Pretty and atmospheric with access to the huge Portes du Soleil ski area
Champery resort guide - a general overview
650km of pistes, 206 lifts and gondolas, 243km of cross-country skiing, 7 funparks, 3 halfpipes, 2 countries and just one lift pass! Thanks to the unique location on the north-western slope of the alps, the Portes du Soleil ski area gets dumped upon with powder by every snow cloud coming from the north or west. And in Europe, they pretty much always come from the north-west. This makes the Portes du Soleil a freerider's paradise. The 206 lifts together with some small hikes give access to wide powder fields and challenging terrain.
"As far as I was concerned, this had been one of the best ski days I'd had in three decades of sliding around the world..."
Michel Beaudry, POWDER Magazine.
Champery is a pretty village, with narrow streets, pleasantly rustic wooden buildings, informal cafes, nice little shops and a friendly atmosphere. Its access to the Portes du Soleil ski circuit is good, although the local slopes do not allow skiing back to the village and suffer from poor snow reliability on south facing slopes. For intermediates the local slopes are adequate, experts will need to head further into the Portes du Soleil and for beginners they are far from ideal. The main cable car station is situated on the lower edge of the village so there is either a 5 - 10 minute walk to and from your accommodation or a short ride on the local shuttle bus service. There is a new 6 man fast chair at Grand Paradis (just around the corner from Champery) and there is a free, efficient bus service that links this with Champery. You can ski back down to Grand Paradis at the end of the day or take the cable car down from the mid station.
Pros and Cons
- Attractive mountain village with charm and atmosphere
- Quick access to the huge Portes du Soleil (only 2 chairs to Avoriaz)
- A relaxing week or just a weekend
- Intermediates wanting to cruise the massive ski area
- Good local restaurants and quiet bars
- Local slopes get the afternoon sun
- No runs back to the village (although you can ski back to Grand Paradis which is very close)
- Not good for beginners as there is no real nursery slope
Champery Resort Restaurants
Good local restaurants can be found at the hotel Beau-Sejour and the Hotel National while you may want to try the modern Asian menu at the Cafe du centre . For local speacialities you need to go a little out of town where you will find Cantines des Rives and Auberge du Grand Paradis.
Champery Mountain Restaurants
Chez Gaby is a favourite for Rosti, this restaurant can be found above Champoussin. The local Chez Coquoz at Croix de Culet is highly recommended as is Lapisa on the way to Grand Paradis.
Champery Apres Ski
The Bar Des Guides is the best starting point for a "night on the town" in Champery. It is located in the center of Champery, right next to Berra Sports. Mitchell's is one our favourites as is the micro brewery at the Cafe du Centre.
La Crevasse, Champery's groovy nightclub, is the place to go if you really want to party. Don't miss it. Completely renovated for 2006. It is located right in the center of Champery.