Swiss skiing in ChampéryWinter Sports in Champéry

Ski and snowboard 650 km of piste in Champéry between 1050-2250m


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et below the iconic Dents du Midi, les Portes du Soleil is a huge, rambling ski area that crosses over into France and features the famous, and very steep, Swiss Wall. Champéry, with a railway terminus in the village, is probably the most convenient of the resorts for accessing most of the circuit, and one of the more attractive, but purpose-built Les Croset, Champoussin and Morgins have the advantage of having runs back down to the resorts which Champéry doesn't have (although according to Walter Pause in 1963's "Salute the Skier" it once did). On the French side, the resort of Avoriaz gives access to the best slopes (particularly for boarders), ski-in, ski-out accommodation and the liveliest nightlife in the area. Champoussin is arguably the best of the resorts for beginners. Despite the size of the terrain available within les Portes du Soleil, there is not the range and variety of the other large resorts in the Alps, and the highest runs are generally quite low by the standards of leading Swiss resorts. However, on a nice day with good snow the seemingly endless series of runs and off-piste sections are enough to keep even the most demanding skier or snowboarder happy.

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Best of the Slopes

Le Pas de Chavanette - aka "Le Mur Suisse" (The Swiss Wall) is tough, often with huge moguls and 55 degree inclines. Stick to the sides if you want to avoid the steepest parts, but the beginning of the run is unavoidably scary. In less than a kilometre you drop over 400m. There is also a 7k run down to Grand-Paradis.

Where to Eat and Party

For lunch you could do a lot worse than the Cookie Café (+41 244 791219), a wonderful gastropub at the top of the Mossettes chairlift with burgers, pizzas and great views. In Champery village, choose from Le Pub, Mitchell's and Cafe du Centre for après ski.

Getting There

By Public Transport

The best destination to access the downhill slopes by public transport in this ski area is Champery. The station is adjacent to cable car. The resort operates the Snow'n'Rail scheme, providing a 20% discount on the combined travel ticket and lift pass.

  • From Zurich the least travel time is 3 hrs 51 mins with as few as 2 changes going via Lausanne / Aigle. Typically, an adult one day combined ticket is 213.60 SFr, reduced to 134.20 SFr with a Half-Price card.
  • From Basel the least travel time is 3 hrs 57 mins with as few as 2 changes going via Lausanne / Aigle. Typically, an adult one day combined ticket is 200.80 SFr, reduced to 127.80 SFr with a Half-Price card.
  • From Berne the least travel time is 2 hrs 47 mins with as few as 2 changes going via Lausanne / Aigle. Typically, an adult one day combined ticket is 151.20 SFr, reduced to 103.00 SFr with a Half-Price card.
  • From Lausanne the least travel time is 1 hrs 36 mins with as few as 1 changes going via Aigle. Typically, an adult one day combined ticket is 104.20 SFr, or 79.60 SFr with a Half-Price card.
  • From Luzern an adult one day combined ticket is 213.60 SFr, or 134.20 SFr with a Half-Price card.

Indicative prices are for travel to Champéry. Click here to find prices for other destinations. Under the combined ticket scheme the additional charge for a two day pass is 50.00 SFr.

By Road

Please refer to a map and check local conditions for accurate routing information.

  • The road distance from Zurich is around 244 km and the journey time is roughly 2 hrs 50 mins.
  • The road distance from Basel is around 226 km and the journey time is roughly 2 hrs 30 mins.
  • The road distance from Berne is around 122 km and the journey time is roughly 1 hr 25 mins.
  • The road distance from Geneva is around 128 km and the journey time is roughly 1 hr 40 mins.
  • The road distance from Lausanne is around 64 km and the journey time is roughly 1 hr.
  • The road distance from Fribourg is around 92 km and the journey time is roughly 1 hr 8 mins.

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Nearby Resorts

Other resorts in the ski area include Champoussin, Les Crosets, Morgins,Torgon and Val-d'Illiez

Weather Outlook

Latest Resort Report

Report dated June 23 2017 07:45
Weather 22 degrees
Season 17.12.2016 - 17.04.2017
Day ticket CHF: 57.-/43.-
Depth of snow 0 cm 0 cm in resort
Last snowfall 23.03.2017
Pistes 0/650 km 0 km with artificial snowmaking
Condition of runs fair 0/2 Runs down to resort (open/total)
Cross-country classic 0 km closed
Cross-country skating 0 km closed
Altitude of cross-country trails 1150 m (altitude)
Half-pipes -
Snowcross runs -
Snow park -
Tobogganing facilities -
Condition of runs -
Winter walking paths open -
Snowshoe trails open -

Piste Map for Champéry

Ski and Snowboard on the pistes at Champéry


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