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Chatel Ski Resort, France

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Key Features

  • Activities for non-skiers
  • Good for self-drive
  • Good for après
  • Families
  • Large ski area
  • Short Transfers

"Chatel is nestled in a scenic wooded valley and is exactly what you might imagine from a traditional French ski resort - historic architecture, chapels, churches and a town steeped ski history. The resort has grown to become part of the massive Portes du Soleil ski area with the likes of Avoriaz and Les Gets."

Rob, Marketing

Resort Facts

  • Resort height: 1,200m
  • Highest lift: 2,400m
  • No. of lifts: 195
  • No. of slopes: 306
  • Total piste: 650km
  • Transfer times:

    Grenoble: 2hrs 50mins

    Geneva: 1hr 30mins

     


Overview of Chatel

Chatel is one of our newest French resorts which you'll find close to the Swiss border. The resort is nestled in a valley surrounded by trees and is particularly scenic during the winter months after being iced with a layer of snow.

Chatel is exactly what you might imagine from an alpine ski resort - with traditional architecture as well as various chapels and churches. The first lift in the resort (The Vonnes drag lift) was built in 1947 and since then the resort has grown and also become part of the massive Portes du Soleil ski area. Being part of the Portes du Soleil ski area means you have the opportunity to explore a vast amount of terrain including through some well known resorts such as Avoriaz and Morzine.

If flying the closest airport is Geneva and then you just have a 1 hour 30 (approx) transfer. This is an added bonus for those travelling with children who may be restless after the flight. You could alternatively self-drive to the resort from the UK which would take around 12 hours (estimate from London). If you were to self-drive you could use this to visit other places on the way, such as Strasbourg or Colmar if going via the A4 and A35. Or Dijon or Paris if going via other highways.

3 Things We Love About Chatel

  1. Family-oriented resort, with a good variety of non-ski activities from sledging and bowling to paragliding and a laser show.
  2. Rapid links to Avoriaz and the rest of the massive Portes du Soleil area, with its 650km of piste.
  3. Classic Savoyard village that is located on the border with Switzerland, allowing you to ski both countries in a day.

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    Ski hire in Chatel

    Organising ski hire has never been easier. Select your preferred departure date and see what discounts we offer when you pre-book. (Please note helmets are not included. Please call if you'd like to hire one).

    Bronze Silver Gold Platinum
    Child   (4-13 yrs) Skis | Poles £96
    Ski | Poles | Boots £116
    Snowboard £96
    Snowboard | Boots £116
    Adult   (14+ yrs) Skis | Poles £99 £142 £176 £204
    Ski | Poles | Boots £120 £165 £204 £234
    Snowboard £142 £176
    Snowboard | Boots £165 £204

    Discounts are available with our Ski-All-In packages when booking your lift pass and ski hire at the same time. Please call our sales team for details or book via Manage My Booking.

      Hand-Picked Rental Shops - Every year, we hand-pick our rental shops based on location and service and negotiate great discounts to keep your holiday price low.

      Convenient Locations - We allocate all our ski accommodation with ski hire within easy access or will alternatively offer a pick-up and drop-off service for your convenience.

      Excellent Range & Service - All our rental shops offer an excellent range of equipment for all abilities and have a fully trained technician on-site to offer advice and guidance so you will be confident taking your equipment out onto the slopes.

      • A solid option for beginner skiers - designed as an value option for those just starting out
      • Ski equipment which is best suited to those staying on the pistes
      • Ideal for those on a budget
      • A solid option for beginner skiers - designed as an value option for those just starting out
      • Ski equipment which is best suited to those staying on the pistes
      • Ideal for those on a budget
      • Ideal for intermediate skiers to advanced - designed for skiers looking for specific types of skis including carving, on piste, freeride, freestyle, race skis etc.
      • Greater choice of high performance ski equipment
      • Perfect for anyone looking to master technique or looking for a new challenge
      • Ideal for advanced / expert skiers with a wide range of types available including downhill race skis, fat off piste, etc.
      • The very ‘best of the best’ skis, boots and poles - best suited for skiers looking for the latest thrills on the latest technology
      • Our widest range of choice from this season’s latest ski models

      Find out more about our ski hire

      Lift passes in Chatel

      A lift pass is a necessity for every ski holiday and often a sizeable chunk of your holiday budget. As a result, and using our 40 years of experience, we have sought great value prices for you.

      Six Day Full Area Pass
      Senior   (65-99 yrs) £257
      Adult   (20-64 yrs) £285
      Youth   (16-19 yrs) £257
      Child   (5-15 yrs) £214

      Discounts are available with our Ski-All-In packages when booking your lift pass and ski hire at the same time. Please call our sales team for details or book via Manage My Booking.

        • Reduced price lift passes are available for under 4 years with photo ID
        • The full area pass gives access to the 12 linked ski areas of the Portes du Soleil, totalling 650km of marked pistes making this one of the world’s largest. With this pass, you can ski in both France (in Avoriaz, Morzine, Les Gets, Montriond, Abondance, St Jean d’Aulps and Chatel) and Switzerland (in Champery, Les Crozets, Champoussin, Morgins and Torgon).

        Find out more about our ski pack terms and conditions

        Find out more about lift pass options we offer

        Ski lessons in Chatel

          What level do you need?

          • Beginner – Never skied before or just a little dry slope experience.
          • Intermediate – Has completed the beginner ski level lessons or can control own speed, change direction on blue/gradual slopes and can bring skis together when turning.
          • Advanced – Has completed intermediate ski lessons or can finish turns with confidence, has good control of speed on red runs and is looking to attempt and master blacks.
          • Kids Club – A safe and secure environment for young ones to gain their first experience on snow and skiing. Kids club is the best place for children to get used to the equipment and slopes whilst having fun.

          Find Out More About Ski Lessons and Guiding

          We pride ourselves on working with top-rated and endorsed ski schools in all resorts.

          • Quality - Working with English-speaking ski schools which maintain good group sizes and can cater for all abilities
          • Convenience - You can select the ski schools which are most conveniently located to your accommodation
          • Satisfaction - We only choose to work with the best ski schools in resort and ask for your feedback to ensure the highest standards are being maintained
          • Less hassle - Visit Manage My Booking once you've booked your holiday and save yourself the time and effort of shopping around.
          • Better value - By pre-booking your lessons we can ensure that you get the best possible price, locking in the cost

          Find Out More About Ski Lessons and Guiding

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          Report last updated at: Mon 4th Dec 2023