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Chatel, an exceptional winter resort

Located in the Haute-Savoie departmentChâtel is a French commune located on the French-Swiss border of the ski area of Portes du Soleil. After receiving the national mark  » Quality Tourism « Châtel was awarded the « Station verte » label in 2017.

In addition, the region has obtained the label Geopark in March 2012 and the small area of the Val d’Abondance which belongs to the commune has a heritage This considerable environmental and cultural heritage has earned it the label  » Ville et Pays d’art et d’histoire  » (City and Country of Art and History), hence the name  » Pays de la Vallée d’Abundance.

With quality facilities

The winter resort of Châtel is a ideal resort for vacations with family or friends thanks to specific activities. We can notably mention activities reserved for thrill-seekers such as the Tyrolean traverse, « Le Fantasticable « or the night skiing for those who want to indulge their passions under the stars, with an all-lit and soundtracked run of the Linga.

For the lovers of gastronomy The restaurants at altitude in Plaine-Dranse are the ideal places to meet up in authentic surroundings. Various forms of entertainment and relaxation are also available at the « Forme d’O » aquatic center, where several indoor, outdoor and outdoor pools are available. balneos are available but also saunas, hammams, treatments aesthetic for women and gym for those who want to keep fit shape.

With 45 ski slopes in the middle of the fir trees

The amateurs ski lovers can enjoy their vacations to the fullest with 45 ski slopes (green, blue, red and black). For the more experienced skiers confirmedThe red trail of La Perdrix Blanche is a trail that is worth the detour with its beautiful gullies and its little frequented clearings.

The numerous signs oflearning The ski club Piou Piou and the Jardin des Pitchounes are there for people who want to learn how to ski.

The ski area of Châtel in a few figures

⛷️ Ski resort ⛷️ Châtel
Commune Châtel
Massif Massif du Chablais
Department Haute-Savoie
Mountain Northern Alps
? Ski area ?
Size of the village ski area (in klm): 83
Size of the village ski area with connection(s) (in klm) : 600
Longest downhill ski run (in km) 7
Name of the ski area Les portes du Soleil
Connected station(s) La Chapelle d’Abondance, Morgin, Torgon
and less connected with Morzine, Les Gets, Avoriaz, Abondance, Montriond or Saint Jean d’Aulps
❄ Altitude of the ski area ❄
Altitude at the bottom of the ski area (in m) 1 100
Altitude at the top of the ski area (in m) 2 200
Average altitude of the ski area (in m) 1 650
Total vertical drop of the domain (in m) 1 100
Surface area of artificial snow (in ha) 77
? Difficulty of ski trails ?
Number of green runs 9
Number of blue trails 15
Number of red trails 15
Number of black runs 6
Total number of downhill ski trails 45
? Ski lifts ?
Ski lifts 27
Children’s treadmill 0
Fixed grip chairlifts 1
Detachable Chairlifts 12
Funiculars 0
Gondolas 2
Cable cars 0
Total number of lifts 42
? Nordic area ?
Number of cross-country ski trails (or Nordic area) 5
Size of the Nordic ski area (in klm): 40
?️ Services in the station ?️
Presence of a snowpark: Yes
Presence of an aquatic complex & spa : Yes
Trails accessible on foot from the village : Yes
Number of year-round inhabitants (including low-lying village) 1200
Slogan of the station Fill up on activities
? Resort access ?
Nearest train station: Thonon Les Bains // Aigle
Bus shuttle to a train station: Yes
Distance from Paris (in kilometers) 622
? Price survey in the station ?
Price list for a ski pass (1 day) in high season (access to the entire ski area) 57 €
Price of the week pass (6 days) in high season (access to the whole ski area) 285 €
Ski equipment rental rate per week (adult) 110 €
Ski equipment rental rate per week (child) 60 €
Rental studio 2 persons (school vacations) 750 €
Family apartment rental 4 persons (school vacations) 950 €
Cost of stay for 2 adults (excluding transport and food) 1 540 €
Cost of stay for 2 adults and 2 children (excluding transport and food) 2 174 €
? Average real estate rate ?
Average price per m2 of an apartment 4 380 €
Average price per m2 of a chalet 5 300 €
Average price of a 60m2 apartment 262 800 €
Average price of a 100m2 chalet 530 000 €
? Station evaluation on 7 criteria ?
Score on the average snowmaking capacity of the massif / 10 8
Note on the ratio between the size of the ski area vs. the price of the stay / 10 8
Evaluation note of the ski area and ski lifts / 10 9
Note on the diversity of activities (except skiing) / 10 8
Note on the charm and interest of the Village / 10 9
Note on the average cost of a stay / 10 6
Score on the average evaluation of Internet users /10 8,5
? Station average via 7 criteria ?
Final average score according to / 10 8,1
? Ranking according to ? 28th position on 232 stations in France

Chatel in 19 Questions / Answers

  • What are the activities in winter in Chatel ?

The resort of Chatel is very rich in activities, especially in winter it offers activities like :

Snowboard Indeed the resort of Chatel has tracks allowing you to snowboard. You can discover new sensations of sliding and make the full of strong sensation.

Ice rink Ice rink : it also offers an ice rink. Open to all, this activity amuses young and old.

Tobogganing The resort of Chatel also offers tracks for sledding. So you and your family can sled and have fun together.

Snowshoeing You can also explore Chatel and discover its fauna and flora. This activity will allow you to spend time in the middle of nature and to appreciate the landscapes of Chatel.

  • What are the activities in summer in Chatel ?

The resort of Chatel also offers many summer activities such as :

MOUNTAIN BIKING: Indeed the resort of Chatel has trails for mountain biking. What will not fail to please all the fans of VTT. Whether you are a professional or an amateur, you will find a course that is suitable for you.

Climbing Climbing : you can also do climbing, which will allow you to discover Chatel from another angle. This activity is perfect for the sensations and the landscapes that it offers.

Hiking : This activity allows you to discover the nature of Chatel. You will be able to explore at your own pace its fauna and flora while appreciating its different landscapes.

Tennis : It also has several tennis courts. This activity is open to all and is a great way to play sports and have fun at the same time.

  • What to visit in Chatel and its surroundings ?

Among these places that you must visit in Chatel, we can mention : Church of Sainte-Anne, Alley of the Giants, Theatre of Chatel-Guyon, The Tower of Saint Maurice.

  • Where to eat in Chatel ?

The resort of Chatel offers more than 20 restaurants among which we can mention : Bistrot la Potée, Restaurant La Boucherie, At Wilfrid and Isa.

Chatel offers a number of different accommodations such as the Hotel Restaurant Le Chatel, Le Chatel Hotel-Restaurant, Hotel Spa Thermalia.

  • How big is the ski area of Chatel ?

The ski area of the resort of Chatel has a size of 600 kilometers, divided into 45 trails. Of these runs, the longest is 3.7 kilometers. It also has 40 kilometers of cross-country ski trails.

  • What is the altitude of Chatel?

This area has an altitude between 1100 meters and 2200 meters high.

  • What is the price of the Chatel package?

Their packages start from 57 euros per day, and 285 euros per week.

  • What is the average price of a rental apartment in Chatel?

For a furnished studio for 2 people, the average price is 750, and for an apartment for 4 people, the average price per week is 950.

  • Does the resort of Chatel have a bike park?

No, it does not have a bike park.

  • How to get to Chatel by train ?

You can easily get there from the train station of Thonon Les Bains or Aigle. Then you will just have to take one of the available shuttles to get to the resort.

  • What is the postal code of Chatel ?

The zip code of Chatel is 74390.

  • In which department is located the station of Chatel?

The resort of Chatel is located in the department of Haute Savoie.

  • Does the resort of Chatel have a tourist office ?

The resort of Chatel is part of the tourist office of Chatel. It is located at 14 Route de Thonon, 74390 Chatel, France.

  • Are there any webcam in Chatel ?

Yes, there is a webcam, which you can find at this web address

  • Where to find information about the weather in Chatel ?

You can find the latest weather report from Chatel station at

  • What is the opening date of the lifts in Chatel?

In Chatel, the ski lifts usually open the first week of December, until the beginning of April, but it all depends on the snow conditions of the massif.

  • Is there an ESF school in Chatel ?

Yes, it is at 56 Route de Vonnes, 74390 Chatel, France.

What is’s opinion about Chatel?

In the end, gives the average rating of 8.07/10 to the resort of Chatel, which ranks it 28th in France. Its strong points are : the average snowfall, the charm of the resort, ski area.

Map of the ski slopes of Châtel

Chatel - ski map
Chatel – Trail map
Abondance Chatel - Map of the cross-country ski trails
Abondance Chatel – Cross country ski trail map
Les portes du Soleil - ski area map
Les portes du Soleil – map of the ski area


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