Skiing at Serre Chevalier
Five minutes’ drive from Briançon is Serre Chevalier (1200-2830m), one of the largest skiing areas in Europe offering 250km of pistes, with an excellent snow record.
Ideal for all skiing abilities
Because of the high peaks surrounding the area (4000m plus), low cloud can't get into the valley so weather lives up to the local claim of 300 days of sunshine per year. There is access by ski lift from Briançon itself or from a group of villages in the valley beyond. The pistes range from the easiest nursery slopes to an Olympic black, and snow cannons ensure snow throughout the season. There is a good range of places to eat and drink on the pistes, when you want to stop for a drink, snack or more substantial meal.
What we like most about Serre Chevalier
We bought Maison Clarée because our older sister lives in Les Alberts (and has done for many years) and we love to visit her and the beautiful area she has chosen to make her home. We are all big fans of skiing, have skied all our lives in many different areas and countries, but we think Serre Chevalier really is a great place to ski and love going back there. There is a specialist English-speaking ski school here, with plenty of good skiing for everyone from beginners to advanced. Two snow parks, a half-pipe and a boarder cross provide extra fun and there are lots of off piste opportunities and challenges for skiers and snowboarders alike.
Other winter attractions
There are many extra winter attractions in the villages at the foot of the Serre Chevalier pistes, including ice rinks and swimming pools like Les Grands Bains hot spa baths at Monetier les Bains.There’s even a 1st Division Ice Hockey team (Les Diables Rouges) that is well worth watching!
Skiing at Montgenèvre
Just a 10-minute drive up the mountain is the pretty village of Montgenèvre which has been a ski resort since 1907 and offers a wide range of pistes and 34 lifts within its own system.
Great skiing for any level
If you have children learning to ski, this is a fantastic place to take them. The nursery slopes are safe and lovely and very close to shops and cafes if learners need a breather! There is a good English-speaking ski school here. More advanced skiers can tackle the Voie Lactee with a total of 400km pistes spanning the border between France and Italy and a number of different resorts.
Other winter attractionsThe nursery slopes in Montgenèvre are lovely and very close to the cafés and bars that line the street, while ski school options are excellent. There’s a skating rink, too. And it’s lovely to leave the hustle and bustle of the resort after a day on the mountain and go back to all the space, peace and quiet at Maison Clarée. Everything is very accessible if you do want to get out and about.
You can either ski or drive from Montgenevre to Claviere, Sestriere and Sauze d’Oulx.
Also within easy reach of Maison Claree are Puy St Vincent, Les Deux Alpes and the extreme skiing area of La Grave. In about an hour’s drive you can be at the foot of the Three Valleys Express telecabine which takes you straight up to Val Thorens.
Other Winter Attractions
The Monty Luge in Montgenevre is always a favourite – a sledge on a monorail from the top of the telecabine. There is also ice skating, a spa in Montgenevre and natural hot springs in Le Monetier les Bains. You can take an evening ride on a Snowcat, parascend from the slopes, or, just relax in front of the fire?!
Other local winter sports
The Val Clarée is well known for nordic skiing, with 65km of runs starting across the road from La Maison Clarée in Les Alberts and leading right through the valley to the village of Névache itself and beyond.
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Also available in the area is ski mountaineering, luge and snow shoes.