Don't let the apparent altitude fool you, Chatel and Avoriaz are always first open and last to close in the Portes Du Soleil.
This is partly due to the benefits from the latest snow making machines, which interestingly can produce snow up to 15 degrees! These are used to ensure that Christmas is always white on the slopes and the lower sunnier paths, that connect the lift infrastructure, are protected throughout the Winter.
The snow cover in Chatel is often excellent in comparison to other alpine resorts located at similar altitudes. In the Portes Du Soliel, Avoriaz, receives a hefty 8 meters annual average, with the Winter of 2012/2013 dumping a huge 13 meters of snowfall, the highest depth in the alps for that season. With the close proximity to Lac Leman (Lake Geneva), 'lake effect snow' cannot be completely disregarded as a factor for these wonderful depths, with Chatel first to benefit!
This Winter, Chatel is open every weekend of December, then due to open every day from the 16th... A full week or two from other similar altitude areas... Just don't let the crowds know!
Check out our snowboard camps running in Chatel from 17th December, this is guaranteed to run if you fancy a quick blast of the white stuff before Christmas!
Everything is here if you know where to look... Epic powder fields, tree lines, cliff drops and twisting coloirs on both sides of France and Switzerland.
You can ride a glorious 130kms of piste in Chatel all linked by lift, no snowboards off and tramping through town.
The Chatel Smooth Park has plenty of choice and variety for everyone. It was also voted in the top 10 parks of France season 2016!
The Burton Stash, Avoriaz parks and pipe are also on our door step, they can be accessed quickly from 3 short lifts from Pre La Joux
Chatel is a beautiful French village that retains the charm with plenty of authentic chalets, bars and restaurants to choose from. Locals and seasonaires mix casually with holiday makers ensuring good vibes.
The village comes to life from the evening to the early morning with live music and DJ's to get you celebrating the days triumphs.
Equally, if you fancy keeping it relaxed and chilled, check out the new health spa, the bowling, the cinema or even an over night at a refuge.