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Destination guide: Serre Chevalier, France

Serre Chevalier is quite a well-known ski resort of the southeastern France, in the Hautes-Alpes department of the Alps. Present to the Parc National des Ecrins, it offerst large area for skiing, within a range of 250 km slope and on the top of it the place offers quite good weather conditions, and the place receives sunshine throughout the year. In Serre Chevalier, around 80 km of the slopes are covered by snow cannons which are a substitute of the natural snowfall. The place is owned by Compagnie des Alpes. Serre Chevalier comprises of the town of Briançon and also has the villages of Villeneuve, Chantemerle, and Le Monêtier-les-Bains. There are thirteen villages along with scattered hamlets that lie along an upper valley that is in the Guisane river.

Despite receiving such an impressive sunshine, the places also holds quite a good snow record. Serre Chevalier has an extensive infrastructure that has around 61 lifts as well as 100 groomed trails. The place offers quite a vast terrain of 1170 acres. Telesiege Yret is the highest elevation for skiing which is at 2,800 m (9,190 ft) present above the sea level, and the minimum is 1,200 m (3,940 ft), and the total vertical drop is 1,600 m (5,250 ft). One of the outstanding features of Serre Chevalier is that the place offers ample of wooded slopes.

Moreover, the timber line is situated at 2,150 m which has a 700 m of vertical drop of slopes lined by trees. These slopes are managed by CDA, and there are 61 lifts along with it there are 5 Gondola Lifts and 1 Cable car. This place offers a total of 20 Chairlifts that includes around 10 Detachable Chairlifts offering high speed and 10 Fixed-grip lifts. Along with this, it offers 28 Surface Lifts, 4 Magic Carpet lifts, and 3 Ski tows. Along with this, there is eight passengers gondola that has been built quite recently which only takes 5 minutes to reach to Serre Ratier Plateau.

The nearest airport to Serre Chevalier are Turin which is in Italy as well as Grenoble in France. Here you can get budget airlines for instance Ryanair and EasyJet, which makes it easy to access to the place from the European cities. We have an SNCF railway station situated in Briançon. There are direct trains that we have from Paris as well as sleeper trains that take overnights for the journey.

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