France Ski Accommodation in Serre Chevalier, France

Description

Serre Chevalier has lots of wonderful treasures just waiting to be discovered.

Stretching along the Guisane valley, the resort comprises of 4 self contained villages between Briançon, the highest town in Europe, and the famous Col du Lauteret.

Oozing with French ambience and spectacular mountain scenery the resort provides a vast and challenging ski area, efficient lift system linking all villages, conveniently located accommodation and a variety of après ski activities.

Briançon has all the amenities of a busy town, and it's stunning old medieval centre is well worth a visit.


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Apres

The sprawling nature of Serre Chevalier makes for a spread out après ski scene. Whereas most French ski resorts are more compact with bars close to one other so that you can ‘crawl’ between them, in Serre Chevalier they are more spread out, meaning you will usually want to choose your bar and stay there for the duration of your evening out.

La Grotte
La Grotte is the known as the liveliest bar in resort and can be found in Villeneuve. With happy hour between 3-5pm it’s a good choice for an early après ski session. The bar has three huge sun terraces, covered in picnic tables and makes for a great place to chill out with a jug of beer, listening to live music after a day on the slopes. Inside they have a pool table, darts board and Setanta Sports coverage on the TV screens. They have a loyalty card scheme too, where you can build up your points and cash them in for free food and drink. This is a popular haunt for the seasonnaires and groups holidaying on a budget.

Le Frog
Le Frog bar can be found in Villeneuve at the bottom of the Casse de Boeuf piste, so if you’re in need of a liquid refreshment at the end of a day on the slopes, this is a great choice. This little pub has a great atmosphere and regularly hosts live music events throughout the week. It’s the perfect spot for a chilled out après and taking in the fantastic mountain views from the relaxing sun terrace.

Mojo
Mojo is a small bar in the back streets of Villeneuve and is a good choice if you are looking to head out into town after dinner. The bar area is quite small, but once the diners have finished their meals, the music turns up and a night of debauchery is in store. They have two happy hours, one earlier in the afternoon and the second one after dinner which makes it a good value après spot. The owners Tom and Mel have run Mojo for the last couple of years, and Tom is a dab-hand at creating delicious cocktails.

The Station
The Station bar is in Chantemerle, sitting at the bottom of the Luc Alphand piste and is run by the same people as La Grotte. The bar has a lively atmosphere and with happy hour between 7-9pm or whenever it’s snowing, you are guaranteed to have a night of mayhem! It’s one of the best-value bars in resort and regularly hosts live music evenings.

Bar Alpen
If your idea of après ski is sitting back with a pint and newspaper in hand, the Bar Alpen in Monetier (the quietest of Serre Chevalier’s hamlets) is the place to go. The bar is situated in the main village square and has a number of benches out the front, perfect for soaking up the last of the day’s sunshine.


Eating out

Serre Chevalier is a sprawling resort made up of several villages, but if you’re heading to a catered chalet you will more than likely be staying in one of the three main areas: Villeneuve, Monetier or Chantemerle. The resort is fairly old-fashioned and quiet on the nightlife front, but there are a good range of restaurants both on and off the hill.

Cafe Soleil
Cafe Soleil (or Sol as it’s known to the regulars) is a great mountain eatery for those on a budget. The gondola up to the restaurant goes straight from the village centre and they serve up delicious pizzas and cheap beer. This place is great for a spot of après, but only if you think you can cope with the Olympic standard black run after a couple of pints! At happy hour beer is about €3 a pint, which is a steal in any ski resort.

Mojo
Mojo is a laid back affair, set back in the streets of Villeneuve and run by a British couple. Whether you are looking for something traditional like tartiflette, a light bite or a full three course dinner, Mojo is affordable and tasty. It’s a great place to head to on the chalet staffs night off if you are looking for something a little livelier in the evening. They have happy hour from 17.00-18.00 and again from 22.00-23.00, where cocktails are buy one, get one free. After dinner, the tunes are cranked and you can dance the night away!

Au Perkin
Slightly unusual for a ski resort, the Au Perkin serves Asian-inspired cuisine. If you’ve tired of the Savoyarde specialities, they serve up a good Thai green curry and crispy duck.

Petit Pont
If you fancy something a bit heartier, the restaurant Petit Pont in the heart of the old town serves up a scrumptious steak.



Activities

Non skiing activities including skating, swimming, fitness, cross country trails, paragliding, snow scooters and occasional ice hockey matches.

The old town of Briançon is a delight to explore and is the highest town in Europe.



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Childcare

Serre Chevalier is a made up of a string of villages along the main road. The three main areas are Villneuve, Chantemerle and Le Monetier at the top end of the valley. The best place for families with young children is Villeneuve as it has a wide and gentle nursery slope area as well as a long winding green run back to the village from Frejus. There are a range of activities to keep the children entertained off the slopes too.

Ice Karting
For the adrenaline junkies out there, ice karting is guaranteed to get you buzzing; it’s high speed and super-fun! The ice circuit is slippery, making the karts skid and slide around the course, but don’t worry, there are studs on the tyres to help you stay on track! The course is fun for all abilities, but doesn’t come cheap at €24 for a 10 minute session.

Ice Skating
There is an ice skating rink in the Villeneuve area of resort and is a good idea for the chalet hosts’ night off. You can finish skiing, grab a bit of afternoon tea and head out to the ice rink before dinner. Ice skates are included in the price.

Horse Riding
Based in the village of Lauzet, slightly out of Serre Chevallier, the Great Eagle Ranch offers horse riding lessons out in the snow. This is a magical experience and suitable for children and adults who both have previous horse riding experience.

They also offer Ski Joering which is the equivalent of water skiing on snow; just powered by a horse rather than a speed boat! It’s more suited to older children and teenagers as the horses are strong and you need the strength to hold on. It’s certainly a unique experience!

Swimming Pool
You will find the swimming pool in the Monetier area of resort. The ‘Grand Bains’ is 300m squared and has a Jacuzzi and underwater jets. It’s a little pricey at €16 for adults and €6 for children, so you may want to look into staying in a hotel or apartment with a swimming pool within the building!


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Serre Chevalier, France Snow Report
Current conditions
Temp: 2° C
Wind: 12mph
Direction: ssw
Conditions: Clear skies
New Snow
24hrs: 5cm
Snow Depth
Top: 170cm
Base: 75cm

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Ski Chalets in Serre Chevalier

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