Serre Chevalier is a friendly and unpretentious resort with access to some marvellously varied terrain and plenty of tree-lined runs. The 250km of pistes suit beginners and intermediates perfectly, with long reds and easily accessible off-piste, whilst there's also a good selection of harder off-piste options for expert skiers and snowboarders.
Think of Serre Chevalier as the laid-back country cousin of A-list French resorts such as Val d'Isere or Courchevel. It is smaller and less high-tech, but friendlier and more relaxed, with bags of character. The Chalet Charlotte is situated in Monêtier-Les-Bains, which is quieter and altogether the most charming and picturesque of all the villages in the valley.
Whilst skiing in Serre Chevalier you won't just be confined to France, as mountain passes for Serre Chevalier allow you to pop over the mountain and ride into Italy for the day, and riders of all levels can enjoy the diverse runs and glorious views. Serre Chevalier is best enjoyed whilst cruising one of the many tree-lined runs which link a series of picturesque mountain villages.
ON THE MOUNTAIN
Serre Chevalier appeals to the traveller - Its vast piste areas are marked over four main 'sectors', each one positioned above a village. Travelling from one area to another is usually enough to satisfy the keenest sense of mountain wanderlust and provides enough runs to last a season, let alone a week's inclusive holiday with Ski Miquel.
For the more adventurous skier or snowboarder, Serre Chevalier has a well-maintained terrain park. Those not brave enough to try the kickers and rails can take in the sights from a nearby chillout and BBQ area. Don't be put off by the hair-raising nature of some of Serre Chevalier's more challenging runs (speed junkies should ride the Olympic Luc Alphand black run) - the resort is a haven for beginners, intermediates and experts alike. Your Ski Miquel guide will take you across hours of well-groomed, sweeping bowl areas until the nearest apres-ski hangout comes calling.
The mood for a night out in Serre Chevalier is relaxed and informal. You'll find plenty of that at the Chalet-Hotel Charlotte, but those holidaymakers looking to find some fun away from their base camp for an evening won't be short of ideas for a fun night out. Live bands and happy hours can be found in La Grotte, whilst other popular hangouts in the valley include Loco Loco and Le Frog.
Serre Chevalier also has two nightclubs - La Baita and Bam Bam - although there's also plenty to do for the early-to-beds. Locations for torchlight descents, ice rinks, floodlit ice driving tracks, and the local spa and fitness centre (complete with muscle-soothing jacuzzis and saunas) are all within easy reach. Your Ski Miquel guide will tell you how to find the best activities to suit you.