Sere Chevalier is home to some of the best ski and alpine conditions in Europe. The diversity and challenges of the environment has created some exceptional home grown athletes, none more so than the French former alpine skiing world champion and race car driver – Luc Alphand.
Alphand was born in our very own Briancon, which holds the title of the highest town in the European union, and it was here that he mastered his trade.
In 1984 Alphand made his professional debut but he would have to wait over a decade before his first World cup victory, winning the downhill in Kitzbühel, Austria in 1995. Following this victory the medals began to flow and In 1997 he won the World Cup collecting points in the two speed disciplines downhill and the Super-G, a unique achievement in World Cup history to this day. Alphand retired from competitive skiing at his peak in 1997 only to begin a career in auto racing, competing first in the Nissan Micra Stars Cup (1997-1998), followed by the Le Mans series (2001), the FIA GT Championship and the Lamborghini Super Trophy (2002).
Alphand competed in the Dakar Rally finishing runner up and going on to win the event the following year, giving him another unique achievement as the first former professional skier to win the Paris-Dakar.
Not content with a distinguished career in skiing and motorcar racing, Alphand began competing in another passion – motorcycle racing. In June 2009 whilst competing in the Rand’Auvergne all-terrain motorcycle race he suffered severe back injuries in an accident and was forced to retire from competitive auto racing due to health reasons in November 2010 at the age of 45.
Alphand still lives in his home town of Briancon, easily accessible on a Grenoble airport transfer. Close by is the local village of Chantemerle where you will find a black ski run named in his honor.
Luc Alphand still visits his home town regularly and you never know, arrive one day on a Turin airport transfer and you might just bump into the man himself on some of the resorts famous runs.
For further information on how to reach Sere Chevalier on a Turin airport transfer or a Grenoble airport transfer please visit our website or contact Alpine Transfer Company direct on Tel: +33 685 687 131.