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Courchevel: A matter of yards from runway to slopes.

Courchevel is the queen of the crop when it comes to flying straight to the slopes. Europe's highest tarmacked runway at 6,583 feet is just yards from the piste. Skiing is only a matter of minutes away from landing. The steeply sloping runway -- only 1,762 feet long -- means pilots must power up on landing, a counter intuitive move. "Get it wrong and the runway has to close while they get a tractor to come down and tow you up," says Richard Lumb, director of Kaluma Travel. But make it intact, and the 372 miles and 166 lifts of the vast Les Trois Vallees ski area -- shared with Meribel, Val Thorens and Les Menuires -- are all conveniently close. So, too, are Courchevel's eight Michelin-starred restaurants, galaxy of five-star hotels, such as the Cheval Blanc and Les Airelles, and constellation of ultra-luxury chalets. Did you know? Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge chose Courchevel as the venue for a four-day ski break in March 2016. READ: 12 of the world's best heli-ski spots

284 | 2017-11-14 | Travel | Thailand

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