On your Serre Chevalier ski holiday, you’ll be based in the largest ski area in the southern French Alps, and indeed one of the largest anywhere. Although termed a ‘resort,’ it is like many of the big French ski areas, in fact made up of multiple villages, 13 in fact, stretching for 15 km along the Guisane Valley floor to the old town of Briançon, France’s highest Alpine town. Those 13 centres differ from most of the other big French multi-base ski areas in that, although some are much expanded, they are all genuine villages, not purpose-built. There are four main centres among them which have most of the accommodation and the facilities – Briançon itself, Chantemerle, Villeneuve and Monêtier.
Serre Chevalier has many of the stereotypical ski resort activities to take part in, such as paragliding, snowshoeing, ice skating and swimming at the local spa. There are other activities here that are much less common, e.g., you can enter the local biathlon, go snow kiting, or test how good your driving skills really are at the ice karting circuit.
There are also more relaxing things to do as well, like visit the library, go to the bridge club or go and watch a film at the cinema.
Finally, and if you’re feeling lucky one evening, you could visit the casino
A two-stage gondola provides the sole uplift from Briançon, giving access to a little beginners’ zone at mid-altitude and onward links via the summit of Prorel into the core Grand Serre ski area. The Briançon sector is lightly wooded and contains a handful of decent reds, the best of which runs all the way down to the edge of the town (snow conditions permitting).
At the opposite end of the domain, the slopes above Monêtier-les-Bains include a nice selection of tree-lined reds and a nice black, plus a couple of short but testing runs off the highest point in the entire Serre Chevalier domain. The link from this sector eastwards into the core domain is a narrow route via the Col de la Cucumelle at 2,500 m, with a lovely long red run down into the Frejus sector above Villeneuve.
Many of the slopes have snow making facilities for more guaranteed skiing throughout the season.
The nearest airports to Serre Chevalier are Turin and Grenoble which are both within a few hours drive of resort.