Champery, Switzerland

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Champery ski holidays

Established in 1857 the Swiss ski resort Champery lies at 1050 metres altitude in the Valais region of the Swiss Alps / Alpes. With the highest lifts and ski slopes at 2466m the area is not snow sure. Over 636 snow cannons ensure artificial snow making covers 50km of trails, which equates to around 50 of the slopes. The nearest airport transfer to Champery is Geneva / Geneve at a distance of 127km or approximately 150 minutes driving time. Their season runs from December to April.

SNO-man says

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.

Alpine Downhill Runs

Beginner Trails
 2 runs 3km
2%  Intermediate Trails
 32 runs 46km
47%  Advanced Trails
 31 runs 47km
48%  Expert Trails
 5 runs 4km

Resort and Holiday Stats

Apres Ski
Family/child Friendly
Value for money
Lift Pass Prices (adult 6 day)CHF258 - CHF314
Traditional Village / Purpose Built Resort
Resort OpensDec 2016
Resort ClosesApr 2017
(snow conditions often influence opening/closing)

Mountain and Slopes

Downhill Runs100km
total length of Champery trails
Longest Lift-Served Run7km
longest piste or trail reachable by lift
Slope OrientationS N E
direction Champery area faces
Top Altitude2466m
top station of highest lift
Bottom Altitude1050m
bottom of lowest run
Resort Altitude1050m
centre of Champery ski resort
Vertical Drop1237m
total descent from top lift to bottom piste
Skiable Vertical^v 1130m
can include extra hike up above top lift

Skiing in Champery

70 pistes and trails means approximately 100km of runs. 35 Champery lifts have capacity to transport 46370 per hour. The longest run in the Swiss ski resort is over 7km.

SNO-man says

The mountain has 2% beginner runs or nursery slopes, 47% intermediate, 48% advanced slopes and 5% for experts - the most difficult piste is the 1.5km Chavanette run, with a steepness/slope angle of 60%. You can ski Champery after dark as there is night skiing on ?km of illuminated piste.

Rating for skiing gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Snowboarding in Champery

Of the 35 ski lifts, 19 are surface lifts or "drag lifts" - this gives an indication of how modern the lift system is and how good Champery is for snowboarding - especially for beginners learning to board. Facilities include 7 terrain parks and 3 half pipe (longest half pipe length is 100 metres), 7 quarter pipe and 4 boardercross courses.

SNO-man says

Rating for snowboarding gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Champery Apres Ski

Off-Slope activities include:

12 apres ski bars 14 restaurants 0 bowling 3 night club 0 cinema 1 billiards / pool 0 games room 1 concert 1 indoor swimming 0 outdoor heated pools 0 saunas 0 hot tubs 0 solariums 2 masseurs 1 indoor ice skating 0 outdoor ice skating 1 indoor sports centre 0 indoor tennis 0 squash racquetball 0 sleigh rides 0 ballooning 0 horse riding 30 prepare winter walks 1 climbing 0 golf 0 fishing 1 museum 1 library Plus these additional apres ski facilities Curling, Foundry Visit, Ice Hockey, Physiotherapy, Adventure Park, Pony Riding.

SNO-man says

Off the slopes Champéry's biggest attraction is the excellent Palladium which incorporates sports hall, fitness gym, ice rink, four curling rinks and a large swimming complex in low rise buildings that do not impose on the village landscape. This is also the place to visit for a massage as it contains a massage therapy centre. You can also try alternative sports on the snow and in the air such as snow shoe walks (about 400km of marked paths in the Portes du Soleil), cross country skiing or paragliding. Snow kiting is also possible when conditions are right (a windy day for example!). An ice climbing wall has been created at a site in Grand-Paradis which is open late at night. Lessons are available for first timers. The most dedicated snowshoers can try serious routes such as a 64km (40 mile) route between Morgins and Chatel over the border in France. There's a 10km route around Champéry itself and plenty of other options. If you just want to walk in your hiking boots there are cleared trails for that too. Of special note is a path along the Vallon de They in neighbouring Morgins where astronomy fans can take the planetary trail on a night hike. Sledging is also popular with a 4km (2.5 mile) run in neighbouring Champoussin-Les Crosets.

Rating for apres ski gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

"Champery" by any other name

The Swiss resort is also known as Champéry Portes du Soleil and has common misspellings:

The direction which the various Champery slopes face can make or break your ski holiday. To guarantee good snow conditions, choose a resort with piste which face the right way for the time of year you're travelling.

- In the coldest winter months of January and February pick a resort with sunny south facing slopes, so your days on the snow doesn't feel like a polar expedition. Conversely, in the warmest spring skiing months of March and especially April, a resort with cool and shady north facing trails will ensure you're not riding on slush, but benefitting from best late season snow. The best destinations have areas which face in all directions so that you're guaranteed greating conditions whatever the weather. Champery has slopes facing S N E.

Rating for snow gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Childcare in Champery, Switzerland

Champery day and evening care plus snow ski schools and babysitting.

Champéry's initimate atmosphere and family-friendly facilities make it a good choice for families. Children will enjoy the swimming pool and ice rink as well as some of the events on the resorts weekly activity programme. This includes everything from an introduction to curling (age 10 and up) to a one hour wander around the village trying to solve the puzzle of the "enchanted piste." This is an official non-ski daycare/kindergarten Jack Frosts for babies and kids, proposing activities. Otherwise a list of baby sitters is available from the tourist office. On the slopes the Swiss Ski School operates a ski kindergarten / mini club for children aged between three and seven years. A special Micropark opened for the 2006-7 as part of the Superpark above the resort. This is filled with fun terrain features children will love.

3 stars out of 5 overall    

Champery Shopping

Champery shopping - fashion boutiques, outdoor gear and food shops

Unlike some other famous Swiss resorts, Champéry is not a mecca for lovers of haute couture, Swiss watches and jewellery with shopping options rather downscale in a choice of about 20 shops, a high proportion of them ski sports outlets. There is a very stylish speciality cheese outlet - aptly named Fromage etc, on the main street, which is definitely worth a visit.

Champery value for money gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Ski Equipment Rental Shops in Champery

Champery hire shops - overview of all shopping in Champery

Unlike some other famous Swiss resorts, Champéry is not a mecca for lovers of haute couture, Swiss watches and jewellery with shopping options rather downscale in a choice of about 20 shops, a high proportion of them ski sports outlets. There is a very stylish speciality cheese outlet - aptly named Fromage etc, on the main street, which is definitely worth a visit.

Champery ski rental shops value rating gets ? stars out of 5 overall    

Main Ski School in Champery

Champery ski school - snowboarding course & skiing lessons

The official ski/board school is called Ecole Suisse de Ski and has ? teachers teaching in Dutch, English, French, German, Swedish and taking students from a minimum age of 4791615

Champery for beginners         gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Champery for intermediates  gets 5 stars out of 5 overall    

Champery for expert skiers   gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Champery for snowboarding  gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Mountain & Snow Sports in Champery

Champery snow sports - off slope winter mountain sports

Cross Country Skiing (langlaufen) in Champery: 10km X C ski trails, Lessons available? Y

Easy XC Ski Trails: 3km     Intermediate XC Trails: 6km   Difficult XC Trails: 1km

Telemark Tuittion: Y     Telemark Rental 2      Paragliding schools: 2

Snow mobile Rental: 0     Toboggan Run Length: 0.1km

Non Skiing Winter & Snow Activities in Champery

Champery snow fun - off slope winter activities

Outdoor Ice Rink: 0 Indoor Ice Rink: 1 Balloon Flights: 0

Prepared Winter Walks: 30 Snowshoeing: 3 Hang Gliding : 2

Snow mobile Rental: 0 Toboggan Run Length: 0.1km Paragliding schools: 2

Champery non skiing facilities also include Curling, Foundry Visit, Ice Hockey, Physiotherapy, Adventure Park, Pony Riding.

Champery reviews, 4 star rating and information is collated by SNO man from staff experience and customer feedback.
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