Unlike most resorts linked to major ski areas, Chatel 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-Chatel sector. Chatel 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.

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

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

Pleasant, lively, traditional, French-dominated village


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

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

Few packages offered by major UK tour operators

Getting there

  • Geneva airport: 1.5 hours
  • Sion airport: 1 hours

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