I decided to repost this from a year or so ago. This stair gate is up for grabs for about 5€. I’ll even deliver it for 50c/km. Please bear in mind that this is a narrow one. I think its actual official title is something like the TommyTippeToes Narrow Stair Gate or something like that.
- A site is that is easy to maintain, you can easily blog and add new pages and links by using just a browser or even a phone!
- Traffic: it isn’t as good as it was a few years ago, but it still managed to get nearly 2000 unique visitors in November
- A mailing list of 637 active and well behaved subscribers
- A Facebook page with 2045 fans
- A Twitter account with 705 followers
- 1693 blog posts
- 99 pages
- An 11 year old domain name with one owner and is still squeaky clean in Googles eyes
For this I’d really like lots of money, but as I am desperate I will accept €2000 for the lot. If you are interested in it, please get in touch by the contact form here or call me on +33 (0) 640 128 725. This is a brilliant opportunity for somebody who runs a business in the valley, but now that is not really me. I’m going to concentrate on my new business and of course playing in the new highly portable version of The Harper Brothers, who will be playing at a bar near you this winter
I’m currently putting together a new site a bit like this one, but just based around apartments. Why? Because Google doesn’t seem to like this anymore (but I am working on it). Anyway, in doing so I have been looking where some of the properties are on there. I really don’t know why we don’t seem to see them, but there are some horrible looking buildings around this area. You get so used to looking at a the snow capped mountains and the untouched snowfields and the sun shining so brightly, that you don’t tend to look at what is in front of you.
I was writing about Le Plaine Alpe block in Villeneuve today where Duncan has a nice little 2 person studio apartment up for rent – inside it looks fine, but from the outside it is so ugly. There were quite a lot of these built in the 70s when Serre Chevalier was having its ‘White Goldrush’ – a lot of them were down to a Monsieur Dyon who I have heard is no oil painting either. Dyon was responsible for building L’Aravet – nice!
These days the trend is to build concrete buildings and then clad them with wood to make them look a bit more authentic. In the 70s nobody cared.
The apartment is available to book now, but at the moment prices are to be confirmed. Follow this link here and Duncan will get back to you with a price that will make the block seem much more attractive!
I just saw this message over on our Facebook page from Filip:
My name is Filip, I come from Montenegro. The first time I’ll be in Serre Chevalier and I would be very grateful if you give me some information about the ski resort. I was most interested in information on snow conditions. Coming in January (04 to 01/12/2014) and I’m interested in your experience when it comes to the amount of snow at the time. Being located in Briancon.Is there enough snow at this time of year? We are located near Prorel gondola, is that right? are there shops nearby? Any information is welcome, especially those relating amounts of snow. Thank you in advance. Greetings from Montenegro.
Hi Filip: It’s snowing now and it will continue to do so off and on until April (usually). January is probably best for snow and it is usually when Serre Chevalier is at its coldest. Briançon is at the lower end of the valley and the main slopes down to the town are more south facing, so it does sometimes suffer when we get into March and April, but in January and February it is just fine.
The Prorel gondola is the only lift up from the town of Briançon and it is indeed located in the town, so very near shops, bars, restaurants etc. Be sure to say Hi to Jan and Jules at the Auberge de Mont Prorel, an excellent bar at the bottom of the lift. Oh and do come along to see some live music at Bar Le Central too.
Well luckily we had booked the car in to get the tyres swapped over for its snow tyres yesterday. Just as well really as it has been merrily chucking it down overnight, not outrageously, but reasonable.
People who tend to hang onto their cars for a while tend to have a spare set of rims with their snow tyres on and then merrily swap them over themselves. We don’t have that luxury unfortunately as I have never found a set of rims in the right size.
So yes it is snowing, the last lot melted at village level, but it’s all building up on the mountain. So it looks like a good average snowfall for this time if year I reckon.
If you were to look at the weather forecast for last night there wasn’t that much mention of snow this morning. This was if course fairly wrong, it’s just gone from being a couple of flakes to fairly full on snow in the last 30mins or so. It’s all boding well for this season which starts in one months time.
The forecast for the weekend is rain and storms which doesn’t sound too much fun. I’m actually off to Nyons on Saturday night for a Harper Brothers gig, so I can see that being a fairly eventful journey.
Here’s one of those ‘bijou’ apartments that couples and friends like. You are both in one room, but it’s got two of those single sofa beds that can sleep two people separately – ideal for a couple of blokes who don’t want to get too friendly. It does also mean that one of you can crash out while the other one can sit up drinking red wine ’til the early hours of the morning.
This apartment is up in the Aravet part of Villeneuve, which is one of the livelier parts of Serre Chevalier. It’s only a short stumble to La Grotte, but far enough so no noise will bother you. The best part of this apartment is its location. Although it is on the 4th floor (there’s a lift to save your ‘skiing knees’), the ski locker room is on the ground floor, which opens out onto the piste. You will have to walk over to the Aravet bubble or the Casse de Boeuf chairlift, but you will be able to ski back right to the apartment.
You can find out more about this apartment on my new site that I am making at the moment (yes I know I left it a bit late!).
We are all waking up to a winter wonderland here in Serre Chevalier. The snow started falling during the early hours and we have a bit of a whiteout here in Briancon so I can only imagine what it’s like further up the valley. [click to continue…]
This Serre Chevalier apartment is one of six in a building called La Claire Fontaine. It is a large 3rd floor apartment with a mezzanine in a converted traditional village house right in the centre of Chantemerle (Serre Chevalier 1350) and only a couple of minutes walk from the ski lifts. The apartment sleeps 6 people in 3 bedrooms. [click to continue…]
Mountain High Seasons News: I’m contacting you to let you know about our excellent apartment in Serre Chevalier, France and to let you know about our discount – 10% off when booked before 1st November 2013. We still have some available dates so please contact me for details. [click to continue…]