Serre Chevalier, Hautes-Alpes: tourism & sightseeing

Photo of Serre Chevalier in Alps ski resorts (Provence region)

Visit Serre Chevalier (Provence, France)

Serre Chevalier is an extensive ski resorts in the southern Alps, based around Briancon - and one of the biggest ski areas in the Alps. The ski region - known informally as Le Grand Serre Che and now officially known as Serre Chevalier Vallée - consists of Briancon and several other towns and villages including Villeneuve-la-Salle, Chantemerle, Les Monetier-les-Bains and others in a beautiful environment near the Ecrins National Park.

The Serre-Chevalier Valley ski resorts

It is not possible to define the 'character' of Serre Chevalier, since it consists of numerous villages and towns, most of which broadly follow a line below the mountains, but you are assured of spectacular scenery in a ski resort that can perfectly meet your requirements.

Due to the southerly location, the resort also has a very high number of sunny days in the year and also usually has very good snow conditions in season, helped by having north-facing slopes and the snow cannons when on the lower slopes when necessary (although the season is a bit shorter than some of the higher, more northern Alpine ski resorts).

Slopes in winter

The extensive ski slopes of Serre Chevalier are accessed by numerous ski lifts, and the wide range of slopes, with 115 ski runs available covering 250 kilometres at altitudes from 1200 metres up to 2800 metres, ensures there are suitable options for skiers of all levels and abilities (24 green runs, 31 blue runs, 44 red runs and 16 black runs, supported by more than 300 snow cannons when necessary).

Among the highlights are the ski runs that give the opportunity to ski through the larch forests of the lower Alps. There is also a good selection of off-piste runs and a Nordic-ski run through the Guisane Valley.

There are several ski and snowboard schools operating here, some specialising in beginners while others focus on more advanced and off-piste skiing. Other activities such as hot-air balloons, hanggliding and driving on ice are also popular along with all the more common ski station sports such as ice-skating, dog-sleds and hiking on snow.

Away from the snow one of the most popular attractions in Serre-Chevalier is the large spa centre where leisure and spa activities are made possible by a natural warm spring. Of course there is also a wide range of shops, bars and restaurants and Serre Chevalier has also received the 'Famille Plus' award for welcoming families.

Summer in Serre-Chevalier

As with all the major ski regions, Serre Chevalier is also popular during the summer months for the outdoor and mountain related activities it provides, such as hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and mountain climbing.

Mountain biking in particular is well established in Serre-Chevalier in the summer with lots of designated descents and off-road paths to follow, and many activities based along the Guisane river are also popular.

There are chairlifts in operation at Briancon, Chantemerle, Villeneuve and Les Monetiers-les-Bains during the summer months to provide access to the high mountains.

Photo of Serre Chevalier by Fredrik Lähnn

You can find more local travel ideas in the Hautes-Alpes guide and the Provence guide.

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Address: Serre Chevalier, Provence, France || GPS: latitude 44.9769, longitude 6.64

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