In the north of the county of Hautes-Alpes, Serre Chevalier Vallée Briançon (Serre Che to those in the know!) consists of four parishes that form one very large mountain resort! Briançon, in the lowest part, has been declared a Ville d'Art et d'Histoire for its rich heritage, including its Vauban fortifications, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site dedicated to the works of Louis XIV’s great military architect. From Briançon, head up the Guisane River, which springs from the summit of the Col du Lautaret (at 2057m), crossing Saint Chaffrey-Chantemerle, then La Salle Les Alpes – Villeneuve. Further on, midway between Briançon and the Col du Lautaret, Le Monêtier-les-Bains, the resort’s highest parish, opens the way to the area’s highest mountains.