. One piste to avoid at all cost in the 1650 area is the Roc Mugnier, for some reason it is icy and bumpy pretty much throughout the entire season. Our favourite part of Courchevel 1650 is skiing down from the top of the Roc Merlet lift into the Valley that separated 1650 from 1850. If you like hiking and some back country then this is a good starting point.
There are a few bars in Courchevel 1650 that are run by British Tour Operators, like Rocky’s and the Bubble bar. For some French atmosphere we really liked having a couple of drinks in Le Schuss bar, it is also a restaurant offering typical Savoyard dishes. The Funky Fox has a pool table, live music and DJs, plus cheap pizzas. In terms of restaurants you have a great choice, most hotels take dinner bookings, Le Portetta and the Hotel Manali are famous for their haute cuisine. If you want to satisfy your meat and cheese cravings then head to La Table de Marie, Le Montagne or the Petit Savoyard, the latter also serves the best pizzas in the whole of Courchevel.
Courchevel 1850 (nowadays just referred to as ‘Courchevel’)
Here we go, welcome to the home of bling, fur coats and luxury hotels! Courchevel 1850 is one of the most expensive resorts in the World but you can still survive here (just about) without re-mortgaging your home.
It’s an interesting trivia fact that the centre of Courchevel 1850 is actually only 1747 metres high. They named it 1850 for marketing purposes to compete with the resort of Val d`Isere, which actually is 1850 metres above sea level! Apart from skiing and 5 star luxury hotels, Courchevel is also famous for its fine dining with 11 Michelin stars awarded (probably more by the time you read this) to 7 of its restaurants. All of these are absolutely fabulous and if you get the opportunity then you should try them. Out of the high-end restaurants the most famous ones are the Chabichou with 2 Michelin stars and Le Bateaux Ivre.
For a cosier affair check out Le Cloche opposite the church or La Fromagerie, both offer Savoyard cuisine with an emphasis on melted cheese. Restaurants in Courchevel 1850 are generally quite expensive so it is worth considering hopping on the free bus and getting better value for your money in one of the other villages. If you are self-catering and on a budget then it is a great idea to rent a raclette set from the local Sherpa supermarket. You get all your cheese, potatoes and charcuterie for a fraction of the price compared to a restaurant and usually you have enough left for raclette grilled sandwiches the next morning.
If you fancy a drink you can go to L’Equipe, this is where most ski instructors hang out based on our experience. Le Refuge is probably the most reasonable bar in Courchevel 1850 and its British run. They sometimes have live music during après-ski and this is where seasonnaires hang out as well. For more of a bar atmosphere you can head to L’Oxygen, they sometimes have a DJ on after 10 pm. Our favourite bar is the Le P’tit Drink at the entrance of 1850 opposite the fire station. This wine bar has some excellent tapas dishes and a fantastic selection of wines by the glass.
If you want to carry on enjoying the night then you can choose from two very expensive night clubs in Courchevel – La Grange and Les Caves. Both are great for spotting celebrities and Russian multimillionaires.
You can of course visit the luxury boutiques in Courchevel – if for nothing else but a bit of window shopping. Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada, Dior, Fendi, Hermes and many other luxury brands have shops here.
As we’ve mentioned before Courchevel 1850 is extremely popular with Russian skiers and the resort organises special celebrations and fireworks to celebrate Orthodox Christmas and the Russian New Year.
If you fancy owning a holiday apartment in Courchevel 1850 you might want to think about it twice, as Couchevel is the 6th most expensive place on the planet – on average you are looking at paying £25000 per square metre!
Skiing around 1850 is excellent though – it offers a quick access to the rest of the 3 Valleys and also great skiing around the resort itself. Our favourite areas in 1850 are the Creux valley and the Suisses black run. If you are an expert skier you can challenge yourself on the famous Grand Couloir from the top of the Saulire cable car. The entry in to the Couloir is very narrow with huge drops on either side and usually with big moguls making it even more difficult to navigate your way into it. After the entry it opens up into a wide and very steep mogul field. In other words – not our idea of fun.
There is also a fun Family Park under the Verdons cable car which is a great way to have some fun with your kids.
We hope our guide will help you get a better idea about what the different levels of Courchevel have to offer. One thing is sure though, skiing in Courchevel and the 3 Valleys is fantastic!