The slopes

  • Extent 4 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 3 out of 5
  • Snow 3 out of 5
  • Queues 3 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 3 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 4 out of 5
  • Boarder 4 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 4 out of 5
  • Schools 4 out of 5
  • Families 3 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 3 out of 5
  • Convenience 3 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 4 out of 5
  • Apres ski 2 out of 5
  • Off-slope 3 out of 5

Key facts

Resort1200-1500 m
Slopes1200-2735 m
Lifts61
Pistes250 km
Price index95

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Serre-Chevalier

France

Serre Chevalier slopes

The upside

  • Big, varied mountain offering a sense of travel as you ski
  • Lots of good woodland runs
  • Based on old villages with character
  • Good-value and atmospheric old hotels, restaurants and chalets
  • Very friendly and welcoming locals

The downside

  • Busy road through the resorts, and through the heart of Le Monêtier
  • A lot of indiscriminate new building took place in the 1960s and 70s
  • Still too many drags and slow chairlifts at altitude
  • Limited nightlife
  • Latest user reviews

    Went Jan 2015. Snow in not bad condition, but quite…

    parisma 12 Feb 2015 

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    News – 2017/18

    The slow Rocher Blanc chairlifit and adjacent Serre Blanc draglift at the top of the Briançon sector will be replaced by a new quad chair that can carry 2,300 people per hour. This will speed up the link to the Chantemerle sector.

    You’ll be able to try Mountain Karting on a three-wheeled kart with snow tyres. And a second toboggan run will open during the February and March French school holidays – 4km long, 573m vertical, 26 turns through the larch forest.

    News – 2016/17

    The VideoZone in Villeneuve had a revamp, including a new route and a timed slalom – your run is filmed and you can share it on social media.

    76 new apartments in a 3-star residence called the Odalys Aquisana in Villeneuve opened; the development includes an indoor swimming pool, steam room and fitness room.

    The Grand Hotel in Chantemerle re-opened as a 4-star hotel after complete refurbishment and with a new spa, sauna and steam room.

    Summary

    This is one of our favourite places. The modern buildings of the main resort areas are off-putting, but get into the original villages and you find the kind of ambience you might look for on a summer holiday – a sort of Provence in the snow, with small family-run hotels and restaurants in old stone buildings.
    And the slopes are equally distinctive, with the trees reaching appreciably higher altitudes than the Alpine norm. This is a great place to be when it’s snowing, as we have confirmed on two of our most recent visits.

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    The slopes

    • Extent 4 out of 5
    • Fast lifts 3 out of 5
    • Snow 3 out of 5
    • Queues 3 out of 5
    • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
    • Expert 3 out of 5
    • Intermediate 4 out of 5
    • Beginner 4 out of 5
    • Boarder 4 out of 5
    • X-country 3 out of 5
    • Restaurants 4 out of 5
    • Schools 4 out of 5
    • Families 3 out of 5

    The resort

    • Resort charm 3 out of 5
    • Convenience 3 out of 5
    • Scenery 3 out of 5
    • Eating out 4 out of 5
    • Apres ski 2 out of 5
    • Off-slope 3 out of 5

    Key facts

    Resort1200-1500 m
    Slopes1200-2735 m
    Lifts61
    Pistes250 km
    Price index95

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