Quick facts on Serre-Chevalier

Serre-Chevalier is a ski resort unlike any other. For a start, it's not really a resort. Instead, you’ll encounter a collection of old villages that combine the ancient and modern. You can go from medieval cobbled streets to concrete shopping malls in a matter of minutes.

This makes it a refreshing change from the massive resorts further North with its quaint nature reflected in beautiful pistes and restaurants that are a far cry from the modern chains, while being comparably more affordable.

The ski slopes are brilliant with a massive 250km of high quality, varied terrain. Even better, La Grave is less than an hour by car with the wonders of its giant Milky Way lift system, Les Deux Alpes and Puy-St-Vincent.

It’s also claimed with some authority that Serre-Chevalier is the sunniest place in France. As you zoom past the larch trees and contemplate the vast ski areas, you’ll definitely feel a rise in temperature both inside and out.

Serre-Chevalier Fast Facts

Domain altitude: 1,400m
Lowest slope: 1,200m
Highest lift: 2,800m
Lifts: 55
Runs: 115

  • Blue 33 (29%)
  • Green 25 (22%)
  • Red 42 (37%)
  • Black 15 (12%)

We Love

  • Large, varied mountain with options for all
  • Fantastic variety of tree-lined slopes
  • Great value

The Downsides

  • Busy roads in the main resort towns
  • Slow lifts
  • Bad weather can stop you from exploring

Getting There

Serre Chevalier is slightly harder to get to than other resorts with the closest airport approximately two hours away in Turin in Italy. Grenoble is around two and a half hours away and Lyon is approximately a three hours drive.

The nearest station is Briançon which you can get to from Paris and Lyon. Regular shuttle buses run from the train station to the resort villages.

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The Domain

You’ll have four resort bases to pick from in the Serre Chevalier Valley. For those focused on skiing, Villeneuve and Le Villard Laté are the best choices with all bases connected by a regular bus service.

The location is right smack in the middle of Les Ecrins National Park with the imposing 4102 m high ‘Dôme des Ecrins’. Larch and pine trees populate the landscape which makes for some wonderful runs. Sometimes you’ll just want to stop and take in the world around you.

The larches actually keep the snow cold and dry for a long time which means better skiing for you. Even if Mother Nature is sleeping, snow making machines and constant grooming make the bottom of the valley a great place to ski throughout the season. Serre Chevalier is renowned for its snow grooming.

If you’re good enough to ski the red slopes then you can also take advantage of Les ColPorteurs which offer free 90-minute tours of the ski area, every day of the week. It’s a great idea and it would be foolish not to take advantage of this cost efficient guide.

The Ski Area

With an altitude that ranges from 1200m to 2800m you’ll be enjoying the thrill of skiing in a high mountain atmosphere. Head to the North for the larch forest and Serre Chevalier’s famous off-piste runs.

This is a wide expanse of skiing heaven with over 250km of pistes and it could take a competent skier a couple of hours to traverse from one side of another. The good news is that a series of lifts head for the large intermediate ski area from most bases and the system is both modern and fast.

You’ll enjoy mogul slopes, wide runs and the ‘Altitude’ Snow Park which has three difficulty levels making it a great place to take the family and enjoy your time together.

Experts will find a number of challenging blacks runs including the Casse de Boeuf which sweeps down a tree lined ridge to Villeneuve. Monetier is probably the quietest and best area for experts. The Eychauda blue, above Monetier, is a thrilling top-to-bottom descent of 1300m with a red, blue, red combination.

Last but not least is the La Grave, just 30 minutes down the road and a remarkable criss-cross of ski lifts that have to be seen to be believed. It’s only a short distance but watch out for the weather which sometimes closes the road.

When eating out in Serre Chevalier you’ll find the perfect place to match your mood. Whether it’s a quick bite before hitting the slopes or fine dining in the evening, it’s a great place to be with both family and friends. We’ve picked three of the best places to dine:

La Pastorale
This Villeneuve restaurant is well regarded and combines a Scottish pub with a French restaurant, resulting in a charming atmosphere topped with exceptional food.

Le Peche Gourmand
Fancy some Michelin Star cooking? La Peche offers a seven-course tasting menu using seasonal ingredients and it’s a great way to treat yourself after a tough day on the slopes.

**Les Relais d’Alsace Taverne Karlsbrau **
Discover what happens when Alsace meets the Alps. This restaurant serves up seafood, fish and meat courses as well as gourmet salads that are especially filling.