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Serre Chevalier Introduction

Serre Chevalier lies amid stunning scenery in the southern French Alps. The resort is made up of several villages which lie in four main areas, Chantemerle, Villeneuve La Salle, Briancon and Le Montier les Bains. Serre Chevalier is located close to the Italian border and enjoys long hours of sunshine. With over two hundred and fifty kilometres of pistes and with excellent off-piste opportunities, Serre Chevalier's slopes accommodate every level of ability. Snowboarders enjoy the slopes as well as the snow park. Over seventy lifts provide easy access to the pistes. Hotels, apartments and chalets, both catered and self-catering provide good accommodation. The villages all have a good selection of cafés and restaurants providing a diverse cuisine and there are shops for essentials. Serre Chevalier nightlife is fairly low-key although there are one or two lively bars. A Serre Chevalier ski holiday offers fun and excitement for all the family.

Why Go To Serre Chevalier?

Serre Chevalier is a charming resort lying in the Ecrins National park in the French Alps, very close to the Italian border. Surrounded by wooded hills at altitudes between twelve and fifteen hundred metres and with one of the largest ski areas in France, Serre Chevalier has terrain to suit all ability levels in both skiing and snowboarding. It is a very popular family resort.

Serre Chevalier ski holidays accommodate all levels of ability and therefore attract a wide range of holidaymakers. It is very popular with families and snowboarders.

When To Go To Serre Chevalier

Serre Chevalier ski season lasts from mid December until mid April. It usually enjoys good snow conditions throughout the season and benefits from over three hundred days of sunshine. Serre Chevalier's mountain scenery attracts many summer visitors including hikers, mountain climbers and mountain bikers.

Serre Chevalier - The Place

Serre Chevalier is a very large popular ski resort in the French Alps close to the Italian border. It is an attractive resort comprised of several villages, each with their own style and atmosphere. The resort offers excellent conditions for skiers and boarders of all abilities. Serre Chevalier lies between the altitudes of twelve and fifteen hundred metres and generally has good snow cover. With over three hundred snow cannons at lower levels skiing is possible well into spring. Serre Chevalier ski area is vast with over two hundred and fifty kilometres of pistes. There are fifty runs for novices just above the village and there are many easy tree lined trails. The majority of runs satisfy those at intermediate level and there are a good number of black runs for advanced skiers, as well as many off piste opportunities. Serre Chevalier continues to attract many snowboarders as its wide runs and its snow park offer perfect terrain for this exciting sport. Almost eighty lifts give rapid service to the slopes. Buses run along the length of the valley and are free to those with a lift pass. There are ski and snow boarding schools with lessons for children from six, as well as adults. There are crèche facilities but the age of entry varies from eight to eighteen months. Vaccination certificates are a requirement.

Hotels, apartments and chalets provide a range of modern accommodation that caters for most budgets. Each village has several cafés and restaurants serving a variety of cuisine that satisfies most tastes and the bars and pubs provide low key evening entertainment. There is also a small casino and even a bridge club. Serre Chevalier also offers, sledging, swimming, ice skating and snow shoeing. Ice driving with quad bikes and go karts is also a popular attraction, as is paragliding.

Serre Chevalier ski holidays provide fun and excitement for all the family, good snow cover and over three hundred days of sunshine each year. It attracts many summer visitors who come to enjoy hiking, climbing, mountain biking and kayaking.

Serre Chevalier Nightlife

Serre Chevalier is fairly low key reflecting perhaps its popularity with families. The various villages all have bars, cafés and restaurants where evenings are spent relaxing in the company of friends and family. There are one or two livelier bars and also a couple of discos in Villeneuve.

Serre Chevalier Shopping

Serre Chevalier shopping is rather limited providing essential provisions and stores supplying sports equipment for sale or for hire.

Serre Chevalier Eating

There are almost one hundred restaurants spread among the villages of Serre Chevalier. Many of the restaurants serve traditional mountain food with fondue and raclette and there is also a good variety of international food to satisfy most palates. Pizzas and burgers are readily available providing low cost sustenance for those on limited budgets.