Stage site for the 2nd time
Pass (2,413 m) in the Cerces massif in the Hautes-Alpes, located in the commune of Saint-Chaffrey
Population: 1,600 (Chaffrelins and Chaffrelines), 141,800 in the Hautes-Alpes
Specialities: cabbage sausage, cabbage pie, trout, larch liqueur.
Personalities: Luc Alphand (winner of the downhill world cup in 1995, 1996 and 1997, winner of the Dakar rally in 2006), Pierre Vaultier (double Olympic snowboardcross champion in 2014 and 2018), Jules Melquiond, Nils Allegre (alpine skiing)
Sport: summer and winter tourism, ski area with 250 km of runs, Bike Park (downhill, enduro, cross-country, BMX). Events: Serre Che Trail, Défi du Granon (running and cyclosportive)
Festivals: Altitude Jazz Festival in the communes of Serre Chevalier Vallée, Music at the Summit (brass bands), Choralp Festival (choirs and singers from all over the world), Violoncelles en folie (Mad Cellos, concerts), Fête du bois et des plantes (woodworkers, sculptors, etc.), Fête de l'eau, Fête de la montagne, Foire aux bestiaux (cattle fair), Messiaen Festival (contemporary classical music)
Slogan: In the heart of the giants
Labels: Green Globe label, 1st certification in the world dedicated to the sustainable development of tourism, awarded to the Serre Chevalier ski area / Family Plus / 3 flowers / Natura 2000
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Serre Chevalier is a year-round multi-activity playground located at the gateway to the Ecrins National Park in an unspoilt natural setting. In this valley in the heart of the giants, you can practice cycling in all its forms: road cycling to tackle the mythical Granon, Lautaret, Galibier or Izoard passes, but also mountain biking in the BikePark with its many areas for all levels. The largest Pumptrack in the Southern Alps is also in Serre Chevalier Chantemerle.
Serre Chevalier is also a land of white water, with the Guisane (rafting, etc.), and stands out in winter as one of the largest ski areas in France.
COL DU GRANON AND CYCLING
Although it has only been climbed once by the Tour de France, in 1986 (victory by Eduardo Chozas after a 170-km breakaway), the Granon enjoys a real aura because it is the place where Bernard Hinault wore the Yellow Jersey for the 79th and last time before handing it over to his teammate Greg LeMond. Dropped in the Izoard, the Badger finished with difficulty, more than 3'20" behind the American, and said at the finish: "I was crying on my bike, it looked like my blood was carrying thorns.”
With its 2,404m altitude, the Granon was for a long time the highest finish of the Grande Boucle, before being beaten in 2011 by its neighbour, the Galibier, and its 2,642m.
Museum of sacred art in Serre-Chevalier
Located in the Saint Pierre chapel, the museum houses one of the finest collections of sacred art in the Hautes Alpes. It has found its place in the heart of the old chapel of the penitents in the village of Monêtier-les-Bains. The lighting effects and warm atmosphere reveal the high artistic quality of the works: polychrome wooden statues, silverware and liturgical ornaments, from the 15th to the 19th centuries.
Luc Alphand Piste
Located on the Chantemerle site, the Luc Alphand piste is a real showcase for Serre-Chevalier. It has the particularity of winding between the mountain chalets of Champcella and Souliers and plunging down a very steep wall onto the village of Chantemerle. This slope presents a diversity of technical passages well known to competitors. Used for competition, it was named after Luc Alphand's overall World Cup victory in 1998. The man himself has always trained on this piste.
Saint Arnould Chapel
Construction: before the 11th century.
Characteristics: the chapel's interior is very rich, with painted scenes from the life of Saint Sebastian dating from the 15th century, as well as a series of paintings from the 17th to the 19th century.
History: considered to be the oldest chapel in the Guisane valley, the Saint-Arnould chapel is built in the commune of Saint-Chaffrey. Built on the road that led from Briancon to Grenoble, it can be visited with the assistance of a guide after information at the Tourist Office.
Listing: Historical Monument since 1990.
Church of Saint-Chaffrey
Foundation: 1536 (rebuilt in the 17th century after a fire)
History: the church was built and completed in the second quarter of the 16th century. The high windows and the vault were rebuilt after a fire in 1725. The church was slightly altered in 1845, and in 1865 it was painted with neo-classical motifs. Only the bell tower, spectacular and adorned with a clock, is listed, as well as some of the interior furnishings: the organ, chasubles and a chalice veil in particular.
Listing: bell tower classified as a Historical Monument in 1990.
Pavé de la Guisane
At the entrance to the hamlet of Guibertes, in the commune of Monêtier-les-Bains, Franck and Odile raise a flock of sheep whose milk is used to produce fresh, semi-dry and dry cheeses, as well as the famous Pavé de la Guisane, which is sold at the sheepfold.