The ski resort is nice and easy with great high altitude alpine skiing. The mountains are great and the ski area large, with lots of piste bashing going on, so ideal for family skiing.
The interlinked purpose built villages are soulless and shabby with little to keep the interest in the apres-ski department. There are several bars / restaurants but nothing caught the imagination and unfortunately all a little bland.
The Hotel Christina was shocking. Run (owned?) by Mark Warner, I cannot think of another environment were they would get away with such poor standards. If you weren't 2000m up a mountain in a foreign country, with no alternative, you wouldn't stay 5 minutes.
I have stayed in French alpine hotels before, including several run by Mark Warner, and so I have learnt not to expect too much in the way of luxuriousness, but this was beyond basic and shabby. Tiny rooms with no facilities, tired and scruffy decor, broken fittings, lousy plumbing, dubious smells are just some of the delights to await you. This lack of standards is not down to the staff, however. The place needs a major refurbishment & redesign in order to make the place even reasonable.
To my mind, the basic standard anyone should expect these days, even with a budget hotel, is that of a roadside travel inn. This is unfortunately nowhere near.
We stayed half board and the food was plentiful and always hot and served enthusiastically by the gap year students Mark Warner employs.
However, the menu was overly fussy & pretentious and considerably beyond the abilities of the kitchen. Every one of my dishes arrived totally overcooked. Perhaps if they layed off the faux haute-cuisine and served simpler dishes, they may be able to work within the abilities of their staff, and achieve a far better result overall.
The staff themselves were a mixed bag. Some were consistently nice, cheery and pleasant, whilst others appeared surly, hungover and bored. The childcare team in particular were a credit, creating a fun and friendly impression that the children seemed to enjoy.
Overall, as a premium product, which Mark Warner like to market themselves, this fell woefully short.