One of the benefits of the Serre Chevalier Season Pass is you get a total of 15 days (!) of skiing in
all most of the other local stations (with the gaping omission of La Grave) so today we had a family day out at Puy-Saint-Vincent.
You have to drive about a 30min from Briancon to get to the village of Puy-Saint-Vincant 1800 and as soon as you’re driving up the mountain to the resort you can’t help but notice the huge hotel/commercial centre that dominates the station. I can just imagine the developers in the 1960s with their scale models and stories to the banks of a ‘cruise ship’ in the mountains with all the ‘modern’ amenities anyone could ask for – cinema, 2-seat chair lifts, indoor shopping area etc.
The village has a decidedly non-French vibe about it which feels odd at first but then when you look at all the coaches in the car park with Hungarian & Czech licence plates you realise this place has been left behind and you’ve stepped into a little Alpine slice of Eastern Europe – it’s all a bit clunky. Luckily – we like clunky 😉
This is a place you should visit for a day or two if you’re in the area;
There’s 1000m of vertical so you can do some decent runs. The resort is situated on a north face so the snow is awesome. The old-skool lifts add some wonky character to the place and there’s un-groomed black runs up the top. For the kids there’s a little sledge run & a playground and the whole place feels generally chilled. So Puy-Saint-Vincent get’s a Big Hairy Rider Thumbs Up!