After days of research and deliberation, my father and I chose Courchevel 1650 and Hotel Le Portetta to be the destination for his first ever ski trip. This turned out to be a marvelous decision and we both had a wonderful time. Our moods were high as soon as we arrived at this homely, relaxing and welcoming hotel - perhaps in part because we sent our luggage ahead with First Luggage and didn't have to bother lugging it around, as well as the fact that the weather was glorious; but the courteous and attentive staff of the hotel definitely helped. Our rooms were comfortable, well-presented and had lovely views of the pistes. The sauna, steam room and relaxation area was perfect after a long day on the slopes. The location of the hotel is brilliant - it is right next to the Mickey run, which is ideal for beginners, as well as being about 30 seconds away from the main bubble lift in 1650. The food was excellent and the chefs were very accommodating to the fact that we are both vegetarian: I highly recommend the local Beaufort cheese offered at the end of evening meals. The ski room in the hotel was a complete luxury - our ski boots were heated daily and the kind staff helped us to put them on each day. All in, this was a wonderful location and a wonderful hotel. Highly recommended!