This was my First Ski Resort many years ago an everytime we return I fall in love with it again. Its French and friendly. Good facilities a lovely mix of standard ski resort stuff e.g. ski wear shops, supermarche, a magic sweetie shop and weekly markets. Vilenieve and Chantlemerle are the 2 most resorty villages on the range but each has a little bit of ye-olde france tucked away. Briancion is the largest town and is at the lower end of the road. Very french. on the junction with the road to Italy so more a market town with some skiiing.
Do not just visit this area to ski come back in the summer and you will love it just as much!!
Oh and the skiing a good mix of levels great for beginners plenty to keep good intermediates entertained and a few fast reds/trick blacks for those that like to have earned their beer!