CHAMPAGNY EN VANOISE, FRANCE
Ski Holidays in Champagny en Vanoise, France
Champagny en Vanoise is a pretty, traditional, mountain village, situated in a stunning wooded area at the entrance to the Vanoise National Park, at the base of the south side of La Plagne. It is described as the Paradiski area's hidden gem and has excellent access to La Plagne. The village is perfect for skiers wanting a beautiful traditional setting with access to great skiing.
The two terrains of La Plagne and Les Arcs are linked and accessible from Champagny. A skiable space is exceptional for its size, diversity and accessibility - 425km of pistes, 3 glaciers, and 2 summits of more than 3000 metres.
Skiing in Champagny en Vanoise
Its cable car, located near the church takes you up to La Plagne ski area at altitudes of 2000m to 3000m in around 8 minutes. It is excellent for all skiing abilities with cruisy blues, challenging reds and also blacks including off piste trails as well as a boarder cross. For beginners, at the top the cable car there is a snow garden which is also the ski school meeting point.
To access La Plagne, it is only a chairlift and two runs away from the top of the cable car and to access Les Arcs you can take three lifts to Bellecote where you can ride down to the Vanoise Express across to Les Arcs.
Returning to Champagny is easy. Take the cable car down or chose between two technical red runs if you are more of a confident skier.
Snow conditions in Champagny en Vanoise
Although Champagny en Vanoise is a low village resort, most of its skiing is over 2000m which is a very snow sure altitude. The two red runs going down into resort also have snow cannons to ensure conditions are maintained throughout the season.
Après ski, restaurants and other activities in Champagny en Vanoise
Champagny has all the amenities you’ll need. Its services and shops are clustered around its Baroque church which dates back to the seventeenth century. There is also a cinema with regular screenings in English. The centres also has a variety of restaurants featuring delicious Savoyard specialities.
Champagny isn’t the liveliest of resorts but there are a few bars in resort and it also has a nightclub Le Galaxy if you are looking to party into the early hours of the morning.
Activities include cross country skiing, snowshoeing, a unique ice climbing tower, dog sledding and a sledging area. If driving, it is also just a 20 minute drive to Courchevel ski resort and a further drive to access Val d’Isere and Tignes. Champagny is therefore a great base to explore neighbouring resorts in the Alps.
Transfer times to Champagny en Vanoise
Chambery (CMF) - 1 hr 10 mins
Grenoble (GNB) - 1 hr 30 mins
Geneva (GVA) - 2 hrs
Lyon (LYS) - 2 hrs 10 mins
Ski Hire in Champagny en Vanoise
There are normally a number of shops where you can pick up your pre-booked ski or snowboard equipment from. Which shop you go to will depend on where you are staying in Champagny en Vanoise. Here is a guide to ski or snowboard hire in Champagny en Vanoise:
|Ski Hire Type||Adult 6 days||Child 6 days|
|Bronze - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£79||£55|
|Silver - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£109||£71|
|Gold - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£129|
|Platinum - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£139|
You can book your ski hire for your trip to Champagny en Vanoise here
Champagny en Vanoise Reviews
Pretty traditional French village with great skiing. One cable car and you’re on the fantastic slopes of the Paradiski. From Champagny you can also take a short 20 min drive or get the bus to Courchevel for the day to ski the 3 Valleys so you have the best of both worlds. There is a fantastic bar just opposite the cable car in case you are a little thirsty after a hard days skiing, there are also other bars to choose from but is un-commercialised enough to hold onto it's French charm. I will be returning!
Apres Ski: 3/5