Things To Do (Winter)

WINTER SPORTS

dsc01974The ski area of La Jarjatte is literally a 5 minute drive from the chalet…it is only small with 6 button (drag) lifts, however, it is absolutely ideal for beginners or intermediate skiers. It is very much a family friendly ski area and is very well run, with a restaurant, ski hire, ski school and a good nursery area. We have quite a few guests who have been several years running as they enjoy it so much. Because it is so close, we will often go back to the chalet for lunch and it also means that if anyone is tired and had enough for the day, it’s not a problem to drop them back at the chalet. The problem with this though is that not everyone makes it out again after lunch….some prefer to throw another log on the fire and just chill out with a book… Sarah my wife is a little prone to this approach…!

There is no need to book ski passes in advance for La Jarjatte. You can buy a day, morning or afternoon session. The really good thing is that if you buy a day pass, and then finish early, you take your pass to the kisok and they will credit you (in time) for any unused time. I have never come across this before anywhere, but it is a really good idea and makes the passes even better value. Lets face it, at about €11 per day for an adult, they are not expensive. If you did want to buy a weekly pass, you will need photo’s.

If you need to rent any ski’s/boards, the local hire shop (converted farmers barn, but don’t be put off as it may be small, but they are very professional) at La Jarjatte is really good. Book equipment in advance to be sure if high season i.e. French school holidays. If you need any help with this, let us know and Louise will book for you. The same goes for lessons at La Jarjatte.

If for any reason the snow isn’t great, or you want to go to a larger ski area, Superdevoluy/Joue da Loup is a huge and impressive
resort and only 45 minutes drive away via Veynes. Details below.

LA JARJATTE



LA JOUE DU LOUP – SUPER DEVOLUY

Super Devoluy and La Joue du Loup are 2 separate resorts, joined together by the same ski area and lifts. Don’t bother to drive to Super Devoluy, but park at Joue du Loup as there is plenty of free car parking and you can ski both areas. The variety of skiing is impressive, with all the usual snowboard parks etc. Needless to say the ski pass prices reflect this, but, we went again last Christmas and it just gets better and better. They are putting a lot of money into the resort and facilities. Even if the snow is great at La Jarjatte, I would recommend a visit to Devoluy and it will only take 45 minutes to drive there from the chalet.
www.ledevoluy.com

As if that wasn’t enough, there are also several other ski areas, all within a 75 minute drive. We went to Laye (60 minute drive) for the first time last year and enjoyed it so much we went back again. Ancelle (75 minute drive) is also really worthwhile a visit – You Tube clip below.

Louise who looks after the chalet for us (lives in the village) knows all the ski areas well and will be happy to advise, give directions, confirm snow conditions etc.


ANCELLE

Guest Comments

Cracking chalet in a great location. Well equipped and very comfortable. Nice and clean with everything we needed to make the stay pleasurable. No snow at Jarjaratte, but good skiing on Super Devoluy which was less than an hours drive away with some breathtaking scenery. The chalet was always nice to come back to, especially with the fire and the logs which are provided. Some lovely walks around, and a wonderful restaurant in the village where we went twice because it was so good and Marie looked after both of our familes so well. Many thanks to Duncan and Sarah and Louise for making our stay so enjoyable...we have already booked again for next year!

Stuart Irwin & Family – Kent (January 2017)

We have just returned from a wonderful family holiday in the chalet. The area surrounding Lus la Croix Haute is truly breathtaking. The chalet itself has everything you need for a relaxing holiday and was very clean when we arrived. The beds are very comfortable and though on several days the temperature reached 30 degrees we were never too hot in the evenings as the chalet (as long as the shutter are shut in the day when we were out) keeps nice and cool, though fans are available if needed. We especially enjoyed walking up to Les Pervanches restaurant in the evening and sampling local produce cooked to perfection, and with a four course meal for 18 euros we could not have asked for more. We visited Gap and Die and especially loved the lake at Veynes and the natural plunge pool just a ten minute walk away. There is more than enough to keep you occupied in the area but if you are just feeling lazy then the chalet has 2 acres of grounds, a table tennis table and sunbeds. The chalet was everything we were hoping for and Duncan could not have been more helpful, always replying to queries however trivial within just a few hours in many cases. We will certainly be recommending the chalet to family and friends.

Jo Carney and Family – Lincolnshire (August 2016)

“Just a short note to say that we all had a great time in your beautiful home. From start to finish, we had a relaxing and stress-free time, even with a 2yr and 3month old in tow.! The chalet is gorgeous and the village is really sweet, as are the locals. The surrounding area is great for walks & activities. Louise was really friendly & helpful as well. Loved it.”

Gary & Janette O’Hagan – Northern Ireland

We had a wonderful weeks stay here at the end of June. The weather was fantastic. The house has everything you need and more. Very spacious inside and lots of outdoor space too for relaxing, playing games or enjoying a BBQ. The kitchen is fully equipped. The location gave us easy access to local attractions as well other attractions a short drive away such as Grenoble which has a lake you can swim in. Remuzat, a great place to watch vultures from the top of the mountain, which you can drive most of the way up if you don’t fancy the walk. Visited The Citadel in Sisteron, lovely panoramic views from the top, the town is lovely too. From the house it’s a short walk into the village where there’s a local supermarket to buy your essentials. A butchers we used most days that also sells bread, cakes and wine. There are also some nice restaurants if you’re looking to dine out. Didn’t use the nearby outdoor swimming pool but it looked very inviting. Also nearby is a plunge pool which we visited a few times, once after climbing one of the mountains opposite. Very cold but great to dip your feet in after a long hike. If you like walking, nature, exploring or simply just relaxing then this is the place to stay. Booking was made very easy. The owners provided lots of info on the local area and places to see and things to do. We will definitely be booking again. Highly Recommend!

Matt Powell - Buckinghamshire (June 2018)

We've just had the most amazing time here. The house is splendid and fully lives up to the description, roomy and well laid out with just about everything you could need for a comfortable stay. Very relaxing and a real home-from-home when you add in the freesat capability for the TV and broadband that satisfied our teenager. Our boys also loved the table tennis table in the basement and the garden plenty big enough to play frisbee in. We found that the nearby river was a great source of fun, with lovely plunge pools that you can almost swim in, and plenty of places to sunbathe. Further up the valley, our youngest loved the high-ropes course at Accrobuech. We also had a couple of day trips out to the lakes at la Germanette. The spectacular mountain road to Die is worth the drive as is the walk to the suspension footbridge at Mayres-Savel. Our hidden gem of the holiday (not to be found online) was the pottery of Michel Cohen, about halfway between Aspremont and Serres. Only a small roadside sign to point the way off the main road, but a treasure trove of wood-fired pottery from a friendly and English speaking artisan. The owners are very helpful and responded quickly to our questions when we were booking, making the whole process very easy. There's no question that we will book again if we return to this area.

James Cornah & Family - Cheshire (August 2018)

Fantastic holiday, which ticked all our boxes: Spacious, well maintained, good quality accommodation Beautiful mountain area with well marked footpaths Amazing mountain biking up to 5,000' from the doorstep (XC) Challenging road bike hill climbing area Convenient village shops Local outdoor swimming (both the heated village pool and the river) Local English speaking assistance available Well worth the drive. We only used the car for a supermarket shop and to swim in the lake at Veynes. (Don't miss the inflatable aqua obstacle course at Veynes - children and adults. Brilliant fun) We loved it - adults and teenage children

Diane Henderson & Family - Lancashire (August 2018)

A very comfortable, clean and well equipped chalet located in a picturesque setting. The description of the property given on both the Holiday France Direct site and that of the owner is accurate and honest. We travelled between the summer and winter seasons therefore some of the restaurants in the village were only open on odd occasions, no problems, the chalet has a very well equipped kitchen enabling us to practice our French Cuisine from the produce purchased in the local market. The village is quite isolated so be prepared to travel a bit if supermarket shopping is your thing. The booking process was easy and the owner Duncan responded very quickly and provided extensive details of the property and things to do in the local area. I particularly enjoyed mountain biking near the property. A local bike shop was able to complete running repairs on a buckled wheel, some of the terrain is quite rough but easier tracks and quite roads are available. We will go back to the area and would have no hesitation in recommending this property to family and friends.

James Tucker - Wiltshire (October 2018)