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Historic Briançon frames the eastern end of Serre Chevalier ski resort.
Historic Briançon frames the eastern end of Serre Chevalier ski resort.
From valley to high alpine, Serre Chevalier's Prorel gondola above Briançon.
From valley to high alpine, Serre Chevalier's Prorel gondola above Briançon.
Serre Chevalier off piste powder - days after the last snowfall.
Serre Chevalier off piste powder - days after the last snowfall.
Serre Ratier area above Chantemerle.
Serre Ratier area above Chantemerle.
Serre Chevalier has excellent childrens' programs and facilities.
Serre Chevalier has excellent childrens' programs and facilities.
Delicious local cuisine at Briançon.
Delicious local cuisine at Briançon.
Alpine to valley skiing at its best in Serre Chevalier.
Alpine to valley skiing at its best in Serre Chevalier.
Challenging terrain under the Yret chair at Serre Chevalier ski resort.
Challenging terrain under the Yret chair at Serre Chevalier ski resort.
Great tree skiing at Serre Chevalier near the Aiguillette chair.
Great tree skiing at Serre Chevalier near the Aiguillette chair.
The historic Cite Vauban in Briancon with Serre Chevalier behind.
The historic Cite Vauban in Briancon with Serre Chevalier behind.
Off piste above the Bachas area in Serre Chevalier.
Off piste above the Bachas area in Serre Chevalier.
Two glorious BBQ areas are at Serre Chevalier, this one near Prorel.
Two glorious BBQ areas are at Serre Chevalier, this one near Prorel.
Serre Chevalier has a total of 20 chairlifts.
Serre Chevalier has a total of 20 chairlifts.
Easy access to off piste terrain at the Col De La Cucmelle.
Easy access to off piste terrain at the Col De La Cucmelle.
Skiing powder at Serre Chevalier.
Skiing powder at Serre Chevalier.
Alpine bowl near the La Cucumelle chairlift.
Alpine bowl near the La Cucumelle chairlift.
Serre Chevalier has huge wide intermediate terrain (near Vallons chairlift).
Serre Chevalier has huge wide intermediate terrain (near Vallons chairlift).
Serre Chevalier's modern Ratier gondola.
Serre Chevalier's modern Ratier gondola.
Lifts extending up from the popular Bachas area at Serre Chevalier.
Lifts extending up from the popular Bachas area at Serre Chevalier.
Serre Chevalier's valley runs include this superb one down to Briancon.
Serre Chevalier's valley runs include this superb one down to Briancon.

Serre Chevalier

Serre Chevalier Ski Resort France

Serre Chevalier ski resort in France has everything for the Powderhound and their family.  Whether it is riding powder in high alpine terrain, ripping it through some of Europe's best trees in its larch forests, cruising the piste or having the children looked after in one of the best organised children's' programs going around, Serre Chevalier ticks the box..

A huge ski area of over 3900hectares, Serre Chevalier ski resort extends for 15km along the valley to include the towns of Briancon, St Chaffrey, Chantermerle, La Salle Les Alpes and Le Monetier Les Bains. More than just a ski resort, the area's wonderful history is best expressed in the old Vauban Fort that dominates the skyline above Briancon. The fort's main street, the Grande Rue, was originally constructed in the year 1345!

Serre Chevalier is a classic ski resort, worthy of a bigger reputation than it has.

Serre Chevalier Skiing And Snowboarding Terrain

A vast ski resort like Serre Chevalier has something for everyone, whether you are a rank beginner or seasoned expert. Long groomed piste, top to bottom valley runs, all levels of tree skiing, natural half pipes, challenging steeps and wide open alpine bowls.  Snowboarders may struggle on some traverses, but the resort is generally snowboard friendly.

For more detailed information and terrain ratings see the Skiing Serre Chevalier page.

Serre Chevalier Snow and Weather

Serre Chevalier has a consistent snow record,  receiving snow from multiple weather directions. The 16/17 season saw Serre Chevalier and surrounding areas receive excellent early season snow setting up a deep solid base and surpassing just about everywhere else in Europe.  Snow quality up high is superb, and snow-making ensures lower beginner areas and valley runs are well covered. The Powderhounds easily found fresh, untracked snow 6 days after the last snowfall - a big thumbs up.

Where is Serre Chevalier, France?

Serre Chevalier is located in south east France, 240km south of Geneva and 110km west of Turin. Marseilles is 260km to the south. Gateway airports for international travelers are Milan and Geneva with Paris being an option (see train travel below). The regional airports of Turin, Grenoble and Marseilles are an option for travelers from most UK and European cities.  

From the south, connections to Serre Chevalier by train from Marseilles to Briancon are straight forward. From the north, trains from Paris, Geneva, Turin or Milan are conveniently met at Oulx train station by buses which swiftly complete the 30km trip to all Serre Chevalier towns and villages via Montgenevre. Four bus trips a day link Grenoble to Serre Chevalier. Local buses link Briancon to the other Serre Chevalier base areas.

For more detailed information see the Travel to Serre Chevalier page.

Nearby Ski Resorts

Several great ski resorts are very close to Serre Chevalier.  To the north is Montgenevre and the Via Lattea resorts in Italy including Sestriere and Oulx. 38km to the west is the legendary freeride mountain of La Grave which links with the huge ski resort of Les Deux Alpes.  To the south is the relatively unknown but extensive Risoul-Vars ski resort.

Serre Chevalier Accommodation

With effectively 4 base areas spread along 15km, a huge choice of accommodation options awaits the Powderhound visiting Serre Chevalier.  Some dated, relatively ugly, high rise apartment blocks front the ski resort in many locations, but there are also some real gems.

In La Salle Les Alpes try:
Le Petit Sport - operated by Pinewood Chalets, provides a modern, comfortable, budget option close to the cable car base. Excellent weekly accommodation packages can include transfers and meals. The Pinewood crew also have some quality recently renovated apartments available slope-side. 
Hotel Rock Noir & Spa - Superb slope-side hotel and spa.
Le Grand Aigle Hotel & Spa - beautiful slope-side accommodation and spa.

In Briancon's old Cite Vauban fort at the top of town (with a wide range of shops, bars and restaurants within the forts walls), the best choice is to stay in an apartment (like Maison a Tour). Further down the road, two other options worth looking at are:
Hotel Edelweiss - nice quality budget option midway between the old town and base of Prorel gondola.
Hotel de la Chaussie - quality hotel,  located near  vibrant bars and restaurants on Rue Centrale.

In Le Monetier Les Bains, the best and most authentic of the valley's villages, try:
Hotel Alliey & Spa - delightful hotel, perfectly located in the centre of town.

On the mountain itself, there is one quality option:
Chalet Hotel de Serre Ratier  is the place to stay if you want to be on the mountain and beat the morning rush. Located at the top of the Ratier gondola and is amongst Serre Chevalier's best accommodation.

For more detailed information the Serre Chevalier Accommodation Info page.

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Facilities

Each base area has a full range of services (ski rental & retail shops, ski & snowboard schools, restaurants, bars and other shopping) and facilities available.

If you are staying somewhere without a spa, Les Grands Bains thermal spa in the village of Les Monetier les Bains is worth a visit to soothe weary muscles.

Summary of Pros and Cons

Pros

   • Huge range of lifts, terrain, and back-country to suit everyone.
   • Awesome children's programs, so exceptionally family friendly.
   • Great value lift pass price.
   • Two of the world's best alpine BBQ and picnic lunch areas.
   • Consistent and reliable snowfall, superb snow quality in the alpine.

Cons

   • Accommodation is generally of a lower standard than many other ski resorts.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

   • No main, central resort base. 
   • Après, nightlife and vibrant village feel is missing in some base areas.

Tours in or near Serre Chevalier

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
Powder Skiing Safari France-Italy DETAILS
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 7 Skiing | 3+ Resorts
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USD 1,814
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Skiing between the French and Italian alps over the southern alpine glaciers, this exceptional tour begins in La Grave, France, passes through Serre Chevalier and ends in Sestriere, Italy. Great off-piste combination of high alpine and tree skiing, plus beautiful villages and accommodation.
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LaGrave Expert Off-Piste Weeks DETAILS
HOSTED & GUIDED OFF-PISTE TOUR
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing
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Ability: Expert
This tour is for expert riders wanting to ski some of the best off-piste terrain in the world. With 2,100 m of vertical you will ski chutes, 50 deg pitches whilst avoiding couloirs, cliffs & crevasses. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group together for a custom tour.
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    Serre Chevalier Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,200 – 2,800 (1,600)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Lots!!
  • Lifts (62)
    7 Gondolas / cable cars
    20 Chairs
  • Ski Hours
    Early December to late April
    8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 81
    Longest run – 8 km
    Advanced - 16%
    Intermediate - 37%
    Beginner - 47%
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 16/17)
    Adult - €49.40
    Child - €40.20