Located in the southern part of the La Plagne ski area, Champagny-en-Vanoise is something of a hidden gem which offers access to the huge Paradiski ski domain whilst retaining the rustic charm of an authentic alpine village.
The destination itself is broken down into two areas: Champagny resort (1,250m) and Champagny le Haut (1,450m). The resort is home to the village centre where traditional Savoyard buildings congregate around a charming 17th-century Baroque church. There is a gondola in the centre which takes skiers up to the southern slopes of La Plagne. Composed of 225km of slopes and 108 ski lifts, the pistes here are perfect for intermediate skiers as 80% of the runs here are red and blue. After a day on the slopes, there are two technical red runs which lead back to the village centre. Alternatively, it is is possible to take the gondola back down.
With stunning scenery and beautifully preserved architecture, it's not hard to see why Champagny le Haut has been recognised as one of France’s natural sites since 1992. This beautiful area is just an 11-minute drive from the main resort and is the gateway to the Vanoise National Park, the oldest national park in France. This park is also one of the country's best spots for cross-country skiing with 23km of routes through the trees. It is also a wonderful destination in the summer too as it's perfect for hiking and cycling.
One of the great things about Champagny-en-Vanoise is that it is a superb base for exploring other villages and ski areas. Since 2003, the resort has been connected to La Plagne, Les Arcs and Peisey-Vallandry, forming the Paradiski ski domain which is the second-largest interconnected ski area in the world with 425km of slopes connected by the Vanoise Express.
Champagny-en-Vanoise is very close to the Three Valleys ski domain to as the popular resorts of Courchevel and Méribel just 20 minutes away by car. In addition, there is a shuttle bus from the village centre to Courchevel le Praz.