The pleasant matter about finding a Serre Chevalier ski season move is that it consists of a good number of days chucked in for free in close by stations. There is Puy St Vincent, Galaxy, which will take in Montgeneve in France about the border into Oulx in Italy and delivers some 400km of pistes and Alpe D’Huez.
This year I went with yet another season go holder to check out Alpe D’Huez, some 55 km up the highway from Serre Che in the direction of Grenoble. In truth I nonetheless like Serre Che, almost certainly mainly because I know it so nicely, but there is a good deal to suggest at least a day’s stop by to Alpe D’Huez, although it is these types of a distribute out station that some sort of orientation training course or familiarisation might be a superior idea.
There are practically exactly the similar lengths of piste as Serre Che, 250km, but they do feel a very little narrower and simply because of the elevate/ cable vehicle configuration it will not truly feel as linked. Skis off for the cable-automobile, again on, then a limited piste to a elevate, then again down and into a bigger cable automobile having drop skis yet again – as well a lot faff. Serre Che lets you to strap your skis on and keep them on until you want a vin chaud or at the close of the working day. Perhaps that is a petty issue, but I will acquire it.
The complexes are a little bit unsightly, it has not considerably village attraction, but that is aesthetics, so not going to push that one. On a as well as aspect you do truly feel as if you happen to be under a much greater sky than Serre Che, a huge expanse of azure hovers o’erhead and looks to go on in all directions – stunning in a word, you sense aspect of the heavens and at 3000+m you are.
When we frequented Alpe D’Huez, which phone calls alone the “island in the sunshine” on its piste-maps, the sunlight had been undertaking it is really matter and the situations went from icy at the top, to large gentle moguls and then to slush with major rocks coming by, providing fright for my skis, which were not as critically scratched up as I feared. Not likely to checklist that as a favourable or negative, it is what it is and situations modifying are to be expected. On the other hand the snow at the exact time underneath the exact sunshine in Serre Che is greater, the north-experiencing slopes performing significantly to shield and prolong the daily life of the snow.
Alpe D’Huez does boast the world’s longest descent, 17km of piste, starts off off as a black, a few of mogul walls and then a tiresome chunter back again to the lifts. Pleasant to have completed it, but will not acquire the tee-shirt.
There is surely more lifetime in Alpe D’Huez than Serre Chevalier, heaps of bars, plenty of persons – staying so substantially closer to Grenoble it usually means masses of people today can descend simply. I picture it would be choker-block for the duration of holidays, the jostle at the cable-car turnstiles was vexing more than enough on a fairly peaceful day as it was.
I can see off-piste lovers would adore Alpe D’Huez, there is tonnes to do, but likely for the professionals only. There is really minor tree skiing, if which is your detail, anything which there is additional of in Serre Che, being typically reduced, but that is a make a difference of taste.
All in all I’d say I choose Serre Che, but I will unquestionably be heading again to Alpe D’Huez to see if knowing delivers a greater appreciation of a amazing substantial-altitude resort.
Resource by Fergus Rainbow