Champéry - Les Crosets Ski Resort

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Champéry - Les Crosets ski resort, Portes du Soleil Switzerland
Champéry - Les Crosets ski resort, Portes du Soleil Switzerland
The infamous Swiss Wall at Champery ski resort
The infamous Swiss Wall at Champery ski resort
Les Crosets ski-in ski-out accommodation in Portes du Soleil ski area
Les Crosets ski-in ski-out accommodation in Portes du Soleil ski area
Champéry - Les Crosets ski resort, Portes du Soleil Switzerland
Champéry - Les Crosets ski resort, Portes du Soleil Switzerland
Les Crosets ski village Switzerland
Les Crosets ski village Switzerland
Champéry village, Portes du Soleil Switzerland
Champéry village, Portes du Soleil Switzerland
Champery - Les Crosets ski resort, Portes du Soleil Switzerland
Champery - Les Crosets ski resort, Portes du Soleil Switzerland
Trains run direct to Champery form Aigle near Montreux
Trains run direct to Champery form Aigle near Montreux
Skiing Champéry - Les Crosets
Skiing Champéry - Les Crosets
Le Marcheuson is a mountain hut with ski-in ski-out lodging in Champery - Les Crosets ski resort
Le Marcheuson is a mountain hut with ski-in ski-out lodging in Champery - Les Crosets ski resort
Les Crosets ski base area
Les Crosets ski base area
Typical lift line at Champery-Les Crosets ski resort Switzerland
Typical lift line at Champery-Les Crosets ski resort Switzerland
Skiing Champery - Les Crosets is all about the premium upper alpine terrain
Skiing Champery - Les Crosets is all about the premium upper alpine terrain
Champery - Les Crosets ski resort near the top of the cable car from the valley
Champery - Les Crosets ski resort near the top of the cable car from the valley
Ski-in ski-out at Les Crosets
Ski-in ski-out at Les Crosets
Traditional Swiss Alps elegance at Champery village
Traditional Swiss Alps elegance at Champery village
Les Crosets village ski accommodation
Les Crosets village ski accommodation
Champery is well connected to everywhere in the Portes du Soleil ski resort
Champery is well connected to everywhere in the Portes du Soleil ski resort
Ski Champery - Les Crosets ski resort, Portes du Soleil Switzerland
Ski Champery - Les Crosets ski resort, Portes du Soleil Switzerland
Ski Champery-Les Crosets in the Swiss Alps
Ski Champery-Les Crosets in the Swiss Alps

Champéry - Les Crosets Ski Resort

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Portes du Soleil Resorts

Swiss

Champoussin
Morgins
Torgon

French

Avoriaz
Châtel
Les Gets
Morzine

    CLCF ski pass area Trail Map
  • CLCF Ski Pass Area Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    Portes du Soleil
    950m - 2,277m (1,327m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    8m
  • Lifts (195)
    Portes du Soleil
    13 Gondolas
    78 Chairlifts
  • Opening Date & Times
    December to mid-April
    8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Portes du Soleil
    Runs – 600km+ (incl. routes)
    Longest run - 11km
    Advanced - 12%
    Intermediate - 35%
    Beginner - 53%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 20/21
    CLCF Pass
    (Valid - Champery, Champoussin, Les Crosets & Foilleuse/Morgins)
    Adult - CHF53 to 56
    Child - CHF37 to 39
    Child u/5yr - Free

    Portes du Soleil Lift Pass
    Adult - CHF61 to 67
    Child - CHF46 to 50
    Child u/5yr - Free
    Portes du Soleil Ski Trail Map
  • Portes du Soleil Ski Trail Map

Champéry - Les Crosets Ski Resort Switzerland

Champery - Les Crosets ski resort is part of the huge Portes du Soleil & has some of the best snow, terrain & alpine village location (Les Crosets) in the region. Easily accessible by train from anywhere in Switzerland direct to Champéry, the ski area includes the mighty 'Swiss Wall' - an 'old school' steep bowl of big, bumper bumps. The 600km of groomed trails & monstrously large freeride offerings will be more attractive to discerning Powderhounds!

Les Crosets is the Portes du Soleil's best alpine resort village location. Located high in the mountains, Les Crosets allows swift access to the best terrain in this vast ski region.

Pros & Cons for Champéry - Les Crosets Ski Resort

Pros

  • High snowfall region.
  • Modern & efficient lift system that is a small part of one of the world’s biggest & best interlinked ski areas.
  • No lift lines.
  • Good range of on-piste trails for all levels.
  • Massive off-piste & freeride terrain options for everyone from beginner to expert in the broader Portes du Soleil.
  • Long valley trail available to low elevation.
  • Ski-in ski-out accommodation available at Les Crosets
  • Good value local lift pass price.
  • Several fabulous mountain huts.
  • Excellent public transport access by train direct to the cable car.
  • Ski two countries but speak one language - French (the Swiss sector is in the French speaking part of Valais).

Cons

  • Busiest of the Swiss Portes ski areas (but that’s only relative!)
  • As per above, gets a lot of skier traffic from the French sector (i.e. Avoriaz).
  • Beyond the local resort area it can be easy for the uninitiated to get ‘lost’ - pay close attention to signage as people have been known to end the day stuck in the wrong country (& that sucks)!

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Two villages to choose from - traditional in the valley or alpine resort style on the mountain.
  • Part of the Portes du Soleil interconnected ski region - is that good or bad - you decide (we think its exceptionally good)!
  • No high-end (5-star et al) accommodation in the area (if this is a problem, go to nearby Gstaad or Verbier).

Skiing & Snowboarding, Lifts & Terrain

The Champery - Les Crosets skiing & snowboarding terrain is another of the Portes du Soleil resorts that is all about being a small important part of a far greater sum! But it is also one with plenty of its own highlights. Gorgeous high alpine terrain with a north & easterly aspect, facing the spectacular Dents du Midi. As the morning sun hits the slopes, it brings a smile to everyone that skis there. With the region’s highest skiable vertical, a super-long valley trail, steepest advanced slope, great value local lift pass (linked with Champoussin & Morgins), plus direct lift & piste connections to Avoriaz, Champoussin, Chatel & Morgins, there is alot to like about skiing & snowboarding the Champery - Les Crosets combination. It may be the busiest of the Swiss sector resorts, but that is mainly due to its proximity to Avoriaz. Relative to many ski areas, the slopes are quiet, but they do get more quickly tracked out than the other Swiss resorts.

See here for the Champery-Les Crosets-Champoussin-Foilleuse/Morgins ski trail map.

It would be irresponsible of us to fail to mention the ridiculous bumps of the infamous ‘Swiss Wall’ or “Chavanette”. The hype is as massive as the Volkswagon Beetle sized bumps. Oft referred to “as one of the steepest & toughest slopes in the world”, the run is only 400m vertical & 1km long with a nice 37o consistent pitch. The ’steepest & toughest’ descriptor may be an exaggeration; however it is a serious undertaking for most snow-sliders & a wholly distasteful insight into the bad old days of skiing. But some people like that. It is all yours! We will be skiing the powder next to the bumps!

The longest trail in the resort is the 8km+ descent of the Ripaille - Grand Paradis over a shortish 900m vertical, making it a reasonably casual intermediate cruise. It can be extended via the off-piste from higher up the mountain to make it more interesting. The run is via the quiet Vièze River valley & has a few delightful mountain huts to stop in at along the way.

Jumping off a train direct to the cable car is always a lovely way to arrive at a ski destination & Champéry has exactly that. Whilst there is no valley trail to the village, a short distance further up the valley, a second access point does! The Grand Paradis chair rises 630m vertical from a low-level of 1060m altitude. The area has a car park & a free bus shuttle service from Champery during the day, providing an alternate (and arguably better) way to get to the top of the mountain from the village. The remaining chairlift in the upper resort provide the region’s best access to the highest points in the Ports du Soleil - always worth noting for a powder hound.

Interlinked with CLCF & Portes du Soleil

Champery - Les Crosets is part of the CLCF ski pass area which in includes the magnificent contiguous Swiss resorts of Champoussin, & the Foilleuse sector of Morgins.

Whilst a large ski area in and of itself, Champéry-Les Crosets & the CLCF ski pass area is only a fraction of the terrain available in the vast interconnected Portes du Soleil. Lift passes for the entire Portes du Soleil (a.k.a. Doors of the Sun) are 10 to 16 Swiss Francs (CHF) more than local lift passes, but forays into the broader region are definitely worth the extra coin & a must when skiing the region.

See the Portes du Soleil ski trail map.

Where are Champery & Les Crosets Switzerland?

Champery is in the canton of Valais, only 55km east of Geneva ‘as the crow flies’ in southwest Switzerland. The most convenient airport is naturally Geneva (GVA), 122km (1½hr) away by road via the north shore of Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) & Montreux. Whilst Champéry is a valley village at a modest elevation of 1030m, its lift-linked partner, Les Crosets, sits splendidly high on the mountainside at 1670m, only a 15min drive from the valley floor via the village of Val d’Illiez.

For obvious reasons (i.e. it has a train station next to the cable car!) the train is the recommended mode of travel to Champery from Geneva airport (or any other airport for that matter). At the airport train station, the IR15 train (in the direction of Brig) runs several times every hour to Aigle, usually taking around 1½hr depending on how many stops are along the way.

The Aigle–Ollon–Monthey–Champéry railway is utilised to complete the journey. Trains in the direction of Champery leave from the platforms outside the Aigle train station. From Aigle station, simply walk across to the outer platforms. Rail lines up to ski resorts at Leysin & Les Diablerets also depart from these outside platforms. Allow an hour for the final train journey to Champery. Down the valley, 4km (6min drive) from Champéry, is the village of Val d'Illiez. With its own train station (7min by train from Champery), Val d’Illiez is the jumping off point for access to the alpine villages and ski lifts & Les Crosets, and before that, Champoussin. For Les Crosets the route 81 bus does the journey 6 times a day from the Val d’Illiez Gare, taking around 30min to the village & ski lifts.

Search & book train tickets to Champery.

Driving to Les Crosets from Val d’Illiez takes around 15min (9km) in good conditions. Private transfers from the airport or one of the train stations along the way makes a good option if not keen on the public transport. A rental car does not make too much sense if spending a lot of time in the Portes du Soleil.

For hints, tips & warnings about getting to Swiss ski resorts in winter, see our Travel in Switzerland page.

Champery & Les Crosets Accommodation

Whilst Champéry is the easy entry point to the region, Les Crosets is situated further away, snug in the high alpine and providing the perfect place to make the most of a Portes du Soleil ski holiday.

Champéry is a vibrant well-established resort town that has been catering for the wants & needs of tourists for many years. With the jagged Dents du Midi peaks as a backdrop, the only quibble is its relatively low elevation of 1030m & subsequent lack of a valley trail back into town. There are a full range of services available & accommodation options cover the full spectrum of budgets. The cable car station is only 200m from the centre of town, right next to the train station & opposite a supermarket (just in case you need one!).

Search & book here for all Champery ski accommodation.

Les Corsets is the Portes du Soleil’s best alpine village. Set at 1670m, services may be limited but the direct access to the lifts & ski slopes from the ski-in ski-out accommodation is unparalleled in the region. As a bonus, it gets the morning sun too! Prices are understandably higher than in Champéry , but one gets what one pays for & in this case its location, location, location…….!

Search & book here for all Les Crosets ski accommodation.

Ski Rentals & Lessons

Ski rentals from our local partners are available in the centre of Champery village, a short walk from the cable car. Receive a discount when you search & book via our Champéry Ski & Snowboard Rental page.

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Review

The Powderhounds reviewed Champéry - Les Crosets in 2019 & reckon it to be a fabulous part of the ‘must visit’ Portes du Soleil. We will be heading back soon to explore it further. Click on the review link in the left column (or top of the page if on a mobile) to read all the reviews.

See how Champery-Les Corsets & the ‘Doors of the Sun’ compare to the rest of the European ski resorts on the Europe ski resort ratings page.

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