Serre Chevalier, France

Serre Chevalier is located in the southern part of the French Alps. It is situated in the beautiful Ecrins National Park.

The second largest ski area in the world, this stunning destination encompasses 13 villages, 115 runs, and provides access to 226 pistes in the Grande Galaxie region. Whilst the resort boasts an average of 300 days of sunshine every year, the north-facing slopes always have excellent snow conditions.

How to get there

By road

From Paris, take the A6 towards Grenoble and Lyon. From Lyon, take the A43, A48, and RN91 to Briançon. From there, you will start to pick up signs for La Grave and Serre Chevalier. The journey time is approximately six hours.

From Calais, follow signs for Reims, Dijon, Lyon, Grenoble and, finally, Briançon. For alternative routes, take the advice offered by the RAC or the AA. Remember to check that your snow chains are in good condition before leaving the UK.

By air

The nearest airport to the resort is Turin (108 kilometres away) and the transfer time is between one and a half and two hours. Low cost airlines, including Ryanair and EasyJet, operate flights departing from airports across the UK.

Alternatively, it is possible to fly to Grenoble (110 kilometres away from the resort) or Marseilles (250 kilometres away). Both airports are well-served by Ryanair and are located within a four hour drive of the ski resort. The international airports located in Lyon and Chambery are 208 kilometres and 166 kilometres away.

By rail

From London, it is possible to take the Eurostar from St Pancras to Paris.

There are direct trains from Paris, Marseille, Lyon, and Grenoble destined for Briançon, from where buses run regularly to the resort.

Further information is available on the national rail company website.

Travelling Around Serre Chevalier

A ski bus operates in the resort between December 20th and April 13th. It provides transport between Serre Chevalier, Monêtier les bains, Briançon, Chantemerle, and La Salle les Alpes.

There is a different ski bus which operates between 8.30am and 5.30pm in the resort. It transports skiers between their accommodation and the bottom of the slopes.

For further information on times and locations, visit the Serre Chevalier website.

Who the resort caters for

Serre Chevalier boasts 115 slopes suitable for skiers of all abilities across 250 kilometres of piste. For snowboarders, there are numerous snow parks located in the Plateau de L’Alpage. They boast quarter-pipes, half-pipes, and tables. The snow parks contain sections suitable for both beginners and advanced snowboarders. Boardercross can be enjoyed at Combe du Grand Serre.

Serre Chevalier is also a member of the French cross-country skiing association, making it a popular choice with cross-country skiers.

Non-skiers will love the Grands Bains du Monetier which offers thermal baths, fountain jets, water massages, salt water pools, and relaxation rooms. It is also the only ski resort with a naturally heated swimming pool. The Romano-Irlandais is an adult only area providing saunas and steam rooms and the Health and Beauty Institute offers face and body treatments.

In summer, tourists can try kayaking and rock climbing. Four lifts remain open for walkers and bikers who want to access the mountain. For individuals looking for more excitement, it’s possible to paraglide throughout the year.

Childcare and clubs for youngsters aged between 3 months and 6 years are available and activities for children include sledge runs, playgrounds, snowmobiles, and pony clubs.

There are 12 restaurants located on the mountain and a further 100 in the actual village. With numerous bars and popular nightclubs, including La Baita and Bam Bam, there are plenty of apres-ski options suitable for party people!

Accommodation

The 13 resorts connected to Serre Chevalier include Briançon, Chantamerle, Puy Saint Andre, Puy Saint Pierre, Villeneuve, and Le Monetier Les Bains. There are numerous hotels, chalets, gites, campsites, apartments, and guesthouses on offer in these areas which cater for different budgets. You can visit the Serre Chevalier website for further information.

Alternatively, Pierre&Vacances has two self-catering apartments in Serre Chevalier, whilst Club Med offers an all-inclusive package.

Most hotels provide guests with a Carte d’hôte, which allows them to take advantage of special offers throughout the resort.

Slope information

The resort contains 13 black runs, 44 red runs, 21 blue runs, and 21 green runs, making it a great choice for both expert skiers and beginners.

For individuals or groups wanting to develop their skills on the slopes, the Ecole du Ski is on hand to provide lessons across the resort. Expert skiers can head to La Casse du Boeuf, Le tabuc or L’Olympique Luc Alphand to really test their skills on the slopes.

Resort vitals

  • Altitude 1350m
  • Length 250 km
  • Longest run 4km
  • Lowest Piste 1200m
  • Highest Lift 2800m
  • Cross country trails 35km
  • Cable cars 3
  • Gondola lifts 6
  • Chairlifts 20
  • Draglifts 39