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La Mure / Serre-Chevalier

Serre-Chevalier

Serre-Chevalier

The most important ski resort of the southern Alps has welcomed several legs of the alpine skiing World Cup in the nineties, but more importantly saw the debut of a future winner of that World Cup, Luc Alphand. The Tour has already stopped four times in Serre-Chevalier. In 1975, Bernard Thévenet spent his first day in yellow after taking off from Barcelonnette before knocking his rivals out as he reached the summit of the Izoard on his own. He was then on his way to his second consecutive stage win, dominating the likes of legendary Eddy Merckx

Domaine skiable, Serre-Chevalier © Thinkstock

Stage town for the seventh time (including a finish on the Col du Granon and another on the Col du Galibier)
Mountain resort in the Hautes-Alpes (05)
Serre Chevalier Vallée includes the four municipalities of La Salle-les-Alpes (Salatis), Briançon (Briançonnais), Saint-Chaffrey (Chaffrelins), Le Monêtier-les Bains (Monetièrins) and has 16,300 inhabitants, Haute-Alpes has 139,900 inhabitants

Economy: Biggest ski resort in the Southern Alps (250km of slopes), summer tourism (hiking, climbing, BMX track)

Culture: Saint-Arnould Chapel in Saint-Chaffrey (11th century and 15th century frescoes), Saint-Marcellin Church (12th to 16th centuries) and the Saint-Jean-Baptiste-de-Pananches Chapel in La Salle-les-Alpes, Notre-Dame de l'Assomption (15th century) and the Chapels of Saint-André and Saint-Martin in Monêtier-les-Bains, Museum of Religious Art in Monêtier-les-Bains, Museum of Village History La Salle-les-Alpes. Events: Altitude Jazz Festival in the communes of Serre Chevalier Vallée, wood festival in Monêtier-les-Bains

Sport: Serre Chevalier Ski Club (800 licensed members including 130 racers), Serre Chevalier Snowboard club. Events: Serre Chevalier Grand Prix (skiing), Serre Chevalier Trophy (skiing), Andros Trophy (car racing on ice), Granfondo Serre Chevalier (cyclosportive), Serre Che Trail Salomon

Specialities: Sausage with cabbage, cabbage pie, trout, wild plants, cabinetmaking and larch carpentry

Sustainable development: Bike hire, buses and shuttles, the Lautaret alpine botanical garden (more than 2,000 species of plants, unique conservatory of the diversity of alpine flora)

Distinctions: Disabled tourism listing, Station verte ecotourism award, three-star floral town

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Serre-Chevalier

The largest ski resort in the southern French Alps was host to a number of alpine skiing World Cup races in the 1990s but was also the playground of a future World Cup champion, downhill specialist Luc Alphand. The Tour made four previous stops in Serre-Chevalier. In 1975, Bernard Thevenet spent his first day in the yellow jersey at the start in Barcelonnette before crushing the opposition on Izoard to score his second victory on two days and humble Eddy Merckx. It was a fine revenge for the Frenchman, forced out of the race with shingles the previous year on the road to Serre-Che, as the place is commonly known. That day, on the Galibier, Raymond Poulidor had finally bowed to the attacks led by Merckx and three Spanish riders from team Kas, including stage winner Vicente Lopez-Carril.

Tour de France 1975, Bernard Thévenet et Joop Zoetemelk © Presse Sports

Stage town for the seventh time (including a finish on the Col du Granon and another on the Col du Galibier)
Mountain resort in the Hautes-Alpes (05)
Serre Chevalier Vallée includes the four municipalities of La Salle-les-Alpes (Salatis), Briançon (Briançonnais), Saint-Chaffrey (Chaffrelins), Le Monêtier-les Bains (Monetièrins) and has 16,300 inhabitants, Haute-Alpes has 139,900 inhabitants

Economy: Biggest ski resort in the Southern Alps (250km of slopes), summer tourism (hiking, climbing, BMX track)

Culture: Saint-Arnould Chapel in Saint-Chaffrey (11th century and 15th century frescoes), Saint-Marcellin Church (12th to 16th centuries) and the Saint-Jean-Baptiste-de-Pananches Chapel in La Salle-les-Alpes, Notre-Dame de l'Assomption (15th century) and the Chapels of Saint-André and Saint-Martin in Monêtier-les-Bains, Museum of Religious Art in Monêtier-les-Bains, Museum of Village History La Salle-les-Alpes. Events: Altitude Jazz Festival in the communes of Serre Chevalier Vallée, wood festival in Monêtier-les-Bains

Sport: Serre Chevalier Ski Club (800 licensed members including 130 racers), Serre Chevalier Snowboard club. Events: Serre Chevalier Grand Prix (skiing), Serre Chevalier Trophy (skiing), Andros Trophy (car racing on ice), Granfondo Serre Chevalier (cyclosportive), Serre Che Trail Salomon

Specialities: Sausage with cabbage, cabbage pie, trout, wild plants, cabinetmaking and larch carpentry

Sustainable development: Bike hire, buses and shuttles, the Lautaret alpine botanical garden (more than 2,000 species of plants, unique conservatory of the diversity of alpine flora)

Distinctions: Disabled tourism listing, Station verte ecotourism award, three-star floral town

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Sights

Alpine garden
The Lautaret region is an internationally renowned conservatory of botanic and genetic species. The natural variety of the wildlife and plants of the area is due to its remarkable climatic and geographical situation. More than 1,500 different species of plants grow naturally in the countryside around the communes of La Grave, Villar d'Arène and Monêtier-Les-Bains.
www.jardinalpindulautaret.fr/

Museum of sacred art
Located in the St Pierre chapel, the museum is home to one of the most beautiful collections of sacred art in Hautes-Alpes. The exhibition found its place in the old chapel of the Penitents of Monetier-les-Bains. The lighting and the warm atmosphere of the place highlight the beauty and quality of the works on display – colourful wooden statues, jewels and liturgical ornaments from the 15th to 19th century.
www.serre-chevalier.com/ete/la-vallee

Luc Alphand piste
On the site of Chantemerle, the Luc Alphand piste is one of the showcases of Serre-Chevalier. It is famous for winding between the chalets of Chapcella and Souliers at high altitudes before diving into a step wall leading to the village of Chantemerle. The course offers a variety of technical sections familiar to the pros. It was named after Luc Alphand in 1998 after his victories on the World Cup circuit. Alphand, who went on to become a successful rally rider and television consultant, always trained on this slope.

Cols'Porteurs
Local professionals take visitors on guided tours of the backstage aspects of the resort (repair garages for the snow groomers, visits to the ski lifts operating centres or emergency care units) and to explain the different jobs available in a major ski resort.

Vue d'une partie du jardin botanique © Ziegler175

Stage town for the seventh time (including a finish on the Col du Granon and another on the Col du Galibier)
Mountain resort in the Hautes-Alpes (05)
Serre Chevalier Vallée includes the four municipalities of La Salle-les-Alpes (Salatis), Briançon (Briançonnais), Saint-Chaffrey (Chaffrelins), Le Monêtier-les Bains (Monetièrins) and has 16,300 inhabitants, Haute-Alpes has 139,900 inhabitants

Economy: Biggest ski resort in the Southern Alps (250km of slopes), summer tourism (hiking, climbing, BMX track)

Culture: Saint-Arnould Chapel in Saint-Chaffrey (11th century and 15th century frescoes), Saint-Marcellin Church (12th to 16th centuries) and the Saint-Jean-Baptiste-de-Pananches Chapel in La Salle-les-Alpes, Notre-Dame de l'Assomption (15th century) and the Chapels of Saint-André and Saint-Martin in Monêtier-les-Bains, Museum of Religious Art in Monêtier-les-Bains, Museum of Village History La Salle-les-Alpes. Events: Altitude Jazz Festival in the communes of Serre Chevalier Vallée, wood festival in Monêtier-les-Bains

Sport: Serre Chevalier Ski Club (800 licensed members including 130 racers), Serre Chevalier Snowboard club. Events: Serre Chevalier Grand Prix (skiing), Serre Chevalier Trophy (skiing), Andros Trophy (car racing on ice), Granfondo Serre Chevalier (cyclosportive), Serre Che Trail Salomon

Specialities: Sausage with cabbage, cabbage pie, trout, wild plants, cabinetmaking and larch carpentry

Sustainable development: Bike hire, buses and shuttles, the Lautaret alpine botanical garden (more than 2,000 species of plants, unique conservatory of the diversity of alpine flora)

Distinctions: Disabled tourism listing, Station verte ecotourism award, three-star floral town

Web sites

La réserve du Lauvitel

© P. Gourdain

At the beginning of the race, the route crosses two Natura 2000 sites - the Massif de la Muzelle, almost all of which is in the heart of the Ecrins National Park and which includes the Haut Béranger National Nature Reserve. The second site is one of only two French wilderness areas- the Lauvitel Reserve.

This site, made up of high-altitude habitats, has an immense wealth of fauna and flora, with rare plant species (such as the “Queen of the Alps”).

Read more: www.afbiodiversite.fr/fr/stage-17-la-mure-serre-chevalier

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