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Serre Chevalier Xmas/New Year.

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Hello, we are thinking of skiing over Christmas / New Year at Serre Chevalier. What will the snow be like then? Will it be too icy as north facing? Too windy? Hear the Southern Alps get different weather systems to North? We are just looking for on piste skiing. Thank you!
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@Lovetoski123, skiing at Xmas/NY is hit and miss but there will be snow and plenty of piste skiing. That's in general, not specific to SC. But as it's north facing and as height for the most part it would be fine.
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North facing doesn't make things icy, generally, @Lovetoski123. More of a problem on sun-facing slopes. Not that sun is much of a problem in the short days of Christmas/New Year.....
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Never saw this thread when it was in full flow about April back in February.

I would be very careful about booking the last two weeks of the season here, this year was a joke as well over half the resort was closed along with French ski schools, the Brit operated ones were the only ones working on the last week.

They close the Briançon sector first, then Monetier, along with many mountain restos and the all important links.

Maybe this year was worse because of the poor snow cover and it did get bad.

We were saying how disappointed people must have been coming out for Easter, it's been getting this way the past three or so years, with the commercial side of things closing down whilst the lifts are still open.

It's really quite outrageous as there's no reduction in lift passes, combine the above with nigh on impossible slush heavy snow after 13:00 and if you're not up for first lifts, taking a more leisurely holiday modus operandi then you'll end up with limited skiing!

Since we've been here since 2013 the final day of the season has always been circa the 22nd April give or take a few days either side.

La Grave was open longer but they are now closing earlier.
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@Weathercam, it was in full flow in 2015!
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Anyway, what I said about April still hold true Laughing

And 2015 must have been like this year as well then Laughing

As for Xmas/New Year that's just a lottery I'm afraid as to whether you'll get picture-postcard snow in the village-type conditions but there's usually adequate cover on the pistes.

And if only going for one week, choose Xmas week as opposed to New Years' week, as SC is very French the Xmas week is not as busy as New Years which is one of the busiest weeks of the year!
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Thanks for all your replies. Good to know pistes should be okay. Not so bothered about picture postcard village, though would be nice.

BTW for Serre Che when would you choose to holiday given we have one at Uni this year which means no HT. Easter or Christmas?

P.S. Awesome to be chatting with Serre Che celebs!
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Lovetoski123 wrote:
BTW for Serre Che when would you choose to holiday given we have one at Uni this year which means no HT. Easter or Christmas?

SC not particular different to anywhere else. Christmas means shorter days, unpredictable winter weather, you get away from the overblown Christmas in the UK, utilise the enforced down time that comes at Christmas against Easter which is longer days, more sunshine but slushy slopes in the afternoon. Easter tends to be a bit quieter/cheaper but it's marginal. NY week is busier than Christmas week. Both weekends are at the edge of the season so conditions less predictable. Easter of course you will have the base, for better or worse.
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@Lovetoski123, March if I had a choice. Base should be built up. Kids all back to school, still plenty chance of snow to fall
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@Lovetoski123, we did New Year there a few years ago. From what I can remember it was bitterly cold but fun up top, with pistes open down to most of the resorts but only to the mid station of the Briancon gondola. Fair queues, not the worst I've experienced but dreadful when one chairlift broke down and everyone converged on the one drag lift that gave access to the next sector.
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The very best week of the season in most French resorts is going to be the first week after the "vacances scolaires" - roughly the second week in March.
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Maybe @Lovetoski123, could clarify because I took his post as saying he could go at Easter or Christmas and that was their choice? Rather than an open ended could go anytime.

Obviously these are two very different options.
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Hello all, thank you for your posts. I would absolutely love to go in mid March and thank you for that tip for future. However at the moment we are trying to holiday with the kids (one is at Uni and one at school) so now tied down to either end of the season in the holidays.
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