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France - Serre Chevalier

Overall Rating: 4
France - Serre Chevalier
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Ratings

Accomodation 4.00 Town 4.00 Local facilities 4.00 (i.e. restaurants, hire shops) Slope conditions 4.00 Lift system 4.00 Skiing / Snowboarding experience 5.00 Apres-ski 4.00

Marked Pistes

Beginner: 52
Intermediate: 35
Advanced: 13

Lifts

Drag: 35
Chair: 20
Gondola: 5
Cable Car: 1

Resort Facts

Total Pistes: 100
Ski Area: 250km

Base Altitude: 1200m
Summit Altitude: 2830m

Nearest Airports: Turin (122km), Grenoble (158km), Chambery (167km)

Resort Website: www.serre-chevalier.com

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MarkSavile
2 Reviews
" Great facilities, extensive range of pistes and plenty for everyone " France - Serre Chevalier 4 Review date: 12/08/2015 Date of trip: October - 2010 I skied Serre Chevalier a number of times on day t...
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Accomodation 4 Town 5 Local facilities 5 (i.e. Restaurants, hire shops) Slope conditions 4 Lift system 4 Skiing / boarding experience 5 Apres ski 4
I skied Serre Chevalier a number of times on day trips from Montgenevre and it's a cracking place. It is made up four resorts which are all connected by lifts so you can ski across them and enjoy fantastic views of the wooded areas as you do so. There are plenty of pistes of all levels so beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers/boarders will feel at home and enjoy their time here, no matter how long the stay. I remember loving the long black run Casse du Boeuf that winds through the trees all the way down to the front of Villeneuve, and going back up the chairlift to do it again!

As there are 4 villages linked together you can find accommodation to suit all budgets and lots of bars and restaurants to refuel in too. At one end of the resort is Briancon, a good-sized town with all the amenities as well as a beautiful old town which is certainly worth visiting and savouring.

I thoroughly enjoyed trying out the ice-karting and would advise anyone going to Serre Chevalier not to miss this! The resort is also well-known for it's weather - it boasts a yearly average of 300 days of sunshine.
Greedypig
3 Reviews
" Lovely valley towns and villages that make up the Serre Chevalier Valley. " France - Serre Chevalier 5 Review date: 22/12/2014 Date of trip: March - 2014 It always looks further away than you think. As we...
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Accomodation 4 Town 4 Local facilities 4 (i.e. Restaurants, hire shops) Slope conditions 4 Lift system 3 Skiing / boarding experience 5 Apres ski 3
It always looks further away than you think. As we nearly always drive to our ski holiday it turned out to be about the same driving time as the other major ski resorts in the French Alps, an pleasant drive, especially over the Col du Lautaret if the weathers good, not so much fun in the snow and driving with snow chains fitted.

The main village/towns of the valley offer accommodation to suit every budget and the thermal spas are a bonus if you like that sort of thing. We stayed in the village of Chantemerle, just 80 metres from the new Ratier ski lift. This is a proper old French village with tiny streets and lovely old houses. We stayed with Snowmonkees (www.snowmonkees.com) in one of their apartments, perfectly placed and with all the mod cons you need for a week self catering. Here's a link to a map of the village. http://www.serre-chevalier.com/en/winter/trip-planner/maps-of-the-villages/saint-chaffrey-chantemerle-map/

Some restaurants that are worth a mention are the Loup Blanc (http://www.restaurantleloupblanc.com/). Well worth a visit for some fine French dining. A firm favourite of ours was the Pizza restaurant, completely unassuming but the food was really good, not too expensive either. The other favourite of mine is the Restau-Thai, they ask you if you want it French hot or English hot! Here's a link to all the other bars and restaurants in the valley http://www.serre-chevalier.com/en/winter/your-stay/bars-restaurants/

The beautiful UNESCO heritage town of Briançon is worth a visit if you find the time, its the highest working town in France. The ski slopes are well connected and maintained to a high standard, there's something for everyone so don't be put off if you have non skiers in your group, there's so much heritage to go and see.

Most of the ski runs are through the trees and offer some great skiing if the weather closes in, if you've never tried any off piste between the trees then this is the place to have a go, very safe and flattering. Don't be put off by the piste classifications, the Luc Alphand black run back to Chantemerle is no worse than a good blue run anywhere else, the only steep bit is at the bottom 100 meters and anyone who can do a good snow plough will manage it.

You will quite often find the snow in good condition here even when other areas are suffering, it's one of the sunniest ski resorts in France and we love to go there in March and take full advantage of the long sunny lunches. It's only 14 kilometers from the Italian border and the lift pass gives you a day in Montgenèvre and/or a day in Alpe d'Huez, about an hours and half drive away.

The resort also offers ski lockers for hire, we find these a great help, the cost back in March 2014 was 25€, well worth budgeting for it especially if you have small children, it's inside the main complex right on the slope.

Here's some links to local providers. I've used most of these so I can vouch for their service.

www.snowmonkees.com
www.eurekaski.com/ (great selection of accommodation)
www.zesteserrechevalier.com/ Fresh home cooked food delivered to your accommodation.
www.restaurantleloupblanc.com
www.serre-chevalier.com

Good luck and Bon Ski!





MikeS
4 Reviews
" Something for everyone " France - Serre Chevalier 4 Review date: 23/09/2014 Date of trip: February - 2010 Serre Chevalier is essentially four areas in one -...
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Accomodation 3 Town 4 Local facilities 4 (i.e. Restaurants, hire shops) Slope conditions 5 Lift system 5 Skiing / boarding experience 4 Apres ski 4
Serre Chevalier is essentially four areas in one - all interconnected, which makes it great for variety. It is easily possible to ski from one side of the resort at Briancon to the other at Le Monetier, and then back in a day. The four areas all offer up different options from some high altitude red runs at Le Monetier across to Villeneuve, to great border cross and snow park areas at Chantemerle. There is also the luc alphand olympic black run for dare devils.

Each of the resort villages offer plenty of restaurants and watering holes (most in Villeneuve), although Briancon itself is a large town where you can also find plenty of everyday shops as well.

One particular apres highlight was the karting track at the Le Monetier end of the valley, which offers up ice-karting in winter - great fun!

Overall this resort should just about appeal to anybody, there is a good choice for all levels - I would definitely consider returning in the future.
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