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Hedonist, hideous and fun

By Wendell Steavenson   January 2014

I was late to the party. Drive up from the train station in the valley, hairpin turns high into the Alps to where the snow lay in thick duvets over the eaves of ski chalets. Courchevel was originally built as local regional council effort, a socialist answer to privately developed resorts, but now it is a monied enclave beloved of the same class of international millionaires and celebrities that bounce, according to the season, between the south of France, Belgravia, Miami and Basel art fair. Courchevel 1850 is the highest and most elite village, home to six star hotels and…

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