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 DaveBurrows on 13th May 2013
So last time we spoke, I was back in the teaching groove after finishing my BASI Level 3 technical and teaching exams. The season soon wrapped up, with ski teaching work dropping off in Morgins immediately after Easter. Annoyingly, even now, I can see there is snow up the top and the mogul field is still there, looking lonely.
Posted by DaveBurrows on 25th March 2013
MadDogSki, I only just realised that the last time I blogged was 6 Feb. Since then, I have been teaching non-stop for 4 weeks, followed up by 2 weeks of BASI level 3 exams. Looking at my calendar today is the first time since the start of February that I’ve been off skis. At the moment, there isn’t a part of me that doesn’t ache.
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||€166 / 6 days|
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