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Chatel   Resort Information
Season December to April
Nearest Airport Geneva, Chambery and Grenoble
Ski Area 660km over the Portes du Soleil area
Ski Lifts 196
Ski Runs 296
Longest Run 9km
Resort Height 1150m
Snowball Ratings
Beginners 4 / 5
Intermediates 4 / 5
Experts 4 / 5
Families 4.5 / 5
Nightlife 3.5 / 5
Affordability 4 / 5
Non Ski Activities 3.5 / 5

Chatel 

Chatel is over the other side of the mountains from Morzine in the Portes du Soleil ski area, closer to Switzerland, sharing the pass and more immediate vacinity with Avoriaz in France and Morgins in Switzerland, so acts as a very good alternative base to Morzine and Les Gets to ski the whole Portes area.Unlike many ski resorts, Chatel remains relatively unspoiled with a more tradiional French feel to it with numerous working farms.It has expanded a lot over the last 10 years with more lifts having been added, together with more pistes and more infrastructure, yet even wih these additions, Chatel still offers its own unique charm.

Chatel Skiing

Chatel's ski area offers classic intermediate terrain, whilst being great for beginners too. The local slopes are some of the best in the Portes du Soleil and normally the lifts are relatively queue-free. The lifts above the Torgon area have splendid views over Lake Geneva. Châtel has a mix of open and wooded slopes. Linga and Pre-la-Joux have the best snow locally as they’re mainly north facing.

Chatel's own area, with 237 snow cannons, is divided into three parts. From Super-Châtel you can cross over to Morgins in Switzerland and then continue towards Avoriaz. Each area is also linked by a very regular shuttle service. The Châtel ski area extends across two mountains to total 130km of slopes altogether: Super-Châtel / Barbossine and Linga / Pré-La-Joux / Plaine Dranse, not forgetting the village lifts too! The lift pass is also valid throughout the Swiss resort of Torgon, in the Corbeau sector of the Swiss resort of Morgins and the Braitaz sector of La Chapelle d’Abondance (including the Panthiaz gondola).

To augment Chalet's offerings, Chatel is linked with 11 other ski resorts joining forces to offer 660 km of interlinked pistes and nearly 200 ski lifts to form the Portes du Soleil ski area, so Chatel is definitely a great base to explore the whole area from, especially for mixed ability groups and families.

The Châtel ski area extends across two mountains to total 130km of slopes altogether: Super-Châtel / Barbossine and Linga / Pré-La-Joux / Plaine Dranse, not forgetting the village lifts too! The lift pass is also valid throughout the Swiss resort of Torgon, in the Corbeau sector of the Swiss resort of Morgins and the Braitaz sector of La Chapelle d’Abondance (including the Panthiaz gondola).

Super-Châtel is directly above the village centre and has an area of easy, open and lightly wooded beginner slopes. Otherwise a bus ride away is a beginners’ area at Pre-la-Joux. There are also nursery slopes in the village, providing snow coverage is adequate.

Linga and Plaine Dranse have some of the best red runs for an intermediate. Les Lindarets and Morgins are other ideal areas. Intermediates wanting to be challenged should try the Torgon sector.

The Linga and Pre-la-Joux are suitable for more advanced skiers with some of the most interesting runs in the Portes du Soleil. Pré-la-Joux offers the quickest gateway into Avoriaz and also some excellent mogul fields in Plaine Dranse. 

Chatel Accommodation

Chatel offers a good range of hotel, self catered apartmens and self catered or catered chalet options to suit just about every budget.

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