Our friends Melanie and Gavin Crosby today announced the arrival of New Generation ski school to Monetier-les-Bains, Gavin will become the Resort Manager for New Gen, and Melanie will continue to develop the Eurekaski Plus website, with accommodation and additional services to help with your ski holiday. Their announcement can be seen here . Fantastic news for Monetier.
CHILDREN IN SERRE CHEVALIER (SUMMER)
Children are very welcome in the Serre Chevalier valley, and there are many organised activities for them during the school holidays.
From Horse riding to Bouncy castles, there is something for everyone, and every age. You can take a horse-drawn carriage for a drive, or discover the secrets of the mountains and nature with a qualified mountain guide.
If your children are over 4 years old, why not take them to the Thermal Baths? http://www.lesgrandsbains.fr/pages/actualites.php
Dads and boys will have to wear ‘Speedo’ type trunks, as loose fitting swimwear is not allowed.
You can take children of all ages to the water park in Briancon and older children will enjoy the Adventure Parc in Villeneuve or in the Parc de la Schappe in Briancon.
A new 6 man high-speed chair will be built in the Cucumelle valley, which will greatly improve the access to the Monetier skiing from
Villeneuve. More details on the tourist office website.
Many of you ask about transfers, transport and what to bring. I hope these FAQ’s will answer these.
What airport should I fly to?
The nearest airport to Serre Chevalier is Turin,(about 1.5 hours) but you can also get from Grenoble (2 hours). Lyon(2.5 hours) Geneva (3.5 hours) and Marseille (3.5 hours)
We are driving, which ferry company should we use? SeaFrance travel from Dover to Calais regularly throughout the day, and the food on board is good. http://www.s2d6.com/x/?x=c&z=s&v=1204574&r=%5BRANDOM%5D&k=Chamoissiere .
Can you recommend a car hire company?
http://www.holidayautos.co.uk/cgi-bin/liveweb.sh/QSearch.w?ctryref=GBR&lang=EN&aff=xOneAccount give about a 15% discount.
What about coach or minibus transfers from the airports?
Transfers to Serre Chevalier can be arranged with ATS (http://www.a-t-s.net/default.asp?id_partner=7529) or a local company Alpine Transfers (http://alpine-transfer-company.com/). There is a twice daily coach service from Grenoble railway station (www.vdf.fr) and a bus service from Lyon airport
Can you provide us with a route guide to the apartment? Yes, just email us your airport details, and we will do our best.
Where can I arrange ski lessons?
Skiers should contact Melanie or Gavin via http://www.eurekaski.com . They will also assist boarders with lessons using the International school in the village.
Where can I hire skis or snowboards?There are several shops in the village and a 20% discount for all guests at Aoraki at the foot of the pistes (details provided in arrival instructions).
Where do I buy a ski pass? Ski passes can be bought at the office at the foot of the pistes, a photo is needed for a pass of 3 days or more. You can also buy them online at http://www.skipass-serrechevalier.com/catalog/ . A family pass is available.
Is there a supermarket in the village? There is a well stocked Sherpa in the village, with a butchery, bakers and greengrocery sections, as well as a butcher, and several bakers and patissieres in the village. There are large supermarkets, fishmongers etc in Briancon.
What about restaurants? There are several good restaurants in the village, there are some recommendations on our website at http://www.chamoissiere.co.uk/21234.html
Can we arrange some shopping for our arrival day?. This can be arranged directly with our apartment manager Melanie who can purchase a few basic items for your arrival. There should already be teabags, fresh coffee, sugar, loo roll, kitchen towel, basic cleaning materials, foil, herbs, spices and condiments in the apartment . Any shopping is payable direct to our management on arrival in resort.
Can we arrange a pre-prepared meal for arrival night?. We are currently seeking further information on this.
Things to bring.
* Towels to use in the pool and sauna.
* Slippers/flip flops to use in the apartment, and to go to the pool and ski room. (In winter you will need to wear outdoor shoes to walk to the pool, especially if it has been snowing). We would prefer you not to wear outdoor footwear in the apartment.
* Sunblock and lip balm. Even in winter the sun is very strong and can burn. Piz Buin Mountain Cream is good for the face, and also stops chapping from cold winds.
If there is anything you are not sure about, please ask before overloading your suitcase.