Champery - Piste Ratings
A quiet outpost to the massive Portes du Soleil area, Champery offers dramatic scenery, stunning architecture and fast track cable car access to the skiing. On mountain Champery's main appeal is the Swiss Wall. It's one of the longest and steepest mogul runs in Europe, but experienced riders won't have any problems. The hills directly above the resort are best for intermediates, although the blues do tend to be a little steeper than most. The reds are long and satisfying - the Ripaille, for example, stretches out over 6km of beautiful scenery back to Grand Paradis. Experts and boarders alike will be plenty amused by the powder in the off-piste. Failing that the Superpark at Les Crosets is of an extremely high standard and equally demanding.
Off-piste there are plenty more opportunties to get your adrenalin pumping: paragliding, trampolining and even snowkiting which involves screaming around the mountains on a board or skis whilst clinging on to a kite. More tame pasttimes are ice-skating, curling, indoor tennis and swimming. The nightlife is lively for a small resort, with both quiet drinking and clubbing opportunities.
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'Swiss Wall' - 300m vertical