Les Crosets

Ski Chalets & Apartments for sale, Switzerland

Expert's Opinion

"A ski in, ski out resort on the Swiss side of the Portes du Soleil but built almost in the French style. Snow-sure at 1660m and with sunny, wide open pistes it’s also very weekend-able as it is a very easy transfer from Geneva." - Simon Malster

The Village

A hamlet sitting above the pretty resort of Champery, Les Crosets is one of the smaller ski villages in the Portes du Soleil but has direct access to some of the best slopes as it shares an immediate ski area with Avoriaz.

As many properties are ski in, ski out, this is a good choice if getting straight to the slopes is most important to you. It does not have gourmet restaurants or a lively après ski, but you can still find some nightlife and a decent range of shops. There are a number of bars offering somewhere to enjoy a drink in the sun at the end of the day, as well as a few restaurants providing both local and international cuisine

The Skiing

Les Crosets shares its immediate ski area with Avoriaz, and is the highest resort on the Swiss side of the Portes du Soleil so it has a great snow record. Boasting a range of wide open slopes which are perfect for beginners and intermediates; the region is famously good for snowboarders.

While the area itself is primarily intermediate, there are a number of more advanced slopes. In particular you can try the infamous Swiss Wall which will challenge even the most expericend skiiers. Once you have conquered this you can then hire a ski guide to take you out to explore some of the great off piste spots and powder caches.

As part of the Portes du Soleil ski area, Les Crosets has access to 650km of terrain spread across two countries and over a dozen resorts. Most of the slopes are on the French side, with some good skiing in the Morzine/Les Gets area. Chatel also offers some quality skiing and is now much more accessible thanks to its new link up with the main circuit. The local ski schools are held in particularly high regard and run lessons on how to ski back country and remote locations for more adventurous types,

Summer

The Portes du Soleil remains almost entirely open throughout the summer and Les Crosets is no exception. Mountain biking and hiking are the main activities and there is a huge amount of terrain, 800km in all, to tackle. Many of the lifts are open throughout the summer making it easier for hikers and bikers alike to reach the trails.

For a real expedition you can head out for three to four days and enjoy the 40km Dents-du-Midi circuit. Sleep in small huts that line the trail and enjoy spectacluar views with everything from meadows, lakes, glaciers and waterfalls along the way. You might even want to stop off at one of the lakes and have a relaxing (though slightly cold) swim. 

Les Crosets also has a number of events and festivals to enjoy over the summer months. The favourite is no doubt the Foire du Betail where you can enjoy music as well as local artisans and produce. If you still don't feel you have enough, then you could also enjoy the famous jazz festival in Montreux on the shores of Lake Geneva - just 45 minutes away.
 

Properties

Les Crosets is a small village almost entirely built in a traditional style, thus is mostly unspoilt by large and modern apartment developments. Instead there are a few smaller residences and modest chalets dotted around the area. There is almost no new construction currently underway however, like most resorts, there are a few varied resales available.

We are currently marketing an impressive ski in, ski out hotel in Les Crosets which has a pool, spa and wellness. Thanks to Les Crosets' high altitude and ideal position within the Portes du Soleil to access the best slopes; this would be a great business to take over. As the Portes du Soleil is also considered one of the best dual season destinations in the Alps, guests will be arriving throughout the summer and winter months.