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A chic but seasonal resort, Courchevel offers nightlife that roars into the wee hours in midwinter but melts away with the snow. You'll never have to walk far from the center to sample the fun, because the area around La Croisette (the departure point for most of the lifts) contains lots of restaurants, bars, and clubs that come and go.

Les Caves de Courchevel, Porte de Courchevel (tel. 04-79-08-12-74), attracts an upscale crowd. A mock Tyrolean facade of weathered wood hides a club evoking a medieval cloister, with stone arches and columns. From December to April, Les Caves is open nightly for drinks from 11pm to 5am. Also appealing is Piggy's Pub, rue de la Croisette (tel. 04-79-08-00-71), where stiff drinks and recorded music contribute to the sensation that you're far, far away from the French Alps. Rhumerie Le Kalico, Au Forum (tel. 04-79-08-20-28; www.lekalico.com), is the closest thing in town to a British pub; it's open from December to April only.

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