We had a very successful self drive family ski holiday to Chamrousse over Easter 2013. If anyone has any questions I will try my best to answer them.
Did you use the ski school? And would you rate it ok? How was your accommodation? Where did you stay? Was it central enough to everything? In the evening is there much going on for children? Any activities?
So good you had a successful trip. We have secured flights to Grenoble or new year but nothing booked so far!!
Any hints or tips much appreciated...
Hello sorry for delay in reply.
We did use the ski school and our experience was that it was fabulous. We all progressed way beyond our expectations.
We stayed at Domaine D'Arselle in 1700, have reviewed, and thought it was great.
We didn't go out on an evening so can't really say what it was like from personnel experience but people said that the food in the restaurants was good and the bar was ok. I was so told that there is more going on in Chamrousse 1650.
Theres not a lot for children to do on on evening, but what are you looking for?
You can go an skiddos, ice skate, swim.
Hello Lindsay, You could also consider Oz en Oisans, which is one of the villages which are joined into the Grande Rousses/ Alpe d'Huez ski area. The ski school in Oz is very good and child friendly. There are plenty of kids activities and the New Years Eve fireworks are excellent. However if you havent booked accomodation yet dont leave it too long as many places are already booked up.
Hi there - know this is an old post, but hope you can still reply :). Do you have any comments about the drive up to Chamrousse ? Happy driving the majority of the distance, but a bit worried about the final bit up to the resort with regard to snow on roads etc. How was it for you ?
Well if you are coming this weekend I think you'll find snow only on the top part in the resort. Its the car parks that might be slippery for you if you havent decided on winter tyres. If you have winter tyres then you'll be fine in all conditions.
Just remember that sometimes you need to have chains in the car - if there is a sign saying you need them then you could be stopped by the police and turned back if you havent got any.
Thanks for the reply. Planning to go mid February do assume there will be more snow !
Will be hiring car in France with winter spec and getting some snow chains as well. Have you had any experience of doing the climb in February ? Are the roads fairly clear ?
In that case you need not worry.
We live here in the mountains and have done that climb and others every week. With the winter tyres you'll have grip - just drive steadily in the snow, no sudden movements etc. You'll be wanting winter tyres on your uk car too as they are great in wet cold conditions!!
They clear the snow from the roads as soon as they can - not like in the uk!Edited: 17 December 2014, 01:24
Think you have got your answer but we found that the last 40 minutes of the journey which is the drive up the mountain to the resort is on a very very twisty road.
We travelled on the 28th March and it started to snow about 2/3rds of the way up the mountain and snowed heavily for 24 hours. We arrived mid afternoon and we would encourage you to do this as the drive would be more of a challenge in the dark if it is snowing. The roads around the accommodation aren't as clear as the main road into the village. The whole of the journey both there and back went very well for us.
Any other queries just let me know.
That's great thanks for your replies ! We were planning to arrive a bit later, but may revisit that now. Thanks once again !