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Serre Chevalier Ski Area

The Serre Chevalier ski area is one of the largest ski areas in Europe stretching down the length of a huge and beautiful alpine valley. The valley is on the edge of the Ecrins National park and the pistes have a backdrop of stunning views in all directions. Serre Chevalier has an enviable sunshine record with an average of 300 days of sunshine a year making it a very pleasant spot to visit. Despite the high proportion of sunny days the snow generally stays in very good condition due to the north facing aspect of the slopes.

 

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Serre Chevalier Pistes

Serre Chevalier has a total of 68 lifts giving access to over 250km of piste with an excellent selection across the grades. For beginners there are a number of easier pistes dotted across the mountainside plus a moderate run descending from pretty much every lift allowing beginners a bit more freedom to roam than in other resorts.

Intermediate skiers have the most terrain on offer with a massive amount of blue and red runs to explore. The pistes are generally consistent with no nasty surprises. There is a good selection of harder black runs (although not many are particularly steep) for more advanced skiers including some impressive runs above Villeneuve which have a sustained gradient for around 800 vertical metres. There is also a lot of very enjoyable tree skiing with two thirds of the ski area being below the tree line.

Serre Chevalier is also known as being a very snowboard friendly resort, the terrain forms a natural playground well suited to confident snowboarders. 

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Serre Chevalier Off Piste

Serre Chevalier has an excellent selection of off piste which is very varied. In the higher areas of the resort, huge bowls hold the snow very well and allow for massive vertical descents down to the valley floor. Lower down offers a huge array of world class tree skiing which also holds the snow well and is a perfect option for low visibility days. Careful navigation is important in Serre Chevalier as a wrong turn can see you stuck quite far down the valley or worse still on the wrong side of the mountain! The best way to explore the Serre Chevalier off piste is through one of our popular off piste courses.

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Serre Chevalier Snow Parks

There is an excellent snow park in Serre Chevalier which seems to grow a little every year. It has a full range of features with a variety of kickers in all shapes and sizes and the usual adornment of boxes and rails (including an awesome rainbow rail). There is a Boarder-X track and a great natural half pipe behind Mt Prorel. As well as the manmade snow park Serre Chevalier is littered with natural features just begging to be popped, dropped and stomped making a superb little playground for freestyle skiers and snowboarders.

 

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SERRE CHEVALIER FACTS

Best For: A relaxing break
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Nearest Airport: Turin (132km)
Coach Available: Not available
Fun Fact: 300 days sunshine per year
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SKI AREA FACTS

1,200m
1,630m
68
250km

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Testimonials

  • UCPA is a unique and brilliant experience, I would not describe it as a hotel but also not hostel it is somewhere in-between. Its a place where meeting people and making friends...
    Peter E
  • The food is PHENOMENAL at UCPA – brilliant for those with eyes bigger than their belly. 
    Asim A
  • No matter how hard you try, when you book everything separately (especially with the Euro and price of food at the moment), you will never beat UCPA.
    Anna R
  • The food offers great variety, choice (several options each night), quantity (as much as you want) and quality is decent (7/10). Cheese and yoghurts coming out of your ears, packed lunch option, afternoon...
    Anna R
  • There is always a range of ages, nationalities, mixtures of solo travellers, couples, groups etc. We have booked as a group of 6, a group of 36 (no joke) and even just me and my boyfriend – it works for all.
    Anna R
  • We all appreciate that we are inside one of those perfect moments, heightened by the expectation of another afternoon riding the perfect, untracked powder that our instructor...
    Matt J
  • Lunch and dinner were epic. Buffet style with delicious and varied options each day and night. Not cheap foods either - Full roast chickens, ribs, roast beef, etc. Unreal!
    Ron H
    

REVIEWS – READ WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT US!

Serre Chevalier | Ski Full Time Instruction

I went to Serre Chevalier in February. The centre was good, pleasant bar area and reasonably sized double rooms. The instructors weekly jump show into the swimming pool was a highlight.

Serre Chevalier | Ski Full Time

My last trip to UCPA was back in March to Serre Chevalier. It was not easy to get there and the travel turned out to be more expensive compared to the resorts where transfer is from Geneva, but it was worth it in the end.

Serre Chevalier | Snowboard Off Piste

I visited Serre Chavalier for a  UCPA Off Piste Snowboarding holiday in January of this year (13th-20th).

Serre Chevalier | Snowboard Full Time

♪ It's fun to stay at the U-C-P-A! ♪ – and you know what, it really is! From the moment you arrive, you’re made to feel welcome and comfortable. The staff are friendly, helpful and fun, the food is tasty, varied and plentiful and the rooms are well laid out, clean and warm. The resort is located right at the bottom of the slopes main lift which is hugely convenient. You are only a short walk from a variety of shops, bars and restaurants. The instructors are highly qualified and great at their jobs. They adapt well to the ability of the group and motivate everyone to reach the next level. The evening entertainment was great. There were different activities each night included a stunt show that won’t be forgotten – I won’t spoil the surprise. You may think that the all-inclusive holidays available through Action Outdoors are too good to be true but honestly, nothing is compromised on an Action Outdoors UCPA trip: they are well organised, good value and most of all, hugely enjoyable. I would definitely recommend an Action Outdoors UCPA trip to anyone considering a winter sports holiday and if you’ve been on one before then you’ll need no convincing to return. UCPA – Utterly Cracking Pretty Awesome. http://vimeo.com/61142098

Serre Chevalier | Ski Full Time

This is the 3rd time I am going to UCPA - the first two times was at Argentiere which this year was closed for renovation. Serre Chevalier is a beautiful resort. The UCPA building is minutes away from the piste. It's sunny and beautiful. The staff there are quite uncooperative towards nonsmokers. Everybody is allowed to smoke on the balconies so it is very unpleasant in that way. People are also allowed to smoke in the groups which I found also quite off putting. ;) On a positive note - the ski instructor George is a gem. Really good teacher. The town is lovely, many sweet places to go visit - there is a lovely old town part. If they were to sort out the smoking it would be a magnificent ski experience.;) Best to take advice and book transfer with Action Outdoors - takes the hassle out of the experience. I had booked with them and it was cheaper than the price some had paid organizing it by themselves.