The resort of Serre Chevalier is ideally located in a sunny south-facing valley, at the foot of the most beautiful peaks in the Ecrins National Park. Amongst the Serre Chevalier resort there are four beautiful villages: Briancon, Chantemerle, Monetier les Bains and Villeneuve, which are all linked by 250kms of ski runs and a local bus service; they are all highly rated for their snow record, skiing conditions and scenery.
Peak Retreats' Flora took some time out to answer some of the questions our clients most often ask about the resort of Serre-Chevalier. View the video or if you'd rather, you can read the transcript below.
1. Where is the best place to stay in Serre-Chevalier?
There are plenty of accommodation options in Serre-Chevalier, especially in Chantemerle the biggest village in the valley. My top pick is the 4 **** residence Le Hameau du Rocher Blanc in Chantemerle, which is located really close to the slopes and the main lifts. Really lovely apartments with a typical mountain style. Plus, the residence has a heated pool, a fitness room and a spa on-site, so perfect at the end of a day’s skiing.
2. What is the skiing like in Serre-Chevalier?
The ski area is fantastic for beginners and intermediates with a huge range of blue slopes and accessible large reds. You have good green slopes and a dedicated area for beginners which is great for families and those learning to ski.
Really easy access between each of the 4 villages (Chantemerle, Monetier, Villeneuve, Briancon), making a big area so you can spend a week skiing in different slopes each day!
3. What's the best piste in Serre-Chevalier?
My favourite piste in Serre-Chevalier is located in Chantemerle, just underneath the Ratier gondola. You can either take the “Briance” slope, which is a really long green one down to the front de neige. Perfect for beginners and intermediates, the slope crosses over a little hamlet with typical little mountain cottages. For the most confident and expert skiers, you can take the really famous Olympic black slope “Luc Alphand” just beside!
4. What is your favourite thing about Serre-Chevalier?
My favourite thing about Serre-Chevalier is the different atmosphere between the 4 villages and making Serre Che one of the most varied resorts for skiers. Plus, it’s one of the remote southern resorts, which means a lot of sun, with an average of more than 300 sunny days per year!
5. What is there to do off the slopes in Serre-Chevalier?
There is plenty to do off the slopes in Serre Chevalier, loads of activities to suit everyone. I recommend the thermal baths in Monetier les Bains, perfect to relax in the natural outside heated pool with the magnificent views of the surrounding glaciers, peaks and forests around.
My other recommendation is to try cross country skiing or snowshoe. It’s one of the best spots in the Alps. Even if it’s your first time, you will enjoy the peace and the tranquilly of the valley, far away from the resort and busy slopes.
6. When is the best time to go to Serre-Chevalier?
The best time to go to Serre Chevalier is at the early beginning of the year, January or February as you will enjoy plenty of snow for sure, and still lots of sun. January or late March is less crowded and remain the best period if you want to enjoy the slope at its best!
If you have any further questions our Serre Chevalier, our reservations team would be happy to answers them for you. Please do get in touch.