Great press coverage and reviews for Châtel


Reviews praise Châtel and the Portes du Soleil

Chalet view over Châtel

Once merely the quiet cousin of Les Gets and Morzine, Châtel is now well known as a ski resort village in its own right.  The village feel of Châtel remains and in retaining this very French character the resort offers a distinctly differentiated feeling to its neighbours.  It is a lively and living village, not built over by concrete chalet-hotels or run by tour operators, instead with many high quality individual chalets.  A wonderful winter destination for children and families, friends and couples alike.

Recent investments in new chairlifts and return piste have now fully linked the Super-Chatel sector with Linge, Pré-la-Joux and the rest of the Portes du Soleil.  Upgraded lifts also mean that queues at lifts are much reduced compared to other popular resorts.  The superb free bus system connects all parts of the village and runs into the early evening to satisfy the après-skiers amongst us.

The pistes are well maintained and offer a great range of experiences – from beginner to expert, on and off-piste, fun-Portes du Soleil liftparks and jumps, and there are so many runs to ski that you will be kept entertained all holiday.  If that is not enough there are all manner of other activities both on and off the snow: the mountaintop zip wire, huskies and snake-gliss to name but a few.  For refreshments on the mountain or in the village you will not be short of scrumptious quality or the abundant quantity of good restaurants!

Read what skiing and boarding enthusiasts and reviewers are writing about the fantastic winter ski and snowboard holidays in Châtel.  Here is a selection of the press coverage we have seen and we hope to welcome you to experience it for yourself with Clarian Chalets.

“Unlike most resorts linked to major ski areas, Châtel remains relatively unspoiled and retains a very French feel”, Daily Telegraph 

The Telegraph

“…in Châtel in France’s Portes du Soleil domain… they’ve been coming up with more and more ingenious ways of zooming down a mountain”, The Independent

The Independent

“I love skiing in the trees and the pistes were quiet”

“it has changed my view of skiing in France for the better and only 1.5 hours’ drive from Geneva would make an excellent weekend destination”, Abi Butcher, Where to Ski and Snowboard

Where to Ski and Snowboard

“There’s everything from nursery slopes to snow parks to half-pipes to death-defying mogul runs and plenty of awesome tree runs in between.”, Zoë Gillings, British professional snowboarder, The Guardian

The Guardian


“The ski area has some of the best on-mountain restaurants in the Alps”, Dominic Killinger, In The Snow

In The Snow

“…in the evenings most visitors are content to linger over dinner in one of the many good restaurants”

“Chatel is still a working farming community and so retains much of its rustic Alpine village charm, making it a great ski holiday destination for families and couples”, Snow Magazine 

Snow Magazine


“The Portes du Soleil’s natural mountain amphitheatres certainly offer something different and, for those with the stamina, the well-linked resorts make exploring the festival some of the most fun you can have on snow.”, The Telegraph

The Telegraph – Rock the Pistes