Serre Chevalier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monêtier / Serre Che 1500

Aire/Campsite details:

Visited this Motorhome parking at the bottom of the pistes in Monetier les Bains (Longitude: 6.51172 Latitude: 44.97129) in March 2010 and it now has free Flot Bleu, however, this parking area was full of Seasonaires. We were allowed to park with other visiting Motorhomes in the adjacent car park. Degressive pricing policy (as per http://www.serre-chevalier.com) 4 euro from the 3rd day, 3 euro from the 5th day plus tourist tax of 0,20 euro per adult (over 13 years old). Nobody collected any money for our stay (3 days) which may have been due to the bad weather conditions at the time. N.B. Do not attempt to drive to or from Grenoble via the Col to Lautaret in bad weather (white out!) as conditions can deteriorate quickly.

Resort details:

Serre Chevalier is made up of a string of 13 villages set on a valley floor. The valley runs roughly north-west to south-east, below the north-east-facing slopes of the mountain range that gives the resort its name. From the north-west – coming over the Col du Lautaret from Grenoble – the three main villages are spread over a distance of 8km – Le Monêtier (or Serre-Che 1500), Villeneuve (1400) and Chantemerle (1350). Finally, at the extreme south-eastern end of the valley, is Briançon (1200) – not a village but a town (the highest in France). The overall impression of Serre Chevalier is one of traditional, almost 'provencal' charm, particularly in Monetier. It is an atmospheric venue, of good value and unpretentious, also with a strong French feel. Definitely attempt to avoid French holiday times and the ensuing queues. Nightlife is fairly limited, while shoppers may prefer to head for Briancon with its activities. Families may be particularly attracted, with a very good ski school and decent more town-like amenities. Ski-buses are covered on the free guest card and all lift passes. These circulate around and between the villages, taking in the lift bases along the valley. The local navettes stop soon after the lifts close, but the valley buses now run free night services until midnight. Taxis are expensive.

Skiing details:

Serre Chevalier has 250km of pistes, excellent off-piste opportunities and probably more trees than any resort in Europe. Like the individual villages, the mountain has distinct areas, the main ski stations are Briançon (1200m), Chantemerle (1350m), Villeneuve (1400m) and Le Monêtier (1500m), but they're well linked by lifts so it's easy to roam the area. With 250 km of runs, Serre Chevalier is one of the Alps’ biggest ski areas, it also offers indirect links to Montgenèvre and the Milky Way offering another 900km available with the Grande Galaxie Pass.

Thanks to Steve Pirnie for the info

Details of campsites: http://www.serre-chevalier.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Villeneuve/La Salle des Alpes/Serre Che 1400

Aire Communal/ Parking Camping Car Le Pontillas: follow signs for Pontillas Gondola and Plan d’Eau. Charge: 8 euros/day + tax, apply to Tourist Office in main square beyond ice rink. There’s a free Flot bleu with water and dumping (but no electric) just outside barrier to Aire (so available to all.) There is a private Aire: follow signs to Fréjus Gondola. Charge: 16 euros/day+tax.

Serre Chevalier website www.serre-chevalier.com

Ski School www.serrechevalier.org/ski-school/insight-ski.htm coaching by Darren Turner, he was highly recommended by Masterclass in Alpe d’ Huez.

2009 update. The above link was broken. Details of ski schools can be found here: http://www.serre-chevalier.com/Ski-schools

 

Info from Ruth Bass