A love affair with Serre Chevalier

My love affair with Serre Chevalier began during the winter of 1993/94 when I was fortunate enough to undertake a ski season in the resort. Now, my family and I are the proud owners of a Serre Chevalier property – we acquired Aline in the summer of 2015.

Aline – three bedrooms & 100 metres to the lifts!

It was always a dream to be able to own a property in Serre Chevalier and, since acquiring Aline (one of EurekaSKI’s three bedroom ski/summer spa apartments), my wife and I and our two children (Milly age 13 and George age 10) have spent many hugely enjoyable holidays there.

During the winter we adore the skiing which is expansive to say the least! At the last count Serre Chevalier boast 250kms of pisted runs (with a multitude of runs available for skiers of all different levels) and endless offpiste opportunities. The scenery is truly breath-taking and is one of the things we first fell in love with.

  

My children and I love nothing more than getting off the piste and exploring the whole resort taking in views that remain with you for ever! One of the best and safest ways to achieve this is with a guide from New Generation Ski School based just metres from our apartment. If you adore your offpiste skiing and want a genuine ‘world class’ challenge, the famous mountain village of La Grave which sits under the towering La Meije is only a very short drive up the road.

However, winter is only part of the experience… we love all of the seasons in Serre Chevalier and, as well as being ski addicts, we are rock climbing addicts. Serre Chevalier and the surrounding area boasts some of Europe’s best climbing and two of our favourite venues are Rocher Barron and Les Ayes. There is even a beautiful crag within walking distance of Aline, called ‘Pantalon’!

  

In the summer Briançon hosts one of the stages of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Cup climbing tour events when you can see the world’s best climbers competing in front of a strong local crowd (often numbering in excess of 10,000 people)!

A great atmosphere is also experienced in the summer when we are regularly treated to stages of the Tour de France going through our village or even starting or stopping just a few miles from our front door (why not test yourself by riding one of the famous mountain stages which surround Serre Chevalier e.g. Col d’Izoard, Col de Galibier ?)

In the summer, when we are not climbing, we simply love to be in the mountains and often go for long mountain walks, take the mountain bikes up into the hills or ride in kayaks down the local rivers (the Guisane river is just 20 metres from the chalet door!) For those with a head for heights you will be well advised to try paragliding! However, if you like to take things a little ‘slower’ why not simply soak up the rays and enjoy some of Serre Chevalier’s reputed 300+ days of sunshine each year.

No day, winter or summer, would be complete without a relaxing time in our year-round heated pool, sauna and hammam. Following this we often walk into the village and enjoy a pre-dinner drink in one of our favourite bars (try the local beers at Bar L’Alpen or cocktails at The Bluebird) and follow this with dinner at one of the numerous village restaurants (just two of our favourites are Le Caribou and Maison Alliey).

We absolutely adore Serre Chevalier and one day hope to call it home. Until then, we hope you will perhaps come and stay at Aline and enjoy everything that the valley has to offer.