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One can admit the top of the Galibier pass, as the highest road of Serre Chevalier. In fact, the top of the pass, on southern side, belongs to Monêtier les Bains borough, one of the villages of Serre Chevalier. It’s the highest asphalted road in Serre Chevalier (2642m) with the Col du Granon (2413m) belonging to Saint Chaffrey’s borough

The Galibier road was built from 1880 to 1891 (when the former was completed). The road peaked at 2556m until 1976, when the tunnel considered too dangerous, has been closed.
It took a while to build a new road over the tunnel to maintain the opening. The new route, crossing the pass, adds additional 1km road on each side with about 10% of average.

Until 1947, the road on Serre Chevalier’s side was completely different. The former road had a much steeper slope (the last six kilometers to almost 10%). Securing the road Briançon – Col du Lautaret this year, lead to change the course of the road.

In 2002, the tunnel has been renovated and allowed to avoid the last kilometer. This tunnel allows vehicles usually completely prohibited on the top part. But the extraordinary panorama on top of the pass worth the trip, one of the most beautiful views of the Alps:
– See at a glance, the Mont Blanc (4810m) on north, La Meije (3983m) and the Barre des Ecrins (4102m) to the west side, and the valley of Serre Chevalier and Mount Viso (3841m) to the South. As you can see on the website of Serre Chevalier : on a 360 ° bird’s eye view.

The Tour de France crossed the Col du Galibier 59 times. Stopped in 1996, because of snow, it became in 2011, during the centenary of the event, the theater of the highest finish in the history of the Tour: Pinerolo – Galibier Serre Chevalier. The former record was in 1986 when the Tour arrived on the top of Granon (2413 m), also situated in Serre Chevalier
Since 1949, on Serre Chevalier’s side, near the tunnel, stands the monument Henri Desgrange, famous cyclist of the late nineteenth century and the man who created the Tour de France in 1903

The snowy slopes of the Galibier welcome each year kiters in the world during the Snowkitemasters of Serre Chevalier

The Galibier is also known as long MTB downhill trail which remembers the famous slogan of Serre Chevalier « From Briançon to the top of Galibier »




  • We stayed in Monetier Les Bains and loved it.
  • We stayed in Chantmerle, one of the small towns along the valley in Serre Chevalier. The old town is full of character and seems to be huddled near the main chairlift Le Bletonet. The Old and the new sit side by side and are easy on the eye, a credit to the town for not putting up with too much 60’s type architecture.
  • We stayed in Monetier and it has a lovely alpine feel about the place.
  • The accommodation is very reasonably priced. We paid the same for a 3 bedroom apartment (sleeps 6) in Monetier as we pay for a one bedroom flat in Belevedere, Meribel (sleeps 2), and in Monetier the price includes access to a fabulous spa facility with heated outdoor pool


  • The scenery is absolutely outstanding.  An alpine valley, beautifully kept pistes, discreet sign-posting and soaring mountain tops.  What could be better?
  • Spectacular mountain scenery right in front of you and to your left and right as you look up and down the valley. It really is stunning.
    I’ve been to many European resorts (all the big one’s) and this is by far the best!


  • Our abilities ranged from complete novice to fairly advanced.  Serre Chevalier had everything including a variety at each level.  Alpine pistes, huge open motorway-style pistes, great off-piste for those who want it. This place is a hidden gem for us Brits!
  • The area is large and you’d have to ski very fast and hard for 5 days to get everywhere. It feels as big as Les Arcs, has fantastic varied terrain suitable for beginners to experts and is easy to navigate.
  • We found the piste signposting and marking extremely easy to follow and in fact a lot better than many other resorts we have been to.  They have large signs up directing skiers to the different villages, and giving the name/s of the lifts the piste or track takes you to.  We were there for 2 weeks and within a couple of days we were hardly looking at the piste map at all.
  • We didn’t encounter any big queues at all throughout our holiday.
  • We thought the Piste grooming was excellent.  It was done every night for hours and was meticulous
  • An intermediates paradise
  • Great choice of mountain restaurants and more importantly, very reasonable prices.

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Serre Chevalier‘s insight:

A new gondola in Serre Chevalier will replace the original cable car for 2013-14 season

The first section of the original cable-car is being dismantled. The cable-car of Serre Chevalier is part of the history and heritage of our valley. His replacement breaks our hearts, but it is a necessary reality to allow quick access to the plateau of Serre Ratier. But it does not disappear completely because the second section remains

The cable Serre Chevalier was born in 1941 and was at this time the longest cable car in the world. It was the beginning of Serre Chevalier ski area
The summit station in Serre Ratier was destroyed by fire at the end of summer 1983. The fire was seen as a real drama. One of the historic cabins is now on the roundabout of Saint Chaffrey at the southern entrance to the valley.
The cable car was modernized the following winter. This is the one we know today

The valley station in Chantemerle is a historical monument, it is part of the landscape since the start of building by 1938. It will be integrated into the construction of the new gondola. The Tourist Office will ben turn backed by the new station

A new cable car is being built and will provide access in summer and winter to the plateau of Serre Ratier within 5 minutes. 52 red 8 seats cabins with an uphill capacity of nearly 2,500 people per hour. The second section of the cable is meanwhile still operational in the summer and will bring walkers and mountain bikers to the top of « Serre Chevalier » at 2491m

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All the information about the ski area of Serre Chevalier in the french Alps: snow record, sun, runs, lifts…
Serre Chevalier waits you for Christmas Holidays with a great snow coverage !
115cm in the valley and 250cm on the summit
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Serre Chevalier‘s insight:

If you sear the pisteur prudent free badge, you promise to :
– ski safely whenever you are on the pistes
– Spot irresponsible skiers or riders and encourage them to get a better attitude
– Be polite and stay calm
speak to one of the ski patrollers to find out more or come and see us at the ski patrol office

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serre chevalier opens on December the 8th…

Serre Chevalier opens earlier ! Discover partially the resort on December the 8th and 9th, 2012.
Skipass rate 26 € one day 12-64 years old*

Opening saturday & sunday 08 /09 december
More than 1000 meter of vertical drop open !

Bachas H.S quad – Cibouït double – Eychauda quad or Yret triple

On december the 15th, all the ski area of Serre Chevalier opens*

*Regarding snow conditions

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The ski resort Serre Chevalier has been distinguished by, the world’s largest test portal for ski resorts, as the World Test Winner 2012 in the category “Slope Offering”

Serre Chevalier has also been presented with 17 awards based on the test report from 2012-03-22.

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