Visitor reviews for Serre Chevalier Ski Resort

Serre Chevalier Ratings

Overall: 4.4. Based on 36 votes and 55 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.6

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Serre Chevalier is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 4.9

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Serre Chevalier has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 4.6

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Scenery: 4.6

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 4.2

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Serre Chevalier.

Public Transport: 4.0

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Serre Chevalier, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 4.6

(1) No places to stay in/near Serre Chevalier, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 4.3

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 3.4

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Serre Chevalier.

Ski in/Ski out: 4.2

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 4.5

(1) There are no child care facilities at Serre Chevalier, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 4.5

(1) Serre Chevalier relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.8

(1) There are no snow groomers at Serre Chevalier, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Serre Chevalier are groomed daily.

Shelter: 4.6

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Serre Chevalier is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 4.3

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Serre Chevalier, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 4.6

(1) Serre Chevalier usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.5

(1) The staff at Serre Chevalier are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Serre Chevalier are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 4.1

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 4.8

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 5.0

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Beginners: 4.5

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.9

(1) No intermediate terrain at Serre Chevalier, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.9

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 4.1

(1) Not even a kicker at Serre Chevalier, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 4.1

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Serre Chevalier, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 3.3

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Serre Chevalier has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 4.5

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 4.6

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 3.8

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 4.6

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 4.2

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 4.5

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 4.2

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 4.3

(1) Overall, Serre Chevalier is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 4.1

(1) Overall, Serre Chevalier is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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February 07, 2010
Chris Bartlett from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
28th Jan - 31st Jan. Stayed in Chantemerle. SC (Serre Chevalier) is awesome. Fantastic skiing with plenty of runs and not crowded. Start early though. Due to North Facing slopes you lose the good light about 3.30. All staff spoke excellent English. Lifts are good in general although a few button lifts further across the valley. Great green runs for beginners to get them home. Having skiied in Switzerland, Austria and Italy I'd recommend this as one of the best places I have skiied. Hoping to go back at Easter, fingers crossed for snow.
February 02, 2010
mary from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Visited Serre Chevalier in Jan 10 and stayed in Vilenueve. We have skiied in various places previously and found that this ski resort had the quietest pistes we had seen, resulting in non-existent lift queues. The pistes were well maintained and with the linked system of lifts it was easy to move between the four different villages that make up this area. As boarders though, some of the runs were a little flat and narrow but that was really the only drawback. Definitely not a place for party animals, with quiet bars and restaurants.
January 11, 2010
Noel cullen from Ski Ireland Ireland
This is my second time in Serre Chevalier. Both times I found the snow excellent. First morning, during ski school which was easy to find and not too expensive (well my folks paid), I met my instructor and after 10 mins skiing she knew that I had been skiing before and bumped me up a group which is very rare for a ski instructor to do. After six years skiing (one week every year) I honestly found that these two years skiing in Serre Chevalier have made all the difference in my skiing abilities. Food was fab, can't comment on prices because I'm only fourteen and my mam and dad picked up the tab but some places could have been expensive but it was well worth it. Flights going home were delayed by snow and only for Jackson who owns the alpine travel company pulling it out of the bag by getting us to the airport on time and he is also Irish. Missed Trev and the whistle. By the end of the week I was skiing down through trees on Luc Alphand and when you go to Serre Chevalier you will find out what that is.
November 26, 2009
Mike from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Went to Serre Chevalier in Jan 09 and stayed at the Grand Aigle. Had a great week and the conditions were fantastic. Just booked the same trip again for Jan 10. One of the few ski areas I would revisit.
April 02, 2009
Free Rider from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Serre Chevalier is wonderful. Fantastic variety of skiing and brilliantly friendly people. Spent the week in ski school with friends. It was the best experience we had ever had where lessons are concerned. Vivre "Ski Connections". Serre Chevalier has friendly shops with reasonably priced ski hire and restaurants etc. Serre Chevalier is definitely recommended.
January 27, 2009
Gary from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I visited Villeneuve, Serre Chevalier at Christmas this year. The snow was excellent, the locals very friendly and we had a great time in a resort with atmosphere and charm. We chose Serre Chevalier because of it's excellent snow record over the last few years and were not disappointed. There is a variety of pistes for all levels of skiers and borders - some in our group headed off for freeride skiing between the trees and others had lessons with the local international ski school (ski connections - recommended). In the evening we frequented the Yetti, Mojos and Le Frog. All very lively, offering cocktails and live music of good quality until 2am. Our group is planning the same trip next Christmas and give Serre Chevalier a well deserved 9/10.
November 26, 2008
Dave BOUCKLEY from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Been coming to this resort for the last 8 years. Sometimes up to four times a season, bringing groups. Last here in January and will be there at Christmas at the Frejus. Excellent snow record, excellent long runs, no queues, excellent lift system. You will never get bored. People are wonderful. You will always compare other resorts with this place. I have had a go at other resorts and this is always my number 1.
November 01, 2008
Yasmin from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We have just bought a house in Chantemerle and it is great.... There are loads of good places to eat.. and good shops, the runs are easy to get around as you will soon get the hang of the place. We bought a holiday house and go there regualy (alot) in the summer and winter, I prefer winter because of skiing and snowboarding. They usually get lots of fluffy snow!! aswell,
February 19, 2008
Linden Galsworthy from Guernsey, Channel Islands from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Arrived Chantermerle, Serre Chevalier 19th January 2008, stayed at the new Hameau Du Rocher appartments which were excellent. Good location and excellent pool/sauna/steam room. Skiing excellent. Quiet pistes most days and had a piste to yourself. Good lifts. Resort nightlife quiet.however, a good night was had at La Grotte in Villeneuve, a 5 min taxi drive. Overall, a nice resort with excellent skiing for all levels. Excellent restaurants and skiing equipment shops.
February 13, 2008
Loxley from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Visited Serre Chevalier last week of Feb in 2007 and am heading back for Easter 2008. I can't comment on hotels as I take my motor-home. But I can recommend the Yeti bar for excellent value food and a lively atmosphere. My teenage sons certainly preferred it to the other restaurants and bars. It does cater more for the French which I do't think is a bad thing. The runs back to the town are tricky for snowboarders in the lower middle section as they are basically lanes between trees and only about 10-12 foot wide. But get above the 2000m chairlift and it's a lovely open playground. Certainly a large varied terrain and while we were there last year (2007) we had a great dump of snow which really made for a great week.