Chamoissiere and the Tour de France 2017.

It was announced yesterday that the Hautes-Alpes is right back on the cycling map and will feature in 3 stages of the Tour de France 2017. There will be a great atmosphere in Serre Chevalier with Stage 17 finishing in Serre Chevalier on July 19th, and stage 18 starting from Briancon on July 20th with a tough finish at the top of the Col d’Izoard.

Tour de France 17th July.

Finally Embrun will see the start of Stage 19. It will be here that the Yellow Jersey will be confirmed. Why not come and join in the party? We’re just a short walk from the main road to watch the end stages of the race on 18th, or head along the village paths to Villenevue and witness the finish itself. Maybe you would like to emulate the cyclists? The amateur Tour stage the Etape, will be starting from Briancon on Sunday July 16th.


We’ve a beautiful apartment at the bottom of the Col du Lauteret just waiting for you. Double bedroom, sunny terrace, and  a walk or cycle ride to watch the racing. Get in touch for more details, and see our availability page at for prices and current vacancies.


10 things our guests have said about Chalet Chamoissiere


  1. This was the best ski trip I have had in ages. Fantastically well equipped and managed apt. Amazing communal facilities and great location. Had to dig the car out – so shovel was v. handy! Loved it. thanks….
  2. Extremely comfortable for the two of us, with everything we needed, convenient for the lifts and wonderful extras like the pool and haman.
  3. What a fabulous, cosy, well equipped, secure, luxurious, perfectly-located holiday apartment. Spa facilities superb too! Thank you and we’ll be back!
  4. I cant fault anything, the location was superb for the ski lifts.The apartment was the best that we have stayed in on a ski holiday.
  5. The smallest thing had been thought of from all the kitchen equipment to the herbs and fresh coffee in the fridge.
  6. The ingenious layout and high level of equipment makes this place more than adequate for a family of four.We have always been very warmly greeted and have always found the apartment to be spotlessly clean and well maintained.
  7. Our endearing and enduring memory of staying at La Chamoissiere was the incredible 360 degree view of the mountains we had just walked as we relaxed in the pool.
  8. We have just returned from a fabulous trip. The conditions were excellent, and the apartment surpassed expectations. It was only a stones throw from the slopes, so we were able to come home for a leisurely lunch each day.
  9. A fantastic apartment, spacious and very well equipped. Lots of storage space and a wonderful pool and sauna. Well sited for the lifts in Monetier, which is a delightful village
  10. We were thrilled to be able to swim outside under the stars, surrounded by mountains. Snow conditions excellent. We can’t wait to go back. Many thanks for everything.

March Munchings

Some thoughts from our March trip. 

We head out  after breakfast into the sunny but cold morning, and stop for a coffee at the Halte de Pré Chabert, the self-service bar and restaurant at the bottom of the slopes, while we wait for a friend to join us. The ‘Plat du Jour’ has already been posted on the blackboard, today it is Blanquette de Veau, which seems to be very popular everywhere this winter.  I think we have eaten it twice this holiday already, so we will save lunch there for another day. After taking the Bachas chairlift to the Monetier mid-station, we warm up with a couple of runs on Cibouit, then head up the Yret chairlift, and down the Cucumelle. We head towards Fréjus village, and stop for a hot chocolate at the Chalet Pi Mai.


Joining some friends who are staying in Chantemerle, we decide to ski in the Monetier sector, so we head up the fast 6 man Vallons chairlift and back to our home pistes. We stay high for a while, some of us enjoying the beautifully groomed slopes, and others heading off the side into the off-piste. Rumbling stomachs tell us it must be lunchtime. We are in Monetier, so it has to be Chez Dam’s at the Chalet de Peyra Juana, with it’s woodburning stove and shared tables. There is a sunny terrace for warmer days.

There is always a friendly welcome, and a few olives and slices of saucisse with your aperitif, Food here is simple but plentiful, with large salads, meat and cheese platters and pasta dishes making up the majority of the menu. The real star of the show is the Plat du Jour, and  today, a huge plate of Boeuf Bourgignon or Wild Boar stew finds its way out of the kitchen to take away those hunger pangs. No room for dessert today, but apple crumble, tarte myrtille and a hot chocolate cake are among the regulars on offer. If you’re lucky a digestif will find its way to the table with the coffee. 

More skiing on the lower pistes of Monetier this afternoon, and despite the amazing snow, the slopes are quiet and we have them almost to ourselves.  With the sun beginning to disappear behind the mountains, apres beers are back at the Halte, and we put our friends on the ski bus back to Chantemerle. Dinner tonight will be bread and cheese,  I’m still full from lunchtime.

Travelling to Chamoissiere with pets- Pet Passports.

We’ve been visiting Chamoissiere with our own dogs for over 10 years. Travelling in Europe is not as difficult as it may seem.

First of all, they need a pet passport. This can be arranged with your vet. As all dogs must now be microchipped by law, that is the easiest part, and the first step in the process. Next, make an appointment with your vet for a rabies vaccine. This lasts for 3 years in the UK. Your vet will check and record the microchip details, then vaccinate your dog. Once the vaccination has been done, and the pet passport completed, you must wait three weeks before travelling. There is no longer any requirement for blood tests for travel in Europe.
Finally, before returning to the UK, you must take your dog to the vets where you are staying to have a tapeworm treatment (this isn’t necessary for cats).
This has to be done between 24 and 120 hours (1-5 days) before your return crossing/train to the UK.
Vet will again check the microchip, see that it matches the one in the passport, and record the date and time of the treatment in the pet passport.
This will be checked before you board your ferry or Eurotunnel, so make sure it is completed correctly before you leave the vets.
More details and information can be found on the DEFRA website.

Getting to Serre Chevalier for Winter 2015/2016

Should you be planning a trip, please be aware that at present the main route into Serre Chevalier from Grenoble via the Col du Lauteret  (D1091) is closed due to a landslide at the Tunnel du Chambon below La Grave.  It might be wise to book flights to Turin instead of Grenoble. For those planning to drive to us, the Tunnel de Frejus is the shortest route, although there are tolls payable. There may be special rates available, and we will keep you informed nearer to the time. Anyone planning an autumn visit can use the Col du Galibier as well, but this will close before the winter.

Check out our website for current prices and availability at

Chalet in winterCol du Lauteret

10 reasons to stay in Serre Chevalier next season

  1. Enjoy the 250kms of pistes, whatever your standard. Chalet Chamoissiere is just a short walk from the lifts and nursery slopes.
  2. Try out the high speed 6 man Vallons chairlft on the Cucumelle or the new panoramic gondola in Chantemerle.
  3. Book some ski lessons with Gavin Crosby of New Generation ski school.
  4. Bring the family!!  Serre Chevalier is ideal for all ages, and holds the ‘Famille Plus’ label. Our apartment is just 200m from the slopes,  and there is childcare available. Book your stay here.
  5. Book a guide for an off-piste trip to La Grave, just a short drive away, or explore the many off-piste opportunities in the Serre Chevalier Valley.
  6. Visit Monetier’s thermal baths, and swim under the stars.
  7. Enjoy our heated pool, sauna and hammam after skiing. 
  8. Your dog will love it too, our pet-friendly accommodation is ideal with snowy walks from the apartment door.
  9. Enjoy some of the nicest mountain restaurants in the Alps.
  10. And finally, if you don’t already ski, contact us for details of how we can help you organise your first skiing holiday. It won’t be your last .

Four go wild in the mountains.


Getting out and about with our dog Meg had become a little difficult over the last couple of years, she is now 13 and her legs don’t work as well as they used to. Since we now have an addition to the doggy family in the form of the happy wanderer, 4 year old Lola, we were keen that she wasn’t left out.

Stopover hotels were booked, always with a bit of a theme in the summer months. We had Champagne in Epernay for our first night, a beautiful house on the Avenue de Champagne. Only the steep stairs proved too much for Meg and she needed carrying up and down, although she enjoyed her walk to dinner in the town. On arrival, we were shown to a beautiful terrace with a garden below where the dogs were free to roam while we enjoyed a glass of their house Champagne. After a good night’s sleep, a leisurely and delicious breakfast followed a walk up the Avenue de Champagne and a romp in the park behind Mercier for Lola. She is loving the holidays so far, although sharing the car seat with Meg, instead of being in the boot is a new experience.

Next a short drive south to the wine region of Burgundy. We take our usual break for lunch in Nuit-St-Georges then head to our stopover hotel, Maison Olivier Leflaive in Puligny-Montrachet. The weather was beautiful,and the wine fabulous. A four course dinner accompanied the wine tasting. So peaceful here, with only the church bell interrupting the silence. We took an afternoon stroll around the vineyards with both hounds; Meg seeming to come to life the further we got from home. I swear she could smell the mountain air.

Another delicious breakfast, and we were on our way south to the mountains, to our favourite place in Le Monetier-les-Bains. We ski here in winter and walk here in summer. Lola is keen and eager to go out this morning, but Meg is a little more reluctant and takes some persuasion to get to the lake at Le Casset. A few minutes later, both dogs are wet and hubby is wading in to find a lost ball. The lost ball theme continued for the rest of the holiday, being abandoned in rivers, lakes and the village streets, before being reunited with Lola.

We relaxed, cycled and ate well. That is what holidays are for. Eau de Petit Pont in Villeneuve had to be the favourite of this trip at least with the mountain ‘salad’ at Chez Finette running a close second.

After an initial cool spell, and a day of rain, the weather was beautiful, and it was almost a shame to go south to Barolo for a couple of nights. I say almost.
A friendly agriturismo, Il Gia d’Oca, just outside the village, with friendly owners, wine tasting on the doorstep and amazing food and wine were only exceeded by the unbelievable views from every hillside, with the Alps towering on the far horizon. We ate and drank like kings, Il Cantinetta in Barolo serving us a beautiful raviolo with a duck egg inside it. Beautiful wild boar ragu, wonderful plates of antipasti, and the desserts were to die for. Local agnolotti al plin and risotto funghi were also available.

We headed back to Monetier in glorious hot sunshine via Ikea to collect some essential items for Chamoissiere. More relaxation and eating were accompanied by some of our purchases from Barolo, but mainly we stuck to the local Haute-Alpes wines which are very good, and only found in the area. There were more walks for Meg and Lola, trips to the village, and splashing in the streams and lakes.

We mended things, cycled a little and enjoyed the warm pleasant sunshine on the terrace, although the autumn chill was starting to appear in the mornings.

Finally, we headed home, stopping overnight at Auberge de Moissons, near Chalons-en-Champagne. One of our most visited hotels en route, as it is so close to the autoroute, but very rural and a great place to walk the dogs. Meg was extremely eager to get out for her evening walk, and would not let us leave without her.

We stocked up the car with more wine in Calais, then our final lunch in France at Au Calice, before our Eurotunnel crossing and our journey home.

Such a wonderful trip, and so good to see Meg so lively.

Edit . Sadly only 6 weeks after our trip, Meg passed over the rainbow bridge after a very short illness. We’ll have some great memories of her final holiday