The Rivière is a warm and homely chalet which sits right next a river (hence the name) and is furnished in a tasteful, traditional mountain style. It's located in a quiet corner of Villeneuve, one of the four village that makes up Serre Chevalier. It's also right opposite the sports centre which has an indoor swimming pool, perfect to warm those ski legs down.
The whole chalet is split in to half levels which makes for a fun and quirky feel. The bright and spacious split-level lounge and dining area is a real focal point with its floor-to-ceiling windows and an additional mezzanine area ensuring plenty of room to spread out.
The lounge/diner leads out to a large balcony and fantastic mountain views. It's a perfect spot to bask in the sunshine with a coffee and generous slice of cake, all freshly made by your host.
Serre Chevalier is made up of four separate villages lying in the south-facing valley above the medieval fortress town of Briançon – a World Heritage site. Our accommodation is based in two of them; Chantemerle is traditional with more charm and shops whilst Villeneuve, being more recently built, is ideal for easy mountain access and some more lively après ski. There's plenty to do off the slope, and the impressive thermal baths at nearby Monêtier are a must.
On the mountain, everything is big. Big terrain and big areas for beginners, intermediates and advanced skiers and snowboarders. Journey between the well-connected pistes linking the four peaks and the numerous tree lined runs threading through pretty larch forests.
The red runs of Chantemerle and Villeneuve offer a real challenge, as well as some serious off-piste expeditions. And don't miss the infamous Rocher de l'Enfer run - you'll need an hour in the hot tub after that thigh burner!
Area size: 250km
Linked resorts: Not linked, but your lift pass includes the option to ski one day in Alpe d’Huez, Les Deux Alpes, Puy St Vincent and Montgènevre. Transport is not included.
Resort altitude: 1400m
Skiing altitude: 1400m to 2830m
Number of runs: 103
Range of runs: 22% green, 28% blue, 38% red and 12% black
Our chalet board basis is designed for skiers and boarders. Breakfast is a fairly extensive affair with cooked and continental options every day. Your daily afternoon tea of freshly baked cakes and biscuits will be waiting for you when you come in from the slopes.
Evening meals are a three-course set-menu with regionally inspired dishes and free-flowing wine throughout the week, all followed by fresh coffee.
We provide evening meals on six nights a week to leave you free to head out and explore the resort on one evening. For shorter holidays over New Year 2016/17, you still have one night free to explore the resort and local cuisine.
The five ensuite twin or double bedrooms are split over three floors, some with balconies and views out to the mountains. They're all an fair size and very comfortable thanks to deep mattresses and plenty of pillows and cushions.
Neilson Mountain Experts
Don’t forget that you get free guiding and coaching throughout the week from fully qualified ski and board instructors with our Mountain Expert service.
Designed for confident blue and red-run skiers and snowboarders, they'll show you around the mountain on free guiding sessions, and even offer free coaching sessions to help you become a more confident skier or snowboarder.
There are at least three sessions a week and we guarantee each guest at least two sessions a week. Your hosts will explain how it works when you get there.
Neilson rating: ***
Top floor lounge/diner with free Wi-Fi and satellite TV
Large balcony off the lounge/diner with panoramic mountain views
Ski/board and boot storage
Wireless speaker and board games for your entertainment
Daily housekeeping with towels provided
Private nanny service available on request
Your chalet host lives in
Children under 15 are welcome when part of a group booking the whole chalet
If you're a large group looking to book the entire chalet, we'd love to help. Our call centre consultants are all trained groups specialists and love a challenge. Give them a call on0333 014 3351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org