Serre Chevalier is the collective name for a group of 13 villages along the valley between the Col du Lautaret and Briançon in the Hautes-Alpes department of France. Each village has its own distinct character but all have great access to the 250km of slopes in the Serre Chevalier ski area.The ski area has extremely varied skiing and boarding - through valleys and forests, with everything from tight tree-lined pistes through to wide open cruising runs. Good skiers in Serre Chevalier can cover an immense 6,000 vertical metres in just one day! And for accomplished riders there's some exceptional off-piste in the area. Serre Chevalier is also a haven for cross-country skiers, its "real" cross-country track has a quality label awarded by the French cross-country skiing association. This picturesque track takes you along the valley bottom, through villages and larch forests. The mountains and valley of Serre Chevalier can also be explored on foot with its many snowshoe and hiking routes. But for a faster, more unusual, pace why not try out paragliding, snowkiting, ski joering or ice driving? The tourist office also organise a varied programme of activities throughout the winter season, like concerts, heritage workshops, sports competitions, and village fetes - so if you want a break from the slopes then there's plenty to keep you amused.No matter what activities you choose to do during your stay, the villages in the Serre Chevalier area have all the facilities needed to relax and rejuvenate you after your time on the snow. There are sea water therapy centres and naturally heated spring water pools to sooth your muscles, cafes where you can sit back and take in the scenery, restaurants to fulfil all your gastronomic needs and bars to enjoy in the evening hours before your next big day on the slopes.