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Location: snowHeadLand
Resort: Serre Chevalier
Country: France
Domain: Serre Chevalier
Author: Helen Beaumont
Date: Jan 24th-28th 2005
Our holiday: A trip to check out progress on our apartment, see friends and SnowHeads, and of course ski,
Website : www.serre-chevalier.com
Basics : Hautes-Alpes, we flew to NIce, but Turin is easiest .
Lift system : Mixture of cable-cars, chairlifts, and some nasty drags, but these are gradually being replaced
The terrain : Great intermediate territory, and I believe, some good off-piste,.
The snow : Had 30cm of new snow the day we arrived, so 1st days skiing was excellent, but extremely cold . The wind blew a lot of the new snow away, and some of the exposed runs were rocky.
Off-piste : Haven't tried it.
The resort : Stayed in Monetier-les-Bains, the highest village in the reosrt. A typical working village, not a typical ski resort. Has a thermal spring, so there are hot baths to enjoy after skiing.
Food :We were half-board in the hotel,but non-residents can eat there, but recommend Peyra Juana, Echaillon, Cafe Soleil, and Le Troll when skiing.
Accommodation : Stayed in the hotel Alliey, excellent food and extensive wine list, also has a pool, and large hot tub. Rooms newly refurbished in traditional style. About a 5min walk from the lifts but the excellent ski-bus stops regularly outside the hotel.
Costs: Small Beer 2.5 euros, Kir 3 euros, Plat du jour 10-15 euros.
Conclusion: A great holiday with some good if cold skiing. Journey from Nice a little long but so would the trip to Stansted.

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