I'm from Australia & we went here to ski the 3 valleys, so awesome. We stayed in the Hotel Athena, which was brilliant & affordable.
Every morning we woke up & walked the 5 minutes to SKISLOC,the ski shop(much better staff, price & products than the ski hire place at the gondola).It's another 5 minute walk to the gondola.Theres a shop that had cheese & bread to eat on the 30 minute Gondola ride up to Meribel. Getting to Brides is easy. Fast train from Paris,you can book tickets online.Then a cab from the train station, there’s cabs waiting in ski season so no need to book.