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.