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Skiing in Serre Chevalier

Serre Chevalier France

A classic and crowd-free French resort

Resort features

  • 250km of pistes
  • 77 lifts
  • In the heart of the Écrins National Park
  • Close to the heritage town of Briançon
  • Short transfer time (2 hours)
  • 80% of skiing is above 2,000m
  • Recent major lift upgrades
  • Thermal spa baths
  • Off-piste ski guiding available

Connections

Airport
Turin (135km)
Railway station
Briançon (15km)

Altitude

Minimum altitude
1,500m
Maximum altitude
2,830m

Slope lengths

All ski slopes
250km
Green slopes
57km
Blue slopes
81km
Red slopes
80km
Black slopes
32km

Sections

Why Serre Chevalier?

A vast ski area at high altitude, located in a stunning French valley

Snowboarding in Serre Chevalier

Stay above 2,000m Superb snow record

With 80% of its skiing above 2,000m, 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!

Skiing in Serre Chevalier

Big ski area 8th biggest resort in france

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.

Grand Serre chairlift in Serre Chevalier

Modern lifts Faster lifts means more skiing!

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.

The view down to Villeneuve

Resort Overview

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 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 2,000m, so it provides excellent snow conditions throughout a good, long season. The lift system has benefited from a serious upgrade of late, 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 levels. 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 Olympic Luc Alphand black run!

Fun with friends in Serre Chevalier

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The resort’s snow record

Serre Chevalier has one of the best snow records in the French Alps.

Well-groomed runs

The piste management is exceptional, 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, and the best value.

Spring skiing

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.

Equipment Hire

Muriel Sports in Monetier has been providing equipment hire to our guests for many years.

Their equipment is always of top quality standard, and they also 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.

Ski School

The local ESF (École du Ski Français) ski school in Monêtier offers teaching programmes suited to all levels, combining technique and pleasure, all 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 on 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.

www.serre-chevalier-ski-school.co.uk

The thermal baths in Monetier

Non-ski Activities

Serre Chevalier lies within the Écrins National Park and the winter walking around the village of Monêtier is superb, with walks through the forests between the villages and links onto part of the GR54 Alpine tour route.

Or why not take the afternoon off and soothe your muscles in the thermal baths located near the base of the slopes and enjoy swimming in the outdoor pool whilst admiring the high peaks which surround you.

For a dose of culture, why not head to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Briançon. Home to part of Vauban's fortress network, it's impossible to miss his magnificent citadels rising above the small city as you pass through it on the way to our chalet.

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.

The village of Monetier

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 valley 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 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.

Le Caribou restaurant in Monetier

Restaurants

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 mountain dishes. 

We also recommend the Aquisana restaurant, which is located next to the Blue Bird cocktail bar in the village.

Blue Bird Cocktail Bar in Monetier

Bars

For après-ski fun, Bar L’Alpen is always worth a visit, located just off the main church square and a short walk back to the Chalet Charlotte for afternoon tea!

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.

Reviews

Great Chalet, Great Staff

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.

Chalet Charlotte - great value for money

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!

Chalet-Hotel Charlotte

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!

Fantastic Hotel !!!

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.

Frequently asked questions

Which airport do you fly into?

For Serre Chevalier we fly into Turin airport.

How long is the transfer from the airport to the resort?

The coach journey from Turin airport to Serre Chevalier normally takes around 2 hours.

How close is the chalet-hotel to the ski lifts?

It is only around a 5-minute walk from our chalet-hotel to the ski lifts.

Is the valley bus service included with my lift pass?

Yes, the ski bus is included with your lift pass. Please note there are also some non-ski buses that are not included on your pass, so please make sure you get on the right bus!

Where can I store my skis and boots?

You can store you skis and boots right next to the main lift in the village for a reasonable charge. Alternatively, you can also store your equipment in the ski room at the chalet-hotel if you prefer.

Can I get cheaper equipment rental for children?

Yes, it will normally be cheaper to purchase equipment hire for children directly from the rental shop in resort.

Do children get cheaper lift passes?

Yes, children will normally be able to benefit from a cheaper lift pass if bought directly from the lift pass office in resort. This is dependent upon their age, so please call us for further details. You will also need to present a proof of age (e.g. a passport) to benefit from the cheaper lift pass price for children in resort.

Do seniors get cheaper lift passes?

Yes, seniors will normally benefit from a cheaper lift pass if bought directly from the lift pass office in resort. This is age-dependent, so please call us for further details. You will also need to present a proof of age (e.g. a passport) to benefit from the cheaper lift pass price in resort.

How close are the thermal baths to the chalet-hotel?

The thermal baths are only a few minutes' walk from our chalet-hotel and are well worth a visit.

Accommodation

Hotel de l'Europe
Hotel de l'Europe family room

Hotel de l'Europe

Serre Chevalier, France
 
On Request
Ski lift
5-minute walk
From slopes
550m
The Chalet-Hotel Charlotte in Monetier
Triple Room in Chalet-Hotel Charlotte
The dining room in the Chalet-Hotel Charlotte

Charlotte

Serre Chevalier, France
From From
£614.00
per person, per week
Ski lift
5-minute walk
From slopes
550 metres