Serre Chevalier or otherwise known as “Serre Che” by the locals is a fantastic ski holiday destination, a true hidden gem full of charm and character, offering 250km of piste and forms part of the massive Grande Galaxie Area. Serre Chevalier is made up of 13 small villages each with there own special charm. Each village has its own good lift system, and it is easily possible to ski between the villages or they are serviced by an efficient regular bus service. We have a wide choice of winter Serre Chevalier ski holiday packages to choose from where you can fly form your local regional airport.
Serre Chevalier is one of the biggest ski areas in France with 250km of slopes, and with over two-thirds of the slopes covered in trees, and most of the slopes North facing it is a paradise for any skiing enthusiast. It is possible to ski between 1200 -2830m so a massive 1630m of vertical descent to explore.
If the 250km is not enough for you a 6-day lift pass for Serre-Chevalier will cover a day’s pass in Les Deux Alpes, Alpe d’Huez, Montgenevre and the whole of the Milky Way in Italy. For all of these fantastic resorts, it is possible to access them by car or buy bus.
Out of the 13 villages that make up Serre Chevalier there are 4 main areas: Briancon, Chantemerle, Villeneuve and Le Montier les Bains, however, each village has its own personality.
Briancon is a typical French old town, located on a hill, surrounded by old walls and filled with cobbled streets. Many of the shops sell local souvenirs and it is filled with small restaurants serving local specialties. Here there is an ice rink and new swimming pool facility with a sauna and a hot tub.
Chantemerle is a quaint traditional village with great access to the whole of the Serre Chevalier ski area and is situated between Briancon and Villeneuve. There are a few bars that are popular for après ski and the famous nightclub La Dune.
Villeneuve is a purpose built village with fantastic skiing access with plenty of shops and bars to choose from including the popular Baita disco. There are a wide choice of activities including parapenting and ice driving.
Le Montier les Bain is famous for its hot steam baths and is filled with old traditional buildings. It provides excellent aces to the slopes. Activities include natural ice rink and a new swimming pool with fantastic views.
Click to enlarge
* Locations are for guidance use only.
Serre Chevalier has a massive ski area of 250km and is one of the biggest in France and forms part of the giant Grande Galaxie Area. With a maximum elevation of 2830m, there are plenty of slopes to suite all abilities and it is filled with treeline skiing and north-facing slopes. If this ski area is not enough for you, your6 day lift pass will work for a day in the following; Les Deux Alpes, Alpe d’Huez, Montgenevre and the whole of the Milky Way in Italy. All of these resorts are possible to get to the bus with local bus services.
All the villages have their own nursery slopes and plenty of beginner trails to choose from. There are also a large number of blue pistes to practice on. The best runs on which to practice are the green runs above the Frejus gondola from Villeneuve and there are many green paths form Chantemerle to Villeneuve.
Serre Chevalier’s slopes are perfect to suite intermediate skiers, even though there are more reds than blue pistes most of the red runs are relatively straight forward, ideal for perfecting your technique. Popular trails for intermediates include Le Petit Alpe, Grand Gargouille and Bois des Coqs. For the more adventurous intermediates, there is a beautiful long red through Cucumelle on the edge of Villeneuve.
Advanced skiers have plenty of off-piste opportunities and a wide choice of ski touring terrain to choose from, for which local guides are available. The best black pistes run down from Villeneuve to Cucumelle offing an 800m vertical drop on well-groomed pistes.
The snow parks are easily reached form the towns of Chantemerle and Villeneuve and are divided into 3 sections dependent on ability. They over 30 different features.
Après ski in Serre Chevalier is relaxed and informal with plenty of popular bars to choose from. La Grotte du Yeti is lively and popular and offers busy après ski 6 nights a week. Le Frog and Loco Loco offer exciting live music and La Baita and Bam Bam are popular nightclubs.
Le Monetier is a British run bar and Bar de l’Alpen has live music and shows live sport on TV. La Grotte du Yeti is located at the bottom of the slopes in Villeneuve has a good happy hour and later doubles up as a nightclub. The funky Loco Loco bar is in the old village and also gets very lively. The Frog is very popular with the British and the Cocoon is popular with the locals.
There are many well-distributed mountain restaurants; with particular note to Chalet Hotel Serre Ratier, located at the top of the cable car from Chantemerle. It has great service and delicious food. The Bivouac de la Casse is a charming chalet which offers both self-service and table service. With inside and outside seating it is a popular choice.
There is a leisure complex in the old town of Briancon complete with pools, hot tubs, sauna, and steam room. In Le Monetier there is a large thermal spa complex called Les Grand Bains perfect for tired skiers with outdoor and indoor pools. In Villeneuve, there is a cinema and outdoor ice rink.
Swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, ice rinks, thermal Baths, torchlight descents, fitness center, parapenting, learn to drive a piste basher and a floodlit ice-driving center.