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Author: ruthiebabe

Location: Cumbria

PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 9:29 pm    Post subject:  Skiing/Alpe d'Huez/Serre Chevalier/Montgenevre

Ski Info Jan 07 for MHF

I thought you skiers might like some info from our recent 2 week trip to the Southern Alps. It’s note form, but don’t hesitate to ask me if you want more info.

Alpe d’Huez
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Tuition: highly recommended, this small British run skischool offers private lessons or small groups 3x2 hour mornings.
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Tel:0033 (0) 476 809383

Aire: Parking de Brandes at Les Bergers On entering Village turn right at first roundabout (with multi-storey carpark “Les Bergers” ahead.) Follow signs for the Altiport and Tennis Courts and you will arrive at the Aire. It’s big, with views and a sunny aspect. It was quiet when we were there, half camping cars, half seasonaires, like Les Menuires, but we experienced no problems or nuisance. Free parking. Flot Bleu for water and waste (4 euros for 100L water or 20 minutes of electricity). Purchase token from Les Bergers car park or the sports centres. Loos. Rubbish and recycling bins. LPG (GPL) is available at the fuel station at the entrance to the village.

n.b. The other Aire in many guides, Parking de L’Eclose, no longer exists.

Campsite: not really except down in Bourg dOisans

Vaujany (linked to Alpe dHuez ski area)

Aire: Near cable car, free parking and services, electric 5euros/24 hours, obtain token for hook-up from Tourist Office. Indoor swimming pool nearby.

Les Deux Alpes

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Motorhome Aire: follow the sign son entering the village.
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byVenosc cable car

Serre Chevalier
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coaching by Darren Turner, we don’t know him but he was highly recommended to us by Oli of Masterclass in Alpe d’Huez.

Monêtier / Serre Che1500

Parking Camping Car Les Charmettes: approaching from Col des Lauterets turn right before entering the village, following signs for Remontées Mechaniques and Base de Loisirs. The Parking is found on the left a few hundred metres past the lift station. Waste, but water not available at time of our visit…obtainabe from Villeneuve..

Campsite: Camping Les Deux Glaciers:
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Villeneuve/La Salle des Alpes/Serre Che 1400

Aire Communal/ Parking Camping Car Le Pontillas: follow signs for Pontillas Gondola and Plan d’Eau. Charge: 8 euros/day + tax, apply to Tourist Office in main square beyond ice rink. There’s a free Flot bleu with water and dumping (but no electric) just outside barrier to Aire (so available to all.)

Private Aire: follow signs to Fréjus Gondola. Charge: 16 euros/day+tax
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Chantemerle/ Saint Chaffrey/Serre Che 1350

No Aire but the Tourist Office will direct you to permitted parking behind the tennis courts, near the Maeva Apartment block. Approaching from the Villeneuve, take first left on entering Chantemerle.

Briancon/Serre Che1250

We didn’t really consider skiing from here but it’s possible, I’ve got some info about parking if neede. What you might want to know is that there’s an Aldi and a Centre Commercial (with Geant and fuel also GPL we think) on the way in from Serre Che, and that to visit the old city you head for parking Champs du Mars in the direction of Montgenevre. Nice wander and views, historically interesting. It’s free outside school holidays and you can overnight for up to 2 nights there.

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we found out about them as an alternative ski school to ESF, they offer private lessons or small groups over a few days, but we didn’t try them.

Aire: to be found at the exit of the village (after emerging from the road tunnel) in the direction of Italy. Sunny, great spot close to pistes and cross-country trails. Easy walk into village, a wee bit far in skiboots, but ski bus stops outside Aire every 30 mins in daytime, and you can ski onto piste below site. Skipass can be bought at chair below site Wed-Sun or in village at other times. Aire operated like a large carpark –great concept! Barrier entry system, pay prior to exit. We paid 37 euros for 5 days. Charges decrease by the day to 7 days…then rise steeply. Consequently no longstayers. Water, waste and hookups included. 280 places but only 80 hook-ups.

Campsite: One down at St. Alberts, nothing nearer.

Hope this will be helpful to someone. We had a fabulous trip it’s a super area to tour. As I said, any questions, do post,

Regards, Ruth

Author: glacier PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 9:45 pm    Post subject:  Great Post

Really good info.

Unfortunately cannot go this year, but will save details for next.


Author: majvs PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 6:08 pm    Post subject:  

thanks for that info
we set off on wednesday evening via the tunnel.
we are looking at heading towards serre chevalier as there seems to be lots of options for overnight parking.

which is the best in your opinion.
bearing in mind it will be half term!
we have 2 children 8 and 9 yrs who love to ski but don't like to walk in ski boots (don't blame them really).
so we like to be as near to the lifts as we can,but also within walking distance of the odd restaurant.

Author: ruthiebabe

Location: Cumbria

PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 6:24 pm    Post subject:  

Hi Majvs

I think Serre Che would be good for kids so long as the sno is decent at resort level. Otherwise there might be a bit of a gap between the (perfectly good) nursery slopes at resort level and the skiing higher up..they might find some of the runs down a bit busy/bare/whatever. But it's a good place for families in general, I should think.

You'd find the Pontillas Aire really convenient for the lift(it's adjacent) also it's next to the Ice Rink. It's small however, only 20 places. If it's full there's masses of space at Monetier, it's only a bit further to the lifts, but it's a chair and you'd have to come to Serre Che for water. You need to arrive at the Pontillas Aire within tourist office hours to get in to it...but when we were there the barrier was broken, so we got in ok, then went to the office to pay. I have to say that not everyone seemed to be trying as hard to pay, but there you are. Personally, think if we take that attitude we've no right to moan when they shut it down.

The Frejus Aire you'd need to book I think.

Alpe and Montgenevre have really good nursery slopes. From Montgenevre Aire theres a skibus if they don't want to walk, from Alpe d'Huez Aire it is a bit of a walk in skiboots though... (5-10mins)we found it fine but kids might protest. They'd like the resort though as it has an ice rink and 2 swimming pools also wonderful nursery slopes (d/o how well they ski).

Have a good trip wherever you end up!


Author: majvs PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 6:40 pm    Post subject:  

thanks for that prompt reply

i should have pointed out that they are very good ski-iers so we're past the nursery slopes. in fact we have to try to keep them off the blacks!

we will be arriving in the evening on thursday so hopefully we should make it in a spot before the weekend.

just for the record we went to les gets last year which was excellent but once we were in our spot we couldn't get out as the french just blocked us in! we paid our tax at the tourist office. like you we are grateful for such good parking aires near the lifts.

the year before we went to samoens(we have friends who live there)
but due to the move of the aire we probably wouldn't return as it is too out of the way.

Author: Batch

Location: New Forest

PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 6:46 pm    Post subject:  

Terrific info. I think we ought to do a ski/mh info sheet for the MHF forum. I'm happy to put it together if people think it would be of value. We could ask people for the info and web links and pics and get it together what do you think?

Author: hannah29

Location: south west

PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 10:07 pm    Post subject:  

great idea kevin....we are off to livigno,italy next week for a fortnight in the motorhome and are really looking forward to it....snow is looking pretty good there at the moment in comparison to some other places. we would be happy to add our pics and campsite tales to an info sheet.


Author: ruthiebabe

Location: Cumbria

PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 6:07 pm    Post subject:  


A factsheet would be a good idea. I have a lot of info. I'll pm you or why don't you pm me, then we could take the idea forward.


Author: majvs PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:04 am    Post subject:  

just back from serre chevalier
had a wonderful time parked at monetier les bains as recommended by ruthie babe, excellent spot. place to empty your waste and toilet but no fresh water but a short walk or drive into town and there is a natural fountain to fill up with.
we didn't realise the height of the col to get to serre chevalier and it was dark and snowing when we arrived however the road was fairly clear so we didn't need the snow chains.
the spot is in a lovely bowl surrounded by mountains. we were the only english people there and even though it was our half term a lot of schools have half term this week so it wasn't too busy.
the only slight problem we had was the boiler for the hot water seemed to take a long time to get hot enough for the 4 of us to have a shower in the evening.we have never parked this high before (1500m) and can only put it down to the altitude as when we drove down to grenoble to stay the night on the way back the water heated up straight away- has anybody else encountered this problem before?
the temperature fluctuated throughout the week to 14 degrees during the day once and minus 10 degrees at night, however we were as warm as toast in our hymer b624.
when we drove down the mountain we were looking for somewhere to stay the night prior to heading back to calais the following day. we struggled to find anywhere suitable and ended up at the first motorway services near grenoble. we parked near the lorrys and near to the service station as we are aware of problems in service areas. when we awoke the next morning we found that the filler cap to the fuel had gone missing,however no diesel was missing. this is a bit worrying to think that someone was hanging around whilst we were asleep.
has anybody else encountered this?
as i'm going on a bit i will finish off by saying that when we got to calais after doing our usual wine shop it was 10pm and we got the last parking spot on the aire. the barrier has been removed and you can now drive on and off again. no doubt they will introduce this back again in the summer.
i hope somebody finds this interesting!

Author: ruthiebabe

Location: Cumbria

PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2007 1:19 pm    Post subject:  

Hi majvs

Glad you had a good time, and thanks for the feedback.

I can't answer your question about the hot water boiler. we have stayed at far colder temperatures in past years and found thta the boiler worked as normal but of course that gas consumption was higher the colder it was. We did hhave a problem with the boiler but we think that was different. You might be advised to post your question as a sepparate one in the hope that someone techy will assist!

We stay at motorway Aires overnight on these trips, usually by the lorries or better still bty a well lit restaurant. We are vigilant but we have been lucky too I guess.

The Aire at calais is useful, and I quite like it there, but it's worth knowing that you can stay at the eurotunnel terminal too, if that is how you travel.


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