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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 3900 hectares, 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!

Somewhat let down by too many ancient ski lifts and indifferent mountain dining, Serre Chevalier is nonetheless 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. The ski area is made up of three smaller domains - Briancon, Chantemerle - Villeneuve and Monetier. Each area has its own lift pass, or one can simply buy a full Serre Chevalier lift ticket to make it simpler.

Serre Chevalier has nearly 4000 hectares of skiable terrain, oodles of lifts and 250km of piste trails on a solid 1400m vertical makes for a great ski resort. Long groomed piste, top to bottom valley runs, all levels of tree skiing, natural half pipes, challenging steeps and wide open alpine bowls top it all off. 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 close to Serre Chevalier. To the north is Montgenevre and the Via Lattea resorts in Italy including Sestriere and Oulx. A paltry 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 main base areas spread along 15km, Serre Chevalier has a huge choice of accommodation options awaiting the Powderhound. Serre Chevalier is let down by some dated, relatively ugly, high rise apartment blocks fronting the ski resort in many locations, but there are also some real gems.

A great place to stay high on the mountain is in the Chalet Hotel de Serre Ratier at the top of the Ratier gondola.

In the valley, La Salle Les Alpes has several excellent slopeside hotel and spa options plus the quirky Le Petit Sport near the old runway. In Le Monetier Les Bains, the best and most authentic of the valley's villages, the Hotel Alliey & Spa is a delightful hotel, perfectly located in the centre of town. At Chantemerle Saint Chaffrey, hotels are close to the base of Ratier gondola.

The Powderhounds loved the Briancon old Cite Vauban fort at the top of town. The old city has a wide range of shops, bars and restaurants within the fabulous setting of the fort's walls. A number of excellent self contained apartments are available in the old city. Hotels are in various locations down the road between the old town and the base of the Prorel gondola.

For more detailed information see the Serre Chevalier Hotels & Apartments page.

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Facilities & Services

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.
  • Dated lift infrastructure.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • No single central resort base. 
  • Après, nightlife and vibrant village feel is missing in most 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 | 6 Skiing Days | 3+ Resorts
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USD 1,964
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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    Serre Chevalier Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Serre Chevalier Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,200m – 2,800m (1,600m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    6 to 7m
  • Lifts (62)
    7 Gondolas / cable cars
    20 Chairs
  • Ski Hours
    Early December to late April
    8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 81 (250km)
    Longest run – 8 km
    Advanced - 16%
    Intermediate - 37%
    Beginner - 47%
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 17/18)
    Serre Chevalier
    Adult - €49.40
    Child - €40
    Child u/6yr - Free

    Briancon only
    Adult - €35.60
    Child - €27.80
    Child u/6yr - Free

    Chantemerle Villeneuve only
    Adult - €47.90
    Child - €39.10
    Child u/6yr - Free

    Monetier only
    Adult - €41,70
    Child - €32.90
    Child u/6yr - Free