Champoussin Resort Reviews
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Visitor reviews for Champoussin Ski Resort
December 30, 2011
Ian A from United Kingdom
We have been coming to Champoussin for about 4 years now. We love the place - ski slopes right next to the accommodation, quiet slopes in the area, and easy access to the whole 600km+ Portes du Soleil pistes either via Les Crosets or Morgins. Morgins great for a 1/2 day or if the light is bad as the runs down to the resort are through trees and with lots of route options. Snow parks in Les Crosets and Avoriaz, snow-cross in Avoriaz - lots to keep teenagers happy ! Good restaurants throughout the area, plus a number of 'hors sac' rooms to eat a picnic. We love it!
Overall: 4.1. Based on 5 votes and 6 reviews. Vote
(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 Champoussin.
Public Transport: 3.2
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Champoussin, (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 Champoussin, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 2.8
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.0
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Champoussin.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.8
(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 Champoussin, (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) Champoussin is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Champoussin relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 5.0
(1) There are no snow groomers at Champoussin, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Champoussin 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) Champoussin is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 5.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Champoussin, 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: 3.7
(1) Champoussin 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: 5.0
(1) The staff at Champoussin are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Champoussin 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: 4.3
(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: 5.0
(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: 5.0
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Champoussin 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 Champoussin, (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: 2.7
(1) Not even a kicker at Champoussin, (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 Champoussin, (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) Champoussin 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: 3.0
(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: 5.0
(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: 5.0
(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): 4.7
(1) Overall, Champoussin 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): 4.0
(1) Overall, Champoussin 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.
December 01, 2010
Tim Lowe from United Kingdom
Champoussin was originally built around a Nederlands Ski-Club shed (now derelict), there are still more Dutch visitors than other nationalities, but increasing numbers of English as well in the last five years (we have an apartment there!). Skiing is best for intermediate skiers, with easy half-day access to a good variety of blue and red runs and a couple of black, between Les Crosets and Morgins. There are also short and highly visible off-piste areas. Go out for the day, and you have the full Portes de Soleil in reach. Nowhere in Champoussin is more than 100m from the piste. There are also snow-shoe trails, and a 3km sledge run (return by bus). The village has half a dozen bars and restaurants, but is mainly a family resort. There are a couple of ski shops, and a single general supplies shop. The road to Champoussin is narrow and winding, but locals (including the bus) drive it as if on a motorway. The nearest towns (Champery and Monthey) are 30 min by car – but snow chains may be needed (20% probability?) if you have no snow tyres. Geneva airport is 1h40m by car in good conditions, but can be reached by public transport in 3 hours (bus to Val d’Illiez, funicular to Aigle and main-line train to Geneva airport).
Tim Lowe, Surrey
March 11, 2010
Paul Hampshire from United Kingdom
Just got back from 4 days in Champousin. Great skiing but a very quite village. The resort was full of Dutch people (there is nothing wrong with Dutch people!) and the hotel we were staying in was known as 'Little Holland'. Not exactly a ski in / out resort but only a short walk to the slopes. I would not recommend this place for total beginners. There are some lovely easy blue runs but steep access to these via those horrible 'T' bar lifts would make it a challenge. Good access from Champoussin to the whole of the Portes du Soleil area, right over to Les Gets. We took a day touring to Les Gets and it was a fast run through Avoriaz but really slow through Morzine, using a bus and a walk. Then big queues to get up through Morzine and then long delay in Les Gets when the main lift broke, leaving hundreds of people clambering for the old bubble lift.
The Hospital du Chablais was fantastic, as we found out, after my mate stashed it big time on the black run going down into Champoussin. Quick easy helicopter ride from the slope to the hospital. Look out for his helmet cam video on You Tube!
Anyway, after rambling on for a while. I would probably not stay in Champoussin again but would stay over in Avoriaz. Same big area to ski but better facilities and atmosphere.
Resort 3 /10
Road to resort 2/10
December 14, 2008
bernard menken from Netherlands
Champoussin is a very peaceful resort with superb ski and board slopes. It is located in the centre of the Swiss part of the Portes du Soleil, 45 minutes to Avoriaz and close to the Swiss 'wall'.
Apres-ski is getting better every year. Since 2003 three new places opened at Champoussin and the existing ones do their best to improve.
Good ski school for younger children as well.
January 13, 2007
rene straeuli from South Africa
We had a fantastic time skiing at Champoussin. France is so close and being the hottest winter in 100 years we had enough alternatives 5min. from Champoussin to make an unforgettable ski holiday. Very child friendly!
January 30, 2006
jeroen van rooijen from Netherlands
This area is super! In Champoussin you can board (or ski) to Avorias in about 45 min.
Only the aprés ski (I prefer aprés BOARD) is not that fantastic.