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Serre Chevalier is a major ski resort in southeastern France, in the Hautes-Alpes department of the Alps. Near the Parc National des Ecrins, it enjoys a large skiing area, with 250 km (155 mi) of slopes and favourable weather, boasting 300 days of sunshine a year. In Serre Chevalier, 80 km (50 mi) of the slopes are covered by snow cannons to supplement natural snowfall. It is owned by Compagnie des Alpes.
Serre Chevalier consists of the town of Briançon, with the villages of Chantemerle, Villeneuve, and Le Monêtier-les-Bains. World Cup champion ski racer Luc Alphand was born and lives in the valley below the resort.
The maximum elevation for skiing is at Telesiege Yret at 2,800 m (9,190 ft) above sea level, and the minimum is 1,200 m (3,940 ft), a total vertical drop of 1,600 m (5,250 ft). One of the outstanding features of Serre Chevalier is the wooded nature of the slopes. The timber line is at 2,150 m (7,050 ft), yielding about 700 m (2,300 ft) of vertical drop of tree-lined slopes. The slopes are managed by the CDA, and there are 62 lifts: 2 Cable Cars, 5 Gondola Lifts. There are 21 Chairlifts in total, 10 High-Speed Detachable Chairlifts and 11 Fixed-grip chairlifts. There are 28 Surface Lifts, 3 Ski tows and 3 Magic carpet lifts A new 8 passengers gondola is being built during the summer giving access to Serre Ratier Plateau within 5 minutes.
In the summer Serre Chevalier becomes an area dedicated to kayaking, walking, cycling, mountain biking, climbing, rock climbing, sledding, paragliding and generally enjoying the mountain area. Serre Chevalier has organised the MTB French championships in 2008. MTB Trial French championships in 2009 and organises this year the BMX European games. The location was also used in the 2011 Tour de France when Stage 18 finished at the summit of the nearby Col du Galibier, Luxembourg climbing specialist Andy Schleck won the stage with a long solo breakaway 60 km (37 mi) from the finish and finished the Tour second overall, losing to Australian cyclist, Cadel Evans.
Four lifts reopen for the summer months to take walkers and mountain bikers up the mountain. a new website is dedicated to MTB Bike park of Serre Chevalier becomes each year more popular. 10 trails are now opened between 2500 and 1350m
The nearest airports to Serre Chevalier are Turin in Italy and Grenoble in France. These are served by some of the UK's budget airlines such as EasyJet and Ryanair, providing easy access from many European cities.
There is an SNCF railway station in Briançon. It has direct trains from Paris and overnight sleeper trains.
- "Serre Chevalier Valley Ski Area". Retrieved 23 February 2013.
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