It is interesting to see what you North Americans have to say about our European resorts.
This year I skied Chamonix, Val d'Isere and Verbier.
I have also skied Les Trois, La Plagne, Les Arcs, Deux Alpes, Alpe d'Huez, Avoriaz, Soll, Geilo, Whistler, Serre Chevalier and a couple more.
Cham - my favourite. It has the best town with the best atmosphere. The skiing is phenomenal but shame it's so spread out (buses can be irregular out of high season)
Val - Very impressed with the skiing and the lifts. Town is crap. Full of English toffs spending mummy and daddy's money and pretending to be "ski bums". Not a nice atmosphere, poor selection of bars and too many English people acting like idiots. Most of them are called Farqhuar, or Giles, or Tarquin...
Verbier - nice town, great skiing but very antiquated lift system. Way behind France in terms of queing and maintenance. Many of the lifts break down. I get the impression someone in Verbier has a lot of money but doesn't like spending it.
Les Trois - again, a favourite with the upper class idiots. but the skiing is expansive and varied. The towns are pricey, notably Courchevel. Meribel-Mottaret is a cheaper option higher up the middle valley but the pay-off is you aren't in the thick of the night life.
I guess that'll do for now.
When the snow is good, you simply cannot beat Chamonix. You just can't. The village is fantastic and the people are friendly. i also appreciate the fact that you can still find french people there, unlike Val d'Isere (when I was there this year I heard a French lady order a crepe and the guy working there couldn't understand her. I had to do the interpreter bit. That is shameful), and the skiing is spectacular, with steeps, bowls, chutes, the lot...
Just be prepared for the fight to get on the early buses.
As for queues, I don't think any of the big resorts here suffer anymore. Chamonix and Val certainly don't.
hope thhis has been of some interest to someone.
JB the flying Scot
Pass me a bottle, Mr Jones...