Winter in Serre Chevalier

The Skiing

2016/2017 OPENING DATES :- Dec 3rd 2016-April 22nd 2017 (partial opening 3rd-17th December) 

Lift pass prices :-Adult 6 day 251€ Child under 12 201€, Family Pass (2 adults and 2 children 6-17) 838€. 

Serre Chevalier is a large ski resort in the Southern French Alps, midway between the French city of Grenoble, and the Italian city of Turin.

 It has mainly North facing slopes and therefore maintains its snow well into April. Snow-making on the lower runs means skiing down to the village is possible all season and Easter skiing is some of the best in the Alps. 

There are 250kms of pistes to suit skiers of  all abilities, and non-skiers can meet you for lunch at the top of the gondolas.

There is some fantastic lift-served  off-piste skiing for the experts amongst you, but a guide is recommended if you are unfamiliar with the area. You can easily get to La Grave for the day should you wish to, but book your guide well in advance. 

 Le Monetier-les-Bains, at an altitude of 1500m , is the highest village in the resort, the others being spread along the foot of the pistes, Villeneuve-la-Salle, Chantemerle/Saint-Chaffrey and the Napoleonic fortress town of Briancon, the highest town in the Alps, which is at 1200m. A good skier can cross from one end of the resort to the other in a day and back again,  but  it doesn't matter too much where you finish at the end of the day, as the ski bus runs regularly. 

Ski School

We recommend New Generation Serre Chevalier for all your ski lessons in Monetier. Gavin Crosby has been teaching in the valley for over 12 years, and holds the highest qualification of the British Association of Ski Instructors (BASI). Please contact mel.crosby@newgen.com for all your ski school enquiries . Please mention Chamoissiere when you contact her.  The New Gen brochure has details of lesson packages available. 

Should you wish to take snowboarding lessons, the Ecole du Ski International has a school in the village. 

Mountain Restaurants

There are a number of restaurants dotted all over the ski area. On the Monetier slopes, there are three. The Halte at Pre-Chabert (bottom of the slopes), the Chapka (top of the chairlift), and the Peyra Juana (down the Rochamout piste) which is our favourite. Get there early as it is very small, although you don't usually have to wait for too long.

Cross over to the remainder of the ski area via the Yret  and Cucumelle chairlifts and there is a choice at the top of all the main lifts. 

Serre Ratier has the biggest selection and of the several there, the Troll is our favourite, and we can also recommend the Chalet Hotel Serre Ratier. Our other favourites are  Bivouac de Casse near the Casse du Boeuf chair, and Le Bercail at Aravet. 

Over towards Briancon, the small and friendly Chalet du Serre Blanc is an excellent hot chocolate stop with amazing views of Briancon and the Parc des Ecrins.

For more information about Chalet Chamoissiere, please see our Apartment page.

 

by Helen Beaumont

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Highlights

  • Pistes just 200m from the door
  • Sunny south-facing terrace
  • Geothermal pool, sauna and hammam
  • Free Wifi
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Beautiful mountain views
  • Sleeps 2-4
  • Dog-friendly.

Guest Comments

A small high quality apartment in a proper village. A picture postcard setting and authentic France with a good ski area. The link from Monetier into the rest of the Serre Chevalier ski area is now mu ...

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