Weekend in Champéry, Switzerland

19 Feb

Wow! Has it really been more than one month since I posted a Cheese & Vegemite tale? There is so much to catch up on so I’m going to go ahead and get started by telling you about our ski-turned-hiking trip to Champéry in January.

My husband and I are still in the beginners phase of our respective skiing journeys and wanted to get a few good sessions in this winter so before we shipped off back to Australia for the Christmas holidays we booked a hotel and some ski lessons in Champéry in January. Little did we know that the snow season would start off slowly and leave us with brown patchy pistes for our weekend.  We concluded that our first ski of the season would be rather unpleasant in such conditions so we opted to chill out for the weekend and enjoy a few local hikes instead.

We had not been to Champéry before and chose it primarily because of its close proximity to Geneva and direct access to Les Portes du Soleil – the world’s largest internationally ski domain with 194 ski lifts. There is certainly a wide range of winter activities to be enjoyed in the region – when there is snow of course – including skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and sledding. Fortunately for us there is over 800km of trails to wander although with our decision to take it a bit easier we didn’t walk very far from the center of town. We followed a few hiking/snowshoe trails but there was definitely no need for snowshoes. Here’s a few snaps from our little walks.

The village itself features beautifully kept wood chalets with cute storefronts and numerous restaurants and bars all within walking distance. Overlooking Champéry are the 7 spectacular peaks of Les Dents du Midi (at a height of 3257 metres or 10,686 feet). You can catch a glimpse of these towering beauties from just about every street/hotel/restaurant in Champéry and Val d’Illiez meaning we got plenty of photo opportunities. See for yourself

We are so blessed to live in such a beautiful country! We still have not been skiing yet but as soon as we do I will share my experience with you 🙂

Who has been enjoying the snow season this year? I’d love to hear your stories.

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