There are some lovely ski resorts in France and with the season fast approaching, many people are thinking about getting away to the ski slopes for their annual adventures in the mountains. I have never been a great skiing fan but my husband adores it, so I have often been on trips with him to some rather lovely resorts and none as gorgeous as the ones found in the valleys of Serre Chevalier in the French Alps.
There are 13 villages in the valley of Serre Chevalier and we stayed in Villeneuve La Salle which is a delightful little village with a wonderful bar that stays open all through the day and most of the night. If like me you are not a skier then après-ski is the thing which is so very attractive about visiting ski resorts. Lots of lovely cups of piping hot chocolate and cheesy snacks as well as fondues are on the menu, which are all the things that I really do enjoy.
The skiing in Serre Chevalier is of course top notch, although I am not the ideal person to judge this. But my husband refuses to go anywhere else, so it must be good. When he is off on the slopes with the kids, I go off exploring the other villages and especially the markets where I spend my time finding lovely home cured hams, cheeses and other delicious delights that are found in the area. I highly recommend the homemade jams and conserves.
We always rent a chalet from a lovely lady we know in Avignon. The chalet is situated on the main street in the village which is handy for all the restaurants and bars that are found here. But I do like to cook occasionally when I am in Villeneuve La Salle, because I simply adore all the meat that I can buy here, especially the veal. My favourite has to be La Petite Chaumière where not only do you find some spectacular cuts of meat but wonderful regional produce as well.
Of course, we are on holiday so eating out is high on our list of things to do and there are some splendid restaurants in the area where the menus are exceptionally good. Le Pi Mai is a lovely restaurant and hotel where the welcome is incredibly warm and the food really out of this world in a lovely setting with massive open fire dominating the restaurant.
But of course the valley and villages of Serre Chevalier are not only wonderful to visit in the winter months because it is a delightful region to explore during the spring and summer months too. There is nothing as beautiful as the mountains covered with spring flowers and wooden chalets shimmering in the summer sunshine. More people are discovering the delights of Serre Chevalier during these times of the year. It is simply a glorious place to travel to, whether for the skiing or just for a weekend break away from it all in the wonderful French Alps.