Pros: Terrain, family friendly, value ...
Cons: Really, nothing ...
Travel-time aside -- Was it was worth the cost? -- about $2500usd per person [inclusive of air, transfers, hotel upgrade (w/2-meals), lift tickets, incidentals including lunches, wine, & para-sking excursion].
- Lift-ticket flexibility ... full/half-day options, for 1 or all 3-valleys.
- Boot/ski storage ... $20eu for the week at the base of the Olympic-lift in BridesLesBain.
- Lift-capacity ... Abilities to move masses easily & quickley!
- Variable terrain ... Something for everyone; Great conditions; groomed, hardpack with off-piste options; - Difficulty ... Blue/red trail designations more similar East-coast blacks.
- Traffic ... Except for the base area -- Just light/moderate, even though a holiday week!
- Weather ... Fantastic for 5/6-ski days; bright, blue-sky, cloudless!
- Ski-school ... Book before you arrive! Consider a 'guide' to maxize your slope-time!
- On-slope food ... Reasonable for a 1/2-day 'treat' -- Otherwise, pack your 'pic nic'! -- Try 'LesRocTania' at top of the Loze-lift ... Fantastic views, good food, cross-over to Courchevel/LaTania, & base operations for 'para-skiing'!
- Money exchange was problematic [$50USD-max at local post office / US-passport required] ... use your credit/debit cards for easy transactions ... At the time, about USD at about 35-40% discount to the Euro.
- BridesLesBain relatively quiet, with reasonable options for food, boot/ski rentals, etc. Quaint, picturesque location with beautiful mountain views! Higher activity & prices in Meribel!
- Based on personal interaction, there is some justification for saying ... 'the French are being French'!
- Yes, everything you've seen in the magazines, movies ...!
- For the 1-time, special trip ... Do it!
- Given the travel-time, exchange-rate, language-issue, just OK-food -- Next time, we'll do the USA!