Loveskiing’s Châtel Review
Situated on the French/Swiss border, Châtel is part of the largest international linked ski area in the world – the Portes du Soleil. The resort itself is a genuine alpine village that has expanded from its farming heritage into a charming, picturesque ski resort. Châtel offers 54 lifts and has 49 pistes with a total length of 83 kilometres (52 miles).Despite the resort being quite low in comparison to other resorts in its vicinity, the ski area still has excellent snow making capacities. Châtel is also very close to Geneva with a short transfer time of just over an hour. All in all, Châtel is a great ski resort with pistes that accommodate all abilities.
• Is part of the Portes du Soleil ski area, the largest international linked ski area in the world boasting over 650km of mixed terrain spread across eight French resorts and four Swiss resorts.
• Great location for those coming from Great Britain with Châtel offering one of the shortest drives from the Channel and a short transfer from Geneva.
• Wide range of great value accommodation.
• Bustling town, that despite growing into a large ski resort doesn’t lose its rustic charm.
• Great links to Avoriaz and beyond.
• Although there are extensive snowmaking apparatus, due to the resort being situated quite low, it does make the resort a risk for poor snow and rain.
• The traffic congestion around the resort can be a real issue during peak season and at the weekends.
• Unfortunately, some of the main ski lifts are a bus ride from the village centre.
• Quite a few drag lifts in the Super Châtel area.
• Those looking to experience a picturesque alpine village – Châtel manages to keep hold of its ‘French-ness’, something other resorts struggle to uphold with the bombardment of other nationalities.
• Those looking to take it easy with the local Super Châtel area not only being beautiful but serving an ideal area for beginners.
• Those looking to meet up off the slopes – lunch time meets can be a hassle when taking into consideration the huge size of the Portes du Soleil. There are also very few lifts accessible for pedestrians.
• Those after sure snow – due to its low altitude, snow quality can suffer when the weather is warm.