and Serre Chevalier

Serre Chevalier Ski Resort

When you think of French ski resorts, the ones that spring to mind are; Tignes, Chamonix, Val d’Isère, Val Thorns and all those high profile and rather expensive ones. The less known ones like Montgenèvre and Serre Chevalier also offer great skiing, but at less cost and without any hideous lift queues. On we concentrate on Serre Chevalier mainly, but also include the french resorts of Montgenèvre, Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes. The Italian ski resorts of Sauze d’Oulx, Sestriere and Claviere are pretty near too, but here on we are concentrating on the French ski resorts.

Briançon Grenoble Road Closure

This winter (2015/2016) the resort of Serre Chevalier is suffering somewhat due to the road between Briançon and Grenoble being shut. The road, the RD 1091, is closed because the 750m tunnel du Chambon between Briançon and Grenoble began to collapse back in June 2015. It had been closed since April 2015 when the tunnel roof was threatening to collapse. The mountain above the tunnel was moving at around 10cm/day, but on June 23, 2015 the movements of the rock accelerated. Until this point there was a shuttle boat to take local workers and residents back and forth across the lake, but this service was cancelled when the movement of the mountain became more intense.

There has now been a new tunnel proposed and the goal is for it to be completed by Winter 2016/17. Meanwhile the most viable airport is Turin, Italy (TRN). There is now a new RD1091 relief road which opened on November 24, 2015. Although this is a major leap forward, please be aware that it is not for buses and coaches.

If you are coming to Serre Chevalier by road from the North or the West, the best way is to come via the Frèjus Tunnel at Modane and go into Italy to Oulx and then come back over the Col de Montgenèvre. The alternative is to go through Grenoble and then onto Gap, coming back up to Briançon from the South.