Ultimate Skiing Guide – Champery Ski Resort Switzerland

Champery Ski Resort Switzerland

Ultimate Skiing Guide

The Champery Ski Resort was my last stop during my ski safari across France and Switzerland skiing through the Portes du Soleil area. After continuously skiing for 10 days straight, I was exhausted and was looking forward to my 4-day stay. Not just because it was supposed to be beautiful but I had not skied on the Swiss side before and I am always up for exploring new areas.

Panoramic view of Dents Blanches from Champery resort

Dents Blanches mountains, Champery Ski Resort

Like so many others before me, I fell in love with Champery Ski Resort and village as soon as I set eyes on it. Champery Switzerland is both a postcard-perfect alpine village (with the Dents du Midi & Dents Blanches as the backdrop) and a modern ski resort. With ultra quiet pistes and arguably some of the best views in Portes du Soleil.


Champery is ideal for someone that wishes to ski/board on good long and sometimes steep runs with scenic surroundings and wants to indulge in great traditional food. If you are a super confident skier and are looking for a challenge, Champery is also home to one of the worlds most dangerous runs The Swiss Wall.

Looking down the gondola to Champery village

The Telepherique Champery – Croix de Culet

Swiss Side of Portes du Soleil

Don’t worry if you’re not keen on steep runs though because Champery is one of five villages that make up the Swiss side of the Portes du Soleil and your Champery lift pass will cover all these villages, apart from Torgon. Each of these villages, Champery – Les Crosets – Champoussin – Foilleuse/Morgins offer something different for everyone, for instance, Les Crosets is great for families and has the child-friendly Superpark. They are all also easily accessible to each other.

If that doesn’t convince you, the Portes du Soleil ski area interlinks 12 resorts across France and Switzerland giving you access to over 600kms of ski runs. It is considered to be one of the biggest ski areas in the world, meaning there is something for everyone, from a complete beginner to seasoned skiers. The best bit is Champery is a cross-border ski resort, so you can ski in France half a day and then back to Switzerland in the afternoon, which I always think is pretty cool.

Early morning with sun rising above Champery

The Champery Ski Resort – Photo provided by Champery Tourism ( jb-bieuville )

Ski Runs & Area

Ski passes are really flexible, you can get a lift pass for the Champery – Les Crosets – Champoussin – Foilleuse/Morgins ski area or the whole Portes du Soleil, depending on your experience, comfort and budget. However, if you want to ski in the Avoriaz ski resort on the border above the Swiss wall then you will need to make sure you have the Portes du Soleil pass.

Signpost on the ski slopes of Champery

Skiing near the France & Swiss boarder – Champery Switzerland

The combined Swiss area contains a vast range of wide, sunny, long intermediate runs, typically far quieter than over on the French side of the Portes du Soleil like Avoriaz. With this in mind, I noticed that there were more intermediate to advanced skiers and boarders in the area.

One of my favourite days’ skiing was when I transferred from the resort of  Chatel to Champery, passing through both Morgins and Les Crosets along the way. Most of these runs are red and are atop the Swiss mountains overlooking the resorts (apart from when we skied through them). It would have to be one of the most scenic runs in the Portes du Soleil with the Dents du Midi and the Dents Blanches as your backdrop.

View of Dents du Midi and Dents Blanches

Skiing past the Dents du Midi and the Dents Blanches – Champery Switzerland

A quick overview of  the Champery Ski Area

  • The Champery Ski pass (Known as the CLCF) covers the 4 Swiss resorts 
  • 37 Ski lifts & 100 klms of ski runs
  • Plenty of on and off-piste skiing, especially after a fresh dump of snow
  • The famous Swiss Wall
  • Superpark based in Les Crosets
  • Night skiing every Wednesday & Saturday in Champery
Off piste skiing

Off-piste skiing at the top of the mountains – Champery

The Famous Swiss Wall

The Champery ski resort is home to the infamous “Swiss Wall” or officially known as the Le Pas de Chavanette. Situated on the Swiss-French border, this 1klm run with a 400-metre drop is definitely not for the fainthearted and is considered to be one of the world’s toughest runs. This run is so steep that the snow grooming machines cannot go down it, meaning that the run is consistently covered in moguls from the start of the season until the snow melts.

Looking up The Swiss Wall ski run

The Swiss Wall – Champery Switzerland

This year I had the pleasure of attending the Red Bull ‘Bataille des Bosses’ Switzerland challenge, where skiers raced against the clock and against an opponent on the Swiss Wall. It was such a fun and intense race to watch and was definitely worth attending, it was cool to watch the skiers go underneath you while you’re on the chairlift.

Starting point of the Red Bull, Face the Wall Switzerland challenge with Dent du Midi in the background

The starting point of the Red Bull  Bataille des Bosses Switzerland challenge

Take a Boarding Lesson

In most cases, you are either a skier or a border and in my case, I am a skier. I have always wanted to try snowboarding but I just never had the time and to be honest I am happy being in my comfort zone on a pair of skis. When the opportunity came up that I could try my hand at snowboarding in the Champery Ski Resort I jumped at the chance, as I wanted to see if I could be converted.

MelBtravel getting a snowboard lesson

MelB learning how to Snowboard with Nick – Champery Ski Resort Switzerland

My lesson was with Nicolas (or Nick for short) from Freeride Company and even though I was on a red run (on the flat bit) learning, he made me feel nothing but at ease. I don’t know whether it was the muscles that I had not used before, the very hot sun or the fact that I had been skiing consistently for 12 days but after my lesson, I was completely knackered but satisfy at what I had achieved.

Have I been converted? No, but I will definitely try Snowboarding again.

Champery tourism getting snowboard lesson with instructor

Watching Louisa from the Champery Tourism having her Snowboarding lesson with Freerider Company

Try your hand at curling

From my own personal experience, I really underestimated just how hard Curling was until I tried it in Champery Ski Resort and like most people, the only thing I knew about it was that it is a sport competed at the Winter Olympics. It is definitely a game of skill and strategy but also a lot of fun.

Curling is a sport in which players slide a granite stone on a sheet of ice to get as close as possible to the target area at the end of the ice route. An intro-to-curling workshop is a great activity for family or a group of friends, especially if it is cold and snowing heavy outside.

MelBtravel getting ready to curl on the ice

Learning how to curl at Palladium Sports Centre- Champery Switzerland

If you don’t want to try curling, the Palladium Sports and Cultural Centre also offers a variety of other activities, like indoor ice-skating and indoor rock climbing.

Addition Information:

  • Groups of 7 to 50 people: 40 CHF per person for 2 hours
  • Have a drink in the Palladium bar and restaurant when you’ve finished slip-sliding on the ice
Curling teams posing for a photo with curling equipment

My Curling Team – Palladium Sports Centre Champery

Take a well deserved break at The Thermes Parc Spa

Nothing beats a nice massage or a spa after a hard day of skiing/snowboarding, especially when your muscles are tight and sore. After skiing for nearly two weeks straight, my body was tried, it was suggested to me to go to the Thermes Parc Spa to put my feet up and relax.

Indoor pool at Themes Par Spa with view of the outdoors through large windows

Inside The Thermes Parc Spa

The Thermes Parc Spa is the perfect place to go as a family or if you want to unwind after a fun day of skiing. It is made up of a large indoor Spa pool, outdoor pool, which you access via an indoor/outdoor plastic flap interface and unfiltered outdoor Spa water pools.

All the pools are heated at various temperatures from 41c to around 31c.

Additional Information

  • The train from Champery stops on the hill and it’s a 5-7 min walk down.
  • The towels and robes are available to rent.

 

Thermes Par Spa building showing outdoor heated pools in the foreground

Outside The Thermes Parc Spa

         

Location

The closest international airports is Geneva Airport and the best way to get to Champery Ski Resort is either via transfer or car. Making it super easy to get to and great if you want to go for a weekend trip.

My understanding is that from the start of this December PowdAir will doing flights to Sion Airport, which is even closer than Gevena.


 

As I was with the tourism board, I was picked up and I did not use one of the transfer companies. However, you can check out the Getting Here’ on the tourism website which has great information.

Hotel Suisse sign on roof of hotel with mountains peaks in background

The centre of the Champery Ski Village

Accommodation

Given the size of Champery, there is plenty of different types of accommodation available and everything is within 10-15mins walking distance from the centre of town and also the main gondola Télépherique Champéry – Croix-de-Culet. You can choose from bed and breakfast to luxury chalets and there is even a cute hostel Le Petit Baroudeur which is perfect if you are on a budget.



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Le Chalet de l’Atelier Champery

Situated in the centre of Champery Village at the foot of the Dents du Midi and within 5 minutes of the Télépherique Champéry – Croix-de-Culet Cable Car, is Le Chalet de l’Atelier Champery. I stayed in this cosy chalet hotel with only four rooms and two restaurants, during the winter season. Their service was really great and I loved coming back in the afternoon and having a relaxing drink in the bar. Whether you are skiing or enjoying a summer holiday hiking in the mountains, Le Chalet de l’Atelier  Champery is a great place to stay.

Le Chalet de l'Atelier room with wood pile under window

My room at the Le Chalet de l’Atelier – Champery Ski Village

The Lodge Champéry by Mrs Miggins

If you close your eyes and imagine a luxury chalet with your own private hot tub with the most amazing views of the Swiss Alps, then The Lodge Champery by Mrs Miggins is definitely your place. Not only does this place have everything you want from a private chalet but it is in the prime position, 1-minute walk to the Télépherique Champéry – Croix-de-Culet and to the Palladium Centre and supermarket. I didn’t stay here in winter it was during my summer trip but it is open in winter and it even has drying room and storage for your skis and boards.

Melbtravel in the outdoor hot tub facing the mountains in the background

Enjoying the view from my private hot tub – Champery Ski Resort

Swiss Food Heaven on the Mountain

The Croix de Culet

Situated at the top of the Télépherique Champéry – Croix-de-Culet, with views overlooking both Dents du Midi and the Dents Blanches and the Swiss Wall, is the Restaurant de La Croix-de-Culet. It is a modern Swiss restaurant with all your traditional Swiss specialities with a great terrace displaying some of the best views in the Alps. If you are not hungry but still want to enjoy the views that is not a problem, as you can also stop in there for a coffee or apre-ski while taking in the views.

 

Lunch of Croute au fromage

Croute au fromage -Croix-de-Culet – Champery Switzerland

Tip: Even though the restaurant is on the mountain, you don’t need to be skiing or boarding to get there as it is literally just outside the gondola. You don’t have to have a ski pass either, you can just get a pass to go up on the gondola separately.

Le Nord Cafe

Situated in the centre of Champery village underneath Le Chalet de l’Atelier is the cosy Le Nord Cafe restaurant. It is definitely one of the best places to eat in town and it is easy to see why, with its selections of fondue and other traditional Swiss food. My problem was deciding on what to have and when I did choose(steak tartare with salad), I was not disappointed.

Tip – I definitely recommend booking as it only has two sitting times 11:30 to 14:00 and 18:30 to 21:30.

Goats cheese salad at Le Nord Cafe

Goats Cheese Salad  –  Le Nord Cafe restaurant – Champery Ski Resort

Tips

  • We all need WIFI and if you can’t find any, you can go to the tourism office and use the wireless access for FREE.
  • You can buy your lift pass online to miss the queue and pick it up from the ski office or they can send it to you. You can also recharge it online too.
  • Take the Chavanette chairlift up to the top of the Swiss Wall and have lunch at O’Padcha. The restaurant sits right on the French and Swiss border and not only can you have lunch in both countries. There is also an amazing view to enjoy over the Alps.
O'Padcha Restaurant on the Swiss-French border with skiers gathered outside.

O’Padcha Restaurant on the Swiss & French border

  • Children under the age of 5 can ski for FREE
  • If you are too tired to carry your equipment there is a little courtesy train that goes from the main gondola the Croix de Culet Cable Car to the centre of town.
  • If you have time, definitely ski in both Morgins and Les Crosets Resort, which will be part of your pass.
View of Morgins village from mountain above

The village of Morgins Switzerland

Recommend

I am not going to lie I definitely have a soft spot for Champery Ski Resort and is definitely a place I would not hesitate to go back to time and time again, and it is not just because I was invited. From the moment I arrived until the moment I left, everyone in the village made me feel welcome. It is a small working village with a habitat of 1300 people, so most people knew why I was there and the villagers would stop and talk to me and asked me if I need anything. Even when I went back in Summer, I was taken aback how many people remembered me and were so nice.

As I said earlier, Champery Ski Resort is a postcard-perfect alpine village with beautifully styled hotels and chalets and is a great gateway to the Swiss side of Portes du Soleil. The atmosphere is relaxed, I love the fact you can ski in two countries and there are plenty of places to eat and things to do especially if you love sports and the outdoors.

It is also easy to get around especially with the courtesy train to take you from the main gondola to your hotel for free. And with it being around an hour and a half from Geneva airport, it makes it a great resort not just for a week skiing but for a long weekend too.

A selfie on the chairlift in Champery

A selfie on the chairlift – Champery

Thank you for reading this article, I hope it helped you to decide where to go for your next ski trip. Champery Ski Resort is truly a beautiful Swiss ski resort. If you are interested in discovering more of Portes du Soleil ski area you can check out my posts on the other ski resorts Morzine and Les Gets 

Panoramic view on the Champery ski runs

Have you been to Champery Ski Resort or Portes du Soleil  before? I would love to hear your experiences in the comments below.

Disclaimer: Even though I was invited by the Champery Tourism office  All views are my own and based on my own experience.

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  1. Just beautiful photos as always. Champers looks exactly you said like a postcard. I never skied before but I would go here because I love Switzerland and it’s food. I have to admit I never heard of this place before.

  2. I have heard of the Swiss Wall before but I have never seen pictures of it. Wow it looks scary even when you do look up at it. Great post and cute village

  3. Can you belive it, 15 years of living in Switzerland and I dont know still how to ski! But your post about skiing does makes me want to hit the slopes this coming winter!

  4. I always feel so useless when reading posts about ski resorts, simply because I can’t ski 🙁 I would like to try however, but not sure I’ll be fit enough! Champery looks great though, and I’d like to visit for myself. The spa is more my thing, and I love your private hot tub, looks lush in the mountain scenery!

    1. There is so much more to do in Ski Resorts these days than just Ski. Both Champery and the Spa were so good, you can actually stay at one of the apartments at the Spa with the Alps in the background. The private hot tube was amazing and I stayed in their for hours 🙂

  5. So beautiful! Europe really does have some of the best ski destinations. I love the pool! When we went to a ski resort in Colorado earlier this year, they too had an outdoor pool. Even though it was heated, it was still too cold for us but lots of people were using it!

  6. Oh, wow. What a coincidence! This place looked so familiar and now I believe is one of the places I used to go skiing when I was in boarding school in Switzerland seven years ago. I love skiing and I had the opportunity to go skiing all over this marvelous country when I was attending school. Such a great experience! Thank you for sharing. xo, – Mariella

  7. I have not been skiing since I was a little girl and would love to go again. This seems like a fantastic place for it. I love that they have so many different activities. Would love to give snow boarding a try as well as curling. And that spa looks heavenly. Maybe one day we can go visit as a family ski trip.

  8. The Swiss Wall run sounds like something out of a Bond movie with the drop! All the runs on the Swiss side sound better than the French side if they are quieter, it makes a huge difference to me. The whole area looks stunning, you’ve photographed it beautifully!

  9. I love Switzerland! I was there in July and there was no snow so could not try skiing :(. Must agree that skiing in Switzerland is the best <3 Love Swiss Alps!

  10. I love this! I have never went sking but would love to try. A ski safari sounds fun. I like that you have the opportunity between France and Switzerland. The views would be all different as well as lodging but what an amazing experience everytime.

    1. I love ski boarder resorts it is so much saying you having lunch in one country and then in the other for dinner after ski. You should definitely try it as once you start you will never go back.

  11. Holy crap, this looks like an experience of a lifetime. That hotel looks luxurious, I would love to go to Switzerland. I really enjoy skiing in the winter months, Canada has some great skiing resorts.

  12. Skiing in the Swiss alps has been a dream for me. Going by your pics, looks like you have literally lived my dream during your trip. The Thermes par spa looks so inviting set in such a cute location. Like a picture-perfect postcard location. All your choices of accommodation look amazing. I m saving this post for my future reference.

  13. I just love the photos you have taken and included here – what a beautiful place. Although I have never been into skiing or snowboarding, being among the beauty and awe of such a wonderful region would be a great break. Plus the spa and the village to explore would be things I would love to do, not to mention trying their cuisine which looks yummy.

  14. The Champery Ski Resort looks pretty when covered in snow! I don’t ski or snowboard, but I’d love to try learning curling. The indoor pool would be a great place to chill after a long day!

  15. I think this is my first time hearing about a ski safari- that sounds wicked! I love that you were graced with blue skies. I’m 2hrs away from Whistler in BC Canada and it’s usually so foggy there. Champery looks like the perfect ski getaway- I’d love to ride the pow there some day! That private hot tub is GOALS.

  16. Wow! This is just insane! We are from Vail, Colorado and have spent 12 winters there snowboarding. Your pictures and descriptions really inspired us to go there. Thanks so much for sharing!

  17. I have been intrigued by ski resorts off late. They have a charm of their own. I have never been to an Alpine village. There are many ski resorts in India. Maybe I should practice here and head to Alps once I perfect it! Ski vacations have eluded me so far.

  18. Hey great post, l have skied in Morzine & Avorzia a bit but never over to the Swiss side & I am not sure why to be honest. However, l never realised how nice it was or that the slopes are quiter. Definitely going to ski over next time and check it out.

  19. I would love to stay at one of these hills for a month or so and learn skiing. Champery ski resort indeed looks like a picture postcard. A spa at such a resort would be great. Excellent review.

  20. this place looks amazing and the accommodation looks so cozy and ideal. the menu looks appetising as well. so great they offer ski and snowboard lessons too. the views looks amazing! loosk like a great getaway.

  21. This place really looks amazing. I have never tried skiing but I loved this post for the numerous things I learnt. I for example, did not realize that night skiing was allowed. I like the idea of curling when the weather is rough out there. Have done ice skating so I suppose this should be easy for me. And those spa facilities are perfect. Cheers

  22. Skiing is one of my bucket list and I can’t wait to try this out. Reading your post makes me more excited to try it. Hopefully I can finally tick it off before the year ends.

  23. Champery Ski Resort looks like an ultimate paradise! I don’t know how to ski but would love to visit Switzerland someday in my life just for its breathtaking landscapes, food and chocolates!

  24. Omg, this place looks absolutely amazing girl. I haven’t skied in my life, definitely, it is on my bucket list.
    I just can’t stand the cold weather, haha but I will have to try it one day.

  25. I don’t ski or snowboard but this place looks amazing! I’d like to go even just to take photos. Or I could just spend all of my time at the Thermes Parc Spa which looks to die for. I just love Switzerland 🙂

  26. I feel like I’m having déjà vu because your trip looks exactly like the one I took when I went to France. Switzerland is literally my favorite country ever so I’m super jealous to start. Even though I suck at skiing my first time ever was in the French Alps. It’s so nice to know that such a large place like this allows you to ski in both countries with all of the runs that it has. Switzerland is truly a dream and it looks like you had the best time. The chalets are amazing especially after a long day of trying to hit the slopes ha ha .

    1. I love France too and this resort is right on the boarder of Switzerland & France. This place is so big that there is plenty for you to do even if you don’t ski to much.

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