Champagny-en-Vanoise is one of the Alp’s best-kept secrets, once a rustic farming village its has seamlessly grown and expanded to become a thriving alpine town populated year-round and offering a breathtaking holiday spot in winter or summer.
Champagny has all the amenities you require including grocery shops, bakery, deli, small souvenir and clothing stores, several sports shops, ski hire and service outlets and a cinema with regular English screenings. There are several ski school options available and an independent childcare centre.
Champagny is a great spot for all standards of skiers, the cable car disembarks amidst a plethora of blues perfect for intermediates, there are many red runs some of which are extremely challenging, several blacks including un-pisted trails and also a boardercross course. There is a beginner area including a snow garden at the top of the cable car and this is also where ski schools meet to begin lessons. All these exceptional off-piste areas are accessible using the ‘village sector’ ski pass for Champagny-en-Vanoise. For those carrying the La Plagne or Paradiski pass Plagne Centre is one chair and two runs away from the top of the cable car, if you’re after a real leg stretcher you can take three lifts to Bellecote and from there race down to the Vanoise express over to Les Arcs, well worth a day trip but you have to be aware of your timing as its a long way and a lot of lifts back to Champagny at the end of the day.
To return to Champagny you can get the cable car down or there are two ski runs back, please note that they are both very long technical reds so if you’re not competent be sure to take the lift. If you can ski them however do so, Mont de la Guerre is an incredible run, one of the best in resort and Le Bois, shorter but more technical is serviced by snow cannons to keep it open as late in the season as possible. The Southern slopes of resort are beautiful but they are naturally the first ones to begin to melt, the mountain staff do their best to keep Champagny accessible, whilst the two runs right down to the town may be beyond their help they do ensure that the runs to and from the top of the cable car are well-groomed and enjoy great coverage until the end.
Champagny is an accessible yet off the beaten track spot for a holiday, secluded and peaceful, with access to all manner of activities and adventures your holiday here can be as relaxing or adrenaline-fuelled as you like.