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Skiing & Winter Activities in Chátel Ski Resort France

Chatel France is a traditional village that transforms into a modern-day alpine ski resort in winter. It is one of only a handful of French ski resorts that has remained completely unspoiled with its beautiful styled chalet buildings and charm. This is due to Chatel being carefully developed so as not to lose its authenticity, while at the same time keeping up with the demands of offering a state-of-the-art ski resort.

The resort itself is quite big and offers 73 ski runs with a total length of 83kms serviced by 61 lifts. It is a cross-border resort that also forms part of the Portes Du Soleil ski area. It makes up one of the 12 interlinked ski resorts across France and Switzerland. Giving you access to over 600kms of ski runs with around two hundred ski lifts.

Panoramic view skiing in winter Chatel France
Skiing at the Chatel ski resort during winter Switzerland in the background

The cross-border resort was my last stop on the French side of the Portes du Soleil, while on my skis safari before heading to Champery Switzerland. Although I have been to Chatel ski village a few times before in winter, I always get excited about returning and skiing.

The ski area still feels untouched and there is just a real authentic feel about the resort. I liked it even more when the TS Portes Du Soleil and TS Gabelou chairlifts opened connecting the whole of Chatel ski area.

Here is what you need to know about skiing and other activities in Chatel Ski village France during winter.

Winter in Chatel France

Chatel is a working village located in the Haute Savoie region in south-eastern France bordering Switzerland. The village lies at an altitude of 1200m with the ski lifts taking you up to around 2200 metres. During the winter season, the Chatel France ski area gets an average of 616cms of snow. It is also a fantastic resort for families and holds the French government’s highest ‘Family Plus’ certification for its family-friendliness.

Being a cross-border Ski resort Chatel has easy direct links to the Swiss resorts of Torgon and Morgins as well as Avoriaz in France. It is also linked to the rest of the Portes Du Soleil via the other ski resorts. In summer, you can also get around these resorts by hiking and biking. The closest train station to Chatel is at Monthey and the closest international airport is Geneva.

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Activities in Chatel

There is a multitude of winter activities that you can do in Chatel and across the French Alps too. For the adventurous type, you have zip lining, Helicopter flights, or even ski paragliding. Families can enjoy ice-skating, sledding or participate in one of the activities created for children in the winter season. You can even hop on the little train and take a tour of Chatel village and around the Abondance valley.

Don’t forget you also have access to the other resort’s winter activities in Portes du Soleil, like taking a horse-drawn carriage through the villages.

Skiing in Chatel France to Morgains Switzerland in winter
Skiing along the border from Chatel France to Champery in Switzerland

Chatel Ski area

Skiing is separated into two different areas, Super-Châtel / Barbossine and Linga / Pre la Joux / Plain Dranse. These are linked together by high-tech Portes du Soleil and Gabelou chairlifts that opened in 2015. Being part of the Portes du Soleil, Châtel also has direct links to Avoriaz, Morgins and Torgon and La Chapelle d’Abondance ski areas. Skiing over to Les Gets and Morzine ski resort is possible but it is a bit of a long hike.

Chatel has 73 ski runs with a total length of 83kms that offers skiers an incredible 1000 meters (3280 feet) of vertical descent. For snowboarders, there is a snowpark known as the smoothpark located in Super-Chatel. If cross country skiing is your thing there are 49 km’s (31 miles) of ski trails. You can download the interactive winter map here for Chatel France.

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Super-Châtel / Barbossine

The Super-Châtel Barbossine area is ideal for beginners with lots of green and blue slopes like the 16 Chanterelle. The best way to get up to the skiing area is via the Super-Châtel gondola located in centre of the village. For intermediate and advanced skiers you have red and black slopes like 2 L’Ecureuil or the 4 Barbossine, which you easily get to via Petit Chatel chairlift.



Linga / Pré la Joux / Plaine Dranse

The Linga / Pré la Joux / Plaine Dranse area is great for intermediate and advanced skiers with some superb terrain like the black slope 33 Les Renards. Which makes your legs burn, especially in the afternoon with the moguls. This is also a great area for off piste skiing when it snows heavily  These slopes are accessible either by the Linga gondola or by the Pré la Joux and Pierre Longue chairlifts at Pre la Joux.

For beginners, you have a carpet, two ski lifts, and the Pierre Longue chairlift which services green slopes. There is a long green slope that is great for families to do together 39 La Belette. I like doing the La Belette when I am tired and skiing back only to Pré la Joux.

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Skiing Linga / Pré la Joux / Plaine Dranse ski area Chatel France

Winter wonderland in Pré la Joux ski area after a snowfall in Chatel France

Quick numbers of the Chatel Ski Area

  • Chatel has two separate ski areas; Super-Châtel/Barbossine and Linga/Pré-La-Joux / Plaine Dranse
  • 61 Ski lifts & 45 ski runs ( 9 Green / 15 Blue / 15 Red / 6 Black )
  • Speed slope cordoned off secured with nets, which has a timing device and electronic speed display
  • 1 Snowpark located in Super-Châtel/Barbossine
  • Night skiing on the Linga slope every Thursday from 7.30 pm-9.30 pm
  • 3 safe sledding runs areas for families to enjoy
  • DVA Park is a dedicated area for learning how to use an avalanche transceiver located near the La Chanterelle run.

Please remember to wear your ski helmet when you are on the slopes.

  

Chatel Ski Pass 

Chátel France has two options in regards to ski passes and what area they cover during winter skiing; the Châtel Liberté and the Portes du Soleil. The Châtel Liberté ski pass covers Châtel, La Chapelle d’Abondance in France and the Torgon and the Corbeau sector of the Morgins ski resort in Switzerland. The Portes du Soleil ski pass will cover all the 12 resorts giving you access to 600km of skiing with 209 lifts.

Chatel ski passes offer a range of prices and types, depending on where you want to ski and for how long. You can get individual or family ski passes which you can either purchase in the resort or online. However, if you buy a ski pass online you will automatically get a discount and save money.

Additional information about ski passes

  • Children under the age of 5 can ski for FREE 
  • You can buy your pass online and pick it up from the ski office or they can send it out to you.
  • You can also recharge your lift pass online
Sunny day on the ski fields with skiers on the drag lift
Going via the drag lifts skiing across the top of the slopes Chatel France near the Petit Chatel chairlift

Skiing from Chatel to Avoriaz for a day

Skiing from Chatel to Avoriaz is possible but you will need to have a Portes du Soleil ski pass to use the chairlifts. In fact, one of my favourite things to do when I am in Chatel is to ski over to Avoriaz. We usually ski over for the day, have lunch and make our way back stopping at Les Lindarets or the “Goat Village” for a drink.

 It is directly linked from the top of Rochassons chairlift then via either the Chaux Fleuri red slope or the Grand Plan blue slope. Then you can catch the Prolays or Les Lindarets chairlift up which will take you into the centre of Avoriaz ski resort.

On your way back, you can take the Le Chesery blue slope then change onto the La Belette green slope back to Pre Ia Joux. If you want you can also ski all the way back to the centre of Chatel ski resort. One of the best slopes back from Avoriaz is the red 34 Les Rennesles where you can take in the views. 

Wear the right ski gloves for skiing, as well as the other outdoor winter activities. I wear Leki women’s ski gloves they are a little pricey but fantastic for keeping the cold out.

Winter Les Lindarets or the Goat Village” Skiing Chatel to Avoriaz France
Les Lindarets or the Goat Village” Skiing back from Avoriaz to Chatel ski resort

Skiing from Chatel to Morgins

One of the draw cards for Chatel France is that you can ski in Switzerland without any hassle. Skiing from Chatel to Morgins is easy as it is directly linked to the resort using both use blue and red slopes. To get to Morgins you go via the Chalet Neuf draglift which is reachable by taking a few lifts up in the Super-Châtel/Barbossine.

If you want to ski in Morgins but you are not confident about skiing over, then that is not a problem. As the Swiss ski resort is only 5 mins drive from Chatel and you can go via D22 pass through Vonnes. There is also a shuttle bus that goes between the resorts that run a couple of times a day from the centere of Chatel village.

If you intend to go over the border to Switzerland, please take your passport or ID. Also, the Restaurants on the Swiss side do accept Euros.

Keeping warm during winter in Chatel Ski Resort France

Chatel Ski School and Guide’s

Whether you are an experienced skier or beginner, getting a ski instructor or going to ski school can be well worth it. Advanced skiers can be shown the best the resort has to offer and hidden gems in Portes Du Soleil. Beginners and intermediates can learn techniques, polish up their skills and build confidence.

There is a good selection of ski schools, guides, and instructors in the resort of Chatel France during winter. ESF is the largest and then there are a few independent ones like BASE Chatel which is a British alpine ski school. Both of these ski schools also offer lessons in Les Gets and Morzine as well.

One of the things I love about being on a press trip is that you get the opportunity to ski with some great local skiers. I skied with Paul who was an instructor and guide with the ESF, the largest ski school and guides in France. We had a great day skiing all over Chatel and even showed me some areas that I had not skied before.

If you want to build your confidence before your ski holiday to Chatel France, then I suggest going to the Snow Centre.

ESF ski school and instructor in Chátel France
Skiing with Paul my ski instructor from the ESF in Chatel

Fantasticable Zip line in winter

Fantasticable zip line is an adventure activity that you can do in Chatel during winter that will get your heart racing. Strapped into a harness in a laying position you fly like a bird over Paine-Dranse Portes village in the French Alps. The zip line is 1,200 m long and you can get up to speeds of 80 to 100km per hour. The best bit is that you can do it solo or in a duo with a friend.

You can get to the Fantasticable via the Pierre-Longue and Rochassons chairlifts in Pre-Ia Joux. Your skis and snowboard gear will follow you on the zip wire in a transportation carrier. So once you have finished, you just clip back into your gear and keep on skiing in Chatel. Don’t forget to turn on your GoPro for all those action shots while flying high above the French Alps. Val Thorens ski resort also has a zip line if you looking for winter activities in France. 

My husband completed the Fantastical zip line during the summer season in Chatel and loved it. In summer there are two zip lines for double the adventure and the additional line is higher. If you have a Multi-pass or a Portes du Soleil MTB pass you will receive a discount. 

Information for this activity during winter

  • Opening hours: Daily from 12 noon – 4 pm
  • face mask mandatory from 6 yrs old
  • Digital Covid-certificate is mandatory for anyone aged 12 yrs and over
Fantasticable zip line winter activities in Chatel France ski resort
One of the top winter activities to do in Chátel is the Zip line Pic provided by Chatel Tourism (Thiebaut )

Aquatic centre Forme d’O

Forme d’O aquatic centre is a great place to unwind, relax or just enjoy a swim in either the outdoor or indoor heated pool. Forme d’O is located in the village of Chatel and is super easy to get to by shuttle bus. The best bit is that it has outstanding views of the snowy mountains in the distance from the pool. A lot of families go here for a half day activity after their children’s ski school. 

There is an inside with waterfalls and bubbles bed seats and outside heated pool, as well as saunas and steam baths. The centre also offers a variety of treatments from facials, body treatments in individual or double cubicles. In the pool, you can do water activities from swimming classes, baby swimmer, aqua fitness, and aqua biking. 

Top things to do in Chatel France during winter

During the summer season in Chátel, Forme d’O aquatic centres indoor and outdoor pool is included in Multipass. Then there is a 50% discount on the Oceane entrance and 15 % on face care. Champéry on the Swiss side also offers an indoor and outdoor pool in summer. 

Please note that a Digital Covid certificate is mandatory.

Aquatic centre winter information

  • Address: l’Etringa, 188 Chem. de l’Etringa, 74390 Châtel
  • Opening hours: Daily from 12 noon – 8 pm
  • Children under 3 yrs old are free
  • Under 16yrs olds are not allowed in the sauna and hammans due to French regulations.
Non ski activties in Chatel Ski Resort France winter & summer
The Aquatic centre during winter in Chatél France Photo provided by Chatel Tourism (Thiebaut )

Rock the Pistes Music Ski Festival

Rock the Pistes is a high altitude annual music ski music festival held in both France and Switzerland. This event is organised by the ski resorts within the Portes Du Soleil. The festival runs for a duration of a week usually in mid March, during spring skiing. Each resort hosts a series of both indoor and outdoor events, with the drawcard being on-piste concerts.

The festival provides the perfect opportunity to ski or snowboard while enjoying music from international acts. The best bit is the concerts are absolutely FREE and are included in your ski pass. I attended Rock the Pistes for a few days and the atmosphere was electric and fun. There is no doubt in my mind that this is one of the best ski music festivals in Europe. You can read my full review and check out how you can attend this unique festival.

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Rock the Pistes in Chatel

Chatel’s Rock the Pistes concert stage is located at Paine-Dranse Portes village on the French side. Access to this event area is via the Pierre Longue chairlifts at Pre la Joux. If you are not skiing around from Chatel village then can simply take the free ski bus from the centre. You can check this season’s lineup here for Chatel on the official website.

Information about the snow festival

  • Check availability and prices for accommodation here for the whole of the Portes Du Soleil ski resorts.
  • Lifts will stay open an extra half an hour during the week of the music festival.
  • Remember to take your sun screen and sunglasses with you for protection.
  • Ski racks are provided at each concert venue
  • Skis and snowboards must be removed before entering the concert areas.
Rock the Pistes Avoriaz, spring skiing March in France
Watching Rock the Pistes in Avoriaz, while skiing during March

Winter accommodation in Chatel France

There is a great selection of accommodation if you want to go skiing during winter in Chatel France. Accommodation is spread out across the village areas with most of the main hotels and places to stay in the centre of Chatel. Other popular areas are Villapreyron which has the TC DU Linga chairlift and Petit Chatel accessed by TS DU Petit Chatel chairlift.

Don’t be discouraged about staying further out of town or up the mountain, as there are regular bus services that cover a wider area of Chatel. The shuttles are FREE and stop at some of the hotels or if not, quite near them with the main depart near the Super Chatel Gondola. 

Here is a good selection of accommodation in Chatel that you can stay in while skiing.

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Logis Hotel Les Triolets

Located in between the SuperChatel gondola and Petit Chatel lift is the charming Logis Hôtel les Triolets. It is only a 10minute walk up the hill from the centre of Chatel and has some beautiful views across the village. The best bit is that it can be easily reached by the FREE ski bus that stops outside the hotel if you don’t want to walk with your ski equipment.

This family-run hotel has 20 rooms with balconies, an indoor heated pool, a restaurant, and south terraces. The owners were super nice and were able to help me with anything I needed. I had a comfy room with a small balcony that overlooked chalets on the mountain behind the hotel. My stay was based on half board and my meals were in the restaurant overlooking the village.

Please note that currently this hotel is closed, but you can email them to see when they will open back up.

Where to stay in the Chátel the French Alps
A winter Chalel rental in Chátel France

Le Tremplin Hotel

Le Tremplin Hotel is located on the main road of Chatel and about 320 meters away from the L’Oy Ski Lift and only a 5 – 10 minute walk from centre of the village. You can access the ski lifts and town easily by both private and public ski bus that stops at the hotel. It is also near the ski school making it an ideal hotel to stay with family.

The hotel is cosy with traditional alpine style décor that feels warm and relaxing as soon as you step inside. Le Tremplin offers a sauna, hot tub, fitness centre, as well as a bar/lounge area, and a restaurant. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served every day and dinner if you do half board. 

My room was a good size with a comfortable double bed and all your mod cons like flat screen TV. I also had a great little balcony that has some beautiful views over Chatel village and was great to relax on in the afternoon. While I stayed here during the summer season it is also open in winter.



Central Hostel Chatel

Central Hostel Chatel is a good option if you are on a budget and looking for basic accommodation in a great location. It is situated on top of a bar and only 5 mins to the TS DE Super Châtel Ski Lift and main bus station. The hostel features a sun terrace, a shared kitchen, and a TV lounge with a common area.

There is also free WIFI throughout the property, free luggage storage, and a ski equipment storage area. If you stay here during the summer season a secure bike storage facility is available. Central Hostel Chatel is rated as one of the best value for money accommodations in Portes Du Soleil.

Winter ski holidays in the French Alps Skiing
Winter views from my apartment in the Chatel France

Restaurants in Chalet

It is not a trip to the Chatel without sampling some of the local food, like Abondance cheese with a glass of wine. There are some great options in regards to where to eat with most of the restaurants serving traditional French specialties. However, some also do international cuisine as well.  

Below are a few suggestions on where to eat in Chatel on and off the mountain that I have been.

Le Vieux Four

Le Vieux Four is a cosy, rustic family-run restaurant and is ranked No3 on TripAdvisor for food in Chatel. If you love traditional French food and cheese specialties like Raclette and Tartiflette then add this place to your list. The Fromage abundance of cheese melted for the main meal took me to like cheese heaven. 

The restaurant is located in the centre of town and only a 2 minute walk away from the Super Chatel gondola. It is super easy to walk to and the ski bus stops near there. The food was a bit pricy and the service was pretty good too. Due to where it is in the Chatel village, it is open late for dinner.

Melted cheese dish at  le Vieux Four  in the Chatel Village
Melted Cheese at le Vieux Four  in the Chatel Village France

Le Fiacre 

If you are looking for a restaurant in the village that will cater to everyone, then I suggest Le Fiacre. Apart from your traditional French specialties, they also have a good selection of Vegetarian meals, steaks, pizza, and wine. The Chalet styled restaurant is quite big and has 3 areas to sit hungry guests.

Le Fiacre is located in the centre of the village near the Boulangerie-Patisserie Grillet bakery and tourist office. I have always liked having pizza here with a glass of local wine. This restaurant offers good comfort food that is great after a hard day enjoying your winter sports.

La ferme des pistes

La ferme des pistes is a great spot for lunch or for a drink when skiing in French Alps. It is located near the top of the TC du linga gondola in the Linga area directly on the mountain slopes. La ferme des pistes serve French specialties that are simple but very tasty, especially the cheese dishes.

It is really cosy and charming inside, so best to book if you want to go here for lunch. There is also an outdoor area with views down the valley. I have been here a few times for both the lunch and the après ski. I think it is a good spot to stop if you are spring skiing in Chatel Franch.

Apres ski whicl spring skiing Chatel Ski Resort France
Enjoying the Apres ski, while spring skiing in Chatel

Best way to get to Chátel France in winter

Geneva international is the airport to fly into to get to Chatel France during winter and from there it’s 75 km to the ski resort. Car hire or transfer from Geneva Airport to Chatel is the best option, as there is no train station in the resort. If you want to go by public transport you have to catch a train to Aigle from the airport then change onto a bus to Chatel.

Flights to Geneva for Chatel

Direct flights from the UK to Geneva take around 1 hour and 40mins, depending on the city. Swiss Air and BA have a good selection of frequent flights during winter, so does Easyjet if you are on a budget. If you want to look at other airlines to Geneva, Travelsupermarket offers an easy and fast comparison on flights from the UK.

Chambery France also offers flights during the winter season for skiing, which you can use to get to Chatel. However, it is a smaller airport and most of the airlines that fly there are chartered. 

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Top things to do during winter in Chatél France

Car hire from Geneva

You can hire a car on either the French or Swiss Side at Geneva international airport. So double check when you are doing your booking, which country you book it in. As it can get a little confusing when you get out of the departure lounge in Switzerland and you book your car in France. We always use a car comparison website to check the different car hire companies and rates. Once we have decided then we look at the extra’s like the Sat Nav or ski chains if required. 

Remember though to make sure you have snow tires or chains during the winter ski season in France.


Chatel France getting there during winter

Driving from Geneva to Chátel France in winter

If you decided to hire a car from Geneva airport, it will roughly take you an hour and a half to drive to the ski resort. However, during winter it can be longer as the roads can become icy especially as you go up the mountains in France to Chatel and off the highway. It is now mandatory in France that you have either snow tires or chains during the winter ski season.

Transfers from Geneva to Chatel

Private or shared transfers from Geneva airport to Chatel ski resort are your best option overall if you don’t drive. There is a large selection available, as they also serve the other resorts in the Portes du Soleil. I have taken a shared transfer from Geneva a few times and it has always been easy and convenient.

Shared transfers are all located next to each other on your left-hand side when you exit the luggage collection.

Portes du Soleil and Gabelou Chairlifts in Chatel France Ski holiday
On the Portes du Soleil and Gabelou chairlifts while skiing

Tips and information for Chatel Ski Resort

  • The Tourism office offers FREE access to the WIFI and most parts of the Chatel ski area. 
  • There are 4 main car parks in Chátel located at the chairlifts and gondolas.
  • Use the free shuttle bus to get around Chatel village and main ski areas
  • Read our guide on what to do in summer in Chátel France
  • Download the free Portes du Soleil mobile phone app for either Android or iOS.
  • Boulangerie-Patisserie Grillet is my go to bakery for fresh baguettes and coffee.

Booking links, resources for skiing in Chátel France

Read more on the other ski resorts in Les Portes du Soleil 

Want to discover the other ski resorts that make up Les Portes du Soleil during winter with these great guides. You will find lots of amazing things to do in both France and Switzerland, as well as where to go skiing.

Skiing in Chatel ski resort France during winter
Skiing in the Super-Châtel Barbossine area of Chatel France

Thank you for reading this article about skiing in Chatel France and what else you can do during winter. I hope I helped with any information you needed and answered any questions, you may have had. Remember if you looking for other things to do in the area head to my Portes Du Soleil page.

Have you been to Chatel France before or over to it from the other ski resorts? I would love to hear about your experiences skiing or what else you got up to while there. 

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63 thoughts on “Skiing & Winter Activities in Chátel Ski Resort France

  1. Claire says:

    It does look stunning with the gorgeous mountain scenery, white snow and blue skies! I have never actually been skiing, I’d like to do a couple of lessons to see if I like it, then would probably go on that Fantasticable!

  2. Kavey Favelle says:

    I think for me one of the advantages of this resort seems to be the combination of beautiful scenery with a small and charming town, it doesn’t look as ugly and modern as some places seem to look. And of course, being in France, you cannot beat the food!

  3. Eric Jones says:

    What an informative guide on Chatel. I have heard of the resort but I never knew it was on the French / Swiss boarder. I could definitely try that Zip line.

  4. Mick D says:

    I came across your Chatel post when I was reading your Morzine piece & thought I would check it out. I have not heard of Chatel before but it looks like a great place to ski.

  5. Followingtherivera says:

    You’ll gasp when you read this, but I’ve never been skiing, never! But if I had to choose, Chatel looks like a good choice. I definitely wouldn not do the ziplining, I’m too scared, but would love to try skiing. Good tip about buying the pass online, and about the free bus, that’s very good to know.

    • melbtravel says:

      Don’t worry I didn’t do the zipline either, I chickened out at the last minute 🙂 You should definitely try skiing it is so much once you know what you are doing 🙂

  6. Candy says:

    O wow! I don’t ski, but that zip lining sounds amazing. My friends can go skiing while I enjoy activities like that 🙂 I also love it when resorts have free wifi. It really makes it easier for visitors who don’t have local data.

  7. L.C. @ A Life of Authenticity says:

    OK so I don’t like the cold, but love freshly fallen snow (or even the fake stuff) when skiing. I would have had a blast doing the ziplining activity. That looks like so much fun. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Courtney Andrews says:

    What a breathtaking place! Can you believe I’m 30 years old and have never been skiing?! I have been telling my husband that I want to go soon. France is on my bucket list 🙂

  9. Maggie says:

    Wow, I had no idea they had snow so early! We try to go see snow at least once a year since it doesn’t snow where we live (SoCal). This looks like the perfect place for a ski vacation!

    • melbtravel says:

      With climate change, the season is definitely getting later and later. There is snow but you can’t ski on it right now as the weather is to warm still.

  10. Stacey Billingsley says:

    Chatel looks so charming! I would love to visit. I haven’t been snow skiing, so I don’t know how I would do with that. I can water ski, though! I think I would like the zipline. And the aquatic area looks really relaxing. I would definitely try that cheese dish. That looks like heaven. I have another destination to add to my dream list now!

  11. Ola says:

    I’ve been wanting to try my hand (or legs) at skiing for a number of years now. The thing is my husband is totally uninterested. In it. This post could be a gamchamger though.

  12. Sandy N Vyjay says:

    Chatel is definitely looking like a white wonderland. The place looks so enchanting with its white carpet of snow. I can see that this place is a great place for skiing too, and I think one other nice thing is probably lesser crowds. Hope to get to this part of the world one winter morning.

  13. Juliette | Snorkels to Snow says:

    This would be my absolute dream to visit and ski in Chatel! What a glorious resort – looks like there are plenty of trails to keep all levels occupied. It looks absolutely gorgeous too. And I would totally be flying across in that zip line too! That would be the most freeing feeling – if you did that first thing in the morning you’d be super amped for a hard day’s skiing! Gorgeous. Hope to visit one day.

  14. David H says:

    We’ve skied Chatel every year for the last decade. A wonderful family resort with a good variety of slopes for all levels of skier. Wonderful place!

  15. Hannah says:

    Chatel looks absolutely precious! The photo of the village with the church spire rising out of it looks just like a postcard. We love skiing; do you know if there are ski schools for kids in Chatel? It looks like it would be a great family holiday destination in summer or winter, the biplane would definitely be the first thing to do when I got there!

  16. Laura Nalin says:

    I’m about to tell you something pretty wild: I’ve never been skiing in my life. I want to try someday! When I do try, this is literally the place I want to learn. Look at all those views!

  17. Claire Summers says:

    I am not a fan of skiing or the cold. Funny because my little sister actually lives close by here in Tignes! She drives and fixes the snow ploughs haha. She did manage to get me there in the summer though and I LOVED it. I much prefer it when the white stuff isn’t there. I really wish I could love skiing as it looks amazing in your pictures, everything looks so nice covered in snow. That Zip line looks amazing though! Maybe I could go and just do that every day while my friends ski haha.

    • melbtravel says:

      I was in Chatel in Summer as well and it looked completely different. I ended up liking it just as much then especially doing the hiking. I have skied through Tignes but not stayed there yet. I would love to though. There is a nice spa and pool in Chatel that people use when they don’t ski

  18. Aditi says:

    I’m mesmerized by your pictures. Looking at all that snow makes me want to plan a trip to Chatel right away. I would love to go skiing and devour that gourmet spread at rest. Thanks to you, Chatel has gone straight up on my bucket-list. Cheers!!

  19. Ankita says:

    Ohh.. This scene reminded me of the days spent in London while pursuing my PG! I had so much fun with my friends and we did so many snow activities back then!! 🙂

  20. Anosa says:

    Skiing is still one of my bucket-list. I am still planning for it and scheduling my vacation. Hopefully my leave will be approved. I envy your photos and experiences, soon I will have it experience too!

  21. Yukti says:

    Chatel looks like a stunning snowy resort with skiing and chalet living facilities. I would like to do zip-line over beautiful Swiss Alps. Living in French chalet styled hotels must a memorable experience.

  22. Suma says:

    I have never tried skiing bit I would love to some day. The zip lining adventure over the Alps seems pretty amazing, now that I don’t think I will say no ever. The ski resort looks pretty amazing, it is so pretty!

  23. Jurga says:

    Those snow-covered trees and the swimming pool convinced me, Melissa! Chatel looks amazing. I am not sure I would dare try the zip lining though – must be freezing cold in winter too, no?

  24. Melissa says:

    Oh wow your pictures are amazing! I have always wanted to try these kinds of recreational activities! Very informative post!

  25. Katie says:

    I really need to try skiing! I have never actually been properly skiing but tried dry slopes and hated it as a kid. Would love to visit this area though, the resort looks simply gorgeous!

  26. Lynn says:

    We normally ski in Austria but two years ago we booked self catering accommodation in Chatel. Needless to say, we are returning in December to Chatel and the same accommodation that offers indoor-outdoor pool, sauna & steamroom. The village is stunning and slopes are great. Chatel offers great value for money and the scenic drive from Geneva airport is worth the trip. Can highly recommend!

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