Altitude 890 m - 1'626 m
Charmey is a resort in the Fribourg Pre-Alps, in the Gruyère valley. Situated in an unspoilt natural setting, it is particularly appreciated by families with children: children can ski for free on the slopes up to the age of 6! Take advantage of your stay to discover the famous Gruyère PDO.
The Charmey ski area stretches between 900 and 1630 m and offers 30 km of downhill ski runs (30% blue runs, 63% red runs and 7% black runs). The resort also has a snowpark and a new freestyle area equipped with a "BigAir" carpet allowing you to perform tricks in the air in the best safety conditions. The instructors of the Swiss Ski and Snowsports School of La Gruyère-Charmey are at your disposal: they offer individual and group lessons for children and adults, but also activities such as torchlight descents or accompanied ski or snowshoe hikes. Children are in for a treat in Charmey: not only can children under 6 years old ski for free, but the resort also has a snow garden to introduce them to the joys of skiing in a safe environment, supervised by instructors.
Since the 2019/20 season, a new 4km-long toboggan run has been inaugurated. For ski tourers, the Ganet piste is open on Wednesday and Friday evenings from 5pm to 10.30pm, as is the restaurant Les Dents-Vertes which closes at 10pm (it is only accessible on skis or snowshoes, the gondola lift closes at 4.30pm).
You will also find a cross country ski track 20 km linking Charmey in Jaun. A part of what this track is lit at night, allowing you to have night-time skiing on 5 km. The field also includes six marked trails for snowshoeing: the shortest is 2.1 km and the longest 6.3 km. In indoor, you have an indoor pool of 25 m and a gym in the sport centre of Charmey.
For you and give you all of these athletic prowess, the Baths of Gruyère, puts at your disposal two large swimming pools of mineral water at 34° c (in an indoor pool and an outdoor pool) with sauna, steam bath, Turkish bath, a relaxation area with light therapy, personalized care (massages), three saunas and a solarium with panoramic views on the mountains of the Gruyère.
The resort of Charmey has two hotels (three and four stars), apartments, or cottages for rent, cottages, shared accommodation for groups and bed and breakfasts and mountain cabins. Don't hesitate to go in one of the restaurants enjoy the delicious specialties of the valley of the Gruyère region, the famous gruyère cheese, obviously, but also the vacherin fribourgeois AOP, the soup of chalet le sérac, the cuchaule, fondue and mustard of Bénichon, among others... If you like chocolate, don't hesitate to go in the nearby village of Broc to visit the famous chocolate factory Maison Cailler! You will also find an alpine cheese dairy in Moléson-Sur-Gruyère, where you will discover the artisanal manufacture of cheese over a wood fire. You will finish your visit by the house of Gruyere, near the castle of Gruyère in Pringy, which will introduce you to the secrets of manufacturing the famous PDO cheese.