The charming valley that runs through the traditional Alpine villages of Serre Chevalier is a lesser travelled road for many UK Winter tourists but those that open their horizons often fall in love, returning again and again.
The main town of the resort is Briancon (1200m), a fortified 17th century town so rich in beauty and history that it has been classed as a World Heritage Site, the small walkways and artisanal shops are perfect to wander around after a day on the slopes. The other villages of the area are of equal charm and are connected by a regular free bus.
The higher than average tree line (2200m) of the area means there are forest lined runs a plenty, making for fantastic conditions even when the weather closes in.
All levels of rider will love the variety of terrain on offer in the resort and many will find the natural features in and around the pistes make a great snow park defined by imagination and bravery.
The resort as a whole is very well organised allowing visitors to simply turn up and enjoy, perfect for those looking for a stress free winter break.
The Serre Chevalier Valley treats its visitors to an unforgettable holiday, where the high tree lined pistes flow into the historical beauty of the Alpine towns towns below.
The local area is of historical importance dating back to Roman times and there is no lack of sightseeing for those looking for a resort with more than just skiing.
High fortified walls, small cobbled lanes and ancient streets lined with a range of shops and amenities give the town of Briancon the nickname of “'La Ville d'Art et d'Histoire” (The town of art and history).
All villages in the valley are linked by frequent and free shuttle bus that runs until night time, allowing visitors many options than just the closest restaurant.
For those looking to relax and unwind there is a great choice of wellbeing centres, spas and and aquatic centre with a range of facilities such as a swimming pool, sauna and steam room.
At nighttime the resort lights up with a host of free animations provided by the town, with torch lit descents, fireworks and theatrics a plenty there is never a dull moment in the beautiful valley.
Top Photo Credit: Thanks To OT Serre Chevalier Vallée - Briançon