WEsayAttractive tree lined slopes and varied off piste available in this big ski area. Pretty old villages each with their own charm.
Set in the Southern Alps, Serre Chevalier is divided into a dozen villages that share a large ski area with the ancient garrison town of Briancon. The attraction of this resort is often underrated. It has more piste than La Plagne, more lifts than Les Deux Alpes, more vertical than Avoriaz, yet never seems to attract the same crowds.
All levels of ability are well-provided for and the lift system continues to improve. It is considered one of the most friendly resorts in France for snowboarders. There are two good snowparks and linked runs stretching for more than 19km down the southern side of the valley that test even the most advanced riders.
In contrast to its neighbours Les Deux Alpes and Alpe d’Huez, Serre Chevalier’s nightlife is more refined. However, there is a nice spread of bars in Villeneuve and even the occasional disco, all of which liven up notably at the weekend. Day time off-piste is similarly quiet but there are some areas of historical interest and a smart, fully-equipped sports centre. And after a hard day on the slopes why not unwind in the thermal baths at le Monetier and take in the view?
New for 2016/17
The VideoZone will have a new route and a timed slalom your run is filmed and you can share it on social media. 76 new apartments in a 3-star residence called the Sporting in Villeneuve will open; the development features an indoor swimming pool, steam room and fitness room. The Grand Hotel in Chantemerle will re-open as a 4-star hotel after complete refurbishment; it will have a gourmet restaurant
New for 2014/15
The Croix de la Nore draglift on the way to BrianÁon from Chantemerle was replaced by a quad chair. And a barbecue area was installed nearby. First Tracks was started every Wednesday in Chantemerle. Electric cars were installed in each village for hire by the day or more. Snowmaking was increased.
New for 2013/14
The old Chantemerle cable car was replaced by an eight-seat gondola. Two hotels in Villeneuve got makeovers and reopened as 4-stars Grand Aigle near the Pontillas gondola and the cutting-edge Rock Noir near the Aravets gondola. A 4km bobsleigh run with 26 turns has been built at Villeneuve. Villeneuve has a new wine bar, 1420.
New for 2012/13
More snowmaking (five guns) was installed. In Le MonÍtier, redevelopment of the base area was completed.
- Large, varied mountain offering a sense of travel as you ski
- Lots of picturesque woodland runs
- Based on old villages with lots of character
- Grea-value and charming old hotels, restaurants and chalets
- Extremely polite and welcoming locals