Lots of new lifts have been introduced in recent years as 'Serre Che' continues to compete with its rivals further north in the Alpine chain.
The linked runs that stretch for more than 19km down the southern side of the valley provide a playground that will test the most advanced skier and rider, but at the same time there is an easy route down to the valley from each lift.
Of the different sectors, Monêtier is the most appealing and usually the least crowded. This is the best end of the circuit for accomplished skiers and riders.
Serre Chevalier was involved in the first snowboarding race in the dawn of this sport. Since then, it has grown with the sport and offers boarding from free-ride to free-style, from boarder-cross to big air. Set up in Serre Chevalier 1500, the Snow park is open from 10.00 to 21.00 and is located at the bottom of the lifts at 1500m.
Regarded as one of the top snowboarding destinations in France with some excellent natural terrain.
The ESF has branches in Chantemerle, and Villeneuve, with a fine reputation for both friendliness and quality of instruction.
Buissonnière ESI6 in Villeneuve is praised by reporters. As well as normal ski lessons, they offer special little beginners lessons for 4-6 yrs limited to 6 pupils. In Monêtier, EurekaSki, is a British-owned ski school run by BASI instructors, also with an excellent reputation.
Last Updated: Jan 2010