Chatel is located on the French side of the Swiss/French boarder within the popular Portes du Soleil ski area with ... Read more
Chatel is located on the French side of the Swiss/French boarder within the popular Portes du Soleil ski area with covers 650km of linked pistes and includes other popular villages such as Les Gets, Morzine, and Avoriaz and is a perfect base for all wanting to ski or snow board this huge ski area.
Chalet has expanded over recent years but the village centre still retains the charm of an alpine village where cattle are still housed in sheds over the winter months. Modern chalet style buildings sit comfortably side by side with more traditional farm buildings, many now converted to chalet style buildings. Nearly 40 working farms are still operational today which for many of our clients gives the resort a real mountain feel and charm not found in higher purpose built resorts.
In Chalet, Ski Line offers a good choice of catered chalets, some wonderful family run hotels and a selection of self catered apartments.
The local slopes are some of the quietest in the whole ski area and even on the peak dates queues are rare, although some of the local village lifts can experience delays on peak weekends, but with planning and use of the local buses these can be avoided.
Chatel is one of the first ski resorts reached from the channel crossing points and is therefore a popular choice with our clients who prefer to drive. A word of warning, parking spaces are limited unless you pay for covered parking that is available.
Chatel certainly won’t disappoint even the most hardened of party animal, but much of the evening entertainment centres around the resorts many bars. The Tunnel bar is very popular with Brits; it has a DJ or live music every night. The Avalanche is a British style bar with internet and is popular when the slopes start to empty, so to is the French styled bar The Godille located at Super Chatel and gets very lively as people head home at the end of the day.
The off slope activities are limited in Chalet, however the tourist office arrange daily activities and the walk along the river is very pleasant. Morzine would be a better choice for non skiers.
Chatel is a great choice for beginners, the village has a good nursery slope and progression slopes are available at both Super Chatel which is reached via gondola, or at Pre-la-joux which is connected via a free bus.
For intermediate skiers and boarders Chatel is a perfect choice, the local runs around Chatel are some of the best in the whole ski area but the whole 650km of pistes are considered ideal for all levels of intermediates.
For the best of the steep slopes and off piste around Chatel head for the Linga and Pre-la-joux area. The infamous Swiss Wall near Avoriaz is a must. If you prefer off piste skiing, book a guide and head for the Tele du Ling down the valley of La Leiche.
Avoriaz is the snow boarders Mecca in the Portes du Soleil ski area, but Chatel is not a bad place to learn. The Terrain park at Chatel is better suited to beginners and intermediates rather than experts. Many of the lifts around the Super Chatel area are drag lifts so beware! For some of the best boarding in the area head for the Linga sector which offers good varied slopes and some excellent off piste runs. Flood lit runs are open every Thursdays on the Stade de Slalom run which is always popular with both boarders and skiers.
Based on weekly average snowfall data November 2000 - April 2018