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Chatel: Backflip

Lively, much developed old village, popular with French families, on huge Portes du Soleil circuit.

Unlike most resorts linked to major ski areas, Châtel remains relatively unspoiled and retains a very French feel, with a life outside tourism (there are still around 30 working farms). It is also right on the huge Portes du Soleil circuit, very close to the Swiss border; and last season, at long last, its two local sectors of slopes were linked by new lifts (a fast quad and a six-pack) rather than just by bus. And for the coming season there will be a new blue piste down to those lifts from the Super-Châtel sector.

Châtel is a much expanded village near the head of the wooded Dranse valley, at the north-eastern limit of the huge French-Swiss Portes du Soleil ski circuit. It has two separate sectors of slopes, one linked to its French neighbour - high, purpose-built Avoriaz - and the other linked to two resorts in Switzerland: Morgins (which is on the Portes du Soleil circuit) and Torgon (which is not on the circuit).

A few kilometres down the valley is rustic La Chapelle-d'Abondance, with lifts into the Torgon slopes - covered at the end of this chapter.

Opening times

  • 3 Dec to 22 Apr: 0900-1700

Getting there

  • Sion airport - 1 hours
  • Geneva airport - 1.5 hours




Very extensive, pretty, intermediate terrain on Portes du Soleil circuit, with good local slopes

Low altitude and exposure to westerlies means some risk of rain and poor snow


Wide range of good-value accommodation including family-run 2-star and 3-star hotels

Still mainly slow lifts at Super-Châtel and over the Swiss border


Pleasant, lively, traditional, French-dominated village

Few packages offered by major UK tour operators

tour operators in Chatel

The Oxford Ski Company
5% discount for Ski Club members
With over fourteen years of experience, some 450+ personally inspected luxury ski chalets and 90...
Lagrange Holidays
5% discount for Ski Club members
Lagrange specialises primarily in self-catering ski holidays to France, featuring accommodation to...
Sunweb Holidays
5% discount for Ski Club members
Sunweb Holidays - Offers fantastic deals for accommodation in the top ski resorts in France and...

ski accommodation in Chatel

Chalet Blanc
10% discount for Ski Club members
Just 90 minutes from Geneva airport by complimentary transfer, Chalet Blanc is ideally located to...

member discounts in Chatel

60% discount for Ski Club members
N.B. Online bookings will vary depending on resort and seasonal time. However Ski Club members will...
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