Serre Chevalier France Overview
An idyllic mountain region located in the Hautes-Alpes department in Southern France, Serre Chevalier is recognised as one of the largest ski resorts in Europe and in recent years has asserted itself amongst preferred destinations for skiers. Serre Chevalier is made up of the four villages of Briançon, St Chaffrey-Chantemerle, Villeneuve, and Le Monêtier-les-Bain; all full of rustic charm that is hard not miss especially when overlooking the village from the surrounding valleys. There is a great deal of character in the villages and areas which makeup Serre Chevalier. Briançon fort and its tower serve as a proud relic and monument to the village’s military past to the 17th century traditional stone houses and cobbled streets in Villeneuve and St Chaffrey-Chantemerle.
Serre Chevalier ski resort sits at an impressive altitude at 2,800 metres above sea level at its highest point and has a combined 1600km drop. It also has an equally impressive snow record throughout the winter seasons and over 250 km of connecting snowy pistes across the ski area. Whilst Serre Chevalier can be viewed as favourable to all ski levels of ability, it particularly appeals to confident intermediaries looking to level up. With a wide selection of red and blue runs spread out across the ski area which stretches over the mountain range, intermediate skiers can be assured of finding quiet cruises to home in on their skills. There are also off-piste opportunities for seasoned skiers and beginners can also find dedicated nursery runs at the bottom of Le Monetier (amongst others).
Endorsed and recognised with a Famille Plus resort, Serre Chevalier is an ideal resort for the family. There are easy slopes at St Chaffrey-Chantemerle and Villeneuve which are very well suited to young children. There is also a good selection of nurseries, ski schools and great entertainment facilities for families with children.
If you’re flying from the UK, the quickest and convenient route to Serre Chevalier will be the heading down the D1091 from Alpes-Isere Airport in Grenoble which will take just over 2 hours. Other options will be via Turin Airport but that route may be subject to more than one toll stops. Visiting via train perhaps? The Oulx train station in Turin is just over 30 minutes’ drive to the resort.
Skiing in Serre Chevalier ski resort
There is a lot to look forward to at Serre Chevalier for a complete ski experience. Although most of the pistes in Serre Chevalier may appeal to intermediates looking to up the ante, there is plenty on offer for experienced skiers and beginners alike, thanks to the sheer size of the resort and the expansive terrain it encompasses.
- Seasoned skiers with a zest for adventure and a need for speed can find steep black runs coming down the Casse du Boeuf in the village of Villenueve as well as the Luc Aphnad in Chantemerle. Or head over to Moentier and take the Bachas chairlift up from the village and come down the Tabuc for a breathtaking 2176m descent through a wooded area down the side of the mountain. There are also black runs coming down L’Eychauda at 2659m; enough to wet the appetite for adrenaline. Looking for even more challenges? Off-piste potential can be found at nearby Col du Lauteret.
- There is a good selection of nursery slopes for beginners at Serre Chevalier. The Trois Croix green is a superb run which winds through a scenic woodland and leads all the way down to Chantermerle; an excellent run to perhaps build on confidence. The wooded green coming down Frejus is a wide-open bowl perfect for beginners and with ample room to test and improve on their turns. Beginners also get to enjoy the views from high up, coming down Chameant run on the Col Mea valley. There is also a good amount of ski schools and instructors abound at Serre Chevalier for novices and young children.
- Nirvana for the intermediates. A wide array of cruisy reds and wooded blues which are mostly long enough to allow the skier ample time to settle into. The Aiguillette chair lift over Chantermerle connects skiers with the often secluded Eduit and Aiguillette red runs; slightly steeper and more challenging than other reds and blues but perfect for acceleration.On the other side of the Col Du Prorel from Aiguillette and above Briançon there are more exciting blue and reds to be found; the Prorel gondola leaves from Briançon village.
- There are a total of 55 lifts, gondolas and a cable car connecting skiers to just over 250km of ski area, including the two recently installed lifts on Monetier; Eychaudra and Cibouit. There is also night skiing at Villeneuve which offers pictorial night-time views of the village below. Interestingly, you can grab a mid-ski barbeque from 2 different barbeque spots high up on either Col Du Prorel and Col de la Cucumelle.
Snowboarding in Serre Chevalier Briançon
Snowboarders are not left out by any means at Serre Chevalier. The resort is a top destination for Snowboarders in France, much thanks to its off piste terrain and snow sure natural terrain with gullies and banks and freestyle opportunities. Snowboarders of all skill abilities can be assured of a memorable ski experience at Serre Chevalier.
- There is an excellent snow park that can be easily accessed via lift services from Villeneuve and Chantermerle with an icy halfpipe perfect for freestylers. The terrain on the snow park has wide open runs and is steeped to ensure acceleration. The park is divided into 4 areas each designated to suit different ski ability and skill.
- The Melezone and Border Cross snow parks above Chantermerle are particularly appealing to intermediate and expert skiers. Both parks are steeped to ensure acceleration and momentum built for freestyle boarders. Beginners and cautious intermediaries are better suited to the Funny Cross on Col du Prorel above Briançon.
- Funny Cross snow park is perfect for all abilities, especially novices and young children out to have a fun time on the slopes.
- There are off piste possibilities to be found in the Cucumelle valley with access via the Cucumelle or Vallons chair lifts; however the best chance of off piste experience may just lie in Monetier with its large open bowls and steep slopes.
Snow Conditions in Serre Chevalier France
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Facilities in Serre Chevalier Briançon
There are a host of top facilities available at Serre Chevalier. You can find fantastic accommodation, traditional shops and a wide array of other leisure activities.
Ski Hire in Serre Chevalier
At a large resort spanning across 4 villages, there is an abundance of ski equipment hired on site, regardless what part of the village you will be residing in. To save yourself the hassle of searching for a ski hire when you arrive at the resort, why not book your ski hire with us here at Ernalow. We have a decades of long standing relationships with resort outlets and we can always arrange great quality ski equipment that will be ready and waiting for pick up on arrival at the resort.
Ski Passes in Serre Chevalier
Ski passes in Serre Chevalier are available for purchase on arrival at the resort. You can also book your Serre Chevalier ski passes online with us here at Erna Low. Our longstanding relationships with resort partners ensures that we can get the best deals for you on ski passes.
Spa and Pool in Serre Chevalier
There is a selection of quality spas and wellness centres at Serre Chevalier where visitors can relax and unwind after exertions on the pistes and from other resort excursions and activities. Les Grand Bains in Monetier is a highly rated ‘spa thermoludique’ and wellness center. This establishment provides a range of treatment and wellness services from facial treatments to massages and natural water care such as mineral hydromassages baths. You can also enjoy these services whilst enjoying the stunning view of the mountain from within the comfort of the spa. You can also unwind at the L’Esprita Spa in Briançon for a much-needed soothing session of massages, saunas and jacuzzis.
Shops in Serre Chevalier
Walking through the quaint and winding streets in the different villages of Serre Chevalier, you are bound to come upon little and traditional shops. You can find various shops around from supermarkets to local shops with local and traditional delicacies from the region. Across Briançon, Villeneuve, Chantermerle and Le Monetier you can be rest assured on finding traditional, tourist shops for finding gifts for family and friends.
Facilities for Children in Serre Chevalier France
Serre Chevalier is an ideal family resort and particularly for the facilities that cater to children.
Ski Schools in Serre Chevalier
There are numerous ski schools and private ski instructors in Serre Chevalier. New Generation ski school in Serre Chevalier is a team of British and French ski instructors, who are fully qualified and trained ski instructors with excellent knowledge of the mountains and terrain in the area. Their services are tailored towards children, novices and intermediaries looking to improve their skill. Ski Connections Ski School is a Villenueve ski school for all levels of skiers including young children. They are also an English speaking school and have qualified trainers fluent in both languages. Other ski schools offering services tailored for children are ESF and ESI.
Children’s Entertainment in Serre Chevalier
Children’s activities and entertainment in Serre Chevalier includes ice skating rinks in Chantemerle and Villenueve, indoor swimming facilities and leisure centres particularly enjoyed by families. There are also cinemas and occasional ice hockey matches. Additionally, the majority of the restaurants have children/child specials.
Childcare in Serre Chevalier
Parents looking for childcare in Serre Chevalier can look to Piou-Piou nursery which is run by the ESF ski school. The Garderie de Poussin also looks after children from 8 months up to 6 years of age. There are also a host of independent nannies and childminders across the four villages in Serre Chevalier.