Check out our top ten list of Chatel facts:
  1. We’ve had more combined snow fall this year so far then the whole of last winter season !! I’m not sure this is actually true but its the word around the resort at the moment. At the moment there is over 160 cms of snow on the top slopes, and conditions are superb.
  2. Chatel and the Portes du Soleil are the largest linked ski domain in the WORLD, offering over 650 kms of pistes and 198 lifts. The 3 Valleys has 600 kms and 180 lifts.
  3. The new 6 man Rochassons ski lift at Pre-la-Joux has the latest safety technology with an automatic raising safety bar that pops up just before you disembark.
  4. The Pre-la-Joux area has just finished a 4 year and 14 million Euro improvement program to install snow cannon along all the pistes in the area, which required the creation of a massive new reservoir to hold water for the upper slopes.
  5. Next year work is due to start on the much debated and long awaited link between the Pre-la-Joux and Super-Chatel ski areas. There will be  new lifts are pistes installed connecting both areas at the top of Chatel near Lake Vonnes, which will give an alternative to getting the ski bus to/from Pre-la-Joux.
  6. A new sports and well-being centre is to be built next year on the site of the open air pool. This will give a year round sports centre for Chatel, current budget is 13 million Euro so I expect it to be good.
  7. Airboarding has arrived in Chatel !! Ever fancied sliding down the slopes on a modified lilo ?
  8. Lake Vonnes at the top of Chatel village has the highest altitude fountain in all of France at 1300m, and throughout the winter people can explode under the surface with ice diving.
  9. St Laurent is the patron saint of Chatel and the whole village turns out to celebrate on the first Sunday of August with a village fete.
  10. Chatel is at the head of the Abondance valley which is populated by Abondance cows, who in turn produce Abondance cheese. The local hard cheese which has been granted  an Appellation d’origine contrôlée or AOC.
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