Serre Chevalier is actually a series of ‘ski stations’ that sit under the the backdrop of the Haute-Alpes in southern France. There is loads to do here and we were in town for the annual visit from the Andros Trophy which was an awesome night and worth planning around if you’re a petrol head. It’s well serviced for #motorhomeski enthusiasts.
There are a bunch of different places you can park up and Le Bez is great if your looking for something a bit more sophisticated than a car park, but like us, you prefer to stick to the aires.
Le Bez is a private aire in La Salles Les Alpes – the main station of Serre Chevalier.
The journey to Serre Chevalier, Le Bez Aire
Ok, so the trick is not to read guides that are written for summer touring on this one! You’ll end up going up a one-way street and you might end up reversing downhill in sketchy conditions. Here’s how you get to the aire at Le Bez in winter:
- You’ll drive about a kilometre into the Village and you’ll start to see what looks like commerce on your right.
- At the first main roundabout, turn right and then turn right again almost immediately at the next roundabout into the town centre (signed Le Bez and Commerce)
- Follow the road past the Office du Tourism and a few bars and shops on the right and a public car park on the left
- After the car park and climbing tower, turn left uphill (90 degrees) and follow the road which bends round to the left for about another kilometre
- You will reach a junction (sort of, if you can actually see the road markings which you often can’t in winter) with conifers lining the right hand side and hotels on the left
- Turn hard right back on yourself and through a gate (marked no entry) onto the aire
TIP: We would recommend stopping and seeing if you can find Didier or Brigitte (she speaks the better English) who look after the aire before you park up – they live onsite in the winter and can get you a spot – some people pop out to get supplies and the spaces are marked to allow you to do that so easier to check before parking in the wrong spot.
Didier will come and grab your money everyday (you can pay in advance if you want – he only takes cash).
- Almost flat! All the pitches are almost flat and you can get away without levelling
- Water and waste disposal at the main gate – and a hose for filling your tank which is great
- 50 metres from the ski area (with ski pass desk) – barely a walk
- The ski bus (navette) stops right outside which takes you to (and brings you back from) the other linked ski areas throughout the valley*
- WC underneath the ski pass office (again, 50 metres away) with proper sit-down toilets
- Really nice location – short walk from main commerce, old town and the pistes
- Good wifi if you have a Motorhome Wifi iBoost
- You can only pay in cash
- It’s not cheap – €20/night and the electric, whilst included is a bit trippy – probably between 6-10 amps realistically.
- The aire is small – probably only 12 comfortably in winter so turn up in the week
- No WC on site
- The site is a little prone to becoming a complete ice-rick during a melt. They do try to clear it and shove gravel on the main areas but just be super careful when walking about
- Ski bus* IS NO LONGER FREE. €2 per journey and is the subject of a lot of controversy locally
- Tonnes of school groups about (hostel opposite), so if you’re looking for something a bit less Alton Towers, check out the alternative site at Le Monêtier Les Bains
Great aire for people looking for the reliability of a bit of power in a major resort. I think we consider this a half and half aire – unlimited power included is great and just enough to keep batteries charged continuously but you don’t get a lot for your dosh.
Resort – amazing skiing. Huge area. Huge effort from the tourist office to offer visitors everything they need and more.
Alternative site: Le Monêtier Les Bains