Summer Holiday Information

Champany en Vanoise is a beautiful, unspoilt, traditional Alpine village at the gateway to the protected Vanoise National Park. With plenty to keep you busy the more active person will find a great choice of activities whereas those in search of a more relaxing stay can discover the unspoilt environment, stunning scenery, fabulous cuisine and glorious sunshine.

The astounding beauty of the mountains is hard to beat with their dramatic skyline of rugged peaks and glaciers, crystal clear mountain lakes and green meadows.

Sometimes overlooked as a summer holiday destination the Alps can be a revelation to first time visitors. The Alps in summer offers superb value for money, especially when compared to other favourite holiday destinations.

Reasons to spend your summer holiday in Champagny

  • Experience the real France, great food, wine and a marvellous climate
  • Unspoilt traditional village with friendly locals, well away from the package tour resorts.
  • Great weather. The average temperature in Summer is in the late 20's with most days reaching above 30 degrees C. However at night it cools down enough to be pleasant and not overbearingly hot like some of the mediterranean resorts.
  • Excellent value for money. It is far cheaper staying in our family studio to sleep 4 than staying in a tent with Eurocamp.
  • Vast amount of activities ranging from peaceful walks, family adventure areas, swimming and sunbathing to adrenalin pumping active pursuits such as white water rafting, paragliding and quad biking.
  • Plenty to keep the kids busy with a real emphasis on family togetherness and safety. Champagny has very little traffic and is the ideal place to give your children the freedom to play out and explore.

Some activities in Champagny and the local area

Walking / hiking – From easy walks around the village to epic hikes on one of the numerous trails of the Vanoise Park, something for all levels of fitness and ability. There are more than 500kms of marked trails with signposts in the park with the possibility of overnight stops in mountain refuges. The tourist office and mountain guide office are a great source of information and locally guided walks are also a possibility.

Swimming / Sunbathing - There is a fantastic outdoor swimming pool in an absolutely stunning setting in Champagny village with ample space for sunbathing, either on sun loungers by the pool or the grassed area overlooking the children's play area. There is also a small lake with a sandy beach and a few activities just 5 minutes drive away in Bozel.

Adventure park – Located in the trees near the campsite in Champagny le Haut, both adults and children can take part. Strapped into a safety harness and suspended 15m above the ground you move between trees along the steel cables and ladders or perhaps flying over the river on a zip wire, its great fun for all the family.

Mountain biking – using the ski lifts (if you want) you can cycle around at altitude then off-road it back to the resort or across to La Plagne. Perfect for the experienced and extreme mountain biker, and less intense routes available for the novice

Horse riding / Pony trekking - A couple of ranches in Champagny le Haut now offer horse riding and Pony trekking for children and adults. From 1 hour beginner lessons to full day excursions in the mountains.

Mountaineering/Rock climbing– climb up and abseil down the rock face with the aid of ropes and harnesses. Maybe try the climbing wall and nets at the climbing tower (the ice tower in winter).

Via Ferrata– A number of routes from easy to difficult are available in Champagny. Walking and rock climbing is involved in this activity with the challenge of getting around a course using fixed ropes, ladders etc with helmets and harnesses used for safety.

Paragliding - For the real thrill seekers, take to the skies for some fantastic views of the mountains.

Other activities in the village - There is a football pitch, tennis courts, skateboard park, table tennis and childrens playground for the more active. There are regular art exhibitions, jazz concerts, guided historical tours of the streets and churches. You can vist the cinema, library, a glacier museum or one of the many restaurants, bars or shops selling local produce. If you time it right the annual village fete is a great day (and night) out and some of the street markets are definitely worth a visit.

Slightly further afield there are plenty of alpine rivers and lakes in the Alps that provide an endless playground for those of you who love water. You can fish, canoe, kayak or white water raft on some of the rivers nearby. Visits to the lakes at Annecy or Lac du Bourget are worth a day out where you can hire all forms of water vehicles and experience all the delights of the beautiful Alpine lakes.

It is only a couple of hours drive to either Switzerland or Italy so you can experience a completely different culture, maybe visiting Mont Blanc on the way.



La Plagne Bobsleigh run 26/12/2014