La Maison Clarée
La Maison Clarée
Rue de l'École
Le Canton, Les Alberts
05100 Montgenèvre

La Maison Clarée

La Maison Clarée
  Skiing

Catering

We can now offer a catered option at Maison Clarée. Lindsay will organise and cook all your meals for you (including a separate children’s evening meal) if you’re looking for a fully catered holiday. She is very flexible, though, and can also cook for special occasions or just a few meals if you’d like a break from the kitchen!

Our fully catered service is available for a minimum of 8 guests for an additional costs of €35 per adult per day (including continental breakfast, afternoon tea, three-course dinner and wine). Children can be catered for at a reduced price. Do contact us if you would like more information or to discuss the options. Click here to see her sample menus and prices.

Skiing at Serre Chevalier

Five minutes’ drive from Briançon is Serre Chevalier (1200-2830m), the world’s second largest ski area offering 250km of pistes, with an excellent snow record compared to most other resorts in the Alps. Because of the high peaks surrounding the area (4000m plus), low cloud can't get into the valley so weather lives up to the local claim of 300 days of sunshine per year. There is access by ski lift from Briançon itself or from a group of villages in the valley beyond. The pistes range from the easiest nursery slopes to an Olympic black, and snow cannons ensure snow throughout the season. There is a good range of places to eat and drink on the pistes, when you want to stop for a drink, snack or more substantial meal.

Why we like Serre Chevalier

We have Maison Clarée because our older sister lives in Les Alberts (and has done for many years) and we love to visit her and the beautiful area she has chosen to make her home. We are all big fans of skiing, have skied all our lives in many different areas and countries, but we think Serre Chevalier really is a great place to ski and love going back there. There is a specialist English-speaking ski school here, with plenty of good skiing for everyone from beginners to advanced. Two snow parks, a half-pipe and a boarder cross provide extra fun and there are lots of off piste opportunities and challenges for skiers and snowboarders alike.

There are many extra winter attractions in the villages at the foot of the Serre Chevalier pistes, including ice rinks and swimming pools like Les Grands Bains hot spa baths at Monetier les Bains.There’s even a 1st Division Ice Hockey team (Les Diables Rouges) that is well worth watching!

Skiing at Montgenèvre

Since we have all had children, we have also discovered that Montgenèvre is a fantastic place to take them. It’s a 10-minute drive up the mountain to this pretty village (1860-2700m) which has been a ski resort since 1907. Today, it offers a wide range of pistes and 34 lifts within its own system. Keen skiers can also tackle the Voie Lactée, which is a group of resorts providing a total of 400km of pistes that span the border between France and Italy. Alternatively, the lift pass allows one day's skiing at several other local French and Italian resorts (La Grave, Les Deux Alpes, Montgenèvre, Clavière, Sestrière, Puy St Vincent and Souze d'Oulx). This part of the French Alps is a fantastic place for skiing at any level.

The nursery slopes in Montgenèvre are lovely and very close to the cafés and bars that line the street, while ski school options are excellent. There’s a skating rink, too. And it’s lovely to leave the hustle and bustle of the resort after a day on the mountain and go back to all the space, peace and quiet at Maison Clarée. Everything is very accessible if you do want to get out and about.

Other Winter Sports

The Val Clarée is well known for nordic skiing, with 65km of runs starting across the road from La Maison Clarée in Les Alberts and leading right through the valley to the village of Névache itself and beyond. Other winter activities available in the area include ski mountaineering, luge and snow shoes.

 

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