Discovering the Beauty of Champery and the Dents du Midi Region: A Review

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Champery in the Swiss Valais region has access to nearly 600 kilometers of pistes through the Portes du Soleil ski area, spread across 307 runs and twelve resorts. It is a traditional Swiss resort town that is quieter and more quaint than its neighboring French resorts. The backdrop of the skiing area features the stunning seven peaks of the Dents Du Midi mountain range.

Despite the village’s age, it has efficient transportation systems for skiers, including a train that transports skiers to the gondola and a cable car that quickly ascends to 2000 feet. The ski area in Champery includes 21 runs, with a mix of black, red, and blue pistes. The Swiss ski pass also covers three other nearby resorts and provides access to a total of 100kms of runs and 37 ski lifts.

The highlight of skiing in Champery is the challenging La Chavanette, also known as the Swiss Wall, a steep black slope with a 76% gradient and large moguls. Ski passes for Portes du Soleil cost E58 per day for adults and E324 for six days. To access Champery, travelers can take a train from Geneva Airport or choose to drive, with the journey taking approximately 1hr 20mins.

For accommodations, the Hotel Suisse offers a cozy stay in the heart of town. There are also traditional and gourmet restaurants such as Cafe du Nord and At’Home, as well as on-slope dining options like Gîte Alpage La Chaux. Nightlife in Champery includes various bars and clubs, with the Hotel Suisse being a popular spot among locals.

In addition to skiing, visitors can enjoy the Palladium sports center, which offers ice rinks, swimming pools, and a cafe-restaurant. This multi-activity center provides opportunities to engage in activities such as curling.

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