Serre-Chevalier a Southern Alps resort situated in the Guisane Valley one of Frances’s undervalued ski resorts
. It has good skiing a relaxed atmosphere and sheltered by mountains, enjoys plenty of sunshine.
The resort of Serre Chevalier comprises of four main sites Villeneuve, Le Monètier, Chantemerle and Briancon these are linked by local buses an efficient lift system and ski runs.
There are 250km of north facing slopes in the midst of some spectacular scenery which are suitable for all levels of ability. At the bottom of the valley there are around 45km of cross country trails.
Due to its natural terrain and easily accessible off piste areas, Serre-Chevalier is considered to be one of the top snowboarding locations in France
, and is well suited to the amateur; there is also a snowboard park at Monètier.
There are plenty of nursery slopes for the novice skier situated at the top of the bubble lift and superb, gentle beginner’s slopes next to Villeneuve village. The resort has an excellent ski school where you will quickly develop your skills and move on to the easy green and blue runs.
Intermediates can enjoy an abundance of red runs through some glorious scenery. The Grand Serre-Chevalier ski area has a vast number of challenging and exciting runs. The Cucumelle is a fantastic long run from Bachas to Villeneuve.
Advanced skiers will not be disappointed with plenty of skiing opportunities to keep the adrenaline soaring, the long Olympic run leading down to Chantemerle is one you simply have to do. The Isolée is an exhilarating black run and also a must!
The ski area has 23 green runs 30 blue runs 43 red runs and 15 black; the resort height is 1400m, the longest run is approximately 7km. A photograph is not required for a lift pass.
In Villeneuve there is a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants to choose from, Chantemerle also offers bars, restaurants and shops. A pizza will cost around € 9 euros and a 3 course meal from € 20 euros. You should explore nearby historic Brianscon this fortified town with its cobbled streets is worth a visit.
There are various activities and attractions that may be of interest to you when planning your holiday break. You may enjoy some night skiing or the indoor swimming pool at Villeneuve. There is a fitness centre, carriage and sleigh rides, and parapenting also ice-skating on the natural ice-rink.
Serre-Chevalier is the largest winter sports complex in the Southern Alps.
In the summer months the valley offers a broad variety of outdoor activities including canoeing, mountain biking, hang gliding and hiking. You can get more information on the activities from the local Tourist Office.
If you are looking for good skiing, spectacular mountain scenery and a value for money holiday this resort may well suit you. Transfer time from Turin is approximately 21/2 hours.