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.
We operate our own free minibus service around Champoluc, available exclusively to Ski 2 clients. Available 7 days a week between 0800 and midnight, the bus is available for those exploring the nightlife of the village!
Other non-skiing activities include:
- Walking. There are lots of winter walks around the resort which our resort team can advise on. We can arrange a guide for snow-shoeing adventures.
- Ice driving. Click here for more details.
- Cross-country skiing
- Rock and ice climbing at campzero – click here.
- Rope course. Normally only open during the Easter holidays.
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. All of the restaurants listed below are accessible without needing a lift pass.
If you are a non-skier but looking to eat at some of the piste-side restaurants, then these can be accessed by using ski lifts which allow you to travel without your skis – Lo Retsignon and Bar Ristorante Ostafa (you will need to buy a ‘pedestrian lift pass’ to reach these).
Kondor Bar and Restaurant
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) to a group of local ski instructors who run it as a bar / restaurant. The Moroccan chef produces some excellent local dishes.
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.
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 excellent local cuisine in their downstairs restaurant in the centre of the village. Choose from a great selection of local dishes, soups and tapas and enjoy the traditional atmosphere.
After skiing, Lo Bistro’s bar is a popular place to catch up with friends to chat through the day’s adventures!
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.
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.
Bar Birreria Du Relais
One of the village’s newer bars run by the owners of the Hotel Relais des Glaciers .
Situated just at the bottom of the steps up to the gondola station, it serves a range of local beers and wines.
As part of the redevelopment for the new gondola, there is now a new outdoor après-ski bar at the bottom of Pistone, the piste back into the village and opposite the steps to our ski deposit. Bar Kondor is proving popular with Ski 2 clients who love the venue for its late afternoon sunshine and a chilled glass of Aperol whilst recounting their ski stories!
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.
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.
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”.
A very popular, cosy bar on the main street and a perfect spot to stop between the Ski 2 ski deposit and the hotels to the south of the village. Serving local beers and cocktails. Click here for some recent reviews.
Another restaurant on the village main street and popular with locals (always a good sign!). A good choice of traditional dishes, all cooked on site and well presented. A good wine selection.
Champoluc offers a good range of facilities including:
- Swimming pool and spa – one visit per person is included with all of our holidays. Swimming hats must be worn by all using the pool.
- Souvenir shop
- T-shirt shop
- Ski shops.
- There are 2 cash machines in the village.
Away from the Piste
We’re often asked what’s on offer for people who don’t want to do downhill skiing so we decided to offer a tailored programme of non-skiing activities for people who don’t ski. If you choose not to use your lift pass which is included in your holiday cost, our resort staff will talk to you about a programme of non-skiing activities that they can arrange. Most will be covered by the cost of your lift pass but there might be an additional charge for some.
Some of the activities you can do include:
- Cross-country skiing through the pine woods. The area has extensive cross-country ski tracks and we can help arrange lessons and equipment hire
- Guided walks (with or without snow shoes). The area is renowned for its excellent winter walks and our team would be happy to arrange a guide for you to show you the best trails. Click here or here for some more information.
- Trip to the local town of Aosta
- Transfers to other nearby villages so you can explore the area
- Day pass for the main gondola to experience the breath-taking views and mountain restaurants
- Visit the 5* campZero resort with its indoor climbing wall, extensive spa facilities and outdoor ice-climbing wall
- Relax at a local spa with health and beauty treatments
- Enjoy the swimming pool and spa complex in the centre of the resort
Our resort staff will be more than happy to advise you on the best things to do and answer any questions you might have about what Champoluc has to offer if you don’t wish to ski.
Comments from a previous non-skiing Ski 2 guest ….. “I’d just like to say we had a brilliant week in Champoluc. My husband and I don’t ski and really didn’t know what kind of holiday to expect. We were not disappointed. We loved everything about it. The scenery, the mountains, the atmosphere the lovely people we met. Ski 2 were absolutely great and nothing was too much trouble. I would love to holiday there again. Beautiful memories.”
The best way to enjoy Champoluc is to try to get into the Italian way of thinking – long lunches, lots of coffee stops and a lot of shopping!
The shops and facilities in the village are small but offer a lovely selection of traditional gifts, ski clothes and equipment and delicious patisseries where you can find something to satisfy your sweet tooth. Most shops close between lunchtime and mid-afternoon, but this is the perfect opportunity for you to have a rest at one of the many superb restaurants and cafes that Champoluc has to offer.
If you like your shopping a little more serious then take a trip to Aosta, around 45 mins by car, where there are glitzy designer shops set either side of its cobbled main street. If we have one of our transfer vehicles already making the trip, you’re more than welcome to catch a lift, otherwise we can arrange a taxi for you (payable locally).
Beauty & Spas
Champoluc has a large swimming pool complex, close to the centre of the village and designed with a calming spa-type atmosphere rather than a family pool with fumes and slides! Ski 2 clients have free access to the pool on one occasion during their holiday and are welcome to upgrade this entry to include the spa complex by paying a small fee locally.
The Hotel Punta Zerbion has an indoor pool for the use of residents and the Hotel Relais des Glaciers (overlooking the village square) has an extensive health complex with sauna, steam and hay baths, ice room and a very large outdoor Jacuzzi. Beauty treatments and massages can be pre-booked – just ask our resort staff who will be happy to help you. The Hotel Le Rocher also has a smaller health suite, open to hotel residents.
If you need a burst of the bright lights and big cities then Turin is just one and a half hours away and Milan a little further.
You can get to grips with hundreds of shops and visit some of the big cultural attractions including the Duomo Cathedral (Milan) and the Museo Egizio (Turin) which is home to the largest collection of Egyptian artefacts outside of Egypt. We often have vehicles travelling to Milan Malpensa Airport if you’d like to hop in and from the airport you can then catch a direct train to Milan city centre which takes about 25 minutes.