It is a Swiss village situated at an altitude of approximately 1050 metres, nestled at the base of the Dents du Midi and the Dents Blanches, at the end of the Vallée d’Illiez. It is a 150 years old village with a substantial role in developing the skiing tourism in Switzerland. It was also among the initiating towns when the Portes du Soleil skiarea was established in the late sixties. There are no pistes leading all the way down to Champery due in part to the fact that the mountainside above the town is heavily exposed to snow. The Champéry – Planachaux cable-car (125 passengers) and the new 6-seater chairlift in Grand-Paradis are easy and fast connections into the vast system though.
Les Portes du Soleil is a major skisports destination in the Alps, encompassing thirteen resorts between Mont Blanc in Franceand Lake Geneva in Switzerland. With more than 650 km of marked pistes and about 200 lifts in total, spread over 14 valleys and about 400 square miles (1036 square km) Portes du Soleil ranks among the two largest skiareas in the world (the other being Les Trois Vallees). Almost all of the pistes are connected by lifts – only a few marginal towns can only be reached by the free bus services in the area. The highest point of skiing is 2.400 metres and the lowest is 900 metres. As with many other Alpine ski resorts, the lower slopes of the Portes du Soleil have snow-making facilities to extend the skiable season by keeping the lower slopes open during the warmer months.
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