Serre Chevalier is a friendly, unpretentious resort with access to some marvellously varied terrain and plenty of wooded runs. The 250km of pistes suit beginners and intermediates perfectly, with long reds and simple off piste, while there's a good selection of tricky off piste options for experts.
Think of this as the laid-back country cousin of A-list French resorts such as Val d'Isere or Courcheval. It's smaller and less high-tech, but friendlier and more relaxed, with bags of character. Chalet-hotel 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, mountain passes for Serre Chevalier allow you to pop over the mountain and ride into Italy for the day, while riders of all levels can enjoy the diverse runs and glorious views: Serre Chevalier is best enjoyed while 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. It's 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 all inclusive holiday with Ski Miquel.
For the more adventurous skier or boarder, Serre Chevalier has a top of the range terrain park. Those not brave enough to try the table top jumps, kickers and "log-jibs" can take in the stunts from a nearby chill out and BBQ area. Don't be put off by the hair raising nature of some of Serre Chevalier's rowdier corners - the resort is a haven for beginners, intermediates and experts alike (speed junkies should ride the Olympic Luc Alphand black run). 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 all-inclusive holiday makers 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 (whenever it snows) can be found in La Grotte du Yeti while other popular hangouts include Loco Loco and Le Frog.
Serre Chevalier also has two nightclubs - La Baita and Bam Bam - though there's plenty to do for the early to beds. Locations for torchlight descents, ice rinks, floodlit ice driving tracks, and a 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 for you.