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 Dave Burrows on 3rd April 2014
It’s been an incredibly long time since I last blogged, if you don’t count a week of exams, I’ve had about 5 days off from ski teaching this season and those days were spent catching up with paperwork, resting or being hungover. I suppose the biggest news of the last month or so is that aside from remorseless ski teaching, in mid-March I went to take my BASI level 4 technical skiing exam in Verbier. Unfortunately, it didn’t go nearly as well as I had planned for it to.
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.
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||€179 / 6 days|
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