With 250 km of pistea - Serre Chevalier is one of the Alps biggest ski areas.
There are 13 villages, spread over 4 ski area areas: Briancon, Chantemerle, Villeneuve la Salle and le Monetier les Bains.
It's really a great mixture of skiing : high mountains (reaching altitudes of 2380 metres) combined with peaceful skiing in the alpine woods with plenty of gentle slopes for beginners and the younger members of the family. A total of 115 trails!
With its superb forests of centuries-old larches and a huge variety of pines, the ski area offers extremely varied and athletic skiing and boarding through valleys and coombs, from tree-lined pistes to wider more open runs. In this high-mountain environment you can ski or board from one slope to the next, from cosy runs through the woods that meander through and between the trees and each other. Also on offer in Serre Chevalier are some exceptional off-piste runs where the more extreme riders will feel at home. A good skier in Serre Chevalier can cover more than 6000m vertical metres of descent in a single day. Cross-country skiers are also catered for in Serre-Chevalier. The resort has a ’real’ cross-country track that winds its way along the bottom of the valley, running through the villages and larch forests, and which holds a quality label from the French cross-country skiing association.History has left Serre Chevalier with a rich heritage and it acts as a beacon for the cultural identity of the region. Among the visible signs of this identity are the guardian-like 15th century clock towers built in the Lombard Romanesque style that appear in virtually all of hamlets in the valley.
The Serre Chevalier’s ski resort owns a huge snow making network to guarantee good ski conditions right to the end of the season, a vast 146 hectares of the ski area is covered by snow making facilities. Serre Chevalier itself is a long south-facing valley between the Col du Lautaret and Briançon with several villages and hamlets dotted along the way, ranging from the ultra modern to the most traditional. Residence du Temple is based is Briancon with access quick access into the skiing via the Prorel list.
Latitude and LongitudeLatitude : E 06° 34’ 18’’ - Longitude : N 44° 56’ 45’’
Resort lift highest point2830 m, The Yret pike (Le Monetier les Bains)
Permanent: 18,000 from Monêtier to Briançon (including all the townships)
Where does the name Serre Chevalier come from?
The name Serre Chevalier comes from the ancient ’Oc’ dialect of southern France in which ’serre’ meant a hill or mound and ’cambeou’ was a flock… And it’s not difficult to work out the rest. Skiing was very much in vogue in the period after the First World War and Briançon was already attracting the world of show business. The Second World War would put an end to all that…
Opened in 1941, the Chantemerle ’téléphérique’ or cable car was Serre Chevalier’s first ski lift and was the longest ski lift in Europe. By the 1950s the resort was really starting to take off.
The name Serre Chevalier was finally adopted in 1968 and, with the inclusion of Mônetier les Bains, in 1984 the resort of Grand Serre Chevalier was born. In 1990 it was joined by the completely new Briançon ski area, and today the resort as a whole is known as Serre Chevalier Vallee. Above Serre Chevalier rise the mountains of the Ecrins National Park and the area’s main asset is its climate, which is both Mediterranean and alpine in influence. With its protected environment and its clean and pure air, far from the traffic and the pollution of big cities, it has become a haven of health and well-being for its visitors.
There is a friendly atmosphere in the Guisane valley. This small valley opens its doors to tourists, without losing a sense of its traditions. Its permanent population are mountain folk at heart with an affinity for the south, a friendly smile for their visitors and a real sense of ’well-being’.
In the Guisane valley you’re not just a tourist, you’re a guest. As the winter winds blow in from the east, huge drifts of snow build up here. Yet the bad weather doesn’t stay for long and as the clear blue skies return. It is mostly north-facing and drops down towards Briançon just after the Pic du Prorel (2572m).
Serre Chevalier is also blessed with natural hot springs that have been bubbling away in Le Monêtier les Bains (Serre Chevalier 1500) since the dawn of time.This is currently the only resort in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region able to offer its customers a naturally heated swimming pool. The water rises to the surface at 44°C and cools as it is used in the outdoor and indoor pools (36°C) as well as individual tubs. It retains its healing properties and is beneficial in the treatment of rheumatism and skin conditions, and most of all it’s a great way to relax and recover at the end of the day. At night and during the day, there is nothing nicer than taking a relaxing dip in a hot tub while taking in the magnificent views of the surrounding glaciers, peaks and larch forests.