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Champorcher ski resort.
Champorcher ski resort.
Champorcher ski resort, old Laris chair.
Champorcher ski resort, old Laris chair.
Champorcher village skyline.
Champorcher village skyline.
Learn to ski on Baby Laris at Champorcher ski resort.
Learn to ski on Baby Laris at Champorcher ski resort.
Champorcher ski resort.
Champorcher ski resort.
Laris area (1930m) at the top of the Champorcher gondola.
Laris area (1930m) at the top of the Champorcher gondola.
Cimetta Rossa quad chair at Champorcher.
Cimetta Rossa quad chair at Champorcher.
Ski Champorcher.
Ski Champorcher.
Champorcher skiing.
Champorcher skiing.
The bar at Laris in Champorcher ski resort.
The bar at Laris in Champorcher ski resort.
Alternate Champorcher eats and entertainment at Ristorante Laris.
Alternate Champorcher eats and entertainment at Ristorante Laris.
Champorcher ski resort.
Champorcher ski resort.
Champorcher skiing.
Champorcher skiing.
Champorcher larch forests & tree skiing.
Champorcher larch forests & tree skiing.
Champorcher ski resort.
Champorcher ski resort.
Champorcher skiing.
Champorcher skiing.
Champorcher lodgings.
Champorcher lodgings.
Chardonney village at Champorcher ski resort's base.
Chardonney village at Champorcher ski resort's base.
Fortress of Bard near Champorcher ski resort.
Fortress of Bard near Champorcher ski resort.
Ski Champorcher.
Ski Champorcher.

Champorcher

Champorcher Ski Resort Italy

Champorcher is a small, isolated Aosta Valley ski resort in a beautiful forested valley. The two traditional villages of Chardonney & Champorcher at the ski resort base set the tone for this quiet, understated ski hill. 

Champorcher is part of the Monterosa Ski lift pass area but located a long way south from the main action and with a far cheaper lift pass. Champorcher skiing is top to bottom on 1052m of vertical from high alpine to thick forest. The ski resort is a beautiful place to learn to ski and spend a day enjoying the mountains.

Summary of Pros & Cons for Champorcher Ski Resort

Pros

  • Splendid isolation;
  • Great value skiing;
  • Excellent place to learn to ski;
  • Very quiet at all times of the season;
  • Fun on a powder day;
  • Challenging tree skiing available;
  • Long valley run;
  • Good food, drink and après ski.

Cons

  • Limited terrain for visits longer than 2 days;
  • Freeride terrain lacks consistent fall line;
  • Aging lift infrastructure;
  • No ski in / ski out accommodation (except Rif Dodena, but that doesn't count in most people's estimations!).

Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective

  • Small, isolated ski resort;
  • Quiet ................. very quiet.

Champorcher Skiing & Snowboarding

The lifts may be a tad old and the ski area small, but for the price, the vertical and the quiet, Champorcher is worth it.

From the top of the gondola at Laris (1950m), the main learn to ski area is directly accessible, as is a ski school. Ski rental is down in the base village at Chardonney.

Starting below the gondola top station, the Cimetta Rossa quad chairlift can used to access all the main piste trails, with the exception of the valley trail. The variety of ski trails on the 570m vertical will keep everyone amused for the best part of a day. The trails are suitable for lower intermediates and up. A freeride touring route down to Rifugio Dondena adds a bit of adventure to proceedings. Return via the Madelaine surface tow.

Champorcher's long valley trail is a wonderful way to end the day after a spritzer at the bar, but is probably a bridge too far for beginners, so they will have to download on the gondola. Skiers will easily win the race!

Freeride tree skiing adventures are an option in the larch forests to the skiers right of the resort, but the terrain is complex & technical. Scoping out the lines and more importantly, the exits, is critical.

Where is Champorcher, Italy?

The Champorcher ski resort is in the Valle D'Aosta, 17km by road west of Bard and its imposing fort of the same name. As the crow flies, Champorcher is 26km southeast of Aosta, and 60km north of Turin. The ski resort base is technically in the town of Chardonney, 1km west of Champorcher village.

Gateway airports are Turin and Milan Malpensa. The Milan Malpensa international airport is 155km by road east of Champorcher, or about 2hr journey time depending on road conditions.

Champorcher is close to the Aosta valley train stations at Verres and Pont St Martin. A public bus makes at least two journeys a day (on morning, one afternoon) from the Verres train station to Champorcher & Chardonney. A single bus service runs a return journey to Pont St Martin train station on weekends.

Nearby Ski Resorts

The Monterosa Ski area has lift pass connectivity with Champorcher and has numerous village bases to access the superb main resort area. Champoluc is the closest of them, over 50km & 1.25hr drive north. Other resorts nearby are all the Aosta Valley ski areas including Pila, Cervinia, Crevacol, La Thuile & Courmayeur.

Champorcher Accommodation

The village of Chardonney sits below a series of terraces across the river from the ski resort base. Several hotel, BnB, guesthouse chalet and apartment options are on offer, all within easy walking distance of the lift base and valley ski trail terminus. The traditional village is small and relatively quiet, particularly mid week, but has some excellent lodgings and adequate bars & restaurants. The best are the boutique apartments of Revivre Village , the more standard apartments of Skiman Gontier and the comfortable BnB Le Temps d'une Pause

Champorcher village is more substantial but with less accommodation options. It does come complete with the nooks, crannies and laneways one expects from a place with an ancient church steeple and turreted castle tower on its skyline. Stay at the Albergo Castello da Bonino or one of several private chalets.

Back down in the valley in Bard (also known as Hone), the Hotel Cavour Et Des Officiers is in a wonderful location within the Fortress of Bard. Combining skiing with nights in hotels of this character is what skiing in Europe is all about. A cluster of interesting hotels, BnBs and guesthouses are at the base of the fort.

For something completely different, but quintessentially Italian, stay a night at Rifugio Dodena at 2190m. Ski tour up or ski down from the top of the Cimetta Rossa quad chair.

Day trips by car to Champorcher can done from just about anywhere in the Aosta valley, so one can keep their options open.

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    Champorcher Ski Trail Map
  • Champorcher Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1448m – 2500m (1052m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (7)
    1 Gondolas / cable cars
    2 Chairs
  • Ski Hours
    December to mid April
    8:00am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 15km
    Longest run – 5 km
    Advanced - 10%
    Intermediate - 65%
    Beginner - 25%
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 17/18)
    Adult - €23 to 30
    Child - €16 to 21
    Child u/8yr - Free

     Monterosa Ski Trail Map
  • Monterosa Ski Trail Map