Serre Chevalier Vallée ski resort overview
Open: 09 Dec 2017 – 21 Apr 2018
Serre Chevalier is one of the biggest ski resorts in France and Europe. Serre Chevalier covers 410 acres of pistes, at altitudes of between 1200 and 2800 metres, for everyone from beginners to expert skiers!
Serre Chevalier, in the French Alps, is a long south-facing valley between the Col du Lautaret and Briançon with several villages and hamlets dotted along the way, ranging from the ultra modern to the most traditional.
Ski area spread on several boroughs
- Puy Saint André
- Puy Saint Pierre
- Chantemerle (St Chaffrey)
- Villeneuve (La Salle les Alpes)
- Le Monêtier les Bains
Do you know the Serre Chevalier villages?
One of the peculiarities of the area is the names, in the local dialect, given to the inhabitants of the different villages.
The commune of Saint Chaffrey covers several villages and hamlets: Saint Chaffrey (the ’Tabazaou’), Chantemerle (the ’Macciafave’), Villard Laté (the ’Tartalis’), and Le Poncet…
The commune of La Salle des Alpes covers La Salle (the ’Salati’), Le Bez (the ’têtes gelées’ or frozen heads…), Villeneuve, Les Pananches, Moulin Baron, and La Chirouze.
Finally there is the commune of Le Monêtier Les Bains whose main village is Monêtier Les Bains (the ’Tripes Chaudes’ or hot guts…) but it also includes the following hamlets: Le Casset, Le Lauzet, Les Boussardes, Les Guibertes, Le Freyssinet and Le Serre Barbin.
Where to stay in Serre Chevalier Vallée
Family friendly certified resort
In Serre Chevalier Vallée, families feel at home
Serre Chevalier received its Famille Plus label in 2008. This Famille Plus accreditation is evidence of our firm commitment to providing a warm welcome and high quality holidays for families and children. Great family holidays no matter the destination!
Welcome in a Famille Plus ski resort!
Six-point commitment to all our visitors
1. Personalised welcome for families
2. Events organised for all ages
3. Price structure with rates for everyone, large and small
4. Collective and individual activities for old and young alike
5. Medical facilities nearby for those little cuts and bruises
6. The best possible care and attention for your children from our professionals
The resort is certified « Famille Plus ». We do our utmost to ensure you family holiday is a success.
From Chantemerle to Lautaret pass, nordic area in Serre Chevalier offers a large variety of activities for all in a magnificent scenery : beginner (green loop- very easy), advance (large trails for classic and alternative skiing), family (nature trail, picnic area, activities), snowshoeing, nordic walk, biathlon stadium for practice.
- 40km of loops
- 20km snowshoeing trails
Maps of cross-country trails are available from Tourist Offices and sales counters around the resort.
Playful spaces & Snowpark
Come and discover 7 terrain parks in Serre Chevalier. Enjoy them with the family or friends – they are suitable for all abilities. Excitement and great memories guaranteed!
The Snow Park is located in the heart of the ski area, and is made up of three zones each of a different level. You can try freestyle skiing or perfect your tricks on the fun features. Enjoy with the family or friends!
Just ski, you are on camera! In this area, suitable for all levels, you are filmed automatically as you ski down a fun course. Then watch your run on the giant screen at the bottom. You can keep a copy of your video or share it with your friends.
On your marks, get set, go ! Race down a course with 9 turns and 100 m vertical drop in the heart of the ski area on the Boardercross. Everyone with third star level or over can have a go !
Created by the Serre Chevalier Snow Park team, the “Melezone” is located in the middle of the forest and offers a freestyle course prepared by hand with different wooden features!
Still got lots of energy to spare ?
Then try this new run ! The FunnyCross is a natural course in a coomb at the Col du Prorel. Everyone with third star level or over can have a go !
9 marked and secured runs are left ungroomed so that you can enjoy skiing – naturally! Good level required ( black runs).
Find all Terrain Parks & Snowpark on trail map
Getting to Serre Chevalier
If you come to the Hautes Alpes from North…
Serre Chevalier Vallée Briançon is accessible via The Lautaret, The tunnel of Chambon is open !
Estimated travel to come to Serre Chevalier Vallée-Briançon via Frejus tunnel
- Paris : 726 km / 7h15
- Lyon : 260 km / 3h10
- Genève : 243 km / 2h55
- Grenoble : 188 km / 2h24
Serre Chevalier, 250km…of runs and quite as much as long-distance footpathes. Imagine the distance without traffic !
Two Motorways take you to within 100 km of the resort :
– From Paris, Lyon, Turin or Nice, Motorway A43 (via Frejus Tunnel from north) : Exit Oulx, Montgenèvre, 35km from Serre Chevalier.
– From Marseille, Montpellier, Take A51 motorway via Aix en Provence, Sisteron. Exit “La Saulce” at 90 km from Serre Chevalier. Much of the road is 3 lanes.
Info Line : +33 (0)4 65 03 00 05
Traffic info online for the passes : Lautaret and Montgenèvre
Carpool with Mountainrideshare
Cost effective, sustainable and social way of getting to
Nearest international airports :
– Lyon-St Exupéry (160 km)
– Turin-Caselle (110 km)
Many flights from several cities in Europe
Briançon railway station is in the heart of the resort
A direct night train links Paris to Briançon.
Other services connect with the major french towns and some european capitals : Lyon, Grenoble, Marseille, Brussels, Amsterdam.
Where does the name Serre Chevalier come from?
A valley as full of history as Serre Chevalier doesn’t have to ask a designer to come up with a logo for its resort. Thanks to its local heritage, the villages of Serre Chevalier came together under the banner of the ’Crowned Eagle’ that appears on the coat of arms of the Borel du Bez family.
The name Serre Chevalier comes from the ancient ’Oc’ dialect of southern France in which ’serre’ meant a hill or mound and ’cambeou’ was a flock… And it’s not difficult to work out the rest. Skiing was very much in vogue in the period after the First World War and Briançon was already attracting the world of show business. The Second World War would put an end to all that…
Opened in 1941, the Chantemerle ’téléphérique’ or cable car was Serre Chevalier’s first ski lift and was the longest ski lift in Europe. By the 1950s the resort was really starting to take off.
The name Serre Chevalier was finally adopted in 1968 and, with the inclusion of Mônetier les Bains, in 1984 the resort of Grand Serre Chevalier was born. In 1990 it was joined by the completely new Briançon ski area, and today the resort as a whole is known as Serre Chevalier.
Culture and heritage
Let’s go back in time…
Roman the valley of Serre Chevalier, (the baths in Sanatio (Monêtier/Serre Chevalier 1500) confirms this) was intersected by the Via Domitia linking Milan and Arles (you can still find some remains of this ancient Roman road below the Lautaret pass).
After the Visigoths, the Francs and the Lombards, the valley Serre Chevalier belonged to the Dauphiné from 1024, and was part of the Briancon principality. In 1339, Briancon even equalled Grenoble in size with 2000 inhabitants.
The valley of Serre Chevalier, in the heart of the Escartons. In 1343, Briancon became the capital of “the Republic of the Escartons”. Admittedly not completely independent, this young “republic” consisted of five “Escartons” (from the French “escarter”: to share the cost) or provinces, and of 51 municipalities. (Presently straddling France and Italy)
The following years saw prosperous times, with the organisation of famed fairs, known as far as Provence and Lombardy, however the plague of 1348 wiped out 73% of the population.
The valley of Serre Chevalier joined the French kingdom in 1349. Many famous people stayed in Briancon, including Fran ois 1st in 1537, Louis XIII and Richelieu in 1629, Vauban in 1692 and 1700.
The Utrecht treaty of 1713 would destroy the Briancon region. It was divided in two: a Savoyard part (now Italy)and the other in the French Kingdom. “It would be an insult to the people of Oulx (Italians today) and the valley to deny them the French privilege”. If you take a walk towards the Rochilles or the Galibier threshold between Névache and Valloire, and you’ll find old road-signs with the French lily on one side and a Savoie cross on the other… but not at all in the direction you’d expect.
The decision to divide the Escartons into two different countries was little appreciated. The first Italian teacher arrived in Oulx in 1850, because all the people in the Susa valley (Venue of the Olympic Winter Games in 2006) perpetuated the French language and the Briancon dialect. On the other hand, the treaty agreed to maintain ancestral rights.
Men Universal suffrage was adopted. The French Revolution put an end to all hope and the loss of privileges. In 1789, la Grave and Villar d’Arène asked to be attached to the Hautes Alpes.
In 1815, Briancon resisted a siege of 4 months against the Austrians, who finally had to pull back.
The end of the 19th century were the golden years with the development of ironworks, tanneries and mills.
1884 saw the arrival of trains, 1894 the arrival of electricity, in 1897 Briancon became a sous prefecture, 1902 the first ski school, 1907 the first competitions in Montgenèvre, 1912 the Lycée d’Altitude, 1919 the first winter Sports Club.