Courchevel 1850 is the sixth most expensive place in the world, with average square metre prices of €27.000.
Chamonix was the site of the first Winter Olympics in 1924, with 258 athletes (247 men and 11 women) from 16 nations competing in a total of 18 events.
The Espace Killy ski area is named after Val d'Isère local Jean-Claude Killy, a former World Cup Alpine ski racer who dominated the sport in the late 1960s. He was a triple Olympic champion.
The current world record in speed skiing was set in Les Arcs in 2006 by Simone Origone. The Italian set a record speed of 156.2mph, the fastest any human has ever travelled on land without a motor.
The name 'Les Deux Alpes' reflects the shared history of two sheep-grazing villages – Vénosc and Mont de Lans. Today the villages are joined as one resort by way of a two-kilometre strip of hotels, bars and shops that runs along a narrow plateau.