Don't let the apparent altitude fool you, Chatel and Avoriaz are always first to open and last to close in the entire of the Portes Du Soleil ride area!
This is partly due to the benefits from the latest snow making machines, which interestingly can produce snow up to 8 degrees.
The canons ensure that Christmas is always with snow on the slopes and all the lower sunnier paths that connect by lift 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, Chatel 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 always the first to benefit!
This Winter, Chatel is open for the first weekend of December, the following weekend, then due to open every day from the 15th... 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!
Everything is here if you know where to look! Epic powder fields, tree lines, cliff drops and twisting coloirs.
Chatel is right on the border of Switzerland so you can snowboard in 2 countries in 1 day!
Plus 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 village that retains the French charm with plenty of authentic chalets, bars and restaurants to choose from.
Locals and seasonaires mix casually with holiday makers ensuring good vibes throughout your holiday.
The village also 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.