Serre Chevalier: quintessentially French in every way.

The Ski Area

Serre Chevalier is a rustic mountain region with an architectural farrago of buildings spread out along a large valley. More than a few people have dubbed it “an Alpine Provence” and gets a high number of native French visitors.

Collectively, Serre Chevalier is one of the biggest ski areas in France and has some of the best tree-lined slopes in the country. The fact that most of the slopes face more-or-less North is another big selling point. The resort is ideal for intermediates and also appealing to experts, although if you want really steep skiing you’ll have to consider taking a guide and exploring some of the extensive off-piste terrain. Nevertheless there are some reasonably demanding black runs on the Villeneuve and Chantemerle sectors with vertical drops approaching 1,000m.

The Resort

The main Ski Solutions accommodation is located in the Chantemerle area, which is a mixture of characterful old buildings and some more modern ones. It has the advantage of some of the best lift access to this huge ski domain, with both a gondola and a cable-car to whisk you up into the midst of the area and further lifts to take you even higher.

Serre Chevalier has mostly modest but friendly and welcoming French bars and restaurants. Where you are staying will tend to dictate where you spend your evenings, but a visit to Le Monetier is always vaut le voyage , especially for La Maison Alliey, the Auberge du Choucas and the Chalet Auberge des Amis. In Chantemerle, the Triptyque, with its Mediterranean cuisine, is the hot ticket - or check out the Extreme bar or L'Escapade. Venture into Villeneuve and head for La Baita for late-night entertainment.

For lunch on the mountain, try Le Bivouac de la Casse , just above the Casse de Boeuf chairlift for civilised table service or the cheaper option next door - Tatou. Another popular pit-stops is Peyra-Juana, a small mountain hut on the main piste down to Monetier.