Serre Chevalier (Grand Serre Chevalier)

Stunning Village with Briancon a big town just down the road.

'Serre Chevalier', home of Luc Alphand, the downhill world champion from 1995 to 1997, is found near the Italian border. Offering indirect links to Montgenèvre and the Milky Way, it has its own 250km of pistes and another 900km available with the Grande Galaxie Pass. The resort itself is very much an intermediates' paradise, good for beginners, and there is still plenty to keep the more advanced skiers happy. More accomplished skiers are best advised to head for Monetier for some good black pistes, or a considerable variety of off-piste terrain. Two-thirds of the mountain enjoys wooded surroundings and, as the slopes are north-facing, they do hold snow. Boarders will find masses to do, particularly those more advanced, with a specialist park and good off-piste.

The overall impression of Serre Chevalier is one of traditional, almost 'provencal' charm, particularly in Monetier. It is an atmospheric venue, of good value and unpretentious, also with a strong French feel. The restaurants serve good local fare, a car is a good option, allowing you to try each village's eateries but there is also a bus linking up the resorts. Briancon is a great destination if you are looking for off-snow activities. Families may be particularly attracted, with a very good ski school and decent childcare provision. Turin and its airport are two and a half hours away.

Briancon has many activities including there famous ice skating ring where the ice hockey team Briancon will play there home matches.

Attributes

Family Friendly
Great Off-Piste
Great for Mixed Abilities
Choice of Restaurants
Large Ski Area
Easy Slope Access
Scenic
Snow Park
Beginner Friendly

Facilities

Sports Centre
Gym
Swimming Pool
Sauna
Hot Tub
Ice Rink
Paragliding
Hang Gliding
Walking Trails
Child Care
Resort Bus

Activities

Off-Piste: Good
Off-Piste Guides
Off-Piste Equipment
Ski Touring
Cross-Country: 35.0
Cross-Country Equipment
Night Skiing
Ski Doos
Torch Light Descents
Sleigh Rides
Skiing & Boarding

Beginners

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboarding

Off-Piste

Lifts & Slopes
Highest Lift:
2800m
Lowest Lift:
1200m
No of lifts:
63
No of slopes:
107
Total piste length:
250km
Longest run:
7km
Snow parks:
1
Snow cannons:
320
Off piste:
Cross country:
35km
Transfer Info:
Grenoble - Car 2 hrs : Coach 3 hrs
Turin - 2 hrs
Chambery - 3 hrs
Lyons - 3 hrs 45 mins
Marseille - 4 hrs
Briancon - 10mins

* All times are approximate

Accommodation