The 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 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.
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.