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Ski area: Portes du Soleil
Resort height: 1200m
Resort top height: 2350m

Portes du Soleil
(12 resorts, 2 countries, France & Switzerland)
Km piste: 650
Lifts: 197 (10 gondolas, 102 drag lifts, 79 chairlifts, 4 cable cars)
Snow cannons: 1074
Snow parks: 7 snowparks, 3 half pipes and 4 boarder cross

No. of slopes: 280

Green slopes 33 Blue slopes 119
Red slopes 104 Black slopes 27

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Driving distance from Calais: 525 miles or 8hrs

resort info

Situated at the end of the picturesque and rural Abondance valley and set between Lake Geneva and the Mont-Blanc, Chatel is just a stone's throw from the Swiss border.

 

Not surprisingly it is the most Swiss-like of all the French resorts and is an authentic mountain village, whose combination of tradition and modernism welcomes you in an exceptional setting. At the end of a busy day Chatel’s lively streets offer everyone the chance to enjoy themselves. Shops, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, cinemas and bowling alley, as well as an ice rink, indoor pool, late night skiing, and regular entertainment.

 

There are 38 working farms which contribute to the village’s economic development and make Châtel an authentic mountain village, which has gradually expanded while still respecting the environment. The hotels, residences and large wood and stone chalets have been built in complete harmony with the mountain style.

 

Châtels geographical location, in the most northern part of the French Alps, combined with the effects of Lake Geneva, produce a microclimate which ensures optimal snowfall throughout the winter. Nevertheless, to contend with the weathers unpredictable nature and to guarantee snow in certain areas, Châtel has invested in artificial snow-making machines.

 

View Panoramic view of Chatel in winter

 

Why Chatel?

 - Part of the extensive Portes du Soleil ski network with local slopes relatively queue-free

 - A traditional feel village within a superb environment

 - A pleasant, lively, French ambience old village with very reasonable prices

 - Easily reached from Geneva and Calais

 


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  • Apres Ski/Eating
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Child Care

 

Chatel has acquired the Famille Plus label. Please view here to view more information on the Famille Plus label.

 

The Mouflets crèche

CRECHE CHILDCARE WITHOUT SKIING (childcare with skiing, see below)
During the winter season the nursery is open daily from 8am to 7pm and takes children aged from 4 months to 4 years inclusive. 300 m2 especially equipped for
the wellbeing and comfort of tiny tots.
Booking strongly advised.
½ day morning, 9am to 1pm (lunch and snack included). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .€ 30
½ day afternoon, 1 to 5pm (snack included) . . . . . . . . . . . .€ 26
Afternoon, 11am to 5pm (lunch and snack included) . . . € 43
Full day, 9am to 5pm (with lunch and 2 snacks) . . . . . .€ 52
6 x ½ days (mornings) (with 6 lunches and 6 snacks) € 165
6 x ½ days (afternoons) (with 6 snacks) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .€ 138
 6 afternoons (with 6 lunches and 6 snacks) . . . . . . . . . . .€ 230
6 full days (with 6 lunches and 12 snacks) . . . . . . . . . . . . .€ 278
Additional hour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .€ 6.50
Baby care service: contact the nursery.

For more information or to enrol your child, please call the nursery office between 1 and 3pm.
Information and booking - Tel. 00 33 4 50 81 38 19
lesmouflets74@orange.fr
www.lesmouflets.com

 
Merry-go-round
Tiny tots will love the magnificent merry-go-round with wooden horses, located right in the centre of the village and open every day.

 

ESF Ski Lessons at Chatel

Children can learn to ski from 3 years old in Chatel with ESF Chatel.

CHILDCARE WITH SKIING

ESF Chatel also arrange kids ski and garderie formulas which Peak Retreats can pre-book. See here for details.

 

Activities

 

NEW in Chatel

‘Forme d’o’ aqua park
Open 7 days a week in season. Opening days and hours for the winter season:
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: High season: from 10am to 7.30pm, very high season: from 10am to 8pm
- Wednesday and Sunday: from 10am to 10pm.

 

Prices 14/15:

Tickets for playful /sportive aquatic area: 
Children - 3yrs old Admission - free
Children 3-16yrs old - €9
Adult 17yrs old & + - €13
Family ticket 4 people * €39

Tickets for playful /sportive aquatic area, Océane spa and cardio-training:
Adult 17yrs old & + €23

The aquatic area offers:
- An outdoor sportive pool of 200m2 (1.25m in depth) access by an aquatic airlock made of massaging nozzles, "collars of swan", spa benches. It is equipped with a thermal cover.
 - An aquasplash, mineral and vegetable beaches.
 - An indoor playful and sportive pool of 287m ² made of 2 water line (from 1.20m to 1.50m in depth) and a playful/wellness area (from 0.40m to 1.20m in depth) with swimming against the current, bubbles.


The Oceane spa to relax:
- 1 wellness pool of 125m2 (1.20m in depth) with water falls and bubble seats
- 2  traditionnal hammams
- 3 saunas
- 3 rooms with cold and massaging showers
-  mineral solarium
- 4 rooms for cares
- 1 relaxing room


The fitness area offers:
- a cardio training room with running mats, elliptics, rowing machine...

 The aquafitness activities:
From September, 1 the following aquafitness activites are on offer:
 - Aquaforme
 - Aquafit
 - Aquabike

 

Chatel ice rinks

The Chatel ice rink is a synthetic, autolubricating ice rink the maintenance of which requires no addition of product and thus favors the environmental protection.
Come and enjoy yourself with all the family. During school holidays, on Tuesday, you can ski all day long, and continue under the stars as the rink is open.

If good ice conditions an other rink is open on the lake. Closed on Sats.

Rates 14/15:

1 day-time ticket including skate rental €6.20 adults, €5.20 child
1 day-time ticket without skate rental €5.20 adults, €4.00 child

1 evening ticket including skate rental €6.70 adults, €5.60 child
1 evening ticket without skate rental €5.70 adults, €4.60 child
Curling - 1/2 hour session €6.10 

Chatel bowling

‘Le Chaudron’ bowling alley and bar: 4 computerised AMF bowling lanes, pool table, table football, etc. Sports on giant screen and snacks: paninis, pizzas, etc.

 

Chatel under ice diving

Whatever it’s for the first time or that you are already a confirmed diver, you’ll discover new sensations!

In complete safety, with qualified and specialized teachers, you’ll live an experience out of the ordinary! All equipment is provided, open to everyone over 16 years old.
Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from mid-December to mid- March.
Price: €75 per person.

AQUAVENTURE

Phone: +33 (0)6 07 14 95 39

 

Chatel lifts for pedestrians

In Châtel some of the lifts can be used by pedestrians as the Super-Châtel and Linga cablecar, the Pierre-Longue and Barbossine chairlifts. Return ticket and abonments available at the lift cashiers at the bottom of the lifts.

 

14/15 Tarifs Single rates:
1 ticket (1) €5.60
3-tickets pack (1) €15.70
6-tickets pack (1 €31.40 

(1): Printed on the single use “ look hands” free card or the reusable “ look hands” card charged at €3.

Chatel Under ice fishing

Frozen in its shroud of ice, the Lac de Vonnes is full of hidden surprises and thrills. In the depths of winter, you can fish for trout. All you have to do it make a hole in the ice... and immerse yourself in a world of silence.
Available for children aged from 6 yrs old (They must be accompanied by their parents), this activity is supervised by a qualified instructor. 15 people maximum.
Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
All equipment is provided, advanced bookings at the tourist board is requested.
2014-2015 Prices:
Adult: €14
Children (-16 yrs): €7

 

Chatel Paragliding

ESI Pro Flying

Christophe Lombard

105, route de Vonnes
ESI
74390 CHATEL
Mobile: +33 (0)6 01 53 60

Open to youth and old from 4 years old.
No special physical conditions or experience requested.
It's possible to fly any day of year (regarding weather conditions).

Discovering flight: from €70
Acrobatic option: + €20
Big flight: from €100
Prestige flight: from €160
Photo CD of your flight: €20

   

Chatel Snake-Glisse

Bring all your friends and family along to Pré la Joux and share a crazy, exhilarating experience taking the last chairlift up to Plaine Dranse and then sliding all the way back down the Pré la Joux car park on a customized ‘Snake Glisse’ sledge!

Snake Gliss, price 14/15 - € 15
Office open every day
Tel. 33 (0)6 82 66 13 79
www.esf-chatel.com

 

Chatel Yooner

Sat at 20 cms from the ground, Yooner is light, handy, endowed with a shock absorber for more comfort and a skate allowing you “to cut curves " as on skis.
Meeting at the closing of the slopes to go down the Pierre-Longue chairlift slope.

Price 14/15:

€20 per person.
Yooner provided. Helmet essential. Ski pass not included.


Chatel Sledging runs
The Pré-la-Joux area is made up of two separate and safe sledging runs:
- one for 2 to 6-year-olds

- the other for children aged 6 and over, a themed and play path and a game area.  A place where all the family will enjoy playing together in the snow.

Easily accessible from the village by the free shuttles, admission is free.


The Sous-Vonnes area:
Located close to the village center on the nordic area it's accessible on foot. Admission free.
The Super-Châtel sledging run:
- access by cablecar (charged) and a 15mn walk.

Chatel Bowling

La Vieille Grange bowling alley is open every evening.

There are 4 computerised AMF bowling lanes, pool tables and two bars, with a traditional Savoie-style decor.

The bowling is open from 5pm in winter until late. No advance booking.

 

Chatel Cinema

Châtel has 2 cinema screens featuring digital technology offering a different film every day, including premieres, exclusive screenings and classics.
Cinéma Morclan 2 000 (Plan location G3), Panoramic screen, 300 seats, digital sound, SRD and DTS EX SOUND3
Cinéma le Chamois (Plan location G3), small, cosy cinema, Dolby stereo sound

 

Chatel - for the family

This is a fun educational trail on the subject of the environment and the animal and plant life in their mountains. Follow this looped trail, situated in Pré-la-Joux next to the sledging runs, and a dozen panels will guide you around, helping all the family to answer a variety of questions.

  

All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All prices for activities are in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort

 

Chatel Tourist Office

Tourist Office

BP.40 – F – 4390

Chatel

 

Tel: 00 33 450 73 22 44

Fax: 00 33 450 73 22 87

www.chatel.com  

In winter:

Open daily from 8.30am to 7pm

Apres Ski/Eating

Good selection of bars, 60 restaurants, shops. Châtel’s hotel restaurants are also open to non-residents. 15 mountain restaurants.

 

LE SLOOPY ’S DISCOTHEQUE
In the village centre, located in the Super-Châtel gondola lift building. Open every evening during the winter season and on weekends out of season, with 2 atmospheres (80s and General Pop). From midnight to 5.30am. Various themed evenings.

 

Restaurants in the Vonnes area (where Grand Ermitage and Grand Lodge are located)
L’Abreuvoir (K2)
Tel. 04 50 73 24 89
Les Contrebandiers (J2)
Tel. 04 50 73 25 80
www.restaurant-chatel.com
Le Monchu (K2)
Tel. 04 50 73 28 51

 

Restaurants near to Chalets d'Angele residence

LA BÉCHIGNE
Le Chalet (F5)
Tel. 04 50 73 30 60
www.lekandahar.com

La Cheminée (G2)

Tel. 04 50 17 36 25

callparker@orange.fr

Le Chesery (grill) (F2)

Tel. 04 50 73 54 25

Le Fiacre (+ pizzeria) (G2)

Maître-restaurateur*

Tel. 04 50 73 30 46

www.lefiacre74.com

Le Génépi (+ crêperie) (G2)

Tel. 04 50 73 37 32

La Réserve (G2)

Tel. 04 50 73 24 45

 

Chatel bars and pubs

Bars / Pubs
L’Avalanche (pub) (G3)
Tel. 04 50 81 67 97
www.pubavalanche.com
Bar PMU (G2)
Tel. 04 50 73 25 80
Le Chaudron Bar Bowling (F2)
Tel. 06 23 32 24 33
or 09 64 32 66 11
Le Chevy Bar (B2)
Tel. 04 50 73 20 08
www.hotel-arcenciel.fr
Isba bar (G3)
Tel. 04 50 73 23 46
La Réserve (G2)
Tel. 04 50 73 24 45
Le Tunnel (pub) (G2)
Tel. 04 50 73 53 74

 

Access

 

Driving distance from Calais: 525 miles or 8hrs

 

By Road:

A6 motorway via Macon followed by the A40 motorway towards Geneva. Exit at Annemasse, Thonon, Châtel.

From Northern Europe, access via the Swiss motorway towards Martigny. Exit Portes du Soleil, 20 minutes from Chatel.

 

By Rail:

Thonon-les-Bains SNCF railway station (TGV – high speed train) / Transfer by shuttle, 40kms

Monthey railway station (Switzerland) / Transfer by taxi, 25kms.

From Thonon to Chatel private transfers – from £41 per person return based on 4 people sharing. Prebookable via Peak Retreats.

 

Access by air:

Geneva-Cointrin international airport / transfer time: 1 hour 15 minutes.

Airports:

Grenoble 82km – www.grenoble.aeroport.fr

Chambery 97 km +33 479 54 49 54 – www.chambery.aeroport.fr

Geneva 188 km +41 22 798 20 00           

Lyon Saint-Exupery 197 km +33 472 22 72 21 – www.lyon.aeroport.fr

 

Bus transfers from Geneva Airport

Two buses run from 22/12/12-13/04/13. Book 2 days in advance with local tourist office for return. Tickets must be reserved with www.altibus.com (not pre-bookable with Peak Retreats). Transfer time 1.20hrs. Cost when pre-booking online is roughly €58 per adult return (cheaper prices for groups of 4 adults). Child is half adult rate (4-12yrs). Change bus at Thonon for Chatel.

Timetable and prices 12/13 

 

Getting around Chatel

Covered Parking (payable) in Chatel

The church's underground car park: 373 parking places (incl. 10 disabled).

Located in the centre of the village, under the church square. During 2011/2012 winter season, from December the 15th until April the 21st, it's open 24h/24 with someone at the office from 8am to 12am and from 2 to 7pm Monday to Friday, from 8am to 8pm on Saturday and Sunday until the 9th April. The rest of the time an automatic system allows you to get in and out. From 9th to 21st April access is free.

A second covered cark park is at your disposal at Petit Châtel at the departure of Barbossine chairlift.

 

Outdoor car parks

Car parks charged with pay and display machines:

Parking on those areas is charged from 15 December to 30 April everyday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Those areas are located:

in the village center (parking for 2 hours maximum)

on Meurba road (below the church- 8 hours maximum)

 

Shuttles buses

From 20th December 2014 to 19th April 2015, Châtel local bus service is operating every day.
Each bus has a well-displayed letter and colour code showing its specific route. On each route bus stop only at precise places.
Day services
Buses A, C, D, E & I run every 20mn.
Buses F & G and bus to aquatic centre Forme d'O run to a timetable.

 

Apres-ski and evening service:
Line C: 18h15-18h45-19h15-19h45.
 Lige I: 18h00-18h30-19h00-19h30
Line A+E: Linga - Return via Béchigne: 18h00-18h40-19h20
Line A+B: Linga via Freinets - Return via Béchigne: 18h20-19h00-19h40
Tuesday  skating rink evening sessions until 10pm (booking essential)
Thursday evening skiing sessions until 10pm (booking essential).

 Chatel shuttle bus timetable

 

Little train

The little train propose you a complete visit of the Châtel village, its streets, and its majestic chalets built in the traditional architectural style....

One visit allows discovering all the village neighbourhoods without making any effort.

You can catch the train on the church square.

Operating days and hours for winter 2011/2012:

Tuesday and Thursday at : 10h - 11h -12h -14h- 15h.
Tariffs:
Adult: €3
Child (-12yrs old): €1.50
Child (-5 yrs old): free
Groups : €1.50/pers
Guided tour (winter and summer):

All season long, on Tuesday and Thursday morning at 11a.m, the little train will take you for a circuit to discover Chatel village. Departing from the church square for a guided tour around the village to discover Chatel's patrimony and touristic equipments. 

 

Horse drawn carriage

Enjoy an other way to discover the village and lake Vonnes, having a tour in a horse drawn carriage.

Monday to Friday, all summer long, several circuits are available:

> Tourist board -Lake Vonnes: at 11 a.m and 3 p.m: €5 per person (on the way up or down).
> Circuit around Lake Vonnes: day time, €3 per person.
>Lake Vonnes - Aity: €7 per person. (return journey)
>Pic-nic circuit: Departure from Lake Vonnes at 12 a.m., €17 per person all included. (on advanced booking only)

Bookings: Michel Dehaye - 0(330)6 78 13 60 46  

 

Airport Transfer

Pre-book your taxi transfer with Peak Retreats

From Geneva Airport to Chatel - from £72 per person return based on 4 people sharing. 

For all other transfer prices click here

 

Resort News

 

 

Events in Chatels 14/15

 

Date(s)

 

 

 

 

Women Sylver Cup U16

From 08h30 to 13h 
Projected program:
8h45-09h15:Run inspections
09h30:Departure of the 1st set

Awardings in the arrival area 1/2 hour after the competition.

11th January 2015

Portes du Soleil 50 year celebration

From 09h to 23h59 
This winter, PdS are celebrating their official birthday.


 Programme:

 -From 9am: Ski area orienteering game

- From 11am to 3pm: Head for the Col des Portes du Soleil in Switzerland

- 4.30pm: Giant fundraising torchlight descent in Morzine

- 6pm: Happy 50th Party in Morzine tourist office square

 

To register and purchase torches for the event visit: www.50ans-pds-flambeaux.com

17th January 2015

Bruno's lottricks

Rendez vous at the snowpark chalet at Super Châtel for a snow and ski contest open to all. Booking on site, admission free. BBQ.

24th January 2015

Châtel carnival

Come to enjoy five days to the rythm of party!

Free of charge.


DJ Carnaval

Tuesday 17 February 2015: from 14h to 19h
15:00-17:30: Face painting for children.
18:00: Parade of the disguised children in the center of the village.
18:00-20:00: live DJ on the the church square. Come to vibrate on your favorite music, that you are a fairy, a witch, lion or small rabbit. Hot chocolate and mulled wine offered to all.

 

Ski Club Show

Wednesday 18 February 2015: from 20h30 to 22h 
In total the club is consting in 115 youngsters coached by 9 professionals. Freestylers will make a demonstration of moguls skiing and jump, the multiglisse section will present skiing and snowboarding downhill. The youngest "biberons" and "microbes" will take part of a free downhill, followed by "poussins" in a downhill with cut curbs run. Benjamins and Minimes will present the slalom and dual slalom....To end this show they will offer you a torchlight descent. Mulled wine and hot chocolate offered to all after the show.
Free of charge

16th February - 20th February 2015

Agriculture week in Châtel

From Monday: daily 
With its traditions, the village of Châtel offers a week on the theme of agriculture and nature with a point at the Farmer's Day!

2nd March - 6th March 2015

Wintertrail Oxfam

From Saturday: daily
 

The NGO Oxfam France and the intermunicipality of vallée d'Abondance will organize for the first time on 7 and 8 March 2015, a solidarity hike on snowshoes. A unique sport and fair event in the world!


In teams of four, participants will travel 60 km in the Savoyard snow and will have 30 hours to come to the end of this trail. It is a journey between France and Switzerland, which will give them the opportunity to discover  winter nature of the Abondance valley in all its beauty and diversity.  Ahead of the event, each team is committed to collect 2,000 euros (500 euros per person) for the NGO Oxfam France. An original way to engage in the fight against inequality and poverty in the world.
Adult: 2,000 € (Min amount to be collected by a team.).

7th March - 8th March 2015

The Razorsnowbike

Saturday  

The Razorsnowbike: an MTB competition on snow gathers two competitions: a derby and a 8X


Razorsnowbike program:
7.30am: bike plates given at the Tourist board
9am: Derby. Departing from the Chanterelle slope at Super-Châtel arriving on the church square about 9.30am.
10am: Run inspection for the bordercross in the snowpark
11am: Departure of the Eigth-cross


Bookings are open on line on https://www.weezevent.com/razorsnowbike-edition-2015

14th March 2015

Rock the Pistes Festival 2015

The upcoming Rock the Pistes Festival from 14th to 21st March 2015 promises to be a unique music experience in the mountains! It’ll feature live concerts for skiers up on the slopes in amazing locations throughout the Portes du Soleil ski area, which can only be reached on skis or snowboard.


The festival is in its 4th year. All skiers can enjoy live daytime performances on the slopes at unique venues throughout the ski area. These performances are totally exclusive since they’re only accessible on skis. Guaranteeing even more music pleasure for everyone, more live concerts will take place in resort during après-ski. In total, the week will see more than 35 LIVE performances! This ski + music festival is the only one of its kind in Europe and all you need to take part is the Festival PASS, which is available from all ski lift ticket offices in the Portes du Soleil’s 12 resorts. Free with a Portes du Soleil Skipass.

14th March - 21st March 2015

 

 

 Other

 

Other Amenities

Doctors, chemist, cinemas, infirmary, masseurs-physiotherapists, dentists, optician, banks, taxis, garages, petrol station, car hire, linen hire, TV hire, food shops, sports shops, clothes shops, craft shops, gift shops, souvenir shops, etc.

 

Laundrettes
Barbossine (B2)
Tel. 04 50 73 24 36
Fax. 04 50 73 37 74
La Lavandière (H3)
Tel./Fax. 04 50 73 30 49

 

Ski lockers

What about leaving your equipment in a ski-locker closer to the slopes? At the top of Super-Châtel gondolas, the Châtel ski lift company rents ski lockers which can fit up your complete ski-equipment. Each locker fits from 3 to 5 pairs of skis and boots. The integrated heating system is a true comfort when putting your ski boots on in the morning.
 
Prices:
- The 3 pair locker: 40 € per week*
- The 5 pair locker: 50 € per week*


* Price per locker for a week from Saturday 3pm to next Saturday 10 pm. A guarantee of 50 € is requested.
 
Information and bookings: 0033 4 50 73 34 24 (not bookable via Peak Retreats)


ski info

Chatel's own area is divided into three parts. From Super-Chatel you can cross over to Morgins in Switzerland and then towards Avoriaz. Each area is also linked by a very regular shuttle service. Twelve ski resorts have joined forces to offer 650 km of pistes and nearly 200 ski lifts. Châtel is directly connected with the ski resorts on the French side: Avoriaz, Morzine, Les Gets, Saint Jean d’Aulps, Montriond, Abondance and La Chapelle d’Abondance; and on the Swiss side: Morgins, Torgon, Champoussin-Les Crosets and Champéry. With the Portes du Soleil handsfree ski pass you are totally free to ski all of these.

 

News 14/15:

This circuit has always had a weak link at Chatel, where you needed to catch a bus between the Linga ski area near Avoriaz and the Super-Chatel area between the village and the Swiss border. No longer: this season two new fast chairlifts mean you will be able to ride between the two areas without removing your skis. In 2015-16 a piste down the Super-Chatel side is due to open, making the link even better.

 

Also new avalanche transceiver training areas will open in December 2014 in Chatel.

 

Chatel only slopes. Main ski area listed above.

Local ski area

Chatel

Km

 83

Lifts

 44 (2 gondolas, 12 chair

lifts, 26 drag lifts, 4 tow ropes)

No. of slopes 49

 

 11

 

 18

 

 15

 

  5

 

*The Châtel ski area extends across two massifs to total 130km

Super-Châtel / Barbossine and Linga / Pré-La-Joux / Plaine Dranse, and not forgetting the village lifts too. It is therefore valid throughout the Swiss resort of Torgon, in the Corbeau sector of the Swiss resort of Morgins and Braitaz sector of La Chapelle d’Abondance (including the Panthiaz gondola lift).

 

237 snow cannons

 

CHATEL SKI AREA

Linked to the massive Portes du Soleil, the ski area offers classic intermediate terrain. The local slopes are some of the best in the Portes du Soleil and normally the lifts are relatively queue free. The lifts located above Torgon area give spendid views over Lake Geneva. Chatel has a mix of open and wooded slopes. Linga and Pre-la-Joux have the best snow locally as they are mainly north facing.

 

CHATEL BEGINNERS

Super-Chatel 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.

 

CHATEL INTERMEDIATES

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

 

CHATEL EXPERTS

The Linga and Pre-la-Joux is more for intermediates and the more advanced skier 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 field in Plaine Dranse.  

   

CHATEL RESORT RUNS

Snowmaking has been improved on the resort runs and in Chatel itself. The resort runs are blue or red.

 

CHATEL SNOWBOARDERS

Linga sector has some good varied slopes and some off-piste opportunities.

 


  • Ski Hire
  • Ski Passes
  • Ski School
  • Activities
  • Historical Snow
Ski Hire

 

Chatel ski hire prices start from £35 for children (skis and boots) & £48 for adults (skis and boots) for 7 days. View here for Chatel ski hire prices.

 

Ski Passes

 

LIFT PASS CHATEL 14/15

6 days

Chatel

Portes du Soleil

Adult (20-64)

£150

£204

Junior (16-19)

£136

£183

Child (5-15)

£113

£153

Senior (65+)

£136

£183

Child (under 5)

Free

Free

Please note: Hands-free pass

NO PHOTO NECESSARY Proof of age is compulsory for free and reduced rate passes; please bring ID when collecting lift-passes.

   

FREE PASSES!

    

Children under 5 receive a FREE lift pass.

Proof of age will be required for reduced price passes.

 

Other lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros):

 

Portes du Soleil ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 14/15:

½ day - €33 children, €43.50 adults

Day - €36 children, €48.50 adults

 

Local Chatel ski pass - 1/2 day and daily rates 14/15:

Covers Châtel (Barbossine, Super-Châtel, Linga and Pre-la-Joux), some lifts at La Chapelle d'Abondance (Panthiaz cable car, Tromby and Braitaz chairlifts), all of Torgon in Switzerland and some of Morgins in Switzerland too (Corbeaéu sector), in all some 130km of skiing.

5 hours(1) € 32.40 adult, € 29.20 16-19yrs, € 24.30 5-15yrs
1 day € 37.70 adult,  € 33.90 16-19yrs, € 28.30 5-15yrs

 

(1)5 hours ski pass. Starting when skipass bought if on bar code card or from the 1st use if on "look no hands" card.

 

Village ski tows

The village ski tow L’Oie the Les Pitchounes rope tow can also be used by Châtel and Portes du Soleil ski pass holders.
The Oie lifts also has its own points-based ticketing system:

Rates for Oie winter guide:
20 ascents: €11
1/2 day: €10

 

Ski School

 

SKI SCHOOL ESF CHATEL 14/15

Lessons only - LIFT PASSES NOT INCLUDED

SKI1

Adults (+14yrs)

Children Flocon + (5-13)

Children Beginners Ourson (5-13yrs) + Piou-Piou (3-4yrs)

1Adults:21/12-2/1: 9.30-12.00, 8/2-6/3: 09.45-12.00, 8/3-24/4: Sun 14.00-16.30, then Mon-Fri 09.30-12.00 Children: 21/12-2/1: 9.30-12.00 or 14.00-16.30, 5/1-13/2: Sun 14.00-16.30 then Mon-Fri 9.30-12.00, 8/2-6/3: 9.45-12.00 or 14.15-16.30, 8/3-24/4: Sun 14.00-16.30, then Mon-Fri 9.30-12.00

6 half-days

£117

£117

£125

6 mornings + 6 afternoons

n/a

£223

£251

SNOWBOARD2

Adults + Children (+8yrs)

2 Beginners & Level 1: 21/12-2/1:14.00-16.30 - 8/2-6/3:14.15-16.30- 8/3-24/4:Sun 14.00-16.30, then Mon-Fri 09.30-12.00 Levels 2-3-4: 21/12-2/1: 9.30-12.00, 8/2-6/3: 9.45-12.00, 8/3-24/4: Sun 14.00-16.30, then Mon-Fri 9.30-12.00

6 mornings Levels 2-3-4

£134

6 Afternoons Beginners + Level 1

£134

Lunch + garderie 12.00-14.00: £109/6 days (only 21/12-3/1 + 7/2-7/3) - Cost of medal is included for children

Please note: lessons from 4/1 to 6/2 (Sun 14.00-16.30, then Mon-Fri 9.30-12.00) take place in Super Chatel only, lessons after 16/3 take place at Pre la Joux only

Please note that a booking fee of £9 per party will apply

 

Ski School: Please note that: Lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute. Outside French school holidays the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods (20/12-3/1, 07/2-07/3 & 11/4-25/4) we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. AM lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer PM classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.

 

Chatel Individual Tuitions (14/15 prices, NOT pre-bookable)


Individual tuitions can only be purchased directly from the ski school. Peak Retreats cannot pre-book these.

Please note that prices are only an indication and are subject to change

  

Skiing / Snowboarding / Cross country skiing
1 or 2 people
1 hr - € 41
1½ hr - € 61.50
February holidays
1½ hrs - € 70
 

Ski school Chatel contact numbers:

Ecole du Ski Francais Chatel + Tel. 33 (0)4 50 73 22 64

Fax. 33 (0)4 50 73 35 22

info@esf-chatel.com

www.esf-chatel.com

56 route de Vonnes

74 390 Châtel 
 

Activities

 

Cross country in Chatel

Three resorts, one nordic ski area
Abondance, La Chapelle d’Abondance and Châtel have joined forces to offer you a single 40km-long nordic ski area by the side of the River Dranse.
The Val d’Abondance nordic ski area offers 7 cross-country skiing trails, 8 nordic trails (for cross-country skiing, winter walking and snowshoeing), one beginners’ trail, a fun activity area and a biathlon shooting range. In Châtel, 4 ski lifts are accessible to pedestrians and snowshoers, providing easy access to several waymarked and safe nordic trails: the Petit-Châtel Loop, the Super-Châtel Loop and the Col de Bassachaux.

 

Evening Skiing in Chatel

Come to the Linga stadium floodlit piste with sound system on Thursday evenings between 7.30 and 9.30pm. Its free!

 

Have fun with Rivari in Chatel
Hand in hand with Rivari, discover mountain’s wildlife settling thanks to the 7 challenges which mark out this funny trail!

Located close to the arrival of Super-Chatel gondolas.

Suitable for children aged  3 years old and over.

 

The fun zone in Chatel

Come and check out this zone, which is about 250m long, cordoned off and secured with nets. This is where to come, either with a professional ski instructor or on your own, to measure just how fast you can ski (there’s a timing device and electronic speed display), but also and above all to learn to control your braking distance.
Located near the Bellevue blue piste in the Super-Châtel/Chalet Neuf sector, the objective of this fun and educational area is to raise awareness among lovers of all kinds of snowsports of the importance of controlling speed and its effect on the seriousness of accidents.

 

Snowpark/Smoothpark in Chatel

In the Smoothpark - rails, kickers, slide boxes, hips, boardercross and more await both beginner and experienced freestylers! There are features suitable for all abilities, enabling you to progress and improve in a fun and friendly snowsports zone (sound system, BBQ, contests and more).

 

Avoriaz bult the first terrain park in France back in 1993. There are now 5 snowparks and a super pipe (www.snowparkavoriaz.com)

The expert park is at 'Arare' with an airbag. Beginners and intermediates should head to 'La Chapelle' which is a 500m long park. 'Parkway' is good for beginners and children (including traffic lights for safety and mini jumps). 'The Stash' (concept came from America) has routes cut through the forest with wooden elements bringing all-mountain riding and freestyle together. The last park is 'Lil'Stash' which is a mini version for children. There is also a super pipe and boardercross.

   

The purple Milka trail in Chatel

This ski-run designed for children but open to everyone is situated in Super-Châtel. The themes are the local mountain flora and fauna and delicious delicacies, all of which children can explore with the help of figurines and explanatory panels dotted along the ski-run. A stimulating combination of learning and tasty local treats.

 

Snowshoeing in Chatel
Explore new trailsand have a go at being a trapper. Over 80 km of trails providing you with a different insight into the mountains under their blanket of snow, at your own pace, on your own or with a guide.

 

Sledging areas in Chatel
For sledging fun in complete safety, there are 3 sledging areas:

- one on the Sous Vonnes nordic trail, accessible on foot from the centre,

- one at Super Châtel (accessed via the gondola lift – fare payable – followed by a 15-minute walk) and

- one at Pré-la-Joux, where there is also a themed trail.


Heliskiing, freeride and ski tour
Jean-Yves Fredriksen, qualified High Mountain Guide, offers you to discover the Portes du Soleil ski area as well as the Swiss resorts in a different way with heliski, freeride and ski tours.

 

Heli-skiing:
Is off-trail, downhill skiing that is accessed by a helicopter, as opposed to a ski lift. It is essentially about skiing in a natural, albeit highly-selected environment, without the effort required for hiking into these areas as in ski touring or ski mountaineering.
Forbidden in France, the heli-skiing is practised in Switzerland.

 

Ski Tour:
It's a mix of off piste sessions with sometimes small ascents on foot. It is practised on Chesery, Vorlaz, les Mines d'or, le Grand Paradis....

 
Freeride:
Go off to explore big virgin spaces....


Prices:

Freeride and ski tour:  from €360 per day from 1 to 4 people
Heliskiing: from €300 per person (helicopter + guiding)

 

Les Fauges
74360 ABONDANCE
Phone : +33 (0)6 76 41 61 80

Historical Snow

 

Chatel Snow Report – 2004-2014 (10 season average)

 

Here is the snow record data for Chatel. The first row shows the week for which the measurement applies eg. February 3 is the 3rd week in February. Top slopes shows the average snow cover in cm at the top of the ski area. Bottom Slopes shows the average snow cover in cm at the bottom of the ski area (this is generally where the nursery pistes are located). About 10 cm is generally enough to ski but it very much depends on what’s below ie. grass or more rocky surface.

 

10 year ski season average:

 

Month

Nov

Dec

Dec

Dec

Dec

Jan

Jan

Jan

Jan

Feb

Feb

Feb

Feb

Mar

Mar

Mar

Mar

Apr

Apr

Apr

Week

4

1

2

3

4

1

2

3

4

1

2

3

4

1

2

3

4

1

2

3

Upper Slopes (cm)

25

36

98

90

106

113

116

124

143

157

164

171

167

170

171

170

173

160

150

132

Lower Slopes (cm)

7.5

14

39

33

39

43

41

52

61

69

77

79

70

65

60

57

53

44

42

36

 


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