Like a boss
I’d previously never found the concept of hurtling down the face of a mountain with a wooden plank strapped to your feet particularly appealing, but in 2008 that all changed. I ended up on a group holiday with some friends in Les Deux Alpes and after the initial hassle of finding my feet, I began to develop an unquenchable thirst for speed and very steep slopes. By day 4 of the trip I was attempting to master the Black runs and it began to dawn on me that I would be hooked for life.
Where we went…
Since my first excursion, I have been every year (bar one) for the past five years with my latest trip in February of this year (2013). This years destination was Serre Chevalier where we were promised tree runs, an expansive off piste and snow aplently. Before we’d even arrived I knew we were in for a treat as I stumbled across this little beauty YouTube….
It was the first time we’d booked through Neilsen, having previously used Crystal Ski as our operator of preferred choice, and were greeted for once with a luxury and spacious apartment. Our previous accommodation with Crystal had always been equivalent of packing sardines in a tin so it was a welcome change.
Serre Chevalier has more the feel of a resort for families and young people than a party hot spot for eighteen to twenty somethings….though the apres ski is plentiful and as resorts go restaurants and bars are reasonable when it comes to prices. Our local haunt was the Station, ample portions and English rates with Fish an Chips or Basket Meals for around £8, bargain. Happy hour started at 4:30pm (or whenever it snows) with pints at £2.75, why go anywhere else.
Best of all were the slopes, miles of majestic tree runs, an expansive off piste with natural half pipes and winding trails offering a diverse boarding experience. The pisted slopes were numerous and well maintained with challenging Blue and Red runs. Interestingly enough the black runs were not as challenging as anticipated, whilst they were steep, they were wide and snow cover was plentiful allowing for indulgent carving. You will also be treated to an array of boarder cross tracks and there’s a huge tricks park with hand crafted jumps and natural grinding rails made from trees.
While you’re there pray for snow, because if it comes the fresh powder combined with open off piste will mix for a free flowing carving experience that comes close tho rivaling the renowned Whistler powder. I couldn’t finish this post without some of our own footage from the trip.