Nestled away in the Rhone-Alps is one of France’s best-kept secrets, the stunning mountain resort of Champagny.
The name Champagny, much like its similarly titled friend Champagne, means ‘sparkling’, a word that perfectly encapsulates the skiers' paradise that this resort has come to be known as. This charming and authentic Savoyard village sits in the heart of the Savoie and makes for the perfect holiday spot whether you’re visiting in the winter or the summer. In this property investment guide, Champagny sells itself as the perfect tourist destination.
The village offers beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and, not so far into the distance, the majestic peaks of Mont Blanc which is always visible on a clear day. This piece of Alpine paradise is a postcard-perfect image that gives gorgeous panoramas of the French Alps and offers a cosy, revitalising respite from the world.
Champagny is perhaps not as well-known as others within the region, so there is no better time to look for a property in this stunning piece of the Savoie. Property in the area tends to sell from anywhere between €67,000 to €2,000,000. Whether you’re looking for a family-style chalet or a comforting studio apartment, the paradise of Champagny has something for you.
Living in Champagny and Things To Do
The resort is best known for its skiing facilities, which cater to all skill levels. Champagny is perhaps one of the more beginner friendly resorts for newer skiers, as they offer 139km worth of slopes just for those beginning to ski. They also cater to the advanced skiers, offering 27km of challenging black and red slopes- including the famed Le Mont de la Guerre- for those looking for a challenge. Around the resort, there are 92 operational cable cars and ski lifts to take you high into the local mountains, where the snow is fresher and cooler. As 70% of the Champagny resort is 2000km above sea level, weather and snow reports show snow reliability far into the season – and you can find live updates on our Champagny resort guide.
For those who prefer not to ski, there are plenty of options for activities and day trips. Just five minutes from the resort is Champagny L’Haut, a tiny village that offers space for Nordic-style skiing and an ice climbing tower unique to Europe. You can take to the skies with paragliding and free rock climbing across the stunning natural mountains or visit the local outdoor swimming pool or heated aquagym for a soak. Alternatively, you can visit one of Champagny’s spa and wellness centres, including the Cimes-Les Alpages de Champagny for aromatherapy or the Hotel Ancolle for a relaxing massage.
In the centre of Champagny are restaurants, bars and pubs offering a wide variety of dining options. There are grocery stores, a boulangerie and patisserie, ski hire and even a local cinema that offers regular English screenings of recently released films. The town also has a small medical centre, post office, laundrette and local information desk. massage.
Leisure and Culture in Champagny
Champagny is an area of France steeped in tradition. Skiing and outdoor activities are only a small part of its local culture and heritage. The area exudes a charm rarely seen in other resorts and feels more like a local community than a tourist area.
The Museum de Glacier is a large museum dedicated to exploring the discovery of mountain glaciers from multiple perspectives and recording information about the town and local area. Even nature is a huge part of the area's heritage, in 1992 the valley of the Champagny le Haut was made a natural site and sits as part of the Natural Reserve of Tignes-Champagny.
Investment potential in Champagny
Champagny is a thriving village and resort area that is being constantly updated and built upon without losing the traditional charm that makes the area so enticing. Currently, MGM French Properties are investing thousands of euros into the development of properties around the Champagny area, as well as improving access to the surrounding ski facilities.
In the town, the original Champagny gondola cable cars, first constructed in 1986, have been made more comfortable and modern with a makeover and investment in electronic sign-posting across the mountainside, as well as new picnic areas on the mountain and Wi-Fi enabled ski slopes, led by Paradiski. Visitors can now also experience Champagny's fine dining in their own homes, with investment in food delivery app, Huski, for all the small resorts in the area.
Transport to Champagny
Champagny is easily accessible by car and the roads are built so that they can withstand traffic even further up along the mountainsides.
The nearest airports to Champagny are Chambery-Savoie, Geneva Cointrin, Lyon St Exupery and Grenoble, none of which are more than two hours away from the central village. Chambery-Savoie offers flights to several major UK cities.
The local train station, Gare de Moutiers-Salins-Brides-Les-Bains is 18km away from the village and has excellent transport links to other areas of France and to the London St Pancras Eurostar train.
Champagny is a slice of Alpine paradise that stands out from its neighbouring villages. Its exceptional location, delicious cuisine and vibrant community make buying property in the area a perfect investment.