Whether adult or child, beginner or expert, there is an instructor or guide for every level. The following companies are based in Châtel and offer group or private ski and snowboard lessons as well as guiding. Pre-booking is recommended to secure your preferred time.
École Ski Français (ESF) www.esf-chatel.com/en
Based in the centre of the village, ESF provides ski and snowboard lessons from the age of three and above. Both group and private lessons are available with a number of instructors speaking English. ESF lessons are from the Super-Châtel lift.
British Alpine Ski School (BASS) www.britishskischool.com
Teaching is by native English speakers with group and private lessons available. They meet at Pre-la-Joux which is a short free shuttle bus ride for the centre of Châtel.
International Ski School www.esichatel.com
The multi-lingual team are based at Pre-la Joux which is accessible using the free bus shuttle from the centre of Châtel village. Children's lessons start from the age of 4, with both children's and adult private and group lessons on offer. They also run guided day tours and guiding tailored to individuals levels and interests.
There are a wide range of ski pass options to accommodate the vast area of the Portes du Soleil ski area. The prices vary with coverage, duration of the pass and season. There are also rates for family passes or pedestrians. Weekly, daily, half day and hourly rates are also available here www.chatel.mobi/ski-passes.html.
Ski passes can be purchased on-line, from the main office at Vonnes or at the bottom of the main lifts.
There is a wide range of outdoor equipment on offer in Châtel. For ski and snowboard hire online bookings can be made through the following companies. It is recommended you book in advance to ensure availability, especially during peak weeks.
Transfers can be arranged from Geneva airport to Châtel which is a distance of around 130km, taking 90 minutes.