Chantemerle / Saint-Chaffrey a real centre of experience !
Champagne! It was at Chantemerle that Serre Chevalier was launched in December 1941 with the inauguration of the longest cable car in Europe with its emblematic red cabin.
Since then, in this hamlet on the "ubac" slope of the commune of Saint-Chaffrey, the pulse of the resort beats.
On the square at the foot of the Luc Alphand track, the heart of Serre Che is in effusion✨ ✨
Skiers board the gondola or chairlift for the ski area At altitude, children gather under the sign of their ski school, on the terraces of the many bars, restaurants, hotels and tourist residences smoking chocolates and mulled wine.
A real place of entertainment and shops where you can take a selfie 😊 in the arms of a giant teddy bear before marvelling under the red, blue and green fireworks! Oh yes, at Chantemerle, there is no doubt that we know how to make the holidays a pleasure in every way.
A diversion to the Parc des Colombiers confirms that it is impossible to be bored at Chantemerle, but it is possible to multiply experiences by embarking on the free cross-country skiing loop, learning about biathlon or driving a motor kart
or without motor on a ski slope
Of course, at Chantemerle, you will have split the air suspended from the giant zip line (1.1 km of descent) which starts at an altitude of 2,491 m. We also we believe we can fly !
Change of slope! On its sunny "adret", on the now famous cycling slopes of the Granon pass, Saint-Chaffrey also has some beautiful features that make holidaymakers happy. A pass which has been given pride of place in the 2022 Tour de France after an equally memorable first passage in 1985. From the charming hamlet of Villard Laté, where the pretty country houses decorated with sundials nestle against the church, the chapels and the communal oven, the road to the pass is, in winter, closed to traffic but open to hikers. The climb on foot, skis or snowshoes in this natural setting is worth the breathtaking panorama over the ski area, the peaks and glaciers of the Ecrins. Listening to the silence, footsteps crunch in the fresh snow alongside animal tracks and lead the good walkers to the real alpine hamlet of Les Tronchets. The authentic high altitude mountain is within reach of shoes and spatulas.
Between the two slopes, the village centre, with its majestic church tower, its Saint-Arnould chapel, its drawbridge, its unchanging grocery shop selling local products, its stone houses and wooden chalets, its communal library next to the school, its shuttles to the snow front criss-crossing the village and its hamlets.
Did you know that ?
In the Guisane valley, up to seven spinning mills have existed, each with their own speciality: the one at Chantemerle, created in 1860, manufactured fabrics and blankets. Taken over in 1976 by the Longo Maï cooperative, it is open to visitors.