Heading to Chamonix with a big group of mixed skiers at the end of this season, can't wait. First time I ever skiied was in France but then I skiied Austria for 4 years after that, and have only been back to Austria once since then. Love the alps for skiing, but always prefer Austria for atmosphere, and I much prefer the Austrian way of teaching etc.
On a side note, those guys who ski the Alps, would you buy end of season equipment from the stores in the alps, or just get brand new equipment? I'm pretty much definitely going to get some new boots, but might be tempted to get a new board/bindings if the price is right.