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.. A huge ski area of over 3900hectares, the 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. 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 information and ratings see the Lifts & Terrain
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 some 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 How to Get There
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
. 38km to the west is the legendary freeride mountain of La Grave which links with Les Duex 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:
- 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.
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- options for lodging only.
Each base area has a full range of services (ski rental shops, 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 sooth weary muscles.
Summary of Pros and Cons
• Huge range of lifts, terrain, and back-country to suit everyone.
• Awesome children's programs, so exceptionally family friendly.
• Great value lift pass price.
• Consistent and reliable snowfall, superb snow quality in the alpine.
• 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.
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