Champagny is an authentic mountain village with a character that still reflects its early farming origins. A beautiful picturesque resort with lively après ski, where traditional Savoie life and modern tourism mesh seamlessly together. Champagny is a refreshingly non-commercialized part of the huge interlinked ski area that includes Champagny, La Plagne & Les Arcs - over 420km of pistes aptly known as Paradiski.
Champagny is an excellent ski area in its own right as well as being part of the huge ski area now known as Paradiski. It has a modern cable car that whisks skiers to over 2000m in just 8 minutes. Here, there are two nursery slopes and a restaurant so you can watch your kids in ski school whilst you grab a coffee or a bite to eat.
Champagny is very conveniently located to take advantage of the huge interlinked Paradiski area, just 2 lifts or approximately 20 minutes from the heart of La Plagne. The lift companies have assured the link to La Plagne is always possible right through the season by positioning snow canons on the crucial linking runs, Les Borseliers and Le Bozelet.
There is a modern 6 man chair lift that takes you to three brilliant blue runs in the middle of the resort; La Rossa, Le Sérac and Les Crépines. These are perfect for beginners to progress onto as they are long and wide, so you get a nice long ski before you have to get on the lift again. Alongside these runs there is a board park and plenty of easy off piste, as well as the steeper more difficult 'Dentiste' off piste run which is great in fresh powder. *
Skiers and boarders wishing to put in a bit of mileage can jump on the new high speed 'Carella' chair lift that goes up from the heart of Champagny to the top of the 'Roche de Mio' which at 2700m is one of the highest points in the resort. From here you drop down to the La Plagne side of the ski area and this is also the fastest route to the 'Vanoise Express' which links you into Les Arcs.
On the far left hand side of the resort, Champagny offers some difficult red slopes, the 'Kamikaze' and the 'Hari Kiri' that come off the top of the steep 'Verdons' lift. Beside these runs there is also a load more off piste. At the end of those, you can take either of the red runs that return you to the village, Les Bois or Mont de La Guerre with snow canons on Les Bois assuring a good early snow base and helping to keep the piste in good condition late into the season.
Champagny is a very attractive resort with a combination of pretty tree lined trails and more exposed runs, excellent mountain restaurants and a very friendly local ski school. The real beauty of it is that having been left alone by all the big tour operators, Champagny is less well known than many of the other resorts in this area making the Champagny side of La Plagne noticeably less busy so quieter and much more pleasant, especially during peak weeks. Having been championing Champagny ourselves for the past 8 years it is great to see that The Daily Mail Ski Magazine recently voted Champagny 'The Best Unspoiled Alpine Ski Village in France'.
* N.B. IMPORTANT - Please remember that all off piste skiing or boarding is undertaken at your own risk, please get local advice on snow and weather conditions. We always recommend that you hire a local guide to ensure your safety.
Champagny, La Plagne, Les Arcs - Paradiski
The Paradiski ski area covers 18 resorts with 425km of endless, finely groomed pistes catering for all abilities in one of the biggest interlinked ski areas in Europe. There are 132 blue pistes which means that even novice skiers and boarders can travel vast distances around the whole area. That said, Champagny and La Plagne have the majority of the blue runs as well as a huge variety of skiing in general so for many people there is no real need to go across to Les Arcs. However, for good skiers who wish to venture even further afield Les Arcs is not too far away and worth at least one day trip from Champagny.
The impressive Vanoise Express Cable Car that speeds you across a spectacular gorge linking La Plagne to Les Arcs has given the area a new dimension with the addition of many more red and black runs. Here you will find some very pretty tree lined slopes around the villages of Vallandry and Peisey Nancroix which are well worth a visit. Just make sure you give yourself enough time to get all the lifts back to Champagny at the end of the day or it will be a very expensive taxi ride!
One of the great things about this area is the ongoing commitment to investment in the piste and lift system which means they are constantly improving the already brilliant facilities. The high altitude of the resorts topped by three glaciers as well as the many snow canons guarantees superb skiing until late April.
Resort Facts - Paradiski
Some Extra Activities
CHAMPAGNY - Après Ski, Nightlife & Shopping
There is a very friendly cosy, compact and extremely welcoming bar in the village centre, opposite 'La Timbale' catering for both holiday makers and locals.
Directly opposite is the largest bar 'La Timbale', where you'll find a live DJ, live bands or a singer on one night most weeks. It also has a sunny terrace for après ski beers, and a pool table room upstairs. The 'Bar du Vin' is a new wine bar serving lots of interesting cocktails and shots, great to get your night out up and running!
For a bit of late night dancing there is a French discothèque called 'Le Galaxy', that is open from midnight till 5am, perfect when you just don't want the night to end!
Les Rochers is the most popular restaurant in the village and our recommendation for catered groups on the night you fend for yourselves. It is a very well established restaurant run by Olivier and his wife who offer a selection of traditional Savoyard dishes as well as a varied à la carte menu. The restaurant is very child friendly and they cater for large or small groups.
In the village square, there are a variety of Cafes, Pizzerias and Crêperies where you can enjoy the sunshine on the centre terrace by the mountain stream, especially warm later in the season. There is also a very nice gift shop selling crafts, novelties and local souvenirs. Just opposite the centre square is ‘Le Petit Bouquetin’ another restaurant serving traditional French cuisine and ‘L 'Alpina', near the Gondola serves local food but is a little more expensive than 'Les Rochers'.
There are usually several concerts during the season, often reggae bands, at the 'Salle des Fetes' which is a short walk from the chalet. There is also a mini cinema which has English screenings throughout the season.
A short drive out of the village going further into the mountains brings you up to the small hamlet of Champagny L'Haut at the gateway to the Vanoise National Park. It is usually quite a bit colder here but very snowy and beautiful. There is a professionally run ice climbing tower, the only one of its kind in Europe, organised snow shoe walks and numerous ski de fond trails, it is also a fantastic place to take your kids sledging. If you fancy less strenuous activities then you must try the superb refuge and restaurant 'Le Bois' which serves fabulous hearty foods, hot chocolate and vin chaud.
Our fantastic team of staff can also help organise the Black Sheep Igloo Restaurant, Olympic Bobsleigh, Skidoo Rides, Bi-Plas Paragliding etc.
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