Although we are famous for skiing in winter, there’s a lot of things happening in the valley over the summer months too.
Check them out. Walking, climbing, via ferrata, cycling, mountain bikes and many more. Don’t forget the white water sports on the River Guisane and Durance either.
The lifts begin opening from 30th June until the 2nd September. See the Tourist Office for more details on dates and opening times.
Less strenuous pursuits are available. Walk in the flower-filled meadows to rustic restaurants in 17th century villages, visit the walled Vauban town of Briancon and visit the Medieval festival or Bastille day re-enactments.
Bars and Restaurants
If these have whetted your appetite, please contact us for current availability at Chalet Chamoissiere during July.
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.
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 http://www.chamoissiere.co.uk/availability for prices and current vacancies.
I know we may find it hard to believe, but not every visitor to Serre Chevalier wishes to ski or snowboard. But what can they do here? Most think of a ski resort as high altitude, loads of pistes, and not much else, and while Serre Chevalier has those things too , we have plenty of other activities to enjoy
- The thermal baths in Monetier-les-Bains should be at the top of everyone’s list. It is a great apres-ski activity too for the skiers and boarders. Open daily, only children under 4 are excluded. You can also book spa treatments as well as enjoy the Roman-styled baths.
- Book a guided snowshoe walk with the International Ski School in Monetier-les-Bains. See the resort from another angle and visit the larch forests.
- Get on the regular ski bus, and take a trip into the old walled citadel of Briancon. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, on a sunny day you can while away a couple of hours, have a real Italian coffee or ice-cream, or even have a mediaeval style lunch in one of the restaurants. Take a look in the collegiate church for some good examples of religious icons.
- Join the skiers up the mountain for lunch. There is pedestrian lift access to several of the mountain restaurants. The best choice is probably at Serre Ratier, which is served by the new panoramic gondola from Chantemerle, The Chapka and Flocon restaurants in the Monetier sector can be reached on the Bachas chairlift.
- Chill out on the terrace with your own special view of the mountains at Chalet Chamoissiere and watch the skiers returning from their day on the mountains with a glass of wine in hand.
- Don’t forget a visit to the local markets, best of all is in the bottom part of Briancon near the Parc de la Schappe on a Wednesday. Monetier’s market day is Friday, perfect for some souvenir shopping.
A quick look at the Tourist Office website this morning suggests that there is a lot going on in August in Serre Chevalier. Here are a f ew examples which may keep the visitors to Chalet Chamoissiere happy when they are not relaxing by the pool or on the terrace.
At 9.30 pm on 6th and 13th August, a Son et Lumiere will be performed by the Quadrille du Tabuc du Monetier. This will be at La Rotonde at the far end of the village.This year’s subject will be Vauban.
Each Friday, around 6pm, there is live music in the Place Vie de Clare outside the Alpen Bar, recent bands have been ‘Les Deux Chemises’
On the 7th August, the Marche des Saveurs will be in the Place d’Eglise in Monetier. Stallholders will be selling local produce, such as sausages, honey, wine etc.
The regular market day in Monetier is Friday.
All the events for the month are on the Serre Chevalier tourist office website.
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.
The current news from Monetier, is that the chef from the Antidote at the Hotel Alliey had moved to Grenoble, but a new chef is in place to continue the high standards. We were told that this was just for the summer, but I will post any further information when I have it.
UPDATE:-The Hotel website states that the Antidote is now moved to a new destination in the city. A shame.
Well, whatever the outcome of the Tour, with all the drugtaking scandals, and the leaders being sacked by their team, the spectacle of the Tour passing through the village was marvellous, but brief. Preceded by the caravan, and numerous trucks throwing out free gifts, the cyclists passed by in seconds. The pack was well spread out by the time it got to Monetier, having already climbed the Col d’Iseran, and Col du Telegraphe, so the peleton was quite small. An afternoon outside the bar in the sunshine was not to be sneered at though, although we saw more of the race on the TV.
Pool at Christmas
Since we welcomed our first guests in January 2006, there has been a lot of activity at Chalet Chamoissiere. The pool sauna and hammam were built over the summer, and opened just in time for the winter season . Currently the grounds are being landscaped,and we are looking forward to our trip there next month to view them for ourselves.
UPDATE. It has now been open for almost a year, the facilities are great, although the water is little cold sometimes, even though it is supposed to be 28C . Opening times are an occasional concern, but the pool should as a rule be open every day during the school holidays, and at weekends at other times.