In Europe, where I ski, most ski areas consist of more than 1 resort or village wher one could stay. An example: the ski area Les Trois Vallées (Three Valleys, France) consist of about 12 villages (St. Martin de Belleville, Les Menuires, Val Thorens, Brides les Bains, Les Allues, Méribel, Méribel-Mottaret, La Tania, Courchevel Le Praz 1300, Courchevel 1550, Courchevel 1550, Courchevel 1650 and Courchevel 1850).
Most resort reviews on this and other American websites are on the area and the village as one review. In Europe, however, it makes more sense to review a ski area (for skiing) and within that area describe the best place to stay in terms of lodging, food, après-ski, piste acces, ski schools etc. In The same example that would mean a review of the Three Valleys and than some more comments on every village you could be staying.
On this website, for instance, I can find reviews of Val Thorens, Courchevel (which one?), and Méribel. But most of these reviews are on the skiing in that area rather than the villages the reviews are named after.
Is this confusing just to us Europeans, or is it just a European thing that we have ski resorts WITHIN ski areas?
What do you guys and girls think?