Après-Ski & Non-Skiing Activities in Champoluc
Champoluc’s après-ski charm lies in its relaxed and traditional atmosphere where wine, conversation and hearty food greet you at the end of the day. There are plenty of bustling bars and restaurants within easy walk from any of our hotels where you can sip a warming gluhwein or enjoy a three course feast of locally produced cold meats, stews and cheeses.
Champoluc is a traditional village so it doesn’t have rows of shops, bars and sports centres but we like to think that’s part of its charm and it really gives you the opportunity to explore the scenery and activities. In true Italian style there is also a slightly unreliable local bus service, which allows you to explore the smaller villages in the valley, including Antagnod where all of our ski weddings take place. There are great views from here back towards Champoluc and further down the valley and again there are a few small bars and restaurants to relax in.
Champoluc has a good range of cross-country skiing in the adjacent village of Brusson.
Bars and Restaurants
You’re spoilt for choice in Champoluc when it comes to eating out. We’ve picked some of our favourites to help you decide where to eat to really get the most out of your après-ski experience.
In an excellent location next to the ski lift, this iconic Champoluc bar and restaurant run by Maura and Mario for over 20 years, has now been sold (October 2018).
Hand-stretched pizzas cooked in a wood fire oven, succulent steaks and traditional pasta dishes make Churen a very popular choice in Champoluc for visitors and locals. Great for families and larger parties, it also offers takeaway pizza if you need a quick and easy option for dinner. Closed on Wednesdays.
A small and cosy restaurant beside the Frachey lift, its location makes it very popular in the après-ski scene. La Grange serves typical Valdostani food and is popular with locals for its renowned steak and local wild boar. A must-visit during your time in Champoluc we recommend you book first due to its popularity.
A fun and friendly restaurant serving snacks, drinks and meals it offers a great choice to families who want affordable food with a relaxed atmosphere. Choose from pizzas, soups and tapas and enjoy the music or the occasional bucking bronco event outside.
Le Petit Coq
If you love rustic local dishes then Le Petit Coq is not to be missed. A charming alpine chalet, the owners Lorenza and Sarro offer steaming bagna càuda (the Italian version of fondue) along with their speciality, a large plate of meat and vegetables that you fry over a hot stone placed in the middle of your table. Great fun and a fabulous place to try traditional platters.
West Road (Hotel California)
Sitting within the quirky Hotel California, you’ll get a relaxed atmosphere at West Road with reasonably priced homemade pasta dishes and traditional Italian charm. The owners, Marina and Guido, keep the menu classic and authentic so that guests can sample local dishes during their time in Champoluc.
Le Vieux Lyskamm
This delightful, traditionally-styled restaurant in the village of Antagnod, furnished with leather, cowskins, sheepskin rugs and a mix of rustic and contemporary artwork. Offering a typical Valdostana menu featuring polenta, stews, fresh pasta, local cold meats (mocetta, bresaola, lardo) and cheeses. A recent customer to this popular restaurant commented that she had enjoyed “the most amazing Tagliata I have ever tasted in my 17 years of living in Italy”.
Start your dinner with cocktails at L’Essential or choose a bottle of wine from the extensive wine cellar before you tuck into steak, fish, homemade pasta and chocolate mousse. This restaurant attracts rave reviews on TripAdvisor and it’s easy to see why – the terrace offers a wonderful spot to eat outside when the sun is shining.
Osteria Il Balivo
Another favourite on TripAdvisor, Osteria Balivo is a small wooden chalet with a roaring wood fire where you can enjoy mixed grills, excellent pasta and desserts that look too good to eat. The cosy restaurant offers an excellent choice of wines to accompany your meal.