Mountain restaurants are quite a forte of Champagny compared to many French resorts and there’s a good selection of small, family-run establishments proud of their cuisine either up on the slopes or easy to reach at the base of the runs in resort. In the latter category Les Killis (Le Crey, +33 (0)6 74 89 04 43) at the base of the slopes is popular with a sunny terrace from which to watch the action as you dine.
Up on the slopes, but off the groomed runs, The Refuge du Laisonnay (http://www.laisonnay.com) is reached by off piste skiers descending the Cul du Nant towards Champagny. The refuge has no mains power so traditional Savoyard cuisine is cooked over an open fire. The recipes have been handed down through the family for generations so you can enjoy ‘potée Savoyard’ just as Grandpa Jean used to make it.
Restaurants in Town
There are more than a dozen places to eat around the village, mostly wood lined small restaurants serving traditional Savoyard meals. One of the better choices is Le Cosy (Le Cosy (Le Centre 3; +33 (0)4 79 22 49 77) which has a great range of crepes as well as main meals. Au Son des Clarines (le centre; +33 (0)6 79 23 43 70) is a lovely little wooden bistro in the heart of the resort which will prepare meals for you to take out and eat in your accommodation if you prefer a night in but don’t want to cook.
If you fancy Italian for a change the Pizzeria le Barillon (Le Centre; +33 (0)4 79 55 05 30;) has an extensive menu.
Champagny has half a dozen food stores enabling you to buy scrummy fresh French food whenever you want it. For your daily bread (and croissant) try la Marmotine (Le Crey; +33 (0)4 79 55 07 10).
The fromagerie (cheese shop) la Fruitière (Le Centre, +33 (0)4 79 22 11 26) is an Aladin’s cave for cheese lovers, filled with wonders including the local Beaufort and other Savoie cheeses and non-cheese regional products including wines, meat and honey.
The Epicerie le Canada (+33 (0)4 79 55 04 18) at the camp site is well stocked too, while back in the resort centre "Le grand bec" (Centre commercial le RECLAZ, +33 (0)4 79 55 01 11) is the village butcher.
Small supermarkets for all other needs include a branch of Sherpa (Le Planay; +33 (0)4 79 22 17 88).