A French School Ski Trip to Serre Chevalier

If the idea of a school ski trip to the resort of Serre Chevalier in France has caught your imagination, some of the following questions may have occurred to you.

Where is it?

Serre Chevalier is an Alpine ski resort located in the very far south east of France in the high Alps. It is one of the largest ski resorts in the world and offers a fantastic range of facilities plus a typically good snow record. Part of the Hautes-Alpes department, the nearest town of any size is Briançon, with around 20,000 inhabitants. There is a railway station in Briançon with regular services from Paris, or alternatively it can be reached by air using Turin (Italy) or Grenoble (France) airports. Of course, it can also be reached by road from the channel ports.

What is the skiing like?

This resort specialises in providing first-class facilities across a wide range of skiing capabilities. These range from black and off-piste opportunities down to nursery slopes close to the resort centre. There is a long tradition here of working to help youngsters on school ski trips move up the expertise curve under expert tuition and guidance – with, as you would expect, exemplary attention to safety and security. Fully qualified instructors and tuition services are widely available.

Many of the slopes in this resort are north facing, which means that the snow is well protected; but there is another advantage here which arises from the fact that this is one of the sunniest parts of France – in terms of average number of days of sunshine each year.

What is the environment like?

The resort itself is pleasant (in fact, comprising several individual villages) with a good selection of various off-slope facilities, including restaurants and shops. What visitors may find particularly attractive is that extensive forests and woodlands often bracket the slopes, meaning that the overall impression is one of a largely natural and unspoiled environment.

Serre Chevalier is not particularly well known for its riotous après-ski opportunities, though this may be something that many school ski trips may welcome! Evening entertainment is mainly focused around manageably-sized restaurants with some bars and the odd’genteel’ disco. There is a leisure centre with other boarding and leisure opportunities, so most young people find it very difficult to become bored in this resort!

What else is there to do apart from ski?

What makes this resort a little more unusual and possibly particularly suitable to school ski trips, is the town of Briançon. This offers opportunities to explore a modestly sized historic town, which was known to the Romans and which has a number of world heritage site buildings and military fortifications. Hard as it may be to believe, sometimes children appreciate a break from the slopes and snow, so that they can look around at the local history and culture. Opportunities to do so abound in Briançon, and that just might give you an additional trick up your sleeve if you are responsible for keeping a group of youngsters happy and occupied.

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