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Serre Chevalier, Summer

Serre Chevalier is a charming village in the stunning Ecrins National Park. It is a superb base for all mountain summer sports such as mountain biking, paragliding and hiking. The UCPA centre is based right on the mountain side with an outdoor swimming pool making it a pretty special place to stay.

Best for

Mountain biking

Fun Fact

Known for its enviable sunshine record of an amazing 300 days of sunshine per year

Nearest airport

Turin (132km)

Resort charm

Centre charm

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If you would like to experience a charming French village, maybe even a touch of culture, then Serre Chevalier is a highly recommended choice. Villeneuve, where the UCPA centre is located, is the main lift hub and also the liveliest with the best nightlife by far. Villenvue is probably the least charming of the villages, but is an excellent location for accessing and exploring the area. Briancon is a beautiful and historical town which has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is well worth a visit during a moment of rest. The resort is known for being particularly friendly and welcoming and has people returning again and again.

The UCPA centre in Serre Chevalier is located at the foot of the piste (in the winter of course!) in the main village of Villeneuve. You can hike and mountain bike straight from the centre in the morning and straight back off the mountain in the evening, Villeneuve is also the ideal location from which to explore the valley with the best summer lift access. The centre is one of the nicest UCPA centres in a modern building with a fantastic sun deck overlooking the mountains and an outdoor heated pool.


- 4 and 6 person rooms

- Twin rooms available

- Most rooms have shower and sink ensuite with shared toilets located in the corridor


- Outdoor heated swimming pool

- Well priced bar 

- Buffet style restaurant with huge sun terrace

- great social areas for apres

- Sports equipment and storage all on site

- Lift passes provided at the centre

- WiFi in the bar area. Please note the WiFi is not good enough for working on data intensive activities

All UCPA meals are buffet style and with multiple servings the norm; you won't go hungry.

Breakfast is normally yogurts, cereals, fruit juice, coffee and bread - don't be surprised to see that the coffee and tea is taken in a bowl!

It is possible to return to the centre for lunch everyday where you will find 1 or 2 hot options available. As with all meals there will be a salad bar, plenty of bread, cheese, meat and of course desert. If you prefer you can make a packed lunch at breakfast time and eat on the mountain. Either way you will save a fortune avoiding the piste side restaurants.

Dinner is a 3/4 course buffet - typically a salad bar style starter, a choice of 3 hot main courses, a cheese and cold meat platter and ice cream/dessert.

Due to the cost focussed nature of UCPA and the wide range of dietary requirements, it is impossible to accommodate everyone as standard. If you have any severe dietary requirements please contact the centre two weeks before to let them know. Generally speaking vegetarians will find plenty of options, with vegan options being a little more scarce but improving year on year.

By Air

The nearest airport to Serre Chevalier is Turin in Italy (132km), followed by Grenoble (150km). 

By Train

The nearest train station to Serre Chevalier is Briancon which is 10km away. From there the best way to get to resort is via public bus - it is a good local network. See Rome2Rio website for more information.

By Car

It is possible to drive to Serre Chevalier, but it is important to be aware that there are lots of mountain passes around this area in case you are not happy about driving on these types of roads. There is some free parking at the centre so please book in advance via email.

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