Courchevel and Méribel: The lap of Alpine skiing (and dining) luxury

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Snow sports often come second when wealthier guests hit the French Alps in winter. In plush Courchevel and adjacent Méribel, it’s a lot to do with living the high life – but the sporting heart of these resorts still beats strong. Located between Lyon and Turin, the area is a nucleus of the French ski racing scene. As soon as the lifts open in early December, young skiing prodigies and their coaches race down the slopes, their lycra suits thick with sponsor logos and club emblems. Together with Val Thorens, Courchevel and Meribél form the Les Trois Vallées ski zone. With more than 180 lifts and…

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