Tignes (pronounced Teen) near to Val d'Isère. Well, I say a little town. This place is actually pretty lively, very sporty and was absolutely buzzing when we were there. I do realise that the below picture of the Tignes central square right by the main gondola looks utterly deserted but I promise you it was packed!
Avoid the tea.
Then there were the views. I always forget just how breathtaking the mountains really are, and how quiet and subdued they can be away from the hustle and bustle of the main runs. They are awesome in the antique sense of the word.