At the gateway to the wonderful Vanoise National Park, Champagny is a traditional Alpine village set in outstanding natural surroundings. Referred to as the 'great garden of France' in French literature, the Vanoise National Park was initially created to protect the Alpine ibex from extinction. With its numerous discovery trails there is no better way to discover the protected wildlife, flora and cultural heritage.
The village of Champagny has retained its long Alpine tradition but also offers first class leisure activities. Apart from all ubiquitous mountain activities, try out the leisure park, fun pool complex, a tree top adventure parc. The gondola lift in Champagny will take you up to 2000m where you can discover the fantastic panorama of the Vanoise glaciers. Cycle back down on dedicated mountain bike tracks or paraglide down on a tandem flight.
Places of interest in Champagny
· Baroque Church of St Sigismond: The church of St Sigismond of Champagny is a remarkable example of baroque art in Savoy. It was constructed for the 3rd time in 1683 on its gypseous promontory.
· Close to the refuge of Glière, the mountain shepherds who 'settle on the mountain' before the summer will gladly welcome you and allow you to discover their work: milking the cows, who graze the whole day in this magnificent scenery (plateau and drained glacial lake) and making butter and cheese (tome, beaufort) Possibility of buying produce.
· In Champagny, no 'place de la Gare' or 'rue de la Liberté', but an 'impasse du Cousin Victor, rebouteux' and also a 'rue de la Crue de 1935’: named after people or events and drawing inspiration from the past of Champagny.To discover the secrets of these streets and their names, the Tourist Office offers a 'Stroll through the streets' with a native of the village, each week of the season.
Champagny is open from middle of June to end of August. Exact dates to be confirmed in 2012.
· Swimming pool
· Skateboard park
· Climbing lessons
· Children’s club
· Tennis courses
· Adventure trail
Drawing and painting Course from the 2nd to 6th August 2010 for children aged from 7-12yrs. ½ day, full day or several days.
½ day - €10
Day - €15
5 x ½ days - €40
5 days - €50
½ day - €8
Day - €12
5 ½ days - €35
5 days - €40
From Monday to Friday, 9 to 12am and 2 to 5pm.
Climbing course supervised by professional guides from €89 for 2 x 3hr group lessons.
Tennis course run by qualified instructor.
6-9yrs – 5hrs from €72
8-12yrs: 10hrs from €131
Swimming supervised by qualified instructor from €51 for beginners 6 x 30 minute sessions, Aquagym €8 for 45mins, swimming club 2 sessions per week from €6 per session.
Adventure days also available. See at tourist office.
Babysitters and childminders available, ask for list at Tourist Office
For family walking to circuits of several days, numerous itineraries are available in Champagny.
WHY NOT BEGIN BY DISCOVERING THE FOOTPATHS OF CHAMPAGNY LE HAUT: between the Bois and Friburge, discover the evolution of the valley and its hamlets (geology, architecture and daily life) through the information points dotted along the path.
Access for disabled persons.
- The Tour des Montagnettes: above the village, discover the ancient shepherd hamlets, view of the glaciers of Vanoise.
Points of interests: view of the village, glaciers, traditional architecture.
2 to 3h - easy
- Col de Bauche de Mio: from the last stop of the cable car, exceptional of the surrounding summits, return by the pastures of la Vélière.
Points of interests: pastures, view of the summits of the valley of Champagny le Haut
5/6h - good walker.
- Refuge and lake of la Glière : from le Laisonnay, follow the pastoral piste towards the bottom of the valley.
Points of interests: marmots area, view of the glaciers, dry glacial lake, chapel of la Glière
3h - easy.
- Refuge of the Plan des Gouilles: from the dam at la Couaz (at the entrance of vale of Champagny le Haut), the pathway climbs through the forest; then opens out before descending the mountain side overlooking Champagny le haut.
Points of interests: rather wild area, lovely view of the valleys.
5/6h - good walker (high areas).
Map available to buy from the tourist office.
Guided hikes – weekly programme of full or half day hikes for adults and children.
Adult: 25 to 30€/day - 18€ to 20€/half day
Child (-13 yrs): 18€ to 20€/day - 15€ to 18€/half day
Private engagement: 170€ to 180€/day - 105€ to 115€/half day
Information and reservation at the Guide office: +33 6 47 26 70 38
Long and beautiful walks can be made around Champagny.
Glacier walks like the Col de La Grande Casse and high mountain walks like the Dôme de Chasseforêt or crossing the Aiguille de la Vanoise are all superb routes to take with a guide.
Mountain climbing: Guide Office Tel. +33 6 47 26 70 38
Some prices (2010)
For everyone who wants to climb higher, to discover the Vanoise glaciers, ask for the guides of Champagny.
To overcome the technique and the walking on the glaciers. 3 to 6 people with a mountaineering guide.
Individual formula is possible.
Outing from 95€/pers, or private excursion from 280€/day
NEW: every Thursday: Glacier hiking "at the discovery of Gébroulaz glacier": day hiking + museum visit (Espace Glacialis: museum especially about the glaciers): 92€/pers.
High mountain kit (glacier boots, crampons, ice axes, harness) renting: in the sport shops
Paragliding - discover two-man paragliding for a first flight, or learn the techniques and conditions of flying during training courses for beginners and the more experienced.
Flight from 2100m.
Tandem discovery flight:
1000m descent. Price €80 (discounts for 2 people)
Tandem performance flight:
1 hour flight. Dual piloting possible. Price €115 (discount for 2 people).
5 day beginner or advanced course, price from €560. Advanced, cross and SIV: from €410.
Contact: Bruno Ruffier des Aimes (state qualified instructor)
Tel. 0033 647 26 70 38 or 0033 660 38 00 36
From the site of the climbing school for cliff training to cliffs for the experts.
-Cliff of the Torchet : 24 equipped routes on not very steep shale flagstones, 15 to 20 metre high.
Difficulty: 4b to 6b.
-Cliff of Grande Roche: 18 equipped routes from level 4+ to 6+, from 1 to 4 lengths.
-Cliff of la Ravière : 14 routes from 12 to 15m, 5b to 7a+/7b.
Training, group courses, private lessons for adults and children are available.
Climbing shoe hire c.€5 to €5.50 per outing
Ski Set-Ski shop Vanoise Tel : 04 79 55 05 92
Belvédère Sports-Sport 2000 Tel : 04 79 55 05 45
Glacier walks like the Col de La Grande Casse and high mountain walks like the Dôme de Chasseforêt or crossing the L'Aiguille de la Vanoise are all superb routes to take with a guide. Discovery of the glaciers of la Vanoise (Grand Bec, Polset...) 3 to 6 people per guide.
Possible private guide hire.
- Group 2h, adult and children: 35€/pers.
- Introductory course for children 2 x 3h (5 people max.): 90€/child
- Advance training course : 2 x 3h + 1 rock climbing: 280€/pers.
- Private courses (1 or 2 pers.): 48€/1h to 92€/2h/pers.
Via Ferrata - VIA FERRATA OF THE PLAN DU BOUC: At the entrance of Champagny le Haut, opposite the dam of la Couaz.
Uphill: 2 to 3h (depending on circuit) / Return: 1h
Length: between 800m and 900m (depending on circuit).
Open from May to October (information at the Tourist Office)
VIA FERRATA OF THE GROSSES PIERRES :From Champagny le Bas, district of the Planay.
Uphill : 1h / Return : 30 minutes
Length : 200m / Height inclination : 80m / Difficulty : Extremely difficult
Supervised by the Guides of Champagny Tel. +33 6 47 26 70 38
Prices 2010: From 55€ to 60€/pers. - Private tuition: 115€ to 170€/pers.
Equipment hire: full equipment: from 7€/outing in the sport shops
Canyoning (according to site) from c.€50
Rafting (according to circuit) from c.€40
River swimming c.€50
Mountain biking trails, fishing, adventure trail, quad biking
Heated outdoor swimming pool – open mid-June, July and August…10am-7pm everyday
Cinema – showings at 6 + 9pm. Extra showing at 2.30pm if bad weather.
From the village (1250m) the gondola takes you to 2000m. See panoramic views over the glaciers. Depart point for walks and hikes. Depart point for mountain bike circuits. Paragliding take off area 20mins walk away.
Open in July and August.
Nr the Champagny campsite. Treetop course featuring rope bridges, pendulum, zip wire and monkey bridges. Loan of equipment. Guides on hand. Price: €15 adult (total course – 2hrs approx) €8 child (short courses).
Access using gondola lift (2000m):
- Descent itinerary to Champagny – resort. New track designed for Enduro.
- Various circuits on La Plagne mountainside
Over the Champagny le Haut valley: 2 easy cross-country routes and 1 more challenging routes through the Vanoise National Park.
Plenty of tracks; see tourist office for a guide/map.
Located in lower part of village and includes football pitch, skate boarding park (free access), tennis court and swimming pool.
Tennis – 1 hour from €6.50. Lesson and courses from €30 per hour.
Swimming-pool will be open the 17th of June (Wednesday & week-end, from 12.30am to 6pm), July and August (from 10am to 7pm)
At the leisure park: pool 25m (2 lanes), a fun pool and padding pool. Children's pool and paddling pool.
Relax around the pools or on the lawn.
Prices for Swimming pool 2010
Adult: 1 entrance 4,10€
Children (4-14 yrs old): I entrance €2,85€
Free for children under 4 years old
Changing-room: 1 €
Be careful: bathing trunks are forbidden
St Sigismond Church visit and Champagny visit
Open for daily visits except Mondays from 3pm-6pm (16/06-06/09/09)
Tour of church from €5.
Tour of Champagny from €5.
All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website
Champagny Tourist Office
73350 CHAMPAGNY EN VANOISE
Tel: 04 79 55 06 55
Bars, restaurants (10+, 6 with disabled access), cinema, shops
By Road: Calais to Champagny 600 miles (9hrs10) Motorway A26/A5/A31/A39/A40/A42 following signs for Turin. Then A432 signposted Aeroport de Lyon Exupery followed by A43 signposted Chambery. Exit junction 14 Chambery (aeroport). Follow A41/A43 signposted Turin then A430 in the direction of Tarentaise. Leave motorway after Albertville onto D915 signposted Moutiers to Bozel then follow signs to Champagny.
Moutiers-Salins (18 km) is closest station. Shuttle bus +33 479 24 24 46.
Chambery Airport is 103 km from Champagny (1 hour)
Grenoble is 170km from Champagny (1 ½ hours)
Geneva Airport is 181 km from Champagny (2 hours)
Lyon Airport is 180 km from Champagny (2 ½ hours)
Airport Lyon-Moutiers : www.satobus-alps.com
Airport bus Geneva-Moutiers : www.alpski-bus.com
Access to Champagny from Moutiers: Daily service Moutiers Train Station - Champagny: Transavoie - Tel. 04 79 24 24 46 - www.altibus.com
All the public carparks are free in Peisey-Vallandry, including the covered car park of 70 places.
Bakery, supermarket, tobacconist, souvenir shop, several sport shops. Laundrette, chemist and Petrol station nearby.