In Châtel you’ll find a charming alpine resort with a lot to offer. This lively village, with perfectly preserved mountain architecture, offers skiing both locally and also in the vast unspoiled Portes du Soleil domain. You will also find small paths here and there that you can follow on foot or on snowshoes. The countryside is as magnificent as the old chalets in the valley. Here, the atmosphere is a tempting mixture of a tranquil way of life, friendliness and fun!
The Châtel ski domain itself offers a wide range of superb holidays and magnificent opportunities for skiing, both for those who come for the life and scenery on the mountain and those looking for that ultimate experience on the slopes.
It extends across two massifs: Super-Châtel / Barbossine and Linga / Pré-La-Joux / Plaine Dranse, and comprises of 46 ski slopes: 6 black, 14 red, 17 blue and 9 green with a total length of 83 km and 43 ski-lifts. From Châtel there are direct links to the resorts of Avoriaz and Morgins, giving you access to the huge Portes du Soleil ski area. The local Châtel ski pass is also valid throughout the Swiss resort of Torgon, in the Corbeau sector of the Swiss resort of Morgins and the La Braitaz sector at La Chapelle d’Abondance (including the Panthiaz gondola lift). So with a Châtel ski pass you can use 56 ski lifts and 66 pistes totalling some 130 km (80 miles). If you prefer to ski a vast area, go for the Portes du Soleil ski pass! Being part of the Portes du Soleil means Chatel has something for every level of skier and snowboarder.
Where to Stay
Hotel Macchi ****
This family run hotel is just a few minutes walk from the centre of Châtel. With 30 rooms this hotel also offers a pool, wellness and fitness centre as well as wifi internet. The hotel received a major refurbishment in 2008 but still keeps its alpine charm. Ski rental is also available in the hotel shop with local staff passing on great tips for where to ski.
Hotel Kandahar ***
This Savoyard style hotel has 8 rooms, a restaurant, bar, sauna, hammam, gym and free internet. The hotel is situated near to the free shuttle bus for the Linga Lifts. The restaurant offers a full range of traditional Savoyard specialties in a chalet style environment with an open fire.
“Fanasticable” zip-wire winter opening
Having first removed their skis at the top of the Rochassons chair lift, intrepid skiers and boarders will now be able to fly down the first stage of the Fantasticable at 140 m above Plaine-Dranse village. This is the first time that the Fantasticable will be open in winter as well as in summer.
Speeds along the giant 1,200 m zip-wire can reach 100 km/h! At the bottom, skiers can collect their equipment (which will have followed them down the wire in a transportation bag), snap into their skis and can continue to enjoy the wide choice of ski runs in the vast ski area. Price: €25/flight