Châtel Ski Resort
Châtel is one of the few resorts with rustic French charm and access to a vast linked ski area.
With direct access to the Portes du Soleil and its 580km of slopes, Châtel is perfectly placed for a winter holiday. There's either access via the Linga gondola towards Avoriaz and Morzine, or via the Super Châtel lift across to the Swiss side and the resort of Morgins. The latter unfortunately has a number of slow lifts and drags, plus a bus connection to complete the loop, so if you're looking to ski the linked ski area we'd recommend catching the former. That being said, the local slopes extend across the ridgeline to Torgon and offer a good amount of variety. The only real issue remains the altitude, which although snowmaking has improved things, still causes issues at the start and end of the season, or during warm spells.
The village of Châtel itself is rather spread out, but is attractive and rustic. There's a number of great family-friendly hotels, as well as numerous chalets dotted across the hillside. For maximum convenience, the closer you are to the Super Chatel gondola the better, otherwise you'll need to catch the bus to the lifts each day. Off the slopes there's a lot to do, even in bad weather, and there's an excellent nordic centre in the valley between Châtel and neighbouring La Chapelle d'Abondance.
Resort website: www.chatel.com