Chatel is situated right on the Swiss border yet retains a very French ambience. It remains relatively unspoilt despite current building projects expanding the village. The locals are friendly and welcoming and the resort manages to maintain the feel of a traditional Savoyard farming village. It is a wonderful base for exploring the Portes du Soleil and is also well known for the use of local produce and cuisine in its numerous restaurants.
Chatel is an important resort linking the French and Swiss sections of the famous Portes du Soleil region. It is a traditionally styled mountain village which retains it old charm whilst still offering modern amenities. An abundance of dual season activities is available such as skiing, ice skating, husky running , toboganning, snow shoeing, hiking, swimming, mountain biking, zip wire and parapenting. The real advantages of this resort are its superb position within the Portes du Soleil combined with its family friendly vibe. It is a developing resort with a growing reputation.
A dual season resort ranging from 1100m to 2200m
The resort is divided into 2 ski sections, the Super Chatel and the Linga
Awarded the French Family Plus certificate
1 hour 45 minutes from Geneva airport
The Portes du Soleil ranks among the two largest ski resorts in the world, boasting over 650km of marked pistes with 201 lifts in total and spread over 14 valleys which makes Chatel an important ski destination, positioned as it is on the Franco-Swiss border. Chatel is renowned for being a family friendly resort and as such offers many beginner and intermediate slopes combined with excellent links to the vast area of the Portes du Soleil for those seeking more. The pistes are a mix of both open and forested. There are 49 pistes in Chatel with 41 ski lifts. There is also a snow park above Chatel catering to all abilities. The skiing is divided into two distinctive areas with the Linga gondola feeding skiers up to Avoriaz on the French side and the Super Chatel gondola following suit up to Torgon on the Swiss side making it a perfect base for skiing the Portes du Soleil ski area.
Chatel offers a huge range of summer activities and its position on the border of Switzerland gives you options to explore. It is a popular hiking destination with easy access to beautiful summer pastures, spectacular mountain scenery and extensive walking trails. An extensive summer lift system opens up the opportunities for mountain biking. There is a bespoke bike park dedicated to MTB fans as well as many downhill bike tracks thoughtfully built into the terrain and adapted to all levels. Lake Vonne, at the top of the village, is famous for its well-stocked trout and a popular area for fishermen. This is a popular summer destination offering activities such as white water rafting, swimming, tennis, a new aquatic centre with a large open air pool, the FANTASTICABLE zip wire and Via Ferrata to name a few.