Guidebook

Freeride Courchevel : A Dozen Fun Lines in the 3 Valleys

In between the legendary pistes of Courchevel sit some immaculate freeride lines - here are 12 of the best.

Description

With 600km of perfectly groomed pistes, the 3 Valleys is (rightly) regarded as the best place on Earth to ski groomers. The capital of the 3 Valleys is Courchevel - a series of villages which add up to perhaps the planet's most famous square kilometres of ski real estate. For freeriders, Courchevel is also a brilliant place to ski because those famous lifts transport you to some epic off piste ski lines which - considering how many people are on the chairlifts - are remarkably quiet.

Compiled in this guidebook are a dozen of the best freeride lines accessed from Courchevel and most of them are fun, smile-inducing affairs. There are a couple of steeper lines but most of these routes are firmly in the "Type 1 fun" category. The same could be said of the nearby freeride lines in our Méribel guidebook - https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/12570/a-dozen-epic-freerides-in-meribel's-backcountry - and our collection of ski adventures above Val Thorens (the westernmost of the 3 Valleys) - https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/12751/the-12-best-ski-adventures-in-belleville-and-val-thorens.

If moving valleys all sounds a bit too much like hard work, stay in Courchevel and check out our guidebook to 5 of the finest tours in the region.

https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/12910/escape-the-crowds-:-5-gorgeous-ski-tours-from-courchevel

Creux Noirs Petite Saulire
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Creux Noirs Petite Saulire

3 Valleys
399 m
42 °
E
14 m
1.3 km
An absolute Courchevel classic. Steep and wide faces with a visible end point to settle the nerves.
Difficult
Private
Chanrossa Bowl
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Chanrossa Bowl

3 Valleys
355 m
38 °
5 m
1.7 km
A genuine Courchevel classic that starts off steep and mellows into the basin of the Chanrossa bowl before gently dropping you back at the bottom of the Chanrossa and Marmottes lifts
Difficult
Private
Suisses Moguls
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Suisses Moguls

3 Valleys
516 m
40 °
E
0 m
1.1 km
Most fun mogul run in Courchevel
Difficult
Private
Chanrossa - Les Congères
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Chanrossa - Les Congères

3 Valleys
512 m
31 °
2 m
1.5 km
Easy access, space for everyone and steep enough but not too steep - what more can you ask for?
Moderate
Private
Equinox
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Equinox

3 Valleys
267 m
45 °
N
63 m
0.9 km
A little hike for a lot of powder!
Difficult
Private
Roc Mugnier Face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Roc Mugnier Face

3 Valleys
237 m
37 °
NW
5 m
0.9 km
Huge number of drop-ins across this whole face
Moderate
Private
Aiguille Trees
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Aiguille Trees

3 Valleys
391 m
35 °
E
0 m
1.2 km
A Courchevel classic enjoyed by locals and holiday makers all season long
Moderate
Private
The Fresh Pillows of Bel Air
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

The Fresh Pillows of Bel Air

3 Valleys
213 m
39 °
N
0 m
0.7 km
Endless pillows, endless drops, endless fun
Moderate
Private
Fork Tree
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Fork Tree

3 Valleys
457 m
37 °
NE
14 m
1.8 km
A 1650 icon. There's even a clothing brand named after it!
Moderate
Private
Dou des Lanches Face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Dou des Lanches Face

3 Valleys
533 m
47 °
SW
4 m
1.3 km
An easily accessed powder field with lots of drops, trees and open fields of powder
Difficult
Private
Rocher de la Loze - Freeride face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Rocher de la Loze - Freeride face

3 Valleys
282 m
45 °
245 m
1.6 km
Host to freeride competitions in the early 2000s - a short walk with an almost certain guarantee of cold snow!
Difficult
Private
Terminal 5
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Terminal 5

3 Valleys
115 m
32 °
S
1 m
0.5 km
A transfer that starts at Heathrow terminal 5 and sends you flying
Moderate
Private