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Résidence Madame Vacances Les Chalets du Jardin Alpin

Les Chalets du Jardin Alpin, is in the town of Villeneuve-la-Salle, which is unique in many ways. Most importantly, the access to the slopes and lifts is effortless, just five minutes walk away. The nearest lift is Gondola Pontillas . The apartments are duplexes arranged in rows, just like a charming village. This makes it perfect for families as there is plenty of space for children to play and make friends.  The chalets/apartments/duplexes are located very close to the shops, cafes and bars. All chalets have a living room, kitchen and a terrace/garden. Who you are going with this year?
  • Chalet village
  • Perfect for families and small groups

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Location and surroundings

There may have been changes in Covid-19 services and facilities between the time of booking and upon departure. All measures are subject to change and therefore no rights can be derived from them.

Villeneuve

The village of Villeneuve is one of the newer villages in the region of Salle-les Alpes and is located at an altitude of 1400 meters. It is also the birth place of the French ski champion Luc Alphand who can still be seen skiing here regularly. This lively village has something to offer for everyone.

With one of several lifts departing from the village centre you can easily reach an altitude of 2400 meters. Villeneuve is situated in the middle of the ski resort Serre Chevalier Valllée making it easy for you to visit the pistes in these other areas as well.

Villeneuve

  • Perfect for skiing and snowboarding
  • Largest snow park in Serre Chevalier Vallée
  • Excelent access to lifts and slopes

Location and surroundings

Serre Chevalier Vallée

Skiing in Serre Chevalier Vallee

The ski area of Serre Chevalier Vallée has become more famous in recent years and we can understand why. The resort has 250 km of slopes and 65 lifts transporting you from peak to peak making it easy to discover the entire area. To be sure that there is always enough snow to ski and snowboards, this ski area has strategically placed snow cannons, making sure that at least 80km of slopes are there for you to enjoy. The resort is getting even better with lots of investment in new lifts and faster connections in recent years! The highest point from where you can ski is at Telesiege Yret, at 2800 metres about sea level. One of the special characteristics of this ski area is that the tree line is at 2150 metres. This means that during most runs, you can enjoy the scenery and the forest around you.

Cross/country skiers have not been forgotten in this area, since there is approximately 40km of track to discover. The north side of this area offers a large variety of activities and magnificent scenery. There is also 20km of snowshoeing trails to discover for those who enjoy hiking.

 

Resorts in the Serre Chevalier Valley

The Serre Chevalier Valley consists of several authentic mountain villages with Briancon, Chantemerle, Monêtiers-Les-Bains and Villeneuve. Briancon is located at the foot of the ski area and is a typical authentic mountain village that is known for its art and its historic character. Chantemerle, also known as Serre-Chevalier 1350, is situated in between Briancon and Villeneuve. It is a typical wintersports village with a large town square, shops and bars. Villeneuve, also known as SerreChevalier 1400, has also been built as a winter sports village and is also locate centrally in the ski area. Last but not least, Monêtiers-Les-Bains, Serre-Chevalier 1500, has more of a rural feel in comparison to the other villages and is known for its hot springs. The Serre Chevalier boarders the Ecrin National Park, which will give you nice hikes, beautiful scenery and a varied ski area. Serre Chevalier is an excellent choice for families with young families.

Travel information relating to the Coronavirus 

This information has been carefully compiled by Sunweb based on information provided by the local authorities. Since the measures mentioned are subject to constant change, no rights can be derived from this and Sunweb accepts no liability for any damage resulting from the use of this information.

Regulations per destination

Important information regarding mandatory documentation
Yes
Read the FAQ page here
Distance required in public areas (in metres)
Yes
2 metres
Mouth mask
Yes
Mandatory in public areas and in lively places; such as markets (from 5 years).
Max persons together outdoors
N / A
Allowed to share a room with someone outside your household?
Yes
Certain hours not allowed to be outside?
No
Restaurants
Open

100% open - Health pass required from 12 years. You meet the requirements for a French health card if:

- You are completely vaccinated

- You have proof of recovery from Covid-19

- You present a negative PCR or antigen test, that is not older than 24 hours

From 15th of December, people over 65 years old will lose their vaccination certificate 7 months after the last vaccination. This rule also applies to everyone from the age of 18 from 15 January. From 15th of December, people with the Janssen vaccine will no longer have a health card, unless they have received an ARN booster vaccine within 8 weeks of their vaccination.

As off 15/1 only fully vaccinated or recovered people, wil have a valid green pass. PCR tests will not be sufficient anymore as of then. Only seated service.

Bars / Apres-ski
Open

100% open - Health pass required from 12 years. You meet the requirements for a French health card if:

- You are completely vaccinated

- You have proof of recovery from Covid-19

- You present a negative PCR or antigen test, that is not older than 24 hours

Only seated service.

Club/Nightlife
Open

100% open - Health pass required from 12 years. You meet the requirements for a French health card if:

- You are completely vaccinated

- You have proof of recovery from Covid-19

- You present a negative PCR or antigen test, that is not older than 24 hours

Only seated service.

Supermarkets and pharmacies
Open
A mouth mask is mandatory
Activities, attractions and sights
Open
A mouth mask is mandatory
Events open air or indoor
Yes
With vaccination certificate, recovery certificate or PCR test / rapid antigen test (max. 48 hours old).
Transfer
Yes
A mouth mask is mandatory
Public transport / taxi / skibus
Open
A mouth mask + vaccination certificate, recovery certificate or PCR test / rapid antigen test (max. 48 hours old).
Slopes
Open
Skilifts
Open
A mouth mask is obligatory and a health pass is needed for a lift pass
Ski rental
Yes
Mouth mask
Ski lessons
Yes
Mouth mask obligatory at the gathering at beginning/end of each lesson
Wellness
Open
Additional measures per ski region
No
Accommodations can ask for a Health Pass, also if they do not provide a wellness area or meals.
Good to know
Yes
Restaurants: Since 15 December, a dose of the Janssen vaccine, which was taken more than two months ago, will no longer give travelers a French health pass (they can take a test instead). If they have not received a booster vaccine. This applies to entry to activities (such as ski lifts), hotels, etc. in France but not to international trips to France, which can still be done with a dose of the Jansen vaccine.

Practical information

Capital:
The capital of France is Paris

Time:

France is one hour ahead of the UK (GMT+1).

Language:

The official language is French.

Money:

The euro (€) is the official currency of France

Emergency number:

The local emergency number is 112.

Service charge (tip) in restaurants and bars :

It is not likely that the service charger will be added to the bill automatically. If you are pleased with the service you can round off or leave a tip of 10%.

Power:

The voltage is 220 and the socket is different compared to the general UK sockets. You can buy an European adapter in most airports and supermarkets.

Mobile:

A UK mobile phone should work in France. The setup for this may differ per provider, so it is best to inquire about this before hand.

Safety on the slopes:

In France, wearing a helmet is not mandatory but recommended (especially for children). In ski classes (for all ages), it is often compulsory.

Travel documents:

You must be in possession of a valid passport in order to travel to France.

Food and Drinks:

Cheese, croissants, baguettes and wine! It is possible to drink tap water.

Opening hours:

As a general rule, the shops are open on Monday/Friday from 09:00 to 19:00. However, some shops may close over lunchtime. On Sunday and Monday, a selection of shops are closed. Some supermarkets are open on Sunday mornings.

Public Holidays: 

Christmas Day:  25 December, 2014 (Thursday)

Boxing Day: 26 December, 2014 (Friday)

New Year’s Day:  1 January, 2015 (Thursday)

Good Friday: 3 April, 2015

Easter Sunday: 5 April, 2015

Easter Monday: 6 April, 2015

 

Travelling by car:
Most motorways in France require you to pay a toll fee. The Pas Piccolo San Bernardo is closed the whole winter (November - June). Always check the locat weather reports before departing.

In some cities and towns it is obligaroty to have a "environmentsl sticker". It is not possible to buy these stickers en route. You will have to order them online before you leave home. French authorities advise you to print out the form and the confirmation of the sticker if it does not arrive at your home in time. You can find the form on:
https://www.certificat-air.gouv.fr/en/demande-ext/cgu

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Flight information

Flight packages are not available for this destination/resort. Please see the prices for self-drive packages (including lift passes) on the Prices and Booking tab on the yellow menu above.
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Lift pass, lessons and material

In the booking steps it is indicated for which days the lift pass is valid. If you want to use the ski lift on a different day than indicated in the booking process, please contact our contact centre by telephone. It is not possible to change the days of the lift pass once you have arrived at the destination. If you wish to extend the lift pass, it can often be booked as an extra. The price for extending the lift pass can be found in the booking. If you choose “no lift pass”, the discount can also be found in the booking process.

Discounts:

The lift pass for children up to 5 years and for seniors aged 75 and over is free. Children from 6 to 11 years old and seniors aged 65 to 74 receive discounts on the lift pass. These discounts will be automatically calculated in the package price. If you are entitled to the free lift pass, choose 'no lift pass' when booking. The free lift pass and discounted lift passes can be picked up at the resort upon presentation of your ID.

The above fees and discounts are valid only when booking with Sunweb. Other rates are used at the resort.

Ski and snowboard rental can be specified immediately upon booking. There is no ski rental store in Villeneuve. The rented ski and snowboard equipment can be collected at the ski rental store in Chantemerle.

When you book Gold or Diamond ski equipment you can exchange it once a week for free, for snowboard equipment or freeride skis (unavailable on weekends).

The following types of material can be booked:

Bronze

This material is ideal for beginners and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. This material is particularly agile, so it makes turning and breaking easy. Parallel skiing is also possible with these skis.

Silver

This is ideal material for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. The material is agile, but also suitable to cut corners sharp. Even at high speeds these skis provide great performance.

Gold

These skis and snowboards are made of high quality material, and are perfect for experienced skiers. This comfortable material is suitable on all track types and snow conditions.

Diamond

These are high performance skis and snowboards with the latest technology, and are suitable for the most experienced skiers.

TIP: Tell our rental partner your exact requirements (eg off piste skiing) so they can help you select the right material.

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