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Serre Chevalier, France

Tree-lined runs, winding pathways between villages on the snowy valley floor, a 250km ski area and big, varied terrain for all levels of ability; Serre Chevalier is not as well known as other ski resorts, but it's definitely one that's worth a visit.

 

The resort has a relaxed feel and is made up of four separate villages which run along the south-facing valley above the medieval fortress town of Briançon – a World Heritage site.

At a glance...
  • 250km ski area
  • Ideal for all abilities
  • Great tree skiing & off-piste
  • Perfect for families
  • Fun & varied nightlife
  • Sunday flying from Birmingham, Gatwick or Manchester
  • 2 hour 15 minute transfer

Our chosen accommodation is based in either Chantemerle or Villeneuve. The former is traditional with more charm and some good shopping.

 

Villeneuve was more recently built and is ideal for convenience as access to the mountain is so easy. Villeneuve also makes for a good base if you're looking for a more lively après-ski scene. 

 

On the mountain

The big, varied terrain suits all levels, so whether you’re up for skiing between the pistes that link the four peaks or slaloming through the tree lined routes - Everyone will be happy here.

 

The red runs above Chantemerle and Villeneuve are ideal for intermediates. Try the ‘Rocher de l’Enfer’ and 'Luc Alphand' runs - serious thigh burners! The black runs might not be steep but there are some decent under groomed areas that’ll have you breaking into a sweat!

 

Serre Chevalier resort stats

Resort altitude: 1400m

Skiing altitude: 1380m to 2800m

Ski area size: 250km

Number of runs: 81

Range of runs: 16% green, 31% blue, 37% red and 16% black

Lifts: 4 magic carpets, 31 drags, 20 chairlifts, 5 gondolas and 2 cable cars

Night skiing: Yes

Cross country trails: 40km

Snowmaking: 33% runs covered

Resort bus: Yes

Serre Chevalier travel info

Departure airports: Birmingham, Gatwick or Manchester

Departure day: Sunday

Arrival airport: Turin

Flying time: approx. 2 hours 

Transfer time: approx. 2 hours 15 minutes 

Off the mountain

Your choice of things to do off the slopes is pretty long. Have a go at ice driving, take a ride in a piste basher (the monster machines that keep the pistes flat), scale the heights with ice climbing, mush some huskies on a dogsled, see the resort on snow shoes or head to the ice rink for some fun for all. 

 

Nightlife can be as lively or laid-back as you want it. Try Mojo bar for some great value food if you're staying in Chantemerle, or for Villeneuve guests, head to Triptyque for traditional French cuisine. Try the burgers and crumble - they're pretty amazing!

Serre Chevalier offers

Save some money for après with our ski & board offers...

 

Free ski guiding & coaching from fully qualified Neilson Mountain Experts when you stay at Neilson Chalet Rivière

 

Free lift passes for under 6s available in resort.

Don't miss...

Les Grands Bains du Monêtier are natural thermal baths in (unsurprisingly) Monêtier and are essentially 4,500m2 of relaxation. Think naturally heated baths with fountain jets, bubble beds, a river chute, relaxation zones and hot tubs. It's the perfect place to rest tired muscles before another day on the slopes. 

 

Being such a picturesque place, heading out for a tour of the area on snow shoes is a must. You'll be guided by a professional through the snowy forests and through parts of the resort you would never normally see. It makes for a nice break from skiing.

Neilson Chalet Rivière

Neilson Chalet Rivière (Villeneuve)

Serre Chevalier , France

From £470pp
Grand Hotel (Chantemerle)

Grand Hotel (Chantemerle)

Serre Chevalier , France

From £705pp
Le Grand Aigle Hotel and Spa

Le Grand Aigle Hotel and Spa (Villeneuve)

Serre Chevalier , France

From £615pp
Le Hameau Du Rocher Blanc Apartments (Chantemerle)

Le Hameau Du Rocher Blanc Apartments (Chantemerle)

Serre Chevalier , France

From £555pp
Residence Aquisana

Residence Aquisana (Villeneuve)

Serre Chevalier , France

From £311pp