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Serre-Chevalier – The biggest ski resort in the French Southern Alps

Serre-Chevalier is the ski resort of my childhood.
This is where I learnt skiing when I was 2.
This is also where I spent countless stays over the years because it’s only 3 hours drive from Marseille and a close friend of the family has a châlet there.Serre Chevalier 2 Serre-Chevalier is the biggest ski resort in the Southern Alps with 250 km of ski slopes.
It’s the kind of resort where you can spend a day without doing twice the same slope.Serre Chevalier 1
The ski slopes can be accessed from 4 locations: Briançon, Chantemerle, Villeneuve and Monêtier.

My favourite place to stay is Villeneuve because it’s the one I know the best. The old part of the village is cute with few but nice shops.
Villeneuve

Briançon is a little town. It’s known for its Vauban’s fortifications that have been classified by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2008 and worths a visit if you have time.Briancon 1 Briancon 2

My addresses:

To rent ski equipment:
– Philippe Sports: the team is very friendly and the equipment is well looked after. They have a very nice dog too!
Place de L’Aravet
05240 La Salle Les Alpes
http://www.twinner-serre-chevalier-1400-aravet.fr/en
Philiipe Sports

To eat on the slopes:
– Le Bercail: a self-service restaurant with delicious and diversified dishes. The wood stove is amazing and will warm you up in no time.
Loacted at the summit of the Aravet gondola
http://www.lebercail-serrechevalier.com/home.php
Le Bercail
– L’Echaillon:  a cosy restaurant that offers elaborated dishes.
Located on the ski slope Les Fangeas
http://www.echaillon.fr

L'Echaillon

To eat in the valley:
– Les délices du fermier: a family restaurant that offers traditional mountain dishes and sells local products.
27 rue de la Guisane
05240 La Salle Les Alpes
http://www.restaurant-lesdelicesdufermier.fr (in French only)
Raclette

To shop clothes and accessories:
– Quand fond la neige: a nice fashion shop with a good selection of bags.
30 rue de la Guisane
05240 La Salle Les Alpes
Quand fond la neige
– Un air de famille: a little shop full of nice decoration objects and clothes, mostly from Scotch & Soda.
29 rue de la Guisane
05240 La Salle Les Alpes
Un air de famille

To shop food:
– Le dahu gourmand: they have a good choice of cheeses and jams.
23 rue de la Guisane
05240 La Salle Les Alpes
Le Dahu Gourmand
– Boulangerie Pâtisserie Flayol: their Champsaur tarts, a local specialty, are excellent.
21 rue de la Guisane
05240 La Salle Les Alpes
Tarte de Champasaur

To relax:
– Les Grands Bains de Monêtier: this is the perfect place to relax after a sporty day.
http://www.lesgrandsbains.fr/en/
Les Grands Bains de Monetier

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