Serre Chevalier ski resort, nestled in the Hautes-Alpes region of southeastern France, covers an expansive area of approximately 250km of ski slopes. With an average of 300 sun-filled days a year and a reputation for being one of the most extensive snowmaking resorts in France, Serre Chevalier offers both fantastic snow conditions and beautiful sunny weather.
Skiing and Snowboarding
The resort itself is spread over three valleys, the town of Briançon and a collection of small villages, all offering traditional French charm. As the resort is so far-reaching, it has some of the quietest slopes in the Alps and rarely feels crowded. The resort is great for all levels of both skiing and snowboarding, from beginner to advanced. The slopes themselves allow for fluid progression, as the beginner slopes are surrounded by intermediate areas.
The Luc-Alphand black run (originally known as l’Olympique) is the most demanding run in Serre Chevalier. It has been host to multiple world cup alpine skiing competitions and as such is very popular with both locals and holidaymakers.
The best conditions for this ski run are in the morning. However, watch out for a couple of particularly steep sections – the Passage de la Broue and also the final schuss. Although very challenging, like most of Serre Chevalier, the ski run is also very picturesque, dropping 650 metres in altitude as you travel between forests and alpine chalets into the village of Chantemerle.
Views and Skiing Conditions
Almost two-thirds of the Serre Chevalier ski area is made up of trees, meaning that a lot of the runs in the resort are tree-lined, offering outstanding beauty and breathtaking mountain views. 59 lifts allow visitors to explore the area, with 81 ski runs across the resort – there is plenty to do and lots of area to cover.
Freestyle fans can push their limits in the Serre-Che Snowpark. There are over 20 freestyle features, suitable for varying levels. Incorporating the beautiful alpine landscape, the Serre-Che Snowpark even has a section made up of wooden freestyle features.
View and download the Serre Chevalier piste map to see for yourself and start planning your snowsport holiday.
The resort of Serre Chevalier is family-friendly and boasts ski schools with snow gardens at each of the main resort hubs. If you are interested in booking your children into one of these, it is advisable to book in advance to ensure that there is availability. For more information, visit the Serre Chevalier family page.
Other Activities in the Resort
Although Serre Chevalier is perfect for snowsport enthusiasts, it has a lot more to offer, including a cinema, restaurants, ice hockey matches, ice skating, a leisure centre, a swimming pool, a spa, ice-driving, paragliding and more.