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Serre Chevalier, France

This is one of the biggest ski resorts in Europe with 250 kilometres of pistes and with skiing at altitudes between 1200 and 2800 metres, it is suitable for everyone from beginners to expert skiers!

Serre Chevalier, in the Alps, is a long south-facing valley between the Col du Lautaret and Briançon with several villages and hamlets dotted along the way, ranging from the ultra modern to the most traditional.

Serre Chevalier is in France’s Hautes-Alpes department, part of the PACA or Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. The Hautes-Alpes is France’s only department in the alpine chain situated entirely in the mountains, making it the highest department in the Alps.  The ski area covers several ’communes’ (the name for France’s smallest administrative districts).

Le domaine skiable s’étend sur plusieurs communes

Briançon
Puy Saint André
Puy Saint Pierre
Chantemerle (St Chaffrey)
Villeneuve (La Salle les Alpes)
Le Monêtier les Bains

Where does the name Serre Chevalier come from?

A valley as full of history as Serre Chevalier doesn’t have to ask a designer to come up with a logo for its resort. Thanks to its local heritage, the villages of Serre Chevalier came together under the banner of the ’Crowned Eagle’ that appears on the coat of arms of the Borel du Bez family.

The name Serre Chevalier comes from the ancient ’Oc’ dialect of southern France in which ’serre’ meant a hill or mound and ’cambeou’ was a flock… And it’s not difficult to work out the rest. Skiing was very much in vogue in the period after the First World War and Briançon was already attracting the world of show business. The Second World War would put an end to all that…

 

Opened in 1941, the Chantemerle ’téléphérique’ or cable car was Serre Chevalier’s first ski lift and was the longest ski lift in Europe. By the 1950s the resort was really starting to take off.

The name Serre Chevalier was finally adopted in 1968 and, with the inclusion of Mônetier les Bains, in 1984 the resort of Grand Serre Chevalier was born. In 1990 it was joined by the completely new Briançon ski area, and today the resort as a whole is known as Serre Chevalier.

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Win A Ski Holiday for Two to the French Alps with Ski Amis

Win a catered chalet ski holiday for two in one of the world’s largest ski areas! Indulge on a full English breakfast, homemade cakes and 3 course meals with unlimited wine for 7 nights in the French Alps! You could be staying in Les Menuires, La Tania or La Plagne – all great resorts with skiing heights up to 2850m and plenty of après ski, bars and restaurants on your doorstep. Catered Chalets that are ski in/ski out, traditional, big enough for the whole family or in a peaceful beautiful location – the choice is yours if you win. With a large list to choose from, there will be a chalet to suit you! 

 

You can choose from:

 

Les Menuries, Three Valleys

Chalets de Bruyeres– This perfect ski in/ski out location is right at the bottom of the piste. The gondola at the backdoor will take your straight up to 2850m! Whilst your there, have a go on speed mountain (suitable for children and adults), dine out for one night and try some traditional French cuisine and maybe even treat yourself to a spa day at the wellness centre next door. 

La Tania, Three Valleys

Chalet Christine, Titania or Morgane– Ski through the trees in this great south facing resort with great access to the whole of the Three Valleys. These chalets are close to everything. La Tania is a pedestrianised resort so you are only 5 minutes away from the piste, a lift or a bar! 

La Plagne, Montchavin – Paradiski 

Chalet Dolomites– this chalet is quirky but in a great location, only 2 minutes away from the lift that takes you straight up to the Vanoise Express. This gives you great access to 425km of piste. Watch your little ones learn to ski in the snow garden from the balcony and enjoy a soak in the hot tub of an evening. This traditional village has everything you need for a perfect ski holiday!  

 

Holiday Details 

Ski Holiday for 2 people in the French Alps

One week in January or March 2020 (subject to availability) 

Transfer from Geneva included 

Standard Service Chalet (subject to availability) 

Les Menuires: Chalets de Bruyeres, Katerina or Lorraine

La Tania: Titania, Morgane or Christine 

La Plagne, Montchavin: Dolomites

Flights, ski passes, ski hire and ski lessons are not included, Altitude Holidays general competiton terms here