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). The entire resort has maintained a traditional style of architecture, with chalets and houses dotted across the hills. It's a great option for families looking for a more intimate base than the larger resorts of Avoriaz and Morzine.

It is right on the huge Portes du Soleil circuit, very close to the Swiss border. 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. Recent upgrades linking its two slopes by chairlifts rather than just buses alongside a new blue piste down to those lifts from the Super-Chatel sector.

 

Pros

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

Cons

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

Contact Details

Good For

Ability
  • Advanced
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
In Resort
  • Family Friendly
  • Ski To Door
  • Village Charm
On Slope
  • No Queues
  • Terrain Parks

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