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Serre Chevalier

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doogo, chris posted somewhere on here yesterday, and so did Mel from Eurekaski. They both said that snow was holdind up quite well, esp above 1700m. I'm out there form 23rd, so I'm holding my breath too.
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Doogo, they are correct on the websire about pistes open but in reality half of those are not good unless you are on hire skis then it doesnt matter about the damage done. No people around so slopes are empty and you will enjoy it here. Give me a call when youre here and I can show you around. Send a PM for my number.
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carled,
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Cheers. But I'll correct you on one thing! The Champion is open on Sundays - from 9:00 - 12:30...


Mea Culpa, it used to be closed on a Sunday honest!
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I wouldn't take too much notice of the "official" opening times. The Huit a Huit in La Rosiere shuts at all sorts of times during the day, and it varies every day! It's a real lottery Laughing

Carl if you decide to meet your wife at Serre Ratier (telepherique ride up from Chantemerle) for lunch, you could also arrange to meet up at the bar at the foot of the Luc Alphand piste at the end of the day, where she can sit and marvel at your skiing prowess as you hoon elegantly down "The Wall" - the last 300m or so of downhill race gradient, before you slide elegantly up to the bar terrace, leaping out of your bindings and landing gracefully infront of your pre-ordered bierre grande Laughing wink

It's a great feeeling - but don't leave it too late in the day as the L A piste can get a bit carved up to put it mildly. You also have to watch out for the green run that disects it a couple of times and the associated nervous beginners looking to make their run across without causing too much carnage Shocked
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I remember it well... I had a day out there about 10 years ago and I was one of those nervous-ish people on that green run getting in the way then... Doesn't mean I'll have any sympathy for the bugs now if they get in MY way... Twisted Evil
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I've added Christopher's resort report to the list:

Serre Chevalier (December 2008)

Feel free to add, comment, or write your own report...
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Just to let you know that PSV still has loads of snow but don't tell everyone !!!!
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After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
I visited Serre Che in early March 2009. Stopped at the Clubhotel in Le Bez which wasnt good but right on the slopes and a 10 minute walk into Villeneuve old town which is lovely.
Luckily, the snow was fantastic, and 3 days in it dumped for 36 hours so we had a full day of powder followed by another day of heavenly pistes and ridiculously deep off piste.
Some of the lifts are old and need upgrading, but much has improved since the 2005 reviews were written.
Villeneuve has several main lifts up the mountain, but to avoid queues head over to the Pontillas Gondola to the right as you look at the mountain. This picks up an old slow 3 man chair half way up but we never had to queue on either lift. The sector above here is cracking for some gentle cruises, and the link over to Monetier has some great runs and superb off piste. The Cucumelle is best tired late morning once it has had a little sun on it but before it has become mogulled and busy late on.
Monetier actually has some cracking runs for good intermediates with more modern 4 and 6 packs, and there is a wonderful little hut on the Rochamout blue run.
The sector above Chantmerle is varied and has seen some new lifts installed, and there is a park in the middle of it all.
The Luc Alphand black is worth a crack mid morning when its still quiet and people havent yet plucked up the courage to go down it. Its fast and steep in places, but wonderfully wide.

Eating out was not cheap, but this is France. I suggest chalet board and packed lunches!

Overall for France I like it, its a fabulous ski area and I am going back March 2010 to ski it again, hopefully to get over to the Braincon sector as well.
8/10 for me.
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