With 80% of its skiing above 2000m, the Serre Chevalier valley often enjoys some of the best early and late season skiing available, which makes it the perfect destination for a December or Easter getaway. This photo was taken in April!
Serre Chevalier France
A classic and crowd-free French resort
- 8th largest resort in France
- 59 lifts
- In the heart of the Écrins National Park
- Close to the heritage town of Briançon
- Short transfer time (2 hours)
- 80% of the skiing is above 2000m
- Recent major lift upgrades
- Thermal spa baths in the village
- Off-piste ski guiding available
- Turin (136km)
- Train station
- Briançon (15km)
- Minimum altitude
- Maximum altitude
- All ski slopes
- Green slopes
- Blue slopes
- Red slopes
- Black slopes
Big skiing and small crowds! Although Serre Chevalier is the 8th largest resort in France, you'll be surprised how few people there are on the slopes most mornings. Join us away from the crowds and enjoy all that the valley has to offer.
Many of the main lifts in the Serre Chevalier valley have recently been upgraded, which means less time on the lifts and more time on the snow! With further major upgrades planned for the future, this is a truly world-class resort.
Serre Chevalier is a classic French resort. It offers the kind of extensive skiing and picturesque views that you might expect from a big-name resort, yet without the high mountain prices.
Ski Miquel has been coming here for over 20 years, so we know the resort very well and are continually surprised that it is still relatively unknown to the British market.
The 8th biggest ski resort in France
The valley boasts 250km of interlinked pistes, over 80% of which are above 2000m, so it provides excellent snow conditions throughout a good, long season. The lift system has recently benefitted from some major upgrades, and queues here are unusual.
Quiet runs with a great snow record
The resort is a crowd-free haven for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Beginners will enjoy the gentle blues high above the village, whilst intermediates will love the sweeping bowls, and for experts there are plenty of unmapped pockets of snow and of course the challenging Olympic Luc Alphand black run!
The resort’s snow record
Serre Chevalier has one of the best snow records in the French Alps.
The piste management is exceptional here, and snow cannons also help to keep the lower slopes in top condition.
Sensible food and drink prices
Our staff will help to find you the best tables at the mountain huts for your lunches, and the best value.
This is a superb resort to enjoy in the Spring, with stunning views and pistes which wind down through the wonderful larch forests.
High vertical descent
Especially on the most northerly facing slopes, which means you can enjoy good long runs on excellent quality snow.
Muriel Sports in Monêtier has been providing equipment hire to our guests for many years.
Their equipment is always of top quality, and they offer an upgrade option so you can try out the latest innovative designs.
They also sell equipment and accessories at very reasonable prices and are always happy to help.
The local ESF (École du Ski Français) ski school in Monêtier offers teaching programmes suited to all abilities, at very reasonable prices.
Offering group or private lessons, they are the perfect teachers if it is your first time, or if you are trying to improve upon your technique.
They also offer other services if you want to try something new, such as off-piste ski guiding, snow-shoeing, and even Nordic skiing.
Serre Chevalier lies within the Écrins National Park and the hiking around Monêtier is superb, with walks through the forests between the villages and links onto part of the GR54 Alpine tour route.
Why not take the afternoon off and soothe your muscles in the thermal spa baths near the base of the slopes and enjoy swimming in the outdoor pool whilst admiring the high peaks surrounding you.
For a dose of culture, head to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Briançon - Home to part of Vauban's fortress network, it's impossible to miss the magnificent citadels rising above the small city as you pass through it on the way to our chalet-hotel.
But it's not just the fortresses you get to see in the highest city in France - There are also many fantastic restaurants and shops to see as well, and it's only a short trip down the valley from Monêtier.
New for 2021 - Try the giant zip-line from the top of the cable car in Chantemerle, which is 1.1km long and drops 300m of vertical in just over a minute, travelling at a speed of up to 70mph!
The village of Monêtier-les-Bains
Known to the Romans for the healing properties of the two hot springs in the area, Monêtier is the quintessential picturesque French mountain village. It is located at the top end of the Serre Chevalier valley and offers easy access to all the great skiing this area has to offer, thanks to the installation of fast and modern lifts.
If you are interested in finding out more about the region’s cultural history, walking tours are available, and you can also visit the Museum of Sacred Art. The thermal baths close to the Chalet-Hotel Charlotte are the perfect place to unwind after a hard day’s skiing.
For the best French mountain cuisine, head to Le Caribou in Monêtier, where you can try delicious tartiflette or a wide range of other local and traditional mountain dishes.
Also try the new restaurant at Le Cairn, which is located immediately opposite the Chalet-Hotel Charlotte and offers a sophisticated take on French cuisine.
We also recommend the Aquisana restaurant, which is located next to the Blue Bird cocktail bar in the village.
For après-ski fun, Bar L’Alpen is always worth a visit, located just off the main church square, with a short walk back to the Chalet-Hotel Charlotte for afternoon tea! Also try the new Lapaki Bar in the village.
For those looking for something a little more sophisticated, the Blue Bird cocktail bar is the perfect choice, with its beautiful original vaulted ceilings, where time can disappear very quickly!
For the best live bands and happy hours, you may want to try La Grotte in Villeneuve, just a short way down the valley from Monêtier.
Just returned from a great week's skiing holiday at Chalet Charlotte. We were a group of 11, family and friends, with children ranging from age 13 to 25. The chalet is in a great position in the centre of the lovely little village of Monetier with a few friendly bars, restaurants and shops, just a short walk to the lifts. All the chalet staff were so very friendly, helpful and fun to be with, they really made the holiday. They were all so welcoming and nothing was too much trouble, Will was our ski guide and did a fabulous job, a really nice guy who took us all over the area at a pace to suit us, saved us so much time too and such a pleasant and intelligent guy to have around. Anita was our chef and the food was wonderful, such a great variety, she was so flexible too and catered really well for all diets and tastes, she cared so much as to whether you were enjoying everything and if there was anything you didn't like, she was so friendly and keen to please, think it's the best food we've had in a chalet, definitely restaurant quality. All the other chalet hosts, Hannah, Harriet and Max were all so very friendly, helpful and keen to please. Laura the chalet manager did a great job of organising and keeping everything running smoothly. Fabulous holiday.
Just returned from another great holiday with Ski Miquel. The team at Chalet Charlotte headed by Laura are super friendly and helpful and couldn't do enough to make sure we had a great time. As usual there was plentiful wholesome food and a very reasonable chalet bar. The guiding was great fun and as always with Ski Miquel there were many groups of like minded people that during our week all got on like a house on fire. Busy planning our next trip!
We had a fabulous week over half term as a family. Many thanks to all of the chalet staff! We enjoyed skiing with Max and Laura, skiing at a good speed with a break for a coffee and lunch. The chalet staff were also great off the slopes. Many thanks to Chef Anita for the delicious food and making changes for fussy kids! Laura ran the chalet impeccably, with organised yet relaxed plans for the day. Our rooms were spacious, warm and clean, making our week very enjoyable. The area downstairs was split into 2 alcoves, which is ideal for half term where there are more kids/teenagers. Many thanks again to the chalet staff and we are looking forward to our next ski holiday with Ski Miquel!
Chalet Hotel Charlotte is brilliant, the staff and service can’t be beaten! I would definitely recommend to family and friends. Only a quick 10 minute walk from the ski lifts and shops. Keep the good work up Ski Miquel.