Courchevel is famous amongst skiers as the premier winter resort in the French Alps. Its location in the heart of the Trois Vallées ensures excellent skiing conditions, but it can take a long time to access by road from the main commercial airports. Fortunately, there is an altiport, which receives private, small, fixed-wing aircrafts and helicopters, although it is infamous for its precarious position. The Courchevel altiport is considered by some to be dangerous, due to its difficult approach in an area that is dotted with ski runs. Pilots often have a hard time navigating to and from Courchevel Altiport because of the deep valleys and high elevation. However, the skilled pilots of Heli Securite are exceptionally well trained and are seamlessly able to land in safety time and time again.
Spanning two countries, France and Switzerland, the Portes du Soleil is one of the largest ski resorts in the world. With around 200 lifts and 400 miles of pistes, it is easy to see the attraction of this vast ski area.
A Geneva helicopter transfer will place you just one-hour drive away from the resort. Nestled at the centre of this winter wonderland is the charming town of Morzine. Boasting two gondolas rising from the town centre itself, Morzine is the gateway to the Portes du Soleil.
Having recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, the resort is undergoing a transformation. With new super fast gondolas, gourmet cuisine and spa experiences, Morzine provides a fresh alternative to the stylish resorts of St Moritz and Courchevel.
France offers skiers and snowboarders more options than any other country in the world and so it is no surprise that the French Alps still attract more people than anywhere else as a winter ski destination.
Nonetheless, exorbitant prices continue to test the resolve of even the most ardent ski fanatics. Make no mistake, these are the ski resorts of the privileged and we are going to look at three of the finest among them.
Last month we looked at the vast opportunities now open to skiers when choosing their winter holiday destination. This Annecy transfer company makes it possible for winter sport enthudiasts to be on the slopes in less than an hour a number of international airports in France. So it is easy to see why more and more visitors are choosing to make the journey by helicopter year on year. What is more difficult to decide on however, is which Courchevel station to stay at.