I am from Europe, from the Netherlands. No serious mountains here, just some hills, but those are used for biking only. I think the french Alps kicks ass for snowboarding and skieing but the atmosphere in Austrie or Swiss isn't there. But I wouldnt know cause I only went to the Alps cause I couldnt care less about those apres ski bars and such, just wanna board as much as possible, fall asleep as soon as I hit that couch and get back up in time to catch that first ride up to the top. In the alps you got multiple areas, some are connected some are not. I saw another post from you regarding the Slovenia Alps, but as far as I know it is a low budget location within a small area. You can't compare it to the French Alps.