Winter Activities in Châtel
The first thing that jumps to mind is usually skiing or snow boarding and why not - there are pistes running all over the mountains from this pretty resort in the northern Alps. However there are so many more activities that it is hard to list them all comprehensively. Whether you are looking to entertain children, seek a family outing or are looking for some adrenaline rushing adventure there are things to do for you!
Skiing & Boarding Activities
Running through the forests beside the scenic River Dranse is the 40km nordic ski trail. Its many paths are graded from green to red and includes a biathlon shooting range. If you prefer to be higher in the mountains, ski touring offers a great way to experience a different journey through the alpine landscape.
Helicopter flights from Switzerland allow access to virgin snow, or if you prefer to fly with the birds - try para-skiing. Accompanied by guides, vast areas of pristine off-piste skiing is waiting to be explored.
Snow parks can be found in most of the resort villages around Châtel. The Smoothpark in Super-Chatel has rails, kickers, slide boxes, hips and boarder cross for both beginner and experienced freestylers.
The Linga slope opens up with music and flood lighting on Thursday nights. Enjoy skiing under the stars for a different skiing perspective.
This extreme zip wire will have your adrenaline pumping as you fly headfirst through the air at around 100km per hour. The Fantasticable runs for over 2500m high above Plaine Dranse. Certainly a unique way to see the mountains.
One for the really brave. Paragliding is not only limited to the summer. In winter you can have the same aerial experience but with the added complication of landing on skis. It looks amazing! ESI Pro Flying can help arrange the appropriate gear and instruction.
Snow shoe trails
A wealth of snowshoe trails meander through forests lower in the valley or reach high into the mountains offering fabulous views. Snowshoeing gives new insights into the landscape and with Tanya as your guide you are sure to have a fun adventure! Alternatively, we also provide snowshoes at the chalet.
For something different try an evening snowshoe trail leading to a traditional alpine chalet restaurant. Enjoy an evening of fondue and wine before rolling home down the mountain!
Cinema and bowling alley
There are two cinemas in town located just above the church. Nearby is Le Chaundron a four lane bowling alley with bar, pizzas and plenty of sports TV. The bowling alley opens late afternoon, earlier in bad weather.
The Fromage d'Abondance is famous internationally. If you need a morning without the early rise and rigid ski boots why not book in for a tour of Annick and Philippe's cheese production - tasking included!
Sledging, skating and more
Châtel has earned the Famille Plus Award due to its dedication in ensuring children and families are at the heart of the resort.
There are three dedicated sledging runs in Châtel: at Pré-la-Joux (opposite the Pré-la-Joux lift), Vonnes and Super Châtel (above the gondola).
For younger at heart the carrousel beside the church is always a favourite and for the graceful of all ages there is the ice rink located beside Lac Vonnes.
There are also other fun ways of throwing yourself down the mountains - great for all ages. The Snake Gliss is a series of articulated sledges which slither down the pistes. For more speed, try whizzing down the slope on an inflatable bodyboard, otherwise known as Air-boarding, or hire a Yooner, something a bit like a bike on skis!
Dog sled & sleigh rides
For a complete break from skiing, while still making the most of the snow, take a husky ride in the nearby village of La Chapelle. Buses run frequently between the villages from the village square. Traditional horse drawn sleigh rides are available as well. And there are plenty of other shops, restaurants and even more skiing to enjoy there too!
The Acquatic Centre - Form d'O
The busy village of Châtel has plenty on offer away from the mountains. The aquatic centre has a children's pool and play area, a 25m pool and the appealing outdoor pool in which you can relax and admire the view. A Wellness Area, Ocean Spa and Gym ensure you leave feeling refreshed and revived.
There are two cinemas in town, along with a four lane bowling alley and Sloopy's - nightclub which opens every night with music from the 80s beyond.