In 1968, the altiport platform needed to be extended. The chalet had become too small for the booming business of Air Alpes and the successful restaurant and was dismantled and transported to the Alpe d’Huez where it became L’Altibar at the new altiport. It has remained the base of the current, larger L’Altibar at the Alpe d’Huez.
So, in 1968 Martine and Michel bought a plot of land in St Bon above the platform where they built the first big chalet which would house their personal lodgings, the Air Alpes’ offices, the airport and
the Altibar. The double-sloped chalet was original as all the Courchevel 1850 chalets had one: the pared-down style of chalets in Méribel, built by the architect Christian Durupt was the preferred
choice. Firstly Martine prepared family-style meals around a large fireplace and then when coming to these Alpine ski resorts became popular in the 70s, the restaurant became self-service. During
the busy days in the February holidays, the restaurant could serve up to 400 people per day!