The 23rd most popular snowboarding destination in Switzerland.
Friday 18 January 2019 06:13 GMT
East of Geneva, the Champoussin Ski Area has 19 lifts serving 15 pistes totaling 24km. Eleven of the lifts are drag lifts, though. While best known for beginner pistes, this smaller ski area does have several gentle off-piste freeriding options. If you like to do some hiking, try heading up Point de lAu peak which has previously been accessed by the closed Point de lAu chairlift. Try coming down the steeper face under the chairlift. If you are searching for powder, check out Aiguille Des Champeys which is known for its steep and deep couloirs along with plenty of untracked piste edges. In either case, make sure you are aware of avalance conditions and prepare accordingly.
The Champoussin Ski Area is part of the Portes du Soleil ski domain. The Portes du Soleil ski domain is one of the largest in the world linking 14 villages on both sides of the Swiss-French border southeast Geneva. The very family-friendly Portes du Soleil encompasses 206 lifts serving 283 pistes totalling 650km over 400 hectares of terrain. The pistes are classified as 41 green, 104 blue, 110 red and 28 black. From a snowboarders perspective, the classifications at Portes du Soleil can be translated as green means walking, blue means occasional walking, red means intermediate and black means difficult. In addition to the groomed pistes, there is plenty of off-piste terrain to explore under craggy peaks and down steep couloirs. Keep in mind that there are plenty of t-bars and Poma platter lifts spread throughout the region, along with flat or rolling traverses between ski areas. Overall, you are not going to find many snowboarders here, maybe 15%, except up at Avoriaz. By the way, Avoriaz makes for a great central and high elevation base to explore the entire Portes du Soleil region and it has exceptional terrain in every direction. Since the region tends to be lower in elevation, snow depth can be a problem throughout. If the quoted minimum depth is less than 60cm (24 inches), the off-piste routes are pretty sketchy to explore and you will be stuck on the icy groomed pistes. There can be some inconsistencies in published snow reports, such as centimeters reported as inches, so make sure to check several snow report sources before coming.
Note: If you plan to head to Champoussin for snowboarding by train, here are two great options offered by the Swiss train system SBB. First, there is the discounted Swiss Transfer Ticket which provides a round-trip train ticket from an airport directly to the town near the ski area, plus 50% off any additional train or bus tickets. Second, there is the Snow-N-Rail ticket which provides a round-trip ticket from anywhere in Switzerland combines with a ski lift pass for as long as you need at a total 20% discount (see: http://www.sbb.ch/snownrail ).
Overall, Champoussin is the 23rd most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 80 snowboarding resorts in Switzerland. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Champoussin including Morzine, Champery, Avoriaz, Chatel, La Chapelle d Abondance and Abondance.