5 Reasons to Choose a Luxury Ski Holiday in Châtel

Luxury Ski Holidays in Chatel

Having recently celebrated 70 years as a ski resort, the ‘Luxury Ski Holiday in Châtel’ market is going from strength to strength. With skiing suitable from the most novice beginner to mind blowing blacks and awesome off-piste, Châtel is proving itself as a go-to destination for a growing number of ski enthusiasts.


If you are looking for treasured family holiday memories, non-stop slope action or relaxing in Savyoard cafes with breathtaking views, this charming resort will exceed all your expectations. Here we have set out our top 5 reasons to choose a Luxury Ski Holiday in Châtel.

skiier coming down a snow covered slope in sunshine
snow covering the luxury ski chalet La Grange au Merle by Clarian Chalets
Skier and the Dents du Midi

1. Hidden Gem of the Portes du Soleil 

1. Hidden Gem of the Portes du Soleil 

Châtel sits on the French-Swiss border in the heart of the Portes du Soleil, which literally means the Gates of the Sun.

Luxury Ski Holidays in Châtel developed from the well established farming village which, to this day, remains steeped in tradition. With no tour operators and most of the chalets being independently operated, it creates a vibrant local character with bags of alpine charm. The scale of the resort also limits the tourist volume so, although popular with British, French and Dutch skiers, the slopes are invariably quieter than many of the surrounding resorts.

Having grown from historic roots, there are no purpose build concrete monstrosities, the architecture being dominated by timber and stone alpine chalets. This quintessential alpine charm creates the perfect ambience for sampling the Savoyard cuisine and developing local wine scene.

The famous Abondance and Reblouchon cheese is found in many of the local dishes which invariably comprise a combination of cheese, bacon, onion, potato and cream, often accompanied by the local Mondeuse or Apremont wines. The perfect ingredients to keep the body fuelled for a day of action.

Châtel has consistently achieved the Famille Plus Award which recognises the ongoing consideration and promotion of the resort for families. The apres-ski scene is alive and well with a number of bars hosting bands and events throughout the season.

Skiing at the top of Linga in Chatel

2. One of the Largest Ski Areas in Europe 

2. One of the Largest Ski Areas in Europe 

The micro-climate created by nearby Lake Geneva provides enviable snow fall and snow depth with a healthy dose of sunshine. These key elements, for many, define a Luxury Ski Holiday in Châtel.

Recent investment in fast links and snow making facilities, along with excellent piste management promotes access across the Portes du Soleil, giving easy access to over 600km of groomed pistes and endless off-piste options.

It is a ski area designed and managed for all abilities with a well rounded selection of pistes for all levels of competence - 32 Blacks, 100 reds, 122 blues and 31 green runs.

The highest point in the Portes du Soliel is Avoriaz which hosts many of the best black runs including the Coup de Monde located in the Haute Forte sector. The infamous Chavenette or ‘Swiss Wall' can be found here too, with impressive moguls and a steep descent into Switzerland.

For those looking for more gentle slopes, the greens and rolling blues found around Châtel, Morgins and Morzine will keep you on different runs for the whole week.

All these are well serviced by a deluge of quaint mountain refuges and restaurants serving incredible hot chocolates, hearty mountain cuisine and that all important vin chaud to see you down the last run home.

Piste map

3. Fast and Easy Access

3. Fast and Easy Access

A wide selection of flight times from different airlines and airports across the UK give flexible access to Geneva. Whether you are traveling with young children and looking to avoid early starts and interrupted nap-times, or wanting to get onto the slopes to ski the same day, there are flights to suit everyone.

Geneva is a relatively small airport and decades of high volumes of skiers passing through the airport system have developed fast and efficient baggage delivery and passport control. Once you leave the baggage reclaim, transfer companies are waiting to whisk you out of the city and into the mountains.

A short 90 minutes transfer from Geneva sees you at the heart of Châtel or direct to your chosen accommodation. Having spent many years traveling with young children, anything to reduce the pain of confined travel and boredom on bus rides is to be whole-heartedly welcomed! Equally, if you just want to leap off the plane and dive straight onto the slopes, there are few resorts that you can access as quickly.

Most companies that offer luxury ski holidays in Châtel can arrange to have ski passes waiting for you, ski equipment delivered direct to the chalet and often early check in options to give the best chance of making the most of your first day in the stunning alpine landscape.

Flights to Geneva and transfers
Flights to Geneva and transfers

4. Luxury Ski Accommdoation 

4. Luxury Ski Accommdoation 

When you are not pounding the slopes or exploring the region, much of your time will be spent in your accommodation. For this reason, careful consideration needs to be given to the size and style of chalet to enjoy your Luxury Ski Holiday in Châtel.

Catered chalets offer a true holiday experience for everyone, with exquisite meals and fine wines served within an oasis of cosy warmth amidst the winter landscape. Clarian Chalets newly renovated flagship property is located on the sunny south facing hillside with balconies offering stunning mountain views.

The renovation of the 1835 Savoyard farmhouse has maintained the local character with wooden interiors and fur strewn bedrooms. Elegant internal décor compliment this, encouraging a relaxed home-from-home feel.

Outside, the hot tub and firepit invites you to relax in the fresh air, while the indoor sauna and open log burning fire are the perfect antidote to the mountain cold. All this proceeds pre-dinner drinks and canapes. No luxury ski holiday in Châtel would be complete without a well-stocked cellar. Craft beers and over 20 wines are used to compliment the evenings menu and the cellar is open for you to explore, should you wish to create your own paired menu. Dinners are tailored to your requirements by the in-house chef, served at a bespoke 12-seater dining table.

The luxurious carnotzet as our wine cellar is known
The first floor with sofas and fireplace
Bedroom at La Grange au Merle

5. What About Non-Skiers 

5. What About Non-Skiers 

Not everyone wants to ski on their Luxury Ski Holiday in Châtel. Fear not as there are activities on offer for non-skiers, both young and old.

Three dedicated sledging runs ranging from gentle incline to adrenalin level thrills for children (and the young at heart), and the epic snake-gliss for serious sledging enthusiasts.

If you want to access the mountains away from the pistes, marked snow shoe trails wind their way across the mountain sides, passing through open vistas, wooded glades via mountain cafes. Snow shoes are readily available to rent and most chalets will arrange this rental on your behalf.

As well as the popular downhill skiing, cross country, telemark and biathlon are easily accessible with professional tuition if you are new to the discipline.

For animal lovers, dog and husky sledding offers a memorable opportunity to experience winter travel the old way. Full of energy and ‘joux de vivre’ these happy hounds pull you across the snowy tracks for an exhilarating ride.

For something different to all that snow and outdoor adventure, the resort leisure centre is the perfect retreat. The outdoor pool steams in the cold air, with bubbles and jets to sooth aches and pains. If that is not enough, the Ocean Spa has treatments, or alternatively, luxury ski holiday companies offer in-chalet massage so you don’t have to venture past the door step.

Outdoor Swimming pool at Form d'O
Snowshoeing in Chatel
huskies pullling a dog sled through a forest

Luxury Ski holidays in Châtel offer adventure, relaxation, great food and wine, all set within stunning scenery and surrounded by fresh air. To find your unique luxury ski holiday in Châtel, full of unforgettable moments, visit us at Clarianchalets.com or get in touch on info@clarianchalets.com