Often described as a bit of a hidden gem, Serre Chevalier is not one of the most popular resorts and relatively new, having only been welcoming skiers in its present form since the 1990s, yet offers superb skiing for school groups and the lack of crowds mean more room on the pistes and shorter queues at the chair lifts, especially if you can time your school trip to avoid the French holidays.
The valley is south facing and while the main resort itself isn't anything to look at, the villages strung out along the valley are pleasing to the eye. Head to Villeneuve where you will find the best areas for beginner skiing.
Getting to Serre Chevalier
Grenoble and Turin are your best options for flights, though check with your ski operator as they may be able to get you a better deal if you fly into another airport. Transport throughout the French Alps is pretty good so transfers should not add too much to your journey time.
Drag lifts, tows and magic carpets make skiing an enjoyable experience for beginners. Villeneuve is the place to head for if your school group is made up of first time skiers, with plenty of wide flat areas to gain confidence. As your students progress you can take them on a handful of wonderful green runs above the resort, including one known as Aravet, which has to be one of the most enjoyable beginner runs in the Alps!
Serre Chevalier accommodation
Chalets, apartments and hotels are available to school groups. Check with your ski tour operator what accommodation is available and where that is located. The dozen villages that make up the resort mean you could be based over a wide area and obviously some places are better than other for school groups of beginners.
The best bits about Serre Chevalier
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Suitability for School Groups:
Beginners 4/5 Intermediates 5/5 This resort has some good skiing for beginners and you certainly won't feel overlooked. If your group has some previous experience you will surely love Serre Chevalier.
Serre Chevalier Resort Location:
1200m - 2800m Snowfall 4/5 Serre Chevalier boasts around 300 days of sunshine and a decent snow record.
Approximate Travel Times:
Flight times to Grenoble or Turin in around 3 hours, with transfers to Serre Chevalier a similar length of time.
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