Châtel

Christmas lights in chatel village, portes du soliel, france
View over chatel village in france, skiing spot, portes du soliel
Balcony view of winter from the luxury family ski chalet in chatel
snow frost lake in the village chatel near the portes du soliel
chatel gondola

The Savoyard village of Châtel is perfectly positioned on the French-Swiss border, surround by majestic mountains and sitting at the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area. At a height of 1200m it holds an enviable snow record and offers unparalleled access to the slopes.  Let us welcome you to La Grange au Merle in the coming winter season and you too can ski Châtel in luxury.  You'll love it!

A view of the town centre of Chatel and the church in snowThe resort

Châtels traditional mountain architecture and lively atmosphere create a haven for families and friends. Whether you enjoy sumptuous local cheeses and charcuterie or cozy bars you will find a wealth of hospitality in this idyllic village resort. Shops selling locally produced cheese and saucisson rub shoulders with aprés-ski bars and restaurants, serving everything from a quick steak frites to fine dining and hearty Savoyard cuisine. The village retains a lively French atmosphere and is very welcoming to visitors whether on or off the piste.

Looking on to Plaine Dranse from Les Rennes pisteThe Skiing

There are five main lifts that rise into the mountains above Châtel, with the Super Chatel bubble departing from just above the church in the centre of the village.  All the lifts are interconnected across the valley, through into Switzerland and across to Morzine and Les Get. Together these form the vast Portes du Soleil ski area.  In addition there are several other lift systems within the valley that can provide a day's adventure into a new mountain.  There are also a fabulous collection of mountain chalet restaurants ready to revive and shelter you over lunch and drinks.

Snow record

Châtel has a unique microclimate because of it's situation between Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) and Mont Blanc.  Moist air from the lake rises over the mountains around Châtel, cooling rapidly in the cold weather and delivering relatively high levels of snowfall throughout the winter season.

The Ski Club of Great Britain show the snow record on their website.

The topography of the mountains and valleys helps too as the north and east facing Linga and Pré-la-joux ski areas are relatively sheltered from the afternoon sun, keeping snow right to the end of the season.

Châtel may not be the highest resort in the Alps but its snow record is enviable.

Pop rock concert in chatelAprés Ski

Châtel is home to a surprising number of bars and restaurants, ranging from the traditional savoyard to the contemporary in style. For aprés ski some of our favourites include Pub L'Avalanche, Bar L'Isba and La Godille. Whatever mood you are in, you are sure to find a venue that  hits the mark.

Accessibile

A 90 minute transfer from Geneva through beautiful scenery, Châtel has developed into a major ski resort without loosing its traditional alpine character.

Clarian Chalets provide an in-resort chauffeur service to the local pistes in the mornings and a collection service between 4pm and 5pm. In addition, there is an excellent free ski bus service running all day around the village and a further local bus service which links Châtel with the lower villages of La Chapelle and beyond.

Away from the slopes

For the children and young at heart there is a new leisure facility, sledging runs and ice rink to keep you entertained.  Follow the link to see the full list of activities both on and off the pistes

Châtel hosts many events throughout the year but the highlight of the ski season must be the Rock the Pistes festival in March.

Check the current conditions and lift status here.