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Serre Chevalier

Serre Chevalier Ski Resort Guide

Serre Chevalier, France

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length250km
Highest Lift2,800m
Resort Height1,350m
 Nearest AirportsTurin Caselle and Grenoble
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Serre Chevalier

Serre Che is made up of thirteen villages (three main ones) spread out for 6km along the Guisane Valley floor from Briancon. The north facing larch-lined slopes above (most over 2000m ) are lift linked all the way from the town.


The French ski resort of Serre Chevalier is in the French Alps at an altitude of 1,350m, with 250km of marked runs.

Serre Chevalier is part of the Grande Galaxie ski area with access to 531km of downhill skiing, with 264 marked pistes, served by a total of 150 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Serre Chevalier itself (250km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Grande Galaxie ski resorts of Les Deux Alpes and Puy Saint Vincent.

Serre Chevalier comprises the villages of Briançon, Chantemerle, Monêtier les Bains and Villeneuve.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Serre Chevalier?

The next notable snow forecast is 7cm, expected on 2 October.

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Ski Area Stats

Serre Chevalier Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
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Grande Galaxie Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
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Serre Chevalier Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,800m
Resort Altitude (Serre Chevalier)1,350m
Lowest Piste1,200m
Max Vertical1,600m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Serre Chevalier
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Serre Chevalier Overview

Serre Che, as it's known to its friends, is one of the most southerly of France, Europe and the Alp's big ski areas. Located close to the Italian border, Serre Chevalier also boasts more than 300 days of sunshine a year. Although that statistic may make some snow lovers nervous, it's north facing slopes, reaching high with a big proportion above the tree line, together with extensive snow making capabilities (more than 490 guns covering more than 145 hectares of trails on lower slopes, make the resort relatively snow sure.

Serre Chevalier is made up of no less than thirteen villages (three main ones); its base is spread out for 6km (4 miles) along the Guisane Valley floor from the old town of Briançon, Europe's highest and the location of France's first ski school in 1902, up to the Col du Lautaret. The resort has tried hard to avoid the 'concrete-monolith-mentality' of some of the other big French resorts, and there is a good proportion of traditional buildings and authentic architecture in the villages, despite Serre Chevalier's success and inevitable growth.

Its name comes from the old Provencal word 'cambell' which meant 'flock of sheep' and was given because flocks from nearby Provencal were brought up to Serre (little mountain) in the summer. The area's historical association with the Borel nobility is also present today as their coat-of-arms, emblazoned with an eagle, is used by the resort, and the eagles can still be seen on occasion.

Over recent seasons the resort has received world wide publicity thanks to its famous son, world champion downhiller (from 1995 to '97) Luc Alphand, who wore his Serre Chevalier headband in competition all over the globe and his friendly face now smiles out at you from all of Serre Chevalier's promotional material. Mr Alphand is known locally as 'Lucho'.

The geography of the place is slightly complicated and probably not worth getting too involved with, however you can access the north facing larch-lined slopes above the resort's many villages first of all from Briançon itself, which was lift-linked in to Serre Che as recently as 1989 by a 6 seater gondola. At that time it was dubbed 'Serre Chevalier 1200' and was sort of absorbed into the overall marketing effort, but it now seems to have gone its own way a little in that department.

The next 'community' as you move up the valley is that of Saint-Chaffrery, known as Serre Chevalier 1350, with two hamlets of which the best known is Chantemerle. Next up is La Salle les Alpes, dubbed Serre Chevalier 1400, which contains five villages, the best known being Villeneuve which has the most facilities and attractions of any of the villages in the valley. Finally Monêtier les Bains, or Serre Chevalier 1500, with the other six villages, the largest Monêtier itself.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Serre Chevalier is 8km long and the most difficult run is the 'L'eychauda'.


Serre Chevalier is big, and with more than a dozen points from which to access the ski area there are few bottle-necks getting up to the most snow sure terrain, which is located up above the treeline at 2000 metres. Runs for all abilities are spread around the mountains so you shouldn't get stuck with only a tough route back if you're beginner, or only near flat terrain in front of you if you're an expert.

Beginners have gentle trails by all the villages and separate beginner slopes up the mountain. Intermediates have the most to en-joy with a mixture of glorious long cruising trails up to 10km (6 miles) in length. At Bachas above 1500 there are lots of runs criss-crossing down through the larch forest . Favourite trails include Le Petit Alpe, Grand Gargouille and Bois des Coqs. The lift pass also takes in Montgenèvre on the Italian border, from where it is possible to ski, if conditions are right, all the way over to Sestrière and Sauze d'Oulx in Italy, although you need to purchase an 'add on pass' and start early to be able to do so.

Advanced skiers also have a lot to enjoy here, including very extensive off-piste and ski touring terrain for which a number of guiding services are available. Those looking for on-piste excitement will find the Olympic Luc Alphand run one of the fastest on the mountain. For moguls try Le Bez and for sheer fun the gullies, chutes and forest of the 'Porridge' trail.

There are five cross-country trails in the valley of varying length and difficulty.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


A Snowpark was added for 2002 in the Alpage sector which includes a big air jump. In addition to these man-made features the terrain includes numerous natural half-pipes and couloirs, and guided off-piste 'boarding is available to those wishing to make the most of this vast terrain. The snow park was extended in 2006-7

Whilst the ESF and International Ski school both offer snowboarding courses, the resort does have one dedicated 'boarders-only school - Génération Snow based at Chantemerle. It runs three or six day courses with group size limited to 8, as well as 90 minute private lessons and children's courses.

Location and Map

Where is Serre Chevalier?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in Grande Galaxie, Hautes-Alpes.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Serre Chevalier is Turin Caselle, 117 minutes drive away.

Grenoble, Chambery, Turin Cuneo, Lyon Bron, Lyon St-Exupéry, Milan Linate, Annecy, Genoa and Geneva airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 77 ski lifts are able to uplift 70,500 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 146km of ski runs, with 493 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Serre Chevalier open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is mid December, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Piste Map

Serre Chevalier Piste Map
Serre Chevalier

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Serre Chevalier, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Serre Chevalier Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Serre Chevalier

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Aprés Ski

Not known for having an especially lively nightlife, thanks in part to its varied multiple centres, there are, none the less, usually one or two lively bars in each centre, particularly Villeneuve at 1400. Here the White Hare Bar in the Hotel Liève Blanc is popular as is Le Frog.

In Chantemerle at 1350 Le Pub Ullivan is a good choice and there's a rare French Karaoke bar, L'Escapade. The resort's two discos La Baita and Bam Bam are both located in Villeneuve.

The local Bière des Alpes is brewed in a small brewery run by Luc Alphand and his brother Lionel in Vallouise is served in the area.

Serre Chevalier