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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March 15, 2015
Paul Jenner from Ski France France
We've skied and snowboarded in many resorts in Europe and North America but the only one we've wanted to return to again and again is Monetier-les-Bains, the highest of the villages that together comprise Serre Chevalier. Why? First of all, the skiing and boarding is superb. In addition to the 250km of pistes there are tremendous off-piste possibilities (the Montagnolle, Grand Pré and Voie Jackson to name a few) to suit all levels. When you've exhausted all that you have several other resorts nearby, including La Grave, the off-piste mecca. As to cross-country, there are beautiful trails locally and within easy reach. You'll never be bored. We also like the fact that Monetier is a proper village (with cows) and not purpose-built. We liked it so much that we bought Studio La Petite Corneille (available to rent when we're not there). If you like discos then Monetier isn't for you but if you love the mountains you'll love this place.
February 23, 2015
Sally Webb from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Spent half-term week in Serre Che. Skiing was an intermediate skiers paradise, with loads of red and blue runs. Loved the red runs off Yret and Clot Gauthier chairlifts. Conditions were fantastic most of the time with a very snowy and windy day at the end of the week which closed the links across the mountain. Considering it was half-term across most of France and UK, it wasn't too busy. Maximum waiting time was 5 to 10 minutes. We stayed in Briancon; not the prettiest of places but apartment was so convenient for gondola.
August 15, 2003
Melanie Kerslake from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Serre Chevalier is a large resort made up of unique and friendly villages. Le Mon?tier les Bains is Serre Che's highest village at 1500m and offers the best off-piste, extensive mid-terrain tree-skiing and nursery slopes right at the bottom. Still a farming village, you'll love the rustic stone buildings, traditional restaurants and excellent hotels, and the smiling locals that live there all year round. Other villages include Villeneuve (Serre Che 1400, built up but with lots of nightlife), and Chantemerle (Serre Che 1350, a bit more charm and lots to do but getting busier and busier each year). Le Mon?tier les Bains is definitely my favourite.
January 08, 2004
Ady Keeble from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great ski-ing area with one major complaint - the piste map combined with the inconsistent piste marking makes for THE most infuriating instances of getting lost. It took a good 2 days for us to even start to find our way round. In addition the queues in the French school holidays are often lengthy - in that respect everything you will read in the guide books is true - be very careful where you ski around lunchtime as we encountered some real bottlenecks, especially at Frejus. Other than that - excellent!! Well worth a visit.
January 16, 2004
Ben Scales from Ski France France
Has Ady been following me around? Serre Chevallier is a bit like Chamonix in that it's fairly spread out along a valley, so transport is an issue and you need to choose your spot to ski and pretty much stick with it for the day. Unlike Chamonix, there's no real decent choice of nightlife, but visitors looking for some top skiing won't be disappointed. The red run 'Casse de Boeuf' is well up there for an awesome technical 'cruisey' red - a bit like the decent into La Daille at Val d'Is?re though longer, more exciting, not nearly as icy (generally) and not teeming with as many muppets. The scenery is spectacular, which is a nice distraction when you're combing the piste map trying to figure out where you are.
July 05, 2004
Paul from Ski Netherlands Netherlands
The worst resort that I've ever visited. The runs were poorly maintained icy, narrow and just plain nasty. The people were unfriendly and it was far too overcrowded. There are *much* better resorts to be found.
March 07, 2017
Jessica Wright from Ski France France
Serre Chevalier is a gem kept secret from the rest of the Alps. Having never heard of the area before my arrival I was dubious and unsure what it would have to offer. However, my qualms were short lived. Although the village I stayed in (Villeneuve) was small and quiet, it was quaint and had everything that I would want throughout my stay, even an old town full of character that transports you to 17th century French living. There are 4 main towns that make up Serre Chevalier all with something to offer. Villeneuve (where I stayed), Monetier Les Bain, with a wonderful outdoor thermal spa perfect for a change of pace, Chantemerle with more of an evening atmosphere and Briancon, the highest town in Europe which boasts another wonderful old town, which towers over the modern town in the hills of Serre Chevalier. All 4 places connect by a free (with a lift pass) and frequent bus service. You can also catch a bus to Montgeneve, a better known ski resort which is also worth a visit! The skiing in Serre Che is perfect for intermediate skiers who like to challenge themselves but also have the option to take easier scenic routes down. It is through the trees and is a beautiful setting to enjoy and be in.
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 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.
January 10, 2006
Rick Lomas from Ski France France
I live in Serre Chevalier and I think it is a great place to spend the winter AND the summer, sure it doesn't have the same nightlife as Val d'Isere, but there is a great community of UK and European people here which makes a difference. As far as the ski area goes, it has loads of lovely runs with trees that make it well pretty and to be honest if people want to go elsewhere, just based on altitude, then that suits me! Read more on my <a href="http://www.serrechevalier.org">Serre Chevalier Web Site </a>