Located in the huge skiing area of the Portes du Soleil is the resort of Champéry. This resort still preserves the usual Swiss beauty and charm. Renowned for exhilarating winter sports holidays in one of Switzerland’s best-kept secrets, Champéry is a pretty village with the traditional old-fashioned feel on its main street.
Situated at 1,050m in the Chablais region at the foot of the Dents-du-Midi and the Dents Blanches, Champéry is one of Switzerland's oldest tourist destinations. Along the village streets are the traditional chalets with their carved wooden balconies and typical roofs with snow stops. Some of these great Stadels are now charming little shops, bars and restaurants. Based in the village is one of Switzerland's few surviving bell-foundries and still remains in production.
In 1969, Champéry became one of the founding villages of the Portes du Soleil ski area and resort. The main street features beautifully kept wooden chalets with tantalizing storefronts and restaurants. The village is still compact and quaint enough to keep everything close enough to walk around. This is a must do, as there is so much to take in. Overlooking Champéry are the 7 spectacular peaks of Les Dents du Midi which, some say, rival the Matterhorn and the Eiger for natural beauty.
In recent years, an influx of young and dynamic chefs have made Champéry's restaurant scene one of the best kept culinary secrets of the Alps. This however, does not mean light, bright and minimalistic restaurants. The true locals of Champéry managed to keep a hold of the real charm and this has been passed down into its restaurants and bars. You can find traditional food on the high street, meats still cooked on the open grills, classic Swiss fondue and Raclettes, all served up in quaint restaurants made from wood and stone.
This theme and look is reiterated in the on-piste restaurants throughout Les Portes du Soleil which for years have been serving discerning guests and some of the best food critics alike. A specially created Pass Gourmet guidebook highlights the best local specialities.
Cable-cars and chair-lifts lead out from Champéry into the skiing area of the Portes du Soleil. This is one of the world's largest continuous ski areas. Within it, there are 14 different areas for skiers and snowboarders – 6 in Switzerland and 8 in France – with 209 lifts and 650km of prepared slopes available to them. There is also a snow park to meet the needs of freestylers. Not only that, but the adventurous can also try their hand at ice-climbing, snow-shoe walking, paragliding, or prove themselves on skiing tours or sledging runs. The village also has an indoor ice rink and a curling hall which are open all year round.
The ski slope at Pas de Chavanette – often simply called Le Mur Suisse (the Swiss Wall) – is one of the steepest in the world. Although it is only a kilometre long, the descent covers a difference in altitude of nearly 400 metres, with gradients of up to 50 degrees.
Over the years we have managed to negotiate some superb equipment at excellent rates and have passed the benefits of this directly to you.
We use one of the top Sports shops in Champéry, Berra Sports, and can offer you a massive 20% off resort rental prices.
SKIS: Top rate skis are included in the rental price with the latest brands and models.
SNOWBOARDS: No extra for snowboards with the latest bindings and designs.
We include Cross-Channel Ferries for those who are self driving or Airport Transfers for those flying, so you can choose the best option that suits you.
|Train Transfer Time from Basel:||4hr 15min|
|Train Transfer Time from Bern:||3hr 20min|
|Train Transfer Time from Geneva:||2hr 35min|
|Train Transfer Time from Zürich :||4hr 10min|
|Driving Distance from Calais:||515 miles|
View the Swiss Rail timetable.
We have 2-person studio apartments and every size, right up to 8-person apartments. They are spacious and convenient to amenities, the ski lifts and free village ski bus.
Again, we offer a huge range of availability on hotels. We can offer any level from our 2, 3 or 4-star hotel selection. In some resorts we can even 5 star hotels.
Because of the wide variety of accommodation we have available, please enter the numbers travelling and standard required on the Personal Quote Page and we will e-mail you with details and pictures of the best accommodation matching your requirements.
If you have any specific requests such as swimming pools, childcare etc, please also mention this on the Personal Quote Page and we will do our utmost to quote you the ideal place to suit your needs.
Our prices are simple, LOW & HIGH season. We have Youth prices for up to 20yrs old, discounts for children up to the age of 16yrs and even bigger savings for Children under the age of 5yrs!
Because of the tremendous range of accommodation we offer, we have listed the prices below based on good quality apartments. These rates are a guide and may fluctuate based on the accommodation actually chosen / available and are based on full occupancy. Please ring or e-mail for available accommodation.
You can specify the standard and size of apartment or standard of hotel required on the Personal Quote Page. We respond personally to each request with availability, description, pictures and exact prices.
|Winter 2012 – 2013||Child – 5yrs||Child – 16yrs||Youth – 20yrs||Adult|
|LOW SEASON from||£269||£369||£469||£499|
|HIGH SEASON from||£319||£419||£519||£549|
LOW & HIGH season vary for each accommodation/resort – we do not add any of our own surcharges onto the cost of your stay. NEW YEAR and HALF-TERM are standard HIGH Season. If you have any queries about which dates are LOW or HIGH for the accommodation level you desire, please mention this on your Personal Quote Page or contact us directly.