Why Train in Serre Chevalier?
Serre Chevalier is situated in the Southern Alps - or Hautes-Alpes - region of France, to the east of Grenoble, the north-west of Gap and an hour and three-quarters drive west of Turin in Italy. Along with its neighbours, Alp D’Huez, Les Deux Alpes, La Grave, Risoul & Vars, Montgenvre and The Via Lattea (or Milky Way as it is also known) this region is one of the largest ski areas in the world.
Serre Chevalier is the third largest individual ski area in France and boasts one of the most extensive off-piste itineraries in the country. Although the ski station is situated at a relatively low altitude compared to some other Alpine resorts (average 1400m), this is by no means a disadvantage (in fact, it’s a bonus where physical recovery is concerned). Its highest lifts climb over 2800m and most of the resort is north-facing, which keeps the snow in the shade until late spring, when ski touring comes into its own.
Some of the Best Tree Skiing in Europe
With an excess of 1500m of vertical skiing, from the tops of the peaks to the valley floor, Serre Chevalier offers some of the best tree skiing of any resort in Europe, let alone France. The terrain stretches from the large and busy town of Briancon to the villages of Chantemerle, Villeneuve and Monetier-les-Bains, situated 19 km up the valley. In between each village there are a variety of peaks and troughs, valleys and ridges and (when the conditions are just right) outstanding off-piste skiing.
Serre Chevalier boasts its own micro-climate that encourages large snowfalls and long days of sunshine. Rarely is the weather unpleasant and the awesome tree skiing is indicative of great off-piste when the snow is falling and the mountain is a white out. It is unusual for us to cancel a day’s training, as we are never deterred by flat light or excessive snow conditions. There is always something to ski in this wonderfully variable environment!
AN AUTHENTIC FRENCH REGION WITH INTERNATIONAL APPEAL
Serre Chevalier has not lost its charm. Amongst the new and somewhat worn out architecture of the late sixties there are some beautiful old villages that are home to a number of fantastic restaurants and bars. As well as an established French culture, there are residents from all over Europe, notably Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden. Deep French roots provide a great opportunity to start or continue learning the language and to practice your skills on a daily basis.
There is a subculture of modest and hardened local skiers and mountaineers in Serre Chevalier who have chosen to escape the stresses and party lifestyle of the Northern Alps in places such as The Three Valleys, Val d’Isere, Avoriaz and Tignes. These people value the empty pistes and the slow pace of change that makes living in Serre Chevalier so much more interesting and quintessentially French.
French skiing started here in Serre Chevalier, and if you haven’t skied here then you haven’t begun to know what the sport really has to offer. There simply aren’t any queues for most of the season. And if you are skiing with people in the know then you can ski fresh tracks for many days after a good snowfall. Don’t wait to be invited; unravel your potential, get down here and see it for yourself. We are certain you won’t be disappointed!