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1 of 6 Serre Chevalier Chantemerle Ski Village
2 of 6 Skiing in Serre Chevalier © (Fabrice Moley)
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Serre Chevalier

Thinking of skiing in Serre Chevalier? Serre Chevalier is a friendly resort with a large sunny ski area and excellent snow record.

 Why Serre-Chevalier Ski Resort?

  • A large ski area with a mixture of wooded/open runs
  • A good snow record and an excellent sunshine record
  • Friendly resort ambience

 

Serre Chevalier Resort Information

Serre Chevalier is the resort name for the four main villages located in a sunny, south-facing valley (300 days of sunshine/year) at the foot of the most beautiful peaks in the Ecrins National Park.

All linked by 250km of ski runs and a local bus service, they stretch between the Lautaret pass and fortified Briançon, the highest town in Europe. There are actually 13 villages in total that make up Serre Chevalier’s skiing.

Chantemerle (Saint Chaffrey or Serre Chevalier 1350 as the locals call it) is a mixture of modern and traditional ambience and offers a good selection of mini supermarkets, restaurants, bars, nightlife and a fitness centre. Chantemerle village centre is at the foot of the slopes.

The other villages close by are Villeneuve, Briançon and Mônetier les Bains. Villeneuve is a purpose- built ski village at 1400m offering great central access to the Serre Chevalier ski area. It also has traditional cobbled streets giving it a real French resort feel - and is well catered for with shops, bars and restaurants. Briançon is a town rather than a village and Mônetier les Bains is home to the Serre Chevalier Spa.

Driving on ice at the Circuit de Glace and ice-skating are just two popular winter pursuits you can try here. You can also go horse riding, swimming at the Piscine Couverte des Iscles, use the fitness suite and thalasso-therapy at the Espace Thalasse Forme, and try snow scooting or parapenting. You can even learn to drive a piste groomer! For those interested in the night-life during their Serre Chevalier holiday, the Baita disco stays open till 5am.

Serre-Chevalier is rated by Peak Retreats clients amongst the top resorts for good weather. That’s not really surprising as the resort is actually part of the Provence Cote d’Azur region and the average number of days of sunshine is indeed greater than most resorts in the Alps. That said, snow conditions have a track record of being excellent too.

Peak Retreats offers a range of Serre Chevalier accommodation. Choose from 4* self catered ski apartments or hotel. All our accommodation is hand-picked and provide an ideal base for a Serre Chevalier ski holiday.

SERRE CHEVALIER SKI AREA

With 250 km of north-facing pistes, Serre Chevalier is highly rated for its snow record, skiing conditions and scenery.  The area has some of France's best terrain for skiing during bad weather and white-outs, with many sheltered woodland runs (trees cover two-thirds of the mountain).

Most of the ski area is above 2000m, and Serre Chevalier has 477 hectares of groomed and maintained ski runs. The majority of the slopes face North or North-East and so snow is usually pretty reliable.

In good weather, there’s exceptional scenery, with 360-degree panoramic views over the Ecrins mountains, the Italian Alps and across to Mont Blanc. And there are runs as long as 1500m long to enjoy the views from!

SERRE CHEVALIER SKIING

SERRE CHEVALIER BEGINNERS

For beg,inners there are several easy areas at mid-mountain (at Serre Ratier and Grand Alpe for example) with green runs leading back to Chantemerle and a nursery slope at the bottom.

SERRE CHEVALIER INTERMEDIATES

Intermediate skiers will enjoy the breadth of the ski area and its efficient lift system, with some of the longest lifts in Europe - and runs of varying gradient and difficulty above and below the tree line. Ski Serre Chevalier’s knee-burning Vauban red run, which rather unusually brings you out into the main shopping street of the busy town of Briançon, is an experience not to be missed!

SERRE CHEVALIER EXPERTS

Advanced skiers have a good selection of red and black runs but can head off-piste for more challenging runs. The tricky 6km Luc Alphand Olympic black run (1000 vertical metres) down to Chantemerle is a must to finish the day in style. If you’re not an expert, don’t worry, you can take the green La Briance run back to the village - a beautiful route between the larch trees.

SERRE CHEVALIER SNOWBOARDING

With its superb natural terrain, Serre Chevalier is regarded as one of the top snowboarding destinations in France.

SERRE CHEVALIER OFF-PISTE

There are huge amounts of off-piste – both high up and in the trees above Villeneuve and Chantemerle. And La Grave, an off-piste Mecca, is close by.

Other

At Serre Chevalier’s Chantmerle, ski lockers are available at the foot of the slopes.

Three new fast six-seater chairlifts have been added above the l’Arvet, Fréjus and Grand Alpe areas.

Serre Chevalier Ski Hire

Pre-book your Serre Chevalier ski hire with Peak Retreats.

View here for pre-bookable ski extra prices in £ for Serre Chevalier Chantemerle 2018/19

View here for pre-bookable ski extra prices in £ for Serre Chevalier Villeneuve 2018/19

Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.

Special offers: *7 days for the price of 6.  Free Skis/snowboard & boots (Blue/Red) for party leaders of groups of 10 or more all taking equipment. 1 Free helmet per child aged 6 and under for every adult booking skis or snowboards & boots (must be under same booking reference and requested on form above). Other duration prices on request - Cross Country ski prices on request.

Find out more about Peak Retreats ski hire


Serre Chevalier Ski Passes

Pre-book your Serre Chevalier lift passes with Peak Retreats. Find out more about Peak Retreats ski passes

View here for pre-bookable ski extra prices in £ for Serre Chevalier Chantemerle 2018/19

View here for pre-bookable ski extra prices in £ for Serre Chevalier Villeneuve 2018/19

 

Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.

Other lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros):

Smaller areas - Chantemerle and Villeneuve (2017/18):

Day - €39.10 children, €47.90 adults

Serre Chevalier ski pass – ½ day and daily rates (2018/19 ):

½ day (3 hours) - €34.60children, €43.20 adults

Day - €40.50 children, €50.50 adults

Serre Chevalier Ski School

Pre-book your Serre Chevalier ESF ski school with Peak Retreats. Find out more about Peak Retreats ski school

Ski school for children is available to book from 3 years to 12 years, in Serre Chevalier, with Peak Retreats. 3-5 year olds will go into the Piou Piou lessons.

View here for pre-bookable ski extra prices in £ for Serre Chevalier Chantemerle 2018/19

View here for pre-bookable ski extra prices in £ for Serre Chevalier Villeneuve 2018/19

Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.

Ski School: Please note that lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute. Outside French school holidays the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods (22/12-4/1, 9/2-8/3 & 6/4-26/4) we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. Morning lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer afternoon classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.

We cannot always guarantee that prices will be cheaper than in resort. When ski packs prices are calculated, the currency is bought at the exchange rates that apply at the time. You can be assured that once you have booked your extras, if the pound depreciates, you will not be charged more for your ski packs, enabling you to budget for your holiday in advance.

Serre Chevalier Individual Tuitions (2018/19 prices, NOT pre-bookable)

Individual tuitions can only be purchased directly from the ski school. Peak Retreats cannot pre-book these.

Around €50-70 per hour for up for 5 people

Please note that prices are only an indication and are subject to change

Ski school Serre Chevalier contact numbers for private lessons:

Ecole du Ski Français Serre-Chevalier +33 (0)4 92 24 17 41


Serre Chevalier Child Care

Serre Chevalier has acquired the Famille Plus label for its childcare facilities. Please view here to view more information on the Famille Plus label.

Pre-bookable through Peak Retreats - non skiers childcare 2016/17:

From 8 months to 6 years with ESF Serre Chevalier Chantemerle (not Villeneuve)
6 x mornings + meals - £189
6 x afternoons + snacks - £149
6 x full days with meals - £282

Childrens Ski Lessons in Serre Chevalier

Children can ski from 3 years old in Serre Chevalier with ESF.

CHILDCARE WITH SKIING

ESF Serre Chevalier also arrange kids ski and garderie formulas which Peak Retreats can pre-book. See ski school tab. Skiers 3yrs-12yrs) - for children having lessons in the mornings, we can book this add on option - meal plus nursery in the afternoon.

Serre Chevalier Resort Activities

Paragliding, hot water baths (in Montiers les Bains), sauna, snowshoeing, horse riding, horse drawn carriages, sleigh rides, skating (2 natural rinks and 1 artificial) swimming, snow scooter, ice driving school, ice cave, bowling, fitness studio, cinema.

Serre Chevalier Snowshoeing

Serre Chevalier has several routes starting in the valley as well as four mountain circuits designed to help you explore these splendid areas, surrounded by mighty peaks. A real breath of fresh air!

A guide to these snow-shoe walks is available at the Serre Chevalier tourist office.

Snow-shoe walks in the company of a mountain professional are designed to help you discover life in the mountains in winter:
the winter fauna (chamois, ibex etc), the forests, the high-valley environments, and the different kinds of snow and its dangers (avalanches etc). Or maybe you’re simply after long, peaceful walks through untracked snow, far from the crowds, savouring the silence of the mountains.

Serre Chevalier Thermal baths

In Montier les Bains hot springs run through this authentic village (42c). There are shuttles running every 20 mins from Chantemerle (where Adret & Le Hameau du Rocher Blanc are located) to Montier les Bains. It’s about a 20 min bus ride from Chantemerle.

GRANDS BAINS DU MONETIER – at foot of the slopes.

Panoramic bar restaurant facing the glaciers is open all year from 12h.

Over 4500m2 dedicated to rest and relaxation! You have access to face and body treatments (included in 2hr access).

‘Grands Bains’ zone 
The outside pool covers over 300m2 and is equipped with a wide variety of water features and effects: fountain jets, river chute, relaxation zones and outside Jacuzzi. It’s regulated at 36c.

The indoor pool is over 300m2 and is fed by naturally heated hot water with a Jacuzzi, water-massage course, bubble beds, underwater shower columns, micro-bubble zones and spouts…It’s regulated at 36c.

Around the indoor pool: three traditional Roman bath features (frigidarium, tepidarium, caldarium), steam room, salt-water pool, mineral grotto, musical grotto, steam/fog makers… and children’s area.

Indoor relaxation rooms as well as terrace-solariums upstairs.

‘Romano-Irlandais (Romano-Irish)’ zone 
Exclusive zone reserved for those over 18, with saunas, steam rooms, outside pool, range of private shower facilities, terrace-solarium with Jacuzzi and waterfall. This ticket gives access to the ‘Grands Bains’ zone and the ’Romano-Irlandais (Romano-Irish)’ zone.

‘Health & Beauty Institute’ 
The ‘Health & Beauty Institute’ offers you a range of made-to-measure and 1 to 6-day treatment programmes: hydrotherapy care using natural mineral water (water-massage baths, jet showers…), face and body treatments, luxurious scrubs, wraps and toning treatments.

Serre Chevalier Walks

There are roughly 25km of snowy paths that run the entire length of the Serre Chevalier valley. You might like to take a day off and explore the local natural environment by taking a walk along the river Guisane from Briancon to Le Lauzet. See Tourist Office for details.

Serre Chevalier Ice Rink (Chantemerle)

Open Dec – middle March

Serre Chevalier Snowmobile

Motoneige Sun Scoot
Chantemerle. Tel: 0033 492 24 21 70

Serre Chevalier Paragliding

Bureau des Guides
Tel: 33 (0)6 62 76 53 54

Serre Chevalier Night on the slopes

Compulsory bookings for the following activities 48h in advance at the Serre Chevalier ski pass sales points.
Tel: +33 (0)4 92 25 55 00

Go behind the scenes of the Serre Chevalier ski area

Visit the artificial snowmaking facilities. Discover the work of the piste groomers: preparing the slopes. Every Wednesday from 5:30pm to 9pm. Meeting point: Fréjus Gondola in Villeneuve. 

Ride under the stars in Serre Chevalier

Visit at nightfall the ski area on a grooming machine. Enjoy exceptional views from the mountain tops, beneath the starry skies. Sunset if the schedules and the time enable. Every Thursday – from 5:30pm to 9pm. 

Ride on a piste grooming machine + Dinner in a mountain restaurant in Serre Chevalier

Aboard a piste grooming machine. Enjoy exceptional views from the mountain tops. Typical alpine dinner in the midst of the pistes at the high altitude restaurant Chalet Hôtel of Serre Ratier. Tuesday during school holidays only from 5:30pm to 11:30pm 

Please note: All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All prices for activities are in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort.     

Serre Chevalier Tourist Office

Office de Tourism de Serre-Chevalier

Tel: +33 492 24 98 98
www.serre-chevalier.com


Serre Chevalier Ski Activities

Mountain restaurants in Serre Chevalier

In the Briancon sector, the Pra Long chalet at the gondola mid station has good views and food. The rest of the sectors have many altitude restaurants, about 15 in total.

Terrain Parks in Serre Chevalier (snowparks)

8 fun areas: snowpark – boardercross - Arva Park (Avalanche safety training zone). Beginners’s area – ‘brut de neige’ areas (where snow is not packed down) and ‘discovery’ zones.

Situated on the Foret chairlift above Villeneuve incorporates 20 different features for all levels (ramps, step ups, rails and kickers). Improvements include a new beginner ride-on rails and a tree trunk jib on the expert line.

A new boardercross has been shaped at Grand Alpe above Chantemerle. A half-pipe can be found at the bottom of the Aravet gondola in Villeneuve. It has 7 tables with one or two ramps (depending on snow conditions), rails, boxes, waves, 1 C Box, 1 rainbow, 1 step-up, and 1 Jib Tree. 

Serre Chevalier Réflexe Snowpark

Come and test how you brake! Come to the area, take speed and brake at the orange signs. If you stay in the blue area, no probs! But if you finish in the red area, try again and again to have better control of your speed! Thanks to electronic cells, you will also know what your speed was before braking.

Snowpark area
Plateau de la rouge
Villeneuve 
Accessed by the la Forêt chairlift

Boardercross: Fun route with 5 revamped turns, with various ramps on 80 to 100 meters denivelation. Accessible to all.
At Combe du Grand Serre - Chantemerle
Accessed by the Le Grand Serre Chairlift, Combe I & II lifts

Serre Chevalier Cross-Country

There are 35km/22 miles of tracks along valley floor. 282km of cross country skiing in the surroundings. Passes available from the Tourist Information office. 

Serre Chevalier Resort News and Events 2018/19

  1. Serre Chevalier will be replacing the Cote Chevalier lift in the Villeneuve sector with a brand new 6-searer high-speed chairlift increasing capacity from 1800 people per hour to 3000. The bottom station of the new Cote Chevalier chairlift will be located below the Frejus chairlift but the location of the top of the lift will be unchanged from that of the lift it replaces. It's due to open December 2018.

Serre Chevalier Après-ski, Bars & Restaurants

Serre Chevalier offers restaurants and bars, as well as a cabaret, cinemas, nightclubs, theatre, cinema.

Serre-Chevalier Restaurants

Le Royal
Place du Telepherique, 05330 Serre-Chevalier

Le Loup Blanc
Tel. 0033 4 92 24 14 27
1 Route Neuve, 1 route Neuve à Chantemerle, 05330 Serre-Chevalier

Le Petit Chalet
Chantemerle, 05330 Serre-Chevalier

1420
Tel. 0033 4 92 55 41 10
Centre Commercial Pre Long, 05240 Serre-Chevalier

Restaurant Le Chalet
Tel. 0033 962275792
6 Rue du General Barbot, Briancon, 05100 Serre-Chevalier


Serre Chevalier Amenities

Serre-Chevalier is home to a whole host of amenities including supermarkets, banks, post offices, dry cleaners, garage, doctors, dentists, cash points and a bureau de change.

Market days Serre Chevalier 1200 Wednesday mornings, Serre Chevalier 1350 Thursdays, Serre Chevalier 1400 Tuesdays, Serre Chevalier 1500 Fridays (to be confirmed).

Getting to Serre Chevalier, France

By Road: 

Driving distance from Calais 613 miles (9hrs 50)

Take A36 through Reims, Dijon A6 Maçon, Lyon then A432/A48 to Grenoble. Take N91 then follow signs for Serre Chevalier.

By Rail:

Briancon is nearest station (4km) and served by a direct night train. TGV from Paris to Grenoble.

Shuttles every 20 mins between railway station and all the villages of Serre Chevalier between 7.30am and 6.15pm. Prices according to the distance. 
Autocars Rignon: +33 (0)4 92 21 00 56

Airports:

Turin Airport (Italy) is 125km from Serre Che (1 ½ hours)
www.aeroportoditorino.it

Grenoble Airport is 154km from Serre Che (2 ¼  hours)
www.grenoble-airport.com

Chambery is 174km from Serre Chevalier (2 ¼ hours)
www.chambery-airport.com

Lyon-St Exupéry is 251km from Serre Chevalier (2 ¾ hours)
www.lyonaeroports.com

Connection by bus from Saint Exupéry airport or Grenoble railway station –
www.vfd.fr  

Geneva Airport to Serre Chevalier is 295km (3 ¼ hours)
www.gva.ch

Marseille is 300km from Serre Chevalier (3 hours)

Bus service (www.navettesblanches.com

Getting around Serre-Chevalier

Serre Chevalier's free ski shuttle buses take you from one end of the valley to the other, stopping at many convenient points along the Route Nationale. It is free for all those with a valid lift pass or Carte d'Hote.

 

Serre Chevalier Airport Transfers

For pre-bookable private transfer rates with Peak Retreats, view here


Serre Chevalier Opening Dates

Serre Chevalier ski area is open: Saturday 15/12/18 – Monday 22/04/19.

Partial opening: 07/12 - 09/12/18.

Special Offers
* Special offers applicable to accommodation cost only, not to travel or ski extras See more special offers

Accommodation in Serre Chevalier

Club Med Serre Chevalier

Hotel All inclusive

The 3-Trident Club Med Resort of Serre Chevalier has two 5-floor connected Savoy-style chalets, with a lift, built traditionally in wood and stone. The resort is nestled among larches and pine trees and is at the foot of the slopes for your skiing convenience.

All inclusive

Aquisana

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 8

Brand new for the 2016/17 ski season, this high quality 3* residence offers easy access to the skiing in Serre Chevalier, being just 500m from the Portillas cable car, and a quiet location in the pretty village of Villeneuve la Salle and 800m from the resort’s shops and restaurants in Pré Long.

Le Hameau du Rocher Blanc

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 10

Stay in Le Hameau du Rocher Blanc in Chantemerle. This 4* residence is in a prime position close to the slopes and lifts. It is located by the road and it's possible to ski back close to the residence (snow and level depending).

l'Adret

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 10

Located by the road in a prime location 300m from the Chantemerle village centre and the shops, and 400m from the lifts, the 4* residence Adret combines traditional architecture with high standard modern facilities in the village of Chantemerle.

Hotel Le Grand Aigle

Hotel Sleeps 1 - 4

This newly refurbished 4* hotel in the picturesque village of Villeneuve enjoys an unbeatable ski-in, ski-out position (snow and level depending) opposite a blue run linking to the new Pontillas cable car, providing easy and speedy access to the vast skiing area of Serre Chevalier.

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