Champagny-en-Vanoise ski resort is a traditional French mountain village that, over the past few decades, has found itself to be enviably located at the heart of the giant Paradiski region that has grown to join the ski areas of Les Arcs and La Plagne to form one of the world’s three biggest ski areas – Paradiski.
The village of Champagny-en-Vanoise itself is of moderate size. New development has brought nice accommodation options, some with small spa facilities, and there are enough shops and restaurants to satisfy the needs of most holidaymakers for a week or two. It is proud of its heritage, and you can take guided visits to the local farms or the church to emphasise that, and there are some excellent food shops.
Champagny en Vanoise has many sporting activities to try out in the resort. You have the opportunity to go swimming, play a game of squash, ice climbing and even have a go a bobsledding. There are also other heart rate raising activities such as paintballing, airboarding and even the chance to go night skiing.
There are also activities in the village to help you relax after a long day on the mountains. You can go bowling, ice skating or visit the igloo village. Champagny en Vanoise also offers a scenic helicopter flight over the mountains and experience some breathtaking views.
Although Champagny is one of the lower resort villages making up the giant las Plagne ski area, most of its skiing takes place above 2000 m – a very snow sure altitude for the Alps – accessed direct by the cable car. The lifts continue up to over 3000 m and the Bellecote glacier which was formerly open for summer skiing. In addition, snow cannons on the Les Borseliers and Le Bozelet pistes down to the village help to maintain the ski route back to Champagny all season long.
Although Champagny en Vanoise is a low village resort, most of its skiing is over 2000 m, which is a very snow sure altitude. The two red runs going down into the resort also have snow cannons to ensure conditions are maintained throughout the season.
From Chambery the drive is 1 hr 10 mins, from Grenoble the drive is 1 hr 30 mins, and from Geneva it is 2 hrs drive.