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Thinking of skiing in Chatel? Chatel is a lovely traditional-feel village with a Swiss-flavour and provides an ideal base from which to explore the extensive Portes du Soleil ski area.

Why Châtel Ski Resort?

  • It forms part of the extensive Portes du Soleil ski network with local slopes relatively queue-free
  • It’s a traditional-feel village within a superb environment
  • It has a pleasant, lively, old French village ambience with very reasonable prices
  • It’s easily reached from Geneva and Calais

Chatel Resort Information

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

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

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

Châtel’s geographical location, in the most northerly part of the French Alps, combined with the “lake effect” of Lake Geneva, produce a micro-climate which ensures optimal snowfall throughout the winter. Nevertheless, to contend with the weather’s unpredictable nature and to guarantee snow in certain areas, Châtel has invested in artificial snow-making.

Peak Retreats offers a range of Chatel accommodation options. All our ski apartments have been hand-picked and are of a very high standard (3 & 4*), providing the ideal base for a Chatel ski holiday.

Interested in buying an apartment in Chatel? See our Buying in the Alps section


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Chatel ski facts:

  • Ski area: Portes du Soleil
  • Resort height: 1200m
  • Resort top height: 2400m
  • Portes du Soleil (12 resorts, 2 countries, France & Switzerland)
  • Km piste: 650
  • Lifts: 197 (10 gondolas, 104 drag lifts, 79 chairlifts, 4 cable cars)
  • Snow cannons: 241
  • Snow parks: 7 snowparks, 1 half pipe and 7 boarder cross
  • No. of slopes: 280
  • Green slopes: 33
  • Blue slopes: 119
  • Red slopes: 104
  • Black slopes: 27
    • Beginners 4 stars
    • Intermediates 4 stars
    • Experts 3 stars
    • Boarders 3 stars
  • Driving distance from Calais: 525 miles or 8hrs

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