I've cycled in French Alps and some in Switzerland. I'd like to ski there but don't know the best value for snow and weather quality, great terrain and ambiance. Courchevel was recommended by a resident ski instructor but it is huge and expensive. I'm used to Northwest US and BC where weather is variable but the hills and access are great. We're close to BC and Montana powder and Utah is an inexpensive plane ride. Anyone have experience in both regions and some recommendations?