East of Geneva, the Champoussin Ski Area has 15 pistes totaling 24km that are accessed by 19 lifts. While known as family-friendly, eleven of the lifts are drag lifts, though. The ski area does interconnect with the larger Portes du Soleil ski region. The best snowboarding at Champoussin is normally found during the months of February and March.
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 l'Au peak which has previously been accessed by the closed Point de l'Au 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.
• Family-friendly ski area.
• Access to massive ski domain.
• Big vertical lines.
• Expensive ski lift pass.
• Limited base area services.
To reach the snowboarding at Champoussin from Geneva, take the train to Aigle. In Aigle, change to the train towards Champery. At the Val d'Illiez station, change to the train to the Champoussin Telesiege.
Overall, Champoussin is the 22nd most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 87 snowboarding resorts in Switzerland. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Champoussin including Avoriaz, Morzine, Champery, Torgon, Les Gets and Chatel.
Local Contacts: Office du Tourisme Val-d'Illiez Les Crosets Champoussin +33 (0) 41 24 477 20 77; Association Internationale des Portes du Soleil +33 (0)4 50 73 32 54.
Best Season: Jan. - Feb.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: Chez Gaby
Luxury Loding: L'Alpadze Lou Kra
Reference Source: click here https://www.valdilliez.ch/
PDF Map: click here
GPS: 46.207436, 6.863312
Date Published: 1/5/2016
Date Updated: 1/3/2022
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