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Champéry Ski Resort

Champéry Resort Guide

Champéry, Switzerland

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Champéry Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski.
Total Piste Length165km
Highest Lift2,280m
Resort Height1,050m
 Nearest AirportsSion and Geneva
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Champéry at a glance

Key resort in the Swiss sector of the world's largest international lift-linked ski area (the Franco-Swiss Portes du Soleil). Skiing is reached by cable car from this large village with a mostly hotel-based après-ski scene.

 When will it snow in Champéry?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Champéry.

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Champéry Facts, Stats and Ratings

Champéry Rated

Ratings for Champéry
Intermediate Skiers

How High is Champéry?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Champéry
Highest Lift2,280m
Resort Altitude (Champéry)1,050m
Lowest Piste1,040m
Max Vertical1,240m

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Champéry Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Champéry
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 5 4km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 2 3km
Total Length
Cross Country
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Portes du Soleil Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Portes du Soleil
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
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Beginner Runs
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Cross Country
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Champéry Summary

The Swiss Ski Resort of Champéry is part of the Portes du Soleil ski area with access to 400km of downhill skiing, with 285 marked pistes, served by a total of 196 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Champéry itself (165km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Portes du Soleil ski resorts of Champoussin, Les Crosets, Morgins, Torgon, Abondance, Avoriaz, Châtel, La Chapelle d'Abondance, La Grande Terche, Les Gets, Montriond, Morzine and Saint Jean d'Aulps.

With ski lifts as high as 2,280m, snow cover is generally reliable.

Champéry Overview

One of the oldest and today still one of the prettiest tourist resorts in Switzerland, Champéry has celebrated 150 years of tourism in 2007. Fortunately for its current guests, the resort has not expanded in to a large town of high priced hotels and thousands of tourists, but instead has managed to retain its charm and character, making a stay here a pleasure in itself, even before you think about skiing.

Fortunately though, the skiing is remarkable. One of the few Swiss resorts on the giant cross-border Portes du Soleil ski pass, with 650km (403 miles) of runs, served by 194 lifts, it is directly lift linked in to what is one of the claimant to the coveted 'largest ski area in the world' title. Skiers are whisked up nearly 1000 vertical metres in just five minutes by the giant, red, iconic 125 passenger cable car, arriving at a snowsure 2000m.

The resort itself sites at 1050m beneath the spectacular Dents du Midi and Dents Blanches mountain peaks. Tourism in Champéry, and the greater Chablais Region of which it is a part, kicked off in 1857 with the opening of the Hotel Dent-du-Midi.

This hotel opened as a response to growing tourism from Great Britain where rich people embarking on the then tradition 'Grand Tour' of Europe sought out quality accommodation in areas of spectacular beauty. The railway line followed 40 years later and one of the first cable cars in Switzerland opened here in 1939. Unfortunately the Grand Hotel Dent du Midi reached a state where repair costs weren't viable after 90 years and it was demolished in 1946.

Ever since the resort has maintained its traditional architecture and is famous for the sculptured wooden balconies and characteristic roofline (toits en sifflet) overlooking the main street. The balconies are of course bedecked with flowers in the summer. The village's historic bell tower is a key architectural asset. Today Champéry is promoted as both one of the 13 resorts of the Portes du Soleil and as one of 13 villages (half different to the other 13, half the same) within a 35km (22 mile) area in the Chablais Region, at the entrance to the famous Swiss Valais region.

Champéry is looking forward to its next 150 years with the opening of Switzerland's national ice centre here in 2004, the Palladium. There is also a vision of development for the Swiss Side of the Portes du Soleil in line with modern concerns for the environment and sustainable development - issues which have always been at the heart of the resort's plans. Changes to the lifts and runs have been outlined in consultation with environmental groups and many other interested parties through to 2020 and will see fewer lifts and fewer lift towers but with higher capacity chairlifts replacing old surface tows.

On the Mountain

The longest possible descent in Champéry is 7km long and the most difficult run is the 'Chavanette'.

Skiing in Champéry

The Portes du Soleil is a vast and remarkable ski area that truly offers something fort every level of skier or boarder. Most exciting for some perhaps is the thrill of skiing across an international border, as well as the enjoyable feeling of skiing from one resort to the next - a very rare combination. The difference between the resorts is also very marked with giant modern car-free and space-age Avoriaz a short trip from pretty, traditional Champéry, 110 years its senior.

You can imagine that these 13 different resorts, linked together by 650km (403) miles of runs and more than 200 ski lifts and spread over 400 square kilometres offer a vast choice of snow slopes, from easy beginner trails to the infamous 'Wall' black mogul field, jokingly called a brown run due to its deservedly infamous reputation. This run pitches at up to fifty degrees over its one kilometre length as it descends 400 vertical metres. In addition to the pitch, moguls can reach two metres (seven feet) high. An annual race down the slope has seen the fastest descent record set at 20 seconds by extreme skier Dominique Perret. Dominique also likes cliff jumping and set a record for jumping 38 metres off a nearby rocky overhang in the Pas de Chavanette. In addition to the marked piste there are hundreds of kilometres/miles of off piste freeride terrain to explore with a local guide. Heliskiing is another possibility (banned by law in France).

There is a huge choice of runs for 'normal' skiers who have about 220 blue or red category runs to enjoy. Amongst these the descent through the They Valley to Morgins is a 'must ski.' This 7.5km (4.5 mile) run was only created for the 2003-4 season and takes you down through peaceful and beautiful scenery from the top of Les Mossettes or the Pointe de l'Au, arriving in the centre of Torgon. An en route stop at the little Cantine de Tovassière is also recommended for some local specialities.

If you don't get enough skiing in the day you can try night skiing on Wednesday evenings through to 10pm (and Saturday to 7pm). The local restaurants get in to the spirit by offering special meals and added entertainment for night skiers.

Champéry offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate skiers.

Snowboarding in Champéry

Boarders have a huge choice of terrain to enjoy in the Portes du Soleil, most of it served by fast modern chair, gondola and cable car lifts that are easy to ride.

The region offers seven snowparks, three half pipes and four boardercross courses. The parks include an 'environment friendly' parek near Avoriaz which is created without the snowmaking and heavy machinery required to build most snow features at conventional terrain parks.

There are four 'local' parks for Champéry's guests on the Swiss side of the Portes du Soleil. The largest is the Superpark at Les Crosets above the village itself. This has a wide selection of terrain features. A special section for children was recently added.

There are other terrain parks at Morgins (600m long) and Champoussin (300m long with two lines) and the new 500m long SnowPark Freeridezone at Torgon.

When is Champéry open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Champéry.

Usual opening is late December, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Champéry.

Snow Making

Champéry is able to make snow, on 50km of ski runs, with 636 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The 27 ski lifts of Champéry are able to uplift 26,450 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Champéry?

Champéry is in the Swiss Alps in Monthey, Valais, Switzerland.

How can I get to Champéry?

 By Air

The nearest airports to Champéry are Sion, Geneva and Berne. There are 10 airports within three hours drive. Sion is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Off the Mountain

Champéry Aprés Ski

The main apres-ski bar is Mitchell's which has modern decor and large comfy settees to relax in. If the weather's good there's a terrace with spectacular views - it can be very busy in high season.

Another good choice is Cafe du Centre which has an enviable collection of wines and inventive Tapas. The feeling of relaxation these provide may be enhanced by the fact that the building has been fully feng shuied. It is centrally located within one of the oldest buildings in the village, with a small balcony from which the mayor used to address the villagers in days gone by.

It's as good idea to visit the tourist office where the staff introduce activities available in the village and the diverse choice of weekly evening options which continues all season. Options include an introduction to curling, a fun game of traditional Eisstock (a cross between curling and petanque), darts matches, night skiing, snowshoeing, farm visits, pony trekking and even scuba diving lessons in the swimming pool at the Palladium.


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