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Visitor reviews for Champagny Ski Resort
January 30, 2013
Sadie Thomas from United Kingdom
Loved every bit of Champagny. Stayed in Le Centre Feb 2012; very close to all ammenities and gondola. Amazing skiing for every level and will be going back.
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(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Champagny.
Public Transport: 4.2
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Champagny, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Champagny, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.8
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 2.2
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Champagny.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.0
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Champagny, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Champagny is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Champagny relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.5
(1) There are no snow groomers at Champagny, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Champagny are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Champagny is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Champagny, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 3.8
(1) Champagny usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.2
(1) The staff at Champagny are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Champagny are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 3.2
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.8
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.8
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Champagny has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Champagny, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 4.0
(1) Not even a kicker at Champagny, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Champagny, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Champagny has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.0
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 2.2
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.2
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 2.8
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.8
(1) Overall, Champagny is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 3.7
(1) Overall, Champagny is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
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December 07, 2011
Nigel Cowie from United Kingdom
I really enjoyed Champagny. I visited in 2009 1st week in April!. Plenty of snow above 2000m and amazing sunshine, spent most of the days over at La Plagne, did buy a week pass to Les Arcs to (Paradiski domain). However, only managed to go over there once or twice and so unless your in a fast group I'd recommend the Paradiski discovery which is cheaper but allows one day over the other side of the valley... there is so much in La Plagne and Champagny that one day in Les Arcs is more than enough! It was reasonable on the slopes despite being a school holiday (Les Arcs seemed rammed) and at the end of the day you ski back on the Champagny side in the setting sun which is amazing and visibility is that little bit better than the shadow side. So far it's the most enjoyable skiing I've done (over Tignes, Contamines, Val d'Isere etc).
Depending on your ability I wouldn't pay too much attention to the colour grading... especially the reds and blues.
One amazing red from the glacier is super narrow (about 7 foot wide with a drop next to it) but not steep and has few corners... then opens out into an amazing piste through a valley for miles and miles... at the bottom you cant go anywhere other than back up and down a different way but many of our group missed out on this run because of its skill requirement and opening stage however it was easy and amazing to play on.
Some blues are very wide but steep in places (as much or more so than the reds) where as many reds are very wide and easy to ski with a short steep section or two... all in all its well suited to a group of intermediate skiers with some blacks thrown in for those seeking more skill or thrills.
The skate park is great and has a beginner section so you can learn and an airbag for pushing the learning limit in a safer way before you try a move on the slope. There is also a huge half pipe down to Plagne Central and a party on new years eve called "La nuit de la Pom Pom Rouge" (you can see this on youtube) which is set to rival Tignes own "fire mix party!".
In the evening there is a great choice of places to eat in the village and in the surrounding villages (for those with cars) and a shuttle bus service to move you between. On the La Plagne side there is an ice climbing tower and also the bob sled run where you can be a passenger in a 5 man box or on a caged one man luge which is amazing!
Accommodation is very affordable (I stayed previously in Les Aplages de Champagny which is one of the best large scale chalets around with spa and pool area and underground parking plus free taxi shuttle to the lifts and back every 15 minutes. This time I'm in a smaller apartment on the top level which is 3 bedroom for Christmas and new years at £900 self catering! Again Club Alpina comes highly recommended with some of our group staying there also.
When flying to the Alps, Grenoble is close by. Lyon and Geneva are equal distance and time to Champagny although Lyon is no where near as busy, flights are sometimes half and car hire is also cheaper. One thing to note: if your flying in or out on the general change over days always assume traffic will be bad from Grenoble to Albertville or Geneva to Albertville, shortly after it splits in different ways and then speeds up. Make sure you allow plenty of time to get back to the airport when leaving!
The best thing about Champagny is that although the Village is at 1200m the pistes mainly run from 2000-3400 inc la Plagne so snow is often a safe bet. down from the 2000m mark there are 2 (or possibly 3) roads down which you can ski although they get very slushy at the end of the season but most people take the bubble down anyway after leaving the kit in lockers.
Apres-ski is lively as the few bars are located at the bottom of the lifts and accommodate the whole village in a small area. La Plagne is 1:15 away by car if you want to head over there, you can also get to Tignes Le Lac in 1:30 by car!
A really great place to stay where you are able to benefit from anything you want to do. If partying is top of your list, stay in La Plagne, if your like me and want to ski first, party second, eat third, relax and sleep last then Champagny and it's relaxed village environment is perfect for you.
February 24, 2008
Karen from United Kingdom
We ski in Champagny every year and love it. It's no longer a must to stay at the top of the village as there is now a shuttle bus linking all parts of the village and there are secure ski lockers at the top of the gondola so you can leave skis at the top all week. Even from the bottom of the village, it's only a 10 minute walk (by the side of a stream) to the shops and gondola.
The village is lovely: friendly, pretty, good range of restaurants offering a wide range of food (and price points) and there's good local shops if you're self catering. Plus, you may find your neighbour is a French farmer rather than fellow holiday-makers.
The skiing in La Plagne is fantastic with brilliant views. The local Champagny slopes tend to be quieter than those over the other side of the mountain (in La Plagne). The range of slopes in the La Plagne ski area is massive. It's an easy ski to get over to La Plagne (for all but the most timid) and the most timid will find enough in the Champagny local slopes to keep them happy.
February 14, 2008
Rick Paris from United Kingdom
I visited Champagny a few years ago but doubt the resort would have changed much in that time. It's a typical small French village set up on a steep hillside, reached after a hair-raising drive with long drops!
Its main advantage is that it is a cheapish way to ski La Plagne, which it is linked to. The village is split in 2 halves. It's better to be at the top next to the main (only) lift! Stay in the Club Alpina which is more or less next door to the lift, the foods good too.
If you stay in the lower half of the village you have to get an escalator up to the top half as the hill is too steep!
The skiing faces south and it gets a lot of sun, not good later on in the season. The local slopes are fairly bare and not too interesting, but the views over to Courchevel are fantastic. Which is another reason to stay here. We skied Courchevel on the same lift ticket as they have a 2 day arrangement to ski at different resorts in the valley, it's about 20 mins away by car.
The links into La Plagne are good and well signposted so no problems. The local nursery area is small and steepish for 1st timers.
Overall a very pleasant place to someone who wants big area skiing on their doorstep with the option of skiing Courchevel.