Serre Chevalier is a fantastic ski resort made up of 13 villages nestled in the wooded Guisane Valley in the southern French Alps. There is a mix of quaint traditional villages, a historic UNESCO town and more modern villages, all of which share the same immense ski area of 250km of pistes.
The quickest and cheapest way to get to the Serre Chevalier valley is by plane with either RyanAir or Easyjet, both fly to Turin and Grenoble Airports. Before you leave book your ski transfers with The Alpine Transfer Company who run regular, cost effective and safe Serre Chevalier transfers throughout the winter season, and drop you at the door of your accommodation in Serre Chevalier. You can read more info and book your transfers by following these links: Turin Airport transfers / Grenoble Airport Transfers or contact ATC direct on +33 685 687 131 / firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a huge selection of different styles of accommodation spread throughout all the different villages. The village of Villeneuve is a mix of 12th century traditional architecture but has all the facilities of a modern ski resort. The village of Le Monetier-les-Bains is a picturesque un-spoilt village – the highest in the valley – and boasts natural hot springs that have been used since the Roman times. Les Grand Bains de Monetier are a collection of high tech indoor and outdoor pools fed by the natural hot spring water – a must visit!
Lift passes – which can now be bought online from the tourist office include a very good ski bus service covering the whole valley, so you can make use of as much of the ski domain as you wish, without the needing to hire a car. The Grande Serre Chevalier ski pass covers the areas of Briançon, Chantemerle (1350m), Villeneuve (1400m) and Monetier les Bains (1500m). This pass also includes one day’s free skiing in Montgenevre!
There is a specialist snowboarding SnowPark at 2000m and lots of great off-piste terrain to explore. Boarders will be happy to find various quarter pipes, a 250m long snake, various half pipes, a big air 2.5m high and 10m long and boarder crosses with seven turns and vertical drops of 80-100metres!
Two-thirds of the whole valley is wooded, which creates a wonderful panorama and the mainly north facing slopes hold the snow. There is a feast of red and black runs, and there loads of wide and gentle runs too, ensuring beginners and intermediates are also entertained.
The really daring must try the famous ‘Luc Alphand’ Olympic black run, a highlight of any advanced skiers holiday! Yet another reason to come to explore the amazing winter wonderland of Serre Chevalier!