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Neilson Chalet Rivière (Villeneuve)

Serre Chevalier,
Your holiday includes
  • Flights from Gatwick, Manchester or Birmingham
  • Resort transfers
  • Chalet accommodation
  • Breakfast & afternoon tea daily
  • 6 evening meals with free-flowing wine
  • Free guiding & coaching
About the chalet
  • Large balcony with views
  • Sleeps 10 people
  • All 5 rooms ensuite
  • Top floor lounge
  • Traditional style
  • 100m to ski bus stop
About the resort
  • 250km ski area
  • Resort altitude: 1400m
  • Excellent for intermediates & advanced
  • Laid-back nightlife
  • Great value skiing & boarding
  • Traditional & picturesque
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The Rivière is a warm and homely chalet which sits right next to 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 into 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.





From the chalet to...

Nearest lift: 800m (Pontillas gondola)

Tuition meeting point: 800m  (Ski Connections Ski School)

Ski bus stop: 100m

Resort centre: 800m 



About the resort

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!


Resort stats

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

Lifts: 35 drags, 21 chairs, 5 gondolas and 2 cable cars

Night skiing: Yes

Cross country trails: 35km

Snowmaking: 18% of runs covered

Resort bus: Yes



Food and drink

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 a 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.



Chalet features

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

Pre-bookable private nanny service available on request - email for prices and availability

Your chalet host lives in

Children under 15 are welcome when part of a group booking the whole chalet 



Extras and offers

Free guiding and coaching from fully qualified Neilson Mountain Experts



Travel info

Departure airports: Gatwick, Manchester or Birmingham

Departure day: Sunday

Arrival airport: Turin 

Flight duration: 1 hour 55 minutes to 2 hours 20 minutes

Transfer time:  approx. 1 hour 45 minutes



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 on 0333 014 3351 or email




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Serre Chevalier snow report

Snow due
27th Feb

8cm expected

Next 5 days

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