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.
Serre Chevalier off piste powder - days after the last snowfall.
Serre Ratier area above Chantemerle.
Serre Chevalier has excellent childrens' programs and facilities.
Delicious local cuisine at Briançon.
Alpine to valley skiing at its best in Serre Chevalier.
Challenging terrain under the Yret chair at Serre Chevalier ski resort.
Great tree skiing at Serre Chevalier near the Aiguillette chair.
The historic Cite Vauban in Briancon with Serre Chevalier behind.
Off piste above the Bachas area in Serre Chevalier.
Two glorious BBQ areas are at Serre Chevalier, this one near Prorel.
Serre Chevalier has a total of 20 chairlifts.
Easy access to off piste terrain at the Col De La Cucmelle.
Skiing powder at Serre Chevalier.
Alpine bowl near the La Cucumelle chairlift.
Serre Chevalier has huge wide intermediate terrain (near Vallons chairlift).
Serre Chevalier's modern Ratier gondola.
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 Ski Resort

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Serre Chevalier

Serre Chevalier4/55
Serre Chevalier4 out of 5 based on 5 reviews
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    Serre Chevalier Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Serre Chevalier Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,200m – 2,800m (1,600m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    6 to 7m
  • Lifts (62)
    7 Gondolas / cable cars
    20 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Early December to late April
    8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 250km
    Longest run – 8 km
    Advanced - 16%
    Intermediate - 37%
    Beginner - 47%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Serre Chevalier - All Areas
    Adult - €41.30 to 51.50
    Child - €33 to 41.30
    Child u/6yr - Free

    Briancon only
    Adult - €36.70
    Child - €2870
    Child u/6yr - Free

    Chantemerle Villeneuve only
    Adult - €49.50
    Child - €40:40
    Child u/6yr - Free

    Monetier only
    Adult - €43.10
    Child - €34
    Child u/6yr - Free
    Briancon Ski Trail Map
  • Briancon Ski Trail Map
    Chantemerle Villeneuve Ski Trail Map
  • Chantemerle Villeneuve Map

    Monetier Ski Trail Map
  • Monetier Ski Trail Map

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, Chantemerle, La Salle Les Alpes and Le Monêtier-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 (currently being addressed!) & indifferent mountain dining, Serre Chevalier is nonetheless a classic ski resort, worthy of a bigger reputation than it has.

Pros & Cons for Serre Chevalier Ski Resort


  • Huge range of lifts, terrain & back-country to suit everyone;
  • Awesome children's programs - exceptionally family friendly;
  • Europe's best tree skiing;
  • Great value lift pass price;
  • Two of the world's best alpine BBQ & picnic lunch areas;
  • Consistent & reliable snowfall, superb snow quality in the alpine;
  • Wonderful old town & fort in Briancon which reminds us why we love visiting Europe.


  • Accommodation is generally of a lower standard than many other ski resorts.
  • Dated lift infrastructure (that is finally being improved).

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • No single central resort base:
  • Après, nightlife & vibrant village feel is missing in most base areas.

Skiing & 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.

See the Serre Chevalier ski trail map here.

Serre Chevalier has nearly 4000 hectares of skiable terrain, oodles of lifts & 250km of piste trails on a solid 1600m vertical making 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 detailed information see the Skiing Serre Chevalier page.

Snow & Weather

Serre Chevalier has a consistent snow record, receiving snow from multiple weather directions. Recent seasons have seen Serre Chevalier & surrounding areas receive excellent early season snow setting up a deep solid base and surpassing many other locations in Europe.

Snow quality up high is superb & snow-making ensures lower beginner areas and valley runs are well covered but becoming increasingly ‘climate challenged’ - POW - Protect Our Winters. The Powderhounds easily found fresh, untracked snow in the alpine aspects 6 days after the last snowfall - a big thumbs up.

Where is Serre Chevalier France?

Serre Chevalier is 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 (MXP), Geneva (GVA) & Lyon (LYS). Any of the Paris airports are also an option, but the ground transfer is long - see train travel below. The regional airports of Turin (TRN), Chambery & Marseilles are options for travelers from the UK & Europe. The quickest way to Serre Chevalier from the airports is private transfer or rental car.

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. From the south, connections to Serre Chevalier by train from Marseilles to Briancon are straight forward but time consuming. Alternatively, trains to Grenoble can be linked with a bus to Briancon.

Four public bus trips a day link Grenoble to Serre Chevalier. Local buses easily link Briancon to the other Serre Chevalier base areas.

For detailed information see the Travel to Serre Chevalier page.

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. 

Search & book all Serre Chevalier Accommodation here.

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 & spa options plus the quirky Le Petit Sport near the old runway. Sadly though, it also has the worst kind of multi-storey apartments as well. In Le Monetier les Bains, the best & most authentic of the valley's villages, the Hotel Alliey & Spa is delightful & perfectly located in the centre of town near all the best restaurants & bars, plus a short pleasnat stroll down the lifts. At Chantemerle Saint Chaffrey, numerous good hotels & aparmtnes are close to the base of Ratier gondola, with shops & restaurants conveniently nearby.

The Powderhounds loved the Briancon old Cite Vauban fort at the top of town. The old city has a wide range of shops, bars & 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. The many high rise apartments of the Porel base area should be avoided as an accommodation option.

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

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. Search & book the best ski & snowboard rentals here.

If you are staying somewhere without a spa, Les Grands Bains thermal spa in the village of Le Monetier les Bains is worth a visit to soothe weary muscles.

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 & Oulx. A paltry 38km to the west is the legendary freeride mountain of La Grave & the extensive ski resort of Les Deux Alpes.


The Powderhounds reviewed Serre Chevalier in 2017 & had a great time. We returned for quick visit in 2020. Click on the review link in the left column to read its inciteful & witty prose! We will return to Ser Che once all the lift developments/replacements are complete.

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Tours in or near Serre Chevalier

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

La Grave-Sestriere Powder Skiing Safari France-Italy
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days | 3+ Resorts
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Skiing between the French & Italian alps over the southern alpine glaciers, this exceptional tour begins in La Grave, France, passes through Serre Chevalier & ends in Sestriere, Italy. Great off-piste combination of high alpine & tree skiing, plus beautiful villages & accommodation.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy, min group of 7 on an 8 day trip.
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USD 2,229
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