We booked a late deal (4 days before departure) to the chalet Larre, and was a bit concerned after finding no reviews on the property. However, my fears were unfounded! On arrival at Grenoble airport we were met by Matt, and immediately left in his car for the 3 hour transfer to the chalet. My two daughters, and I were given the large 6 berth ensuite rooms on the ground floor, which we were very pleased with....the only downside to the double bedroom was the intermittent hum of a pump from the boiler room next door...which only slightly disturbed my sleep the first night (probably because it was a new noise for me)...and was only a very minor complaint! My daughters hire skis and boots were at the chalet on arrival, which cost us a bit more than going direct to another hire shop in Briancon....however we felt the convenience of having the skis being delivered and collected from the chalet was worth it.
Now, onto the Snowed Inn team of Matt, Jo, and Steve, they were all very friendly, attentive, and worked incredibly hard to make our, and the other guests stay as pleasurable as possible. Our room was cleaned/made up every day, the food was great ...gourmet menus of a high standard....and they were more than happy to adapt to anybody's taste/ dietary requirements.They dropped us off, and collected us (after a phone call to tell them where we were) with their minibuses, at whichever of the four villages that make up the Serre Chevalier ski area.The skiing was good after a big dump of snow on the Saturday night that we arrived, and then followed by (mainly) good weather.The ski area is all linked together on the mountains allowing a lot of skiing without having to come down to any of the villages. The lift passes cost 212 Euros each from 12 year old up to 64 year old....so we found that rather pricey ( for my 12 and 14 year olds ).
The property is right opposite Aldi's ( so handy for buying snacks/drinks!) There are free ski buses that run every 20 minutes, the nearest stop being about 3 minutes walk away. The closest uplift was from Briancon (about a mile away) which takes you from 1200m up to 2400m in height....and usually onto nice sunny slopes in the morning. The longest we had to wait was about 5 minutes first thing in the morning here....but once up on the slopes we generally had no queuing .
In summary we had a great time here, thanks to Matt, Jo, and Steve....and also to our fellow guests in the chalet ( thanks again for the Birthday hat guys !!), so if you get a chance to go to their chalet, go for it !!
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