Chatel | NetChalets


Large ski area
99 lifts
Family friendly
Short transfers

Châtel, located in the northern French Alps on the French/Swiss border, is part of the extensive Portes du Soleil ski area offering some 400km of downhill skiing on almost 300 individual pistes and served by over 190 ski lifts.

Châtel's skiing is divided into two sections, providing some 85km of pisted ski runs. One section heads down to Avoriaz, the other to the Swiss resort of Torgon. While intermediates often have the most fun, there are plenty of mixed runs including many for beginners. More advanced skiers will find the Linga sector that much more of a challenge and can access the whole Portes du Soleil area for some serious off piste and testing black runs, like the famous Swiss Wall.

For the experienced skiers heading up to the two highest peaks in the area, Mont de Grange (at 2,432m) or Cornettes du Bise (2,432m) offers the opportunity for some excellent backcountry riding.

There’s a decent freestyle park at Châtel which includes half-pipe, because well, that’s all we hit these days, right? The freestyle focussed can also easily head over to Avoriaz and enjoy the famous Stash area which is excellent.

Links between the Linga and Super Châtel ski areas have improved a lot with new, faster, chairlifts in recent years and a new piste, the Forestière, was opened for the 2015 season giving another option for returning to the village from Super Châtel. This run will also have snowmaking facilities added for the 2016 season.

The town of Châtel has remained typically French and has avoided the influx of major international tour operators. Instead you’ll find plenty of chalets and family run hotels offering some great accommodation choice. For apres and nightlife Châtel there are bars, clubs and night spots that remain open until the early hours, some of which provide live music and entertainment. However if that’s not your thing there is also a cinema and bowling alley.

There’s some lively apres to be had at the base of the Linga and Super Châtel and the town has a number of nice bars and restaurants if you want to carry on. Chatel has a number of excellent independant chalets making it a great choice to enjoy a proper chalet ski trip with easy access to a huge ski area.

Don’t forget to the try the local Abondance cheese and the Crepy white wine, two specialities of the local area.

An adult 6-day pass for Chatel will set you back around €195 and give you access to 54 lifts and 64 pistes, which is enough for beginners and those not looking to stray too far. Alternatively you can opt for the full Portes du Soleil area pass which will allow you to roam the full 400 km area. As usual there are numerous other lift options to choose from including half days, various concessions and family passes.



Chatel ski area:130 km
Chatel pistes:64
Chatel lifts:54

1 day Chatel lift pass:€41
6 day Chatel lift pass:€195

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Linked areas:
AvoriazMorzine, Abondance, la Chapelle d’Abondance, Les Gets, Montriond, St Jean d’Aulps, Champéry, Morgins, Torgon, Val d’Illiez, Les Crosets, Champoussin. 

  • Geneva is nearest airport for Chatel, just a 1hr 15mins transfer to the resort. There is a bus transfer service but save yourself the hassel and organise a transfer with one of the many companies serving the ski area. 

  • If heading to Chatel by car, from France follow signs for Geneva, exit the autoroute at Annemasse, continue to Thonon then follow signs for Vallée d’Abondance / Châtel. From from Switzerland follow signs for Monthey - Grand Saint Bernard, exit the autoroute at Monthey (Portes du Soleil exit) then follow signs for Morgins. There are two covered car parks in Chatel, one in the village centre at the Churche square and one at Petit Châtel at the Fromparture of Barbossine chairlift.

  • Chatel is 40 km or about 45 minutes from Thonon-les-Bains railway station. There's a bus service from the station to the resort, or a taxi will cost around €90. 

2200m Highest Lift
1000m Vertical Drop
1200m Resort Altitude

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