Champery - Gateway to Les Portes du Soleil

by: rsuminsby - Feb 21, 2009

  • Overall Rating 3
  • Family Friendly 3
  • All Mtn. Terrain 3
  • Terrain Park 0
  • Nightlife 0

    Pros: Easy access by car, train; huge region

    Cons: No way to ski back to village

    Recommended For: Family Friendly

    Date Visited: Feb 1, 2009

Full review

Champery is a convenient point from which to access the Les Portes du Soleil area…about 45 minutes driving time from the city of Montreux, it also has a train station that permits connection to Geneva, about 1.5 hours away to the west. A single tram connects the village to the Planachaux summit. Once you’ve skied beyond that ridgeline, you are crossing into the Les Crosets area, but like many big resorts in the alps, the transition is pretty seamless….you’d hardly know when you’ve skied into another country, let alone something as trivial as another resort!

You can also access Champery from the chair at Grand Paradis, about 10 minutes drive part the village of Champery. If you are driving, that is probably your best bet, as Grand Paradis offers more convenient parking. An added benefit is that you can ski all the way to the bottom at Grand Paradis, which you cannot do at Champery, thus avoiding a big crowd at the tram at quiting time. Some people in my ski club said in previous years there had been very little snow on the lower elevations at Champery, making the trip down a bit of an adventure. This year it was skiable, but icy and crowded late in the day.

The trails at Champery itself are more geared towards beginner and intermediate skiers, but it's a jumping off point for more serious adventure.