Famed for its resilient French style and culture, Chatel is a traditional alpine town which packs a lot into its stunning west-facing centre. The village resort is only 1 hour 15 minutes from Geneva airport, making it very accessible for a weekend break. Being a part of the Portes du Soleil, you gain access to a whopping 650 km of groomed pistes across two countries, France and Switzerland, offering out skiing for people of all abilities. For those that take skiing to the extreme and enjoy showcasing their talent, you can visit one of the many snow parks dotted around the area. In the summer, Chatel opens itself up to a whole different audience of people, those looking to charge down the mountain and through the trees on their bikes and others out to enjoy the views on a gentle hike.
There is much more to do to in Chatel than just skiing. If you still want to be on the mountain enjoying the views, you could go snowshoeing. If it’s a thrill, you are after, then you could go on the zip wire or have a go at paragliding. There are also plenty of activities to do away from the mountain, for example, you could take a walk around the lake, visit the ice rink or go for a walk around the traditional village resort a visit the local shops and restaurants.
Skiing in Châtel is generally a great experience. With just over 300 different runs spread out over more than 650 kilometres across the area, skiers of all levels and abilities are very well catered for at Châtel. Although Châtel has access to one of the largest ski terrains in the world, with pistes to suit all ability levels, the pistes surrounding the resort immediate area are best suited to beginners and intermediate skiers. Châtel’s position within the Portes du Soleil as well as being on the French border, naturally allows it to offer a fantastic skiing proposition because it has easy access to the quiet (and great) pistes across the border in Switzerland and a wide array of pistes north eastbound towards Avoriaz and the remainder of the Portes du Soleil. Both ski areas also differ quite significantly, so skiers get a completely different experience depending on what ski area they choose.
With over 237 snow making facilities in Chatel skiers are guaranteed snowfall throughout the entire season.
There are many international airports that surround the Chatel ski resort including Geneva (GVA), Berne (BRN) and Sion (SIR) all just a few hours drive away.