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Chatel Ski Resort

The Resort

Chatel is a genuine French mountain village that’s grown from its farming heritage into a charming, picture postcard ski resort.
The village is full of traditional alpine chalets and surrounded by pine trees, benefiting for being on the south facing slope at the top of the Abondance valley ensuring great views of the surrounding mountains and plenty of winter sunshine.
Although not a ski in/out resort this slight drawback is more than made up for by the stunning location and ambiance of the village. Most people agree that the short transfer back to the village is well worth the effort because it enables you get to spend the rest of the day enjoying the beautiful surroundings. The village possesses a top selection of traditional French restaurants, a diverse range of bars with a great après ski atmosphere and live music nights, plus a late night bowling alley.
Of course all of your shopping needs are catered for too, plenty of ski shops, a range of souvenir shops, plus a selection of specialty food shops so you can stock up on Savoyarde sausages & cheese. All within strolling distance of our ski chalet.
If you wish learn more about the traditions and culture of the village there are regular events organized throughout the week by the Chatel tourist office.

The Skiing

Chatel is positioned on the border of France / Switzerland and surrounded by the Portes du Soleil ski area, one of the largest linked ski domains in Europe. Comprising of 12 resorts on either side of the border, you can ski between the resorts of Avoriaz, Morzine, Les Gets, Morgins, Champéry and more. Check out our Chatel skiing review for a detailed description of the local skiing. All the while taking in the fantastic mountain vistas, from the local ranges of the Dents du Midi & Dents Blanches, views down across to Lake Geneva and further to the south the majestic summit of Mont Blanc. The spread of pistes available allow you to have a different ski adventure each day as you explore the whole ski area, there’s certainly no need to stick with the same pistes all holiday.

Other Activities

In addition to the downhill skiing there are plenty of other winter activities to try in Chatel
  • Dog sledding
  • Paragliding
  • Ice Skating
  • Cross country skiing
  • Horse-drawn sleigh rides
  • Snow shoeing
  • Ice Diving in the lake
  • Ice Fishing in the lake
  • High mountain trips
  • Evening skiing
  • Trips to Thermal Spas
  • Ski Jöring – skiing behind a horse!