Chaletneuf du Tenne
Chaletneuf du Tenne is just above the beautiful mountain village of Châtel with truly spectacular views in all directions. It is the highest and finest luxury ski chalet in the resort and just a stone’s throw from the piste, so you can ski back to...
Some luxury ski chalets have plenty of ‘wow factor’, but very little practicality (white linen sofas when you are a red wine drinker with exuberant children, for example?). So it’s good to see that Chalet Soleil has mastered the art of blending hip...
La Grange au Merle
La Grange au Merle is a luxury ski chalet in Châtel, new for the 2016/17 season, sleeping 12-14 people in 6 bedrooms, including a family suite. This traditional Savoyarde farmhouse has been tastefully renovated with a warm and cosy feel and...
Chalet Douze Etoiles
Thoroughly modern yet with classic style, this luxury ski chalet in Chatel is a perfect blend of new and old. Traditional woods, a palette of checks and neutrals interlaced with warm reds and all the extras you’d expect from a luxury chalet –...
Chalet La Folie
Perched just above the village, this luxury ski chalet is situated just a few minutes walk to Chatel and is almost ski-in/ski-out of with only a 100m walk to the nearest lift, meaning you can be up on the slopes in no time each morning. Local...
Stunning, stylish, yet oh so comfortable, you’ll feel right at home at Chalet Cannelle, a true gem of a luxury ski chalet. Nestled in a peaceful hamlet close to the charming ski resort of Chatel, it’s hard to believe that this luxurious chalet...
Destination Guide: Chatel
Chatel is a little-known French resort which began as a quaint farming village and has grown steadily to become a first rate ski hub, brimming with authentic charm. Oak-beamed, Savoyard restaurants compete to serve up the most enticing, hearty regional dishes, and local cheeses such as Abondance, and melt-in-the-mouth charcuterie are displayed in charming little shops.
Perched at the upper reaches of the valley, Chatel has a vibrant character, and there’s a free ski bus service around the village sprawl. The French Tourist Board has awarded Chatel their Famille Plus rating, which means it is particularly well suited to families. The plentiful ski schools, nursery facilities and general friendliness bear this out. In Winter, the adrenaline-fuelled thrills include sledge runs, husky trails and a multitude of snow sports. In Summer, the invigorating pursuits include cycling, hiking and fishing.
As one of 12 ski resorts in the extensive Portes du Soleil ski area, Chatel offers easy ski access to Avoriaz and Morzine, and the Swiss resorts of Champery and Morgins. There is everything from beginner slopes to near-vertical descents such as the famous Swiss Wall. Boarders and freestyle skiers love the jumps, rails and half pipes of the Smoothpark, and you can go night skiing on Thursdays. For beginners, there are plenty of nursery slopes at Super Chatel, Les Marmottons and Pre La Joux.
Best places to eat and drink in Chatel
Highly praised chef Sebastien Selle presents a sublime gourmet menu at La Table d’Antoine, including magret de canard and fillet of sea bass, and the restaurant even runs its own shuttle minibus.
A great après ski buzz can be found at The Tunnel bar, the Lion Bar and the Avalanche, and Le Vieux Four, Le Pierrier and Le Fiacre are three of Chatel’s best farmhouse style restaurants serving Haute Savoie cuisine in a charming setting.
Up on the slopes there’s a good choice of traditional alpine eateries such as the eccentric Chez Babeth – Le Vieux Chalet, which resembles a fairytale grotto serving hearty fare and also a variety other self service options for those looking for a quick stop.
Best time to visit Chatel
The ski season in Chatel starts around 21 December and goes right through to 27 April. Many lifts are also open in the summer for walking and cycling through the alpine meadows.
Chatel is one and a half hours from Geneva airport by car, and an hour from Sion airport.
What we love about Chatel
Moonlight skiing every Thursday night is an unforgettable Chatel experience. We love gliding down the Linga slope in the eerie glow of floodlights, to the sound of music. It’s magical.
Ski area: Portes du Soleil
Highest lift: 2466m
Total pistes: 650km
Total lifts: 196
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