Serre Chevalier or « Serre-Che » for those who know it well, is in the Guisane Valley in the Briançonnais area, on the edge of the Parc National des Écrins, at the heart of the unspoilt Oisans region. The resort is in the southern Alps, near the Italian border between Col du Lautaret and Briançon. It was created in 1941 when a cable car was installed from Chantemerle to the summit of Serre-Chevalier at 2,483m altitude. The valley revolves around the three main villages of Chantemerle, Villeneuve and Le Monêtier les Bains plus 13 hamlets, each with its own personality.
The area, which owes its reputation to its champions and Olympic medallists Luc Alphand, Pierre Vaultier and Arthur Bauchet, is one of the largest skiing areas in Europe with 410 hectares of marked, maintained slopes. There are also 5 recreational areas for snowboarding, boardercross, etc and of course a cross-country zone for lovers of wide-open spaces. The resort is an absolute must with something for everyone.
In summer too the area is the venue for a multitude of outdoor activities with 350km of paths, 180km of mountain bike tracks, a Via Ferrata, rock climbing sites and, of course, mythical cycling routes. The River Guisane runs through the valley providing ideal conditions for white water activities. The name Guisane comes from the Latin ‘aqua sana’ meaning healing water. The ‘Grands Bains du Monêtier’ is a great place to luxuriate and relax in the natural hot spring water which has been bubbling up in Monêtier-les-Bains since time immemorial. The indoor and outdoor pools overlooking the ski slopes are a dream location.
Motor sport enthusiasts mustn’t miss the Trophée Andros which is held on the ice driving track at Salle les Alpes in January. Thrilling sensations guaranteed !