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Serre Chevalier

You get those hulking ski resort titans, and then there’s Serre Chevalier: a group of smaller villages that just happen to share one stonkingly big, seriously scenic ski area. Whether you’re based in family-oriented Chantemerle, lively Villeneuve, romantic spa town Monêtier or historic Briancon, 250km of wonderful terrain awaits.

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At a glance: • Excellent snow • Large ski area • Scenery & character

Great for: • Families • Groups • Couples • Après • Non-skiers

You get those hulking ski resort titans, and then there’s Serre Chevalier: a group of smaller villages that just happen to share one stonkingly big, seriously scenic ski area. Whether you’re based in family-oriented Chantemerle, lively Villeneuve, romantic spa town Monêtier or historic Briancon, 250km of wonderful terrain awaits.

Serre Chevalier Resort

Spread across a number of villages and hamlets, the Serre Chevalier valley’s not your usual alpine resort – but that’s what we like about it. While you won’t find a main hub of restaurants, bars and accommodation, a stay in one of the villages gives you a more ski-focussed, budget friendly week on the mountains.

Briancon, Chantemerle, Villeneuve and Monêtier are the four main bases, each with their own character, but all with terrific lift access to the mountain.

Typical French Briancon sits at the far end, its cobbled streets and olde worlde architecture giving it the name of - ‘Le Ville d’Art et d’Histoire’- the town of art and history. With good access to the ski area via red runs, it’s ideal for intermediate skiers as well as non-skiers looking for things to see and do in town.

At the centre of the valley, Chantemerle has the best access to the slopes as well as a main square of, shops, bars and restaurants. A number of gentle green and blue runs leading back to the village make it spot on for beginners and families.

Neighbouring Villeneuve is the place to be for lively après and cheap self-catering accommodation – its central location means easy access to the ski area and with a number of bars at the base of the home run, you’re always close to the action.

Rich in alpine charm at 1500m, Le Monêtier Les Bains is the highest village. This rustic mountain location is famed for its thermal baths and has a relaxed atmosphere making it perfect for a romantic getaway. Enjoy traditional stone architecture complimented by stunning views of the mountains as well as links to some amazing skiing through tree-lined runs.

All four villages have direct access to the slopes with regular ski busses running between them, so if you finish your day at the opposite end of the ski area you can easily get back to your base.

Stats & FAQ

Location: French Hautes-Alpes

Established: 1984

Open: December - April

Downhill: 250km

View our detailed Serre Chevalier snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Serre Chevalier snow history.

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Turin110 km, 2 hours
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 52runs 51%

  • 37runs 36%

  • 13runs 13%

Top Altitude:2830m
Bottom Altitude:1200m
Resort Altitude:1200m-1500m
Longest run:7km
Slope Orientation:N
Vertical Drop:1630m
Skiable Vertical:
Night Skiing:Yes
Glacier:No

Snow Report

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  • 0cm
  • Base
  • 55cm
  • Forecast
  • 185cm

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Downhill Runs:250km
Beginner slopes:51%
Intermediate:36%
Advanced slopes:13%
Lift Pass Price: 214€ (adult 6 day)
Nearby resorts: Montgenevre, Vars, Risoul

Skiing/BoardingSkiing in Serre Chevalier

With some of the best conditions in the French Alps (80% of the slopes are above 2000m) the ski area includes wide-open, sunny plateaus, scenic tree lined runs and a perfectly groomed blanket of white beneath your skis or board.

The piste can be accessed from all four towns and nursery slopes run from each allowing beginners to gain some confidence in peace - with help from the excellent ski schools in the area they’ll be progressing higher in no time! Beginners will find a number of gentle blues and steady greens further up the mountain. One of the best towns for beginner skiing is Chantemerle as this leads to Serre Ratier which has a number of cruisey blues running through the trees on perfectly groomed terrain.

Intermediates can roam freely through some of the most beautiful scenery in the French Alps in the Parc National des Ecrins. Glide across the wide open bowl at Grande Alpe, or take a leisurely and seriously scenic ski through the woods on the lower slopes at Monêtier. Those looking for more challenging terrain should head to Cucumelle at the edge of Villeneuve and clos Galliard at Le Monêtier. A favourite and lesser known red leads down from the Aguillette chairlift offering a long and quiet run for making fresh tracks.

Advanced snow lovers have heaps of challenging terrain to try. Casse du Boeuf is a broad black running down into Villenueve and the La Voie Jackson run above Le Monêtier is another favourite.

There’s loads of free-riding terrain up the mountain and within the trees above Chantemerle. The area is littered with natural obstacles (especially on Cucumelle) and you’ll find five fully equipped snowparks and two Boardercross’ at the top of Grande Alpe and near the Rocher Blanc chairlift.

Serre Chevalier Apres Ski

There’s never a dull moment here and with four different towns oozing character you’re sure to find something to suit you. Ski down the home run at Chantemerle to find the popular station bar where après ski begins with a happy hour or if you’re based in Villeneuve, the Grotto at the base of the slopes is the place to be for that après ski buzz! 1420 in Briancon is perfect for an evening of sophisticated drinks. The liveliest après is found at Villeneuve with a number of bars for evening drinks - The Frog is a popular favourite and Mojo is a hot spot for winter warmers with friends. There are a number of clubs where the party carries on into the early hours such as Le Kub and Le Baroque.

You’ll find plenty of restaurants in the valley to suit every palette including pizzerias, steak houses and traditional French bistros. Restaurant 34 is famed for its fondues and Capassa is nice for a casual pizza night. Traditional French cuisine can be enjoyed at The Marotte, set in a small stone building in Villeneuve or Auberge du Choucas in Monêtier. For an evening of fine dining and smart drinks, the Peche Gourmand is a top establishment and Le Loup Blanc is also highly noteworthy.

Any non-skiers will be thoroughly entertained with a host of activities. Take a unique experience on the snow dog sleighing, snowmobiling or on a snowshoe excursion - you can even picture the mountains in a whole new light on a hot air balloon trip. For a relaxing day, the thermal baths at Le Monêtier aren’t to be missed and you can indulge in treatments in one of the wellness facilities. Shows and live music concerts are also put on throughout the season.

Best time to go

Best time to ski Serre Chevalier

When is the best time to ski Serre Chevalier?

During the winter months there’s a high likelihood you’ll enjoy fresh powder and large dumps of snow making excellent conditions on the slopes. With over 80% of the mountain above 2000m, the Serre Chevalier valley is known for having some of the best snow in the area and large tree coverage also means the resort is great even if the weather isn’t up to scratch. The open plateaus mean that the spring sunshine can hamper skiing towards the end of April, but north facing terrain and extensive snow maker coverage means you’re still likely to find some excellent snow - start early for exciting mornings on the piste, with a huge amount of après ski, activities and entertainment, you’re unlikely to be at a loss in the afternoons.

Peak Dates

See Santa in his sleigh, join in the fun at a Christmas party and feast with friends and family at a traditional French restaurant during Christmas in Serre Chevalier. Charming towns, a white blanketed piste and cosy alpine accommodation makes for a magical Christmas retreat. Browse Serre Chevalier Christmas ski holidays ‣

Celebrate at a lively bar in Villeneuve or spend a sophisticated evening celebrating at the thermal baths in Monêtier this New Year in Serre Chevalier. On the big night, see the instructor’s torch lit descent and the sky alight with fireworks as everyone gathers with drinks in hand for the countdown to the New Year. Browse Serre Chevalier New Year ski holidays ‣

With so much to do on and off the slopes, there’s something for everyone in this snowy valley. Keen skiers can enjoy free-riding evenings, whilst families can enjoy one of the special events usually put on for children at February half term in Serre Chevalier. Browse Serre Chevalier Half Term ski holidays ‣

Start early for mornings on the piste and spend afternoons getting involved in one of the many activities on offer or sunbathing in a balcony café during Easter in Serre Chevalier. There’s something for the whole family to enjoy at this resort with loads of variety on and off the piste – during most Easter’s here, you can get involved in an Easter egg hunt and enjoy live music events. Browse Serre Chevalier Easter ski holidays ‣

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Average Rating 4.3 out of 5
I've been to Serre Chevalier in January, February and late March and it’s never been cold when I’ve been there, March was especially sunny (I’ve skied a lot at Les Deux Alpes which is always a lot colder). It’s also never been busy which makes a massive difference. The villages are all really different de... + more
Ian Stewart, Sandbanks
4 out of 5
We were here for my Stag do and had a great time, I would definitely recommend it for other Stag dos. The group was a mix of skiers and boarders and the area was fantastic. Two people were beginners and they had plenty of blues and greens for the first couple of days and the rest of us had loads, there’s qui... + more
Jamie Pyewell, Barnsley
5 out of 5
Serre Chevalier isn’t a trendy place to go which is why it’s so good! If you have a good dump of snow there’s loads of off-piste. It’s a long valley and you can go all the way over to Briancon at one end and board all the way back. There are three villages which you can go to each of and a couple of board p... + more
Jeff Quinn, West Midlands
5 out of 5
Serre Chevalier is a fabulous resort, we loved it here and we’ll definitely return. Serre Chevalier isn’t as slick as places like the Three Valleys / La Plagne but it’s very underrated and there are very few Brits! Although it was Easter week, the slopes were deserted and we didn’t have to queue for a lift ... + more
Anna-Marie Boyd, New Malden
5 out of 5
We very much like Serre Chevalier, it has an extensive area with plenty for all levels... I’m a snowboarder and loved it, but it’s definitely as good for skiers as it is for boarders. It was super cold when we were here in January but the snow was good. There’s a good Irish bar near the nursery slopes if... + more
Richard Northcott, Bushy
5 out of 5
I would definitely recommend visiting Serre Chevalier, it’s my favourite place. The scenery and skiing are great, I’d say the skiing was best for intermediates and above. One place I always go back to is La Grotte. The snow was crap this time round, but there was a good enough selection to ski anyway. + more
Miles, Woking
5 out of 5
The skiing is phenomenal, Serre Chevalier is one of the best places I’ve ever skied. There are loads and loads of good runs, with something for everyone and some good cafes and bars on the mountain. There was one bar in the town when we were here which was nice for some lively après ski, but my friends went b... + more
Mrs Fletcher,
4 out of 5
We all really liked Serre Chevalier and had lots of snow while we were there! We’re a group of very mixed abilities aged 16-62, from some who like easy skiing to others who like black runs and there was definitely enough for everyone to ski. If you’re wanting to party it’s not that type of resort, I wouldn’... + more
Hoey, McKnight and Brook,
5 out of 5
We booked Serre Chevalier at the last minute and really liked it. The skiing itself is the best thing, you can ski all over the area with 3 different villages to ski to. It was all fairly quiet and unspoiled and we had really good weather. Apparently a lot of French people own the apartments there so the resort... + more
Geoff, Norwell
4 out of 5
I’d never done Serre Chevalier before and it was a last minute choice because everything was running out... but we had a great time. The transfer is fine, 2 hours from Turin and you stop off at Montgenevre on the way to Serre Chevalier. There isn’t a lot to do in the town, we were there in March and there was... + more
The Plumber, Southampton
4 out of 5
The skiing was excellent. I’ve been on quite a lot of ski holidays and the snow was the best I’ve ever encountered. We had a big dump the day before we got there which was ideal. The weather was just the right temperature, not too cold. I really liked the skiing. The transfer times were also reasonable, about... + more
Alan Hince, Hampshire
4 out of 5
We were a mixture of skiers (1 beginner and 1 expert) and snowboarders (3 beginners and 1 expert) and Serre Chevalier was good for all of us. There aren’t many runs for beginners but you move on quite quickly and if you take the snow lift to the middle of the mountains there are some decent ones for practicing... + more
Daniel Blacker, Huddersfield
4 out of 5
It’s quite a nice ski resort, not one of the best in the world but I liked that it was so quiet, so you can really get away from the crowds of people. + more
William Brunton, Hatfield Broad Oak
4 out of 5
I don’t really like skiing that much, but I did go out on the blue runs and the odd red run. The rest of the group were very happy with the skiing. My husband wanted to come here because there is an off-piste mecca nearby called La Grave which is he loves. I tried out cross-country skiing as an alternative, wh... + more
Gill, Isle of Anglesey
4 out of 5
I hadn’t skied here before but would probably go back – there’s a good sized ski area with a good range of skiing. It was easy to get around as it all goes along one side of the valley. Everything is linked so you don’t have to get any buses and can ski and lift your way around. It snowed most days and was ... + more
Timothy Hadlow, Kent
4 out of 5
We ate out quite a bit, the food in resort was good. The prices were good, especially for lunch. There was a supermarket as well which we bought food from for self-catering. The skiing was good too. It’s probably best for intermediate to advanced skiers. We didn’t have to queue for very long. I would go back.... + more
Laura Lim Wei, Fitzrovia
4 out of 5
I liked the skiing here, although there were lots of button lifts. Also the snow wasn’t great when I went. I don’t think I would go again because it’s made up of 5 separate villages and the ski area isn’t linked. You have to take the bus to get around. The place I stayed was a sleepy little village and ther... + more
Roger Benfield, Ipswich
3 out of 5
Where I learnt to ski. And as I’m still skiing to this day, it must be a good place for beginners to start! Take the Grand Alpe gondola followed by the Combes chairlift for a greeny blue beginner’s domain. Serre Chevalier will soon have you progressing onto its widespread red runs, varying in difficulty. The ... + more
Maddie, Southampton
4 out of 5
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Families in Serre Chevalier

This resort is perfect for a family getaway to the slopes and has been awarded the ‘Famile Plus’ award to prove it. Of the four main towns in the valley, the family favourite is Chantemerle due to its ski in / ski out accommodation and central access to the Serre Ratier ski area which has the best beginner runs- perfect for family days cruising steady blues and gentle greens. Hotel Plein Sud and Hotel Grand are located in front of the main run and close to the ski school for easy access to this part of the mountain. With a range of hotels in a variety of board options, self-catered apartments and fully catered chalets paired with cheap and easy flights and transfer or self-drive and channel crossing options families will be sure to find the perfect option for a holiday to the snow.

L’Adret apartments offer comfortable accommodation in prime location for families. With a variety of casual pizzerias and family-friendly steak houses in the resort, self-catered apartment accommodation can be a good option. This also gives you the opportunity to cook for yourself which is a good idea if children have specific tastes or dietary requirements.

Each town has a beginner area so whichever town you choose to stay in, learners can gain their confidence nearby. For families bringing their younger ones to the slopes for the first time, Club Piou Piou is a kindergarten dedicated to teaching newbies to ski, so parents can leave their children in safe hands whilst they go off to explore the mountains.

There are a number of events put on for families throughout the year such as parties, workshops, and games evenings. An inflatables festival is a regular occurrence over Easter when an aqua slide contest and sledge race are also known to take place. In the evenings, you may catch a torchlit descent by the instructors or a light show to truly excite the little ones.

Parents can make the most of the childcare facilities available by looking out for accommodation with mini clubs and there are also a number of nurseries in the resort. Remember to book early to secure the best deals and call us for friendly advice and easy booking!

GroupsGroup Holidays Serre Chevalier

Groups looking for an action packed week on and off the slopes will find everything they need here, with over 250km of varied terrain and a lively après scene.

We have some charming accommodation with beautiful views over the mountain such as the L’Adret Apartments. Chalets can be ideal and those who can get a big enough group can enjoy sole occupancy - Chalet Pyrene offers central location holding up to 14 occupants. We also have a number of hotels like Club Med that are suited to groups wanting to make the most of the skiing and the nightlife in a bigger, more sociable property.

Serre Chevalier’s four different towns with four different characters mean every group will find something they enjoy. Groups looking for nightlife would be best to stay in Villeneuve where you’ll find a number of lively bars- head to The Frog and on to Le Kub for a good party and Mojo bar for a more chilled evening. Monêtier is a better base for those wanting a quieter holiday and is especially nice for couples on a romantic break. This authentic mountain town offers traditional alpine accommodation and the chance to try out the famous thermal baths, which make for a special evening of relaxation.

Any less confident skiers can cruise down the slopes at Serre Ratier, the more advanced can roam the mountain to find some tree lined reds and whilst the really keen try out the air kicks at a snow park, the rest of the group can take a break with a drink in the chill out area to watch. A good meeting point for groups after a long day on the piste is the Grotto at Villeneuve to start the après drinks.

For the best value on your group holiday, book one of our package deals with flights and transfers included or opt for a self-drive package with channel crossing. For large groups departing from different places we also have great deals for accommodation on its own if you want to book your travel separately.

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Accommodation Number of nights Price (per person) from
Grand Aigle Hotel & Spa 7 £ 779
Residence Aquisana Apartments 7 £ 369
Alpaga Apartments 7 £ 380
Hotel Plein Sud 7 £ 609
Club Med Serre Chevalier 7 £ 1087

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