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Ski area: Portes du Soleil
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: Various

No. of slopes: 296

Green slopes 35 Blue slopes 127
Red slopes 106 Black slopes 28

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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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  • Resort News
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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 3 months to 6 years. 300 m2 especially equipped
for the wellbeing and comfort of tiny tots. Booking strongly advised.


Prices 13/14:
Hourly fee € 6
Lunch (prepared daily at the nursery) € 4.50
Snack € 1

Packages
½ day morning, from 9am to 1pm (lunch and snack included) € 28
½ day afternoon, from 1 to 5pm (snack included) € 24
Afternoon, from 11am to 5pm (lunch and snack included) € 40
Full day from 9am to 5pm (with lunch + 2 snacks) € 48
6 x ½ days (mornings) (with 6 lunches and 6 snacks) € 155
6 x ½ days (afternoons) (with 6 snacks) € 129
6 afternoons (with 6 lunches and 6 snacks) € 215
6 full days (with 6 lunches + 12 snacks) € 260
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

 

During the school holidays, come to the La Châtelaine room for some family time, among friends, with giant wooden games, plus a fun play area for children under 6 (foam pit, Lego, etc.) and two treasure hunts (6 to 12-year-olds and adults) for exploring the village! Free activity.


Wooden decoration workshops
Workshop with drawing on wooden boards (3-6 years), object decoration workshops (4-8 years), key holders building working (7 to 13 years), clothes-peg object building working (8 to 12-year-olds). In the La Châtelaine room. Payable.


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.

Childrens entertainment

Once a week during the school holidays (Christmas, February and Easter) in the late afternoon (5-5.30pm) there is a free children’s show, with clowns, magic, songs and more. Also in the different holiday periods the children get a visit from Father Christmas, there are tales and legends, mask workshops for the carnival and Easter egg decoration.

 

Wood carving
Take a piece of wood and carve a chamois, a cow, or how about a dog or a dolphin…? From age 4.

 

Gardening workshop
Show off your green-fingered talents! Learn to grow basil, a sunflower or tomatoes and see your plant grow!

 

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:

Add lunch and garderie from 12.00-14.00 to the 6 half days skiing formula - £112 per child (21/12-04/01 + 15/02-15/03 only)

Peak Retreats can pre-book this. See here for details.

 

Activities

 

Chatel ice rinks

The ice rink is a synthetic, auto-lubricating ice rink the maintenance of which requires no addition of product and thus favors the environmental protection.
Artificial skating rink with curling sheet near the Lac de Vonnes, in beautiful natural surroundings. Natural skating rink on the lake weather permitting.

 

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 ski lifts are open to pedestrians. Tickets for pedestrians are on sale at the ski lift ticket offices and can be used on 4 lifts: the Petit-Châtel and Pierre-Longue chairlifts, the Super-Châtel and Linga gondola lifts.
 

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...

Available for children aged from 6 yrs old (They must be accompanied by their parents), this activity is supervised by a qualified instructor. 12 people maximum.

For 2011/2012 winter season the sessions are scheduled as follows until the 27th of March:

every Tuesday from 10:00 to 12:00 a.m. and from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

every Friday from 10:00 to 12:00 a.m.

From the 30th March it'll become simple fishing session, scheduled every Tuesday and Friday mornings from 10 to 12 a.m.
M Alain Klesse: tel. +33 (0)777 371 426.

All equipment is provided, advanced bookings at the tourist board is requested.

2011-2012 Prices :

Adult: €12

 

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 13/14 - € 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:

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

 

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

 

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

In winter, Châtel local bus service is operating every day and twice a week in the evening.

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

From 17.12.11 to 22.04.12. Buses A, C, D, E and I operate from from 8.30am until the slopes close. Buses F and G run to a timetable .

Apres-ski and evening service :

Two buses are running all around the village, from the slopes closing until 8pm.
On Tuesday and Thursday, one bus will operate until 10pm (evening session at the ice rink and evening skiing).

 

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

t the tourist board, charged €3.

 

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 Chatel

 

Date(s)

 

 

 

 

Yuletide Magic with Châtel Christmas and a traditional New Years Eve firework display December
Festi’Nordic, nordic skiing discovery day in the La Chapelle d’Abondance ski area. Have a go at cross-country skiing, biathlon, ski orienteering, dog sledding, treasure hunt, snowshoeing, sledging and more... lots of activities to try with the family or your friends 19th January 2014
Les Neiges Étoilées, THE gastronomy event of the season with this year’s patron Gilles Goujon, 3 Michelin stars: culinary challenge, workshops, tastings, lectures and more 22nd - 25th January 2015
La Snoweekend with the RazorSnowBike mountain biking on snow event open to amateurs and professionals, plus the European Bodyboard on Snow Championship in the Super-Châtel ski area 15th March 2014
Rock The Pistes Festival: now in its 4th year, with more than 20 acoustic concerts on temporary stages out on the mountain around the pistes of the Portes du Soleil 26th - 30th March 2014

 

 

 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.

 

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
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  • 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 14/15 CHATEL

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.

6 days

Chatel*

Portes du Soleil

 

Adult (20-64)

€ 179

£204

Junior (16-19)

€ 162

£183

Child (5-15)

€ 135

£153

Senior (65+)

€ 162

£183

Child (under 5)

Free

Free

* Please note: Chatel local pass - Prices in € for information only, passes cannot be pre-booked - to be bought locally

   

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 13/14:

½ day - €32 children, €4.50 adults

Day - €36 children, €47 adults

 

Local Chatel ski pass - 1/2 day and daily rates 13/14:

Available from 21st December 2013 to 28th March 2014

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.

 

Individuals

Adult
20-64 yrs

Children
5-15 yrs

Junior
16-19 yrs
or Senior
65 yrs &+

5 Hours  (2)

€ 31.80

€ 23.90

€ 28.60

Happy Ski from 3pm

€ 14.80

€ 11.10

€ 13.30

1 day

€ 37

€ 27.80

€ 33.30

 

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 2013/2014:
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, 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 (13/14 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

 

1 - 2 Personnes

3 - 4 Personnes

1 hour

39 €

56 €

1 hour 30

58 €

84 €

2 hours

77 €

112 €

 

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.

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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