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Why Serre Chevalier Should be Your Holiday Destination

Many crowds are drawn to the attractive ‘doorstep style' ski resorts such as Les Arcs/La Plagne, Val d’Isere, or Alpe d’Huez, but ski holidays to Serre Chevalier shouldn’t be underestimated when it comes to what it can offer you on a skiing holiday. What it lacks in altitude, it makes up for in 200km of piste, with 70 lifts up to a height of 2,800m, and from what we hear, there are plans afoot to make Serre Chevalier fully self-sufficient within five years! With pretty much 0% pollution and 100% pure air down in its very dry climate, lots of sunshine and no fog, this resort is definitely one of France’s best-kept secrets.

Serre Che (as it’s fondly nicknamed) is the perfect destination for all levels of skier and snowboarder. The valley is an integrated ski area connecting the three villages of Villeneuve, Chantemerle and Monetier in the Haut Alpes with Briancon, Europe’s highest City. Briancon is also a proud World UNESCO site with its 12 heritage sites, including city walls and Vauban forts. These amazing historic sites were used to defend the town hundreds of years and are so worth exploring to absorb a bit of rich local history! Guided tours are available. During the Winter, we often visit these forts as part of our evening entertainment.

We've put together a short guide on Serre Chevalier so you can see why it is just as amazing as other resorts...

Our chalet, Le Petit Sporting, is set on the edge of Villeneuve just 400m from the Pontillas Gondola station, with the ability to ski back to within 250m of the door. The ski area is diverse, having many tree runs and wide open bowls in a number of inter-connected valleys running the length of the resort.

The Aravet gondola lift takes you 1,991m up and is perfect for beginners to try their new skills out on a flat area. For the more experienced skier, there are fantastic broad black runs taking you back down to Villeneuve (e.g. Casse de Boeuf) and in neighbouring Chantemerle you can try the Luc Alpand black run (named after its famous resident champion) for a fast descent down. There are of course plenty of off-piste areas too to explore at your leisure.

What else is there to know about Serre Chevalier?*

Did you know…

  • It has the largest ski area in the Southern Alps
  • 80% of the runs are above 2,000m, guaranteeing excellent snow conditions all winter long
  • The area usually gets around 300 days of sunshine a year
  • It’s a 410-hectare area with 81 marked runs (13 black, 30 red, 25 blue and 13 green), five fun zones (fantastic snow parks – a snowboarders paradise) and endless conifer forests for off-piste action

If you’re a snowboarder, this really is the perfect resort for you with its newly built Snowpark with four zones from beginner to expert. Past Aravet on the way to Chantemerle, you can try out the Melezone; a freestyle course with wooden features in the larch forest. There’s also a Boardercross zone with nine curves on a 100m drop, plus Funnycross – the perfect place for little ones to try out their boarding skills. Want to check out your moves on camera? Make sure you stop at the Videozone – it has an awesome live camera and a giant screen to capture all your runs. This zone is right next to the Snowpark in Villeneuve.

Last season, the resort invested 2.8 million Euros on a new chairlift in the Rocher Blanc Briancon sector, improving the link between Briancon and Chantemerle. They’ve also added plenty of extra activities should you want to try something a little different...

Winter Mountain Kart – As a result of its popularity during the summer, this track was extended into winter. Be like Super Mario and take an exhilarating ride down the slopes on a slow-tyre-equipped kart.

Heliskiing – A day away from the slopes as the helicopter flight whisks you up into the mountains for an amazing off-piste skiing experience.

Snowkite – Like kitesurfing, but on skis or board instead! The stunning Lautaret Pass is a world-renowned spot for this sport. Not for the faint-hearted!

A bit of relaxation…

Les Grands Bains du Monetier Spa – This spa has it all…. Thermal spas, plunge pool and indulgent, relaxing treatments. In the winter the Spa is an option for evening entertainment. All you need to do is pack your spa bag in the morning and we’ll have it ready for you down at the spa after your day on the slopes.

Food and drink…

The valley has such a chilled, laid back atmosphere making it a great location for wine bars and restaurants including Le 1420 (aptly named being located 1,420m up). This cosy wine bar has a great selection of wine and local beers including Tourmente, which is brewed locally. Or sample their wide selection of rums, whiskies and locally distilled liqueur, Eau de Vie. Try their tasting menu with drinks accompanied by delicious terrines, cheeses, duck and foie gras. Each week they feature different delicious wines from France, Chile and Italy.

Whether you’re planning your next summer or winter holiday, Serre Chevalier should definitely be on your shortlist. From its fantastic pistes to summer activities and relaxed vibes, it’s an awesome location for any adventure goer.

(*source: Serre Chevalier Vallee Briancon Press Kit, 2017/18)

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