Chatel – France
A great resort for intermediates, families and those who hate long transfers, the Alpine village of Châtel (Sha-tell) sits at 1200m at the head of the Abondance Valley on the Franco-Swiss border. Its easy access to the large Portes du Soleil circuit makes it is suitable for skiers of all abilities.
Well-connected to the Portes du Soleil
Intermediates will think they’ve died and gone to heaven here. Châtel sits between two sectors of the main circuit, each offering a mix of open and wooded slopes, and linked by an efficient bus service. The ski season at Châtel runs from December to April, but the Linga sector is by far the more reliable of the two in terms of early and late season snow conditions.
Mellow village atmosphere
The village is slightly off the beaten track, and tends to be quieter for this reason, making it a popular resort for families and those seeking a bit of ambiance. The most convenient means of reaching Châtel is to fly into Geneva Airport and the transfer time is around an hour and a half.
- Why not relax for a little while, and indulge in a beauty treatment at Les Bains de Lavey.
- You can really see Chatel if you head for the skies in a parapente.
- Chill out off the slopes - go ice skating with family and friends.
- Expand your taste buds with a little local cheese.
- Hire some snow shoes and have a real look around the resort.
Posted by Rob Freeman on 4th February 2014
Strange but true, it can be quicker to get from the centre of London to a ski resort in the Tarentaise Valley than from one part of the French Alps to the other.
Posted by Dave Burrows on 23rd January 2014
A belated happy Christmas and New Year to you all. The festive season here tends to descend into a cycle of teaching, partying and alcoholism and the massive attack of cramp a couple of days ago I took as a sign from my body that it was time to calm down a bit. I didn’t actually realise that it’s late January so 2 months of the season have flown by already.
At a glance
|Resort altitude||1200 m|
|Highest lift||2200 m|
|Lowest lift||1200 m|
|km of piste||83|
|Number of lifts||49|
|Lift pass price||€176 / 6 days|
Find it quick
- Get news!
- Get prizes!
- Sign up here!