Set in the Southern Alps, Serre Chevalier is one of France's most underrated ski resorts, with a fantastic snow record and 250kms of superb runs. The resort is divided into 4 sprawling villages linked by ski runs, an efficient lift system and a regular bus service. Our accommodation is located in Chantemerle and Villeneuve. If you are looking for extensive high altitude skiing, plenty of sunshine, spectacular mountain scenery and value for money, then Serre Chevalier is for you.
There are excellent gentle beginners' runs next to Villeneuve village and also at Monetier. Try the Grand Alpe at the top of the gondola above Chantemerle.
Ski through the Parc National des Ecrins in some of the most glorious scenery in the French Alps, including the long red runs from the Prorel or Aiguille les Ediuts. At Bachas above Monetier, you¿ll find a wide choice of runs which zig-zag through the trees and Le Petit Alpe, Bois des Coqs and Grande Gargouille above Monetier are firm favourites for getting the adrenalin going. To end a day, Cucumelle is a fantastic long run back to Villeneuve from Bachas.
Bump fiends will enjoy moguls the size of milk-floats on the twisting runs to Le Bez and speed freaks will love the superb 'Olympic Luc Alphand' black run. Also recommended is the locally named 'Porridge Run', a gun-barrelled kamikaze route through gullies, ravines and trees; while for powderhounds, there¿s the steep and deep ecstasy of high Grande Alpe.
Serre Chevalier is regarded as one of the top snowboarding destinations in France due to its excellent natural terrain and off-piste opportunities. For freeriding there is too much to mention but check out the Balme chair. For jumping the mountain is littered with natural kickers and drops.
Approx Transfer Time Turin 2 hrs 30 mins, Chambery 3 hrs 45 mins. SUNDAY FLIGHTS TO TURIN Village Height Chantemerle: 1,350m (4,455ft); Villeneuve: 1,400m (4,593ft) Highest Lift 2,730m (8,956ft)
Relaxed and informal with a few popular bars to choose from. Chantemerle: Le Yeti bar for cheap beers during happy hour or the Kitzbühel bar, a friendly French bar where they serve 'Luc Alphand' beer - Villeneuve: Look in at the lively Le Frog and Loco Loco bars with excellent music. Good night clubs include La Baita and Bam Bam
Fitness centre with sauna, jacuzzi and gym (Chantemerle and Villeneuve) - Torchlight descents - Ice skating rink (Chantemerle & Villeneuve) - Parapenting - Indoor heated swimming pool (Villeneuve) - Floodlit ice driving circuit (Villeneuve) - Indoor Equestrian Centre with carriage rides and sleigh outings
Very reasonably priced and lots of choice - Pizzas from approx. 9euros - 3-course meal with wine from 20euros - Cheese or meat fondues from 23euros including wine and dessert. - Chantemerle: La Cabassa for pizza and pasta dishes, Loup Blanc for traditional local food. Try L'Arbre a Pain, an excellent lunchtime suntrap. - Villeneuve: La Marotte for fine French cuisine, La Pastorale for specialities cooked on an open fire and for a special treat, try the excellent La Bidulle fish restaurant.
Night time skiing or a Friday evening in Villeneuve on the Mickey lift - Cinema - Historic Briançon with its medieval fortress and modern sports centre with top-class ice hockey matches (5 mins from Chantemerle or Villeneuve).