The Ecrins mountain range is located where the Southern and Northern Alps meet, between Grenoble, Marseille and Turin, and enjoys a great snow record with lots of sun. Nicus’ ski school is in Serre-Chevalier, one of the biggest ski resorts in the Alps.
The north-facing slopes mean that snow conditions are good all winter long. The larch forests, characteristic of the Briançon area, create a lovely, light atmosphere, perfect for winter sports.
A bit of history…..
Skiing was very much in vogue in the period after the 1st World War and the Briançon area was already attracting the world of show business.
The first ski lift in Serre Chevalier, constructed in 1941, was the longest cable car in Europe at the time and the ski area really started to take off in the 50s.
The name Serre Chevalier was finally adopted in 1968 and comes from the name of one of the summits in the valley. All the thirteen different villages and hamlets in the valley, from Monêtier-les-Bains to Briançon via La Salle-les-Alpes and Chantemerle are now linked and united under one banner, namely Serre-Chevalier, thus forming one of the largest ski resorts in France.
Briançon, Unesco World Heritage Site
The Network of Major Vauban Sites brings together the 12 sites which best represent the system of fortifications erected by Vauban, Louis XIV’s military architect. When you visit the Briançon site you will start to understand the extent of Vauban’s engineering talent in adapting to the terrain, particularly spectacular in mountain sites. The military architect’s outstanding work was inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage List in 2008.
Ecrins National Park
This is one of nine national parks in France and arguably the most alpine. The Ecrins National Park is located at the gates of Serre-Chevalier in the Guisane and Vallouise valleys, but also in the Oisans, Valbonnais, Champsaur and Valgaudemar – so many different valleys, full of character and linked by a compact and still unspoiled mountain range. The best way to explore these open spaces is either on foot, hiking on the trails in summer or skiing in winter . Go with a professional to enjoy the off-piste routes to the full!
What’s on and special events – I love Serre-Chevalier
I just love taking photos and describing all the fun events and things going on in the ski resort and villages during the winter and summer alike. It’s my way of sharing– not just skiing – and keeping you up to date with what’s going on in the valley.