Chatel is located in the Abondance valley, and is a traditional farming village. It produces the fabulous French cheese, Abondance AOP. Which is a hard cheese, tasting very much like the fresh pastures, where the cows graze from when it is not winter. Definitely worth a try when you visit.
Chatel is still a relatively hidden gem in the French alps.
There are 4 main areas to explore the 130 kilometres of slopes that Chatel has to offer, all lift connected:
Plus, there's another 520 kilometres of slopes linked to Chatel in the Portes du Soliel, which spans France and Switzerland!
Chatel has excellent snow conditions, specially in comparison to resorts at a similar altitude. In a typical season the lifts open early in December and close almost at the end of April. The reputation of Chatel as a snow sure resort keeps growing and growing for people who visit, even from neighbouring resorts.
The Smooth Park is located in Super Chatel and has super flowy variety of lines. Enjoy everything, from boxes, to rails to jumps on a top to bottom descent for every snowboarder. Plus, there's also a snowboard cross course at the side for speedsters!
It's also only a 2 lift journey to Avoriaz, where you will find the Burton Stash, a terrain park with natural jibbing elements, plus and other fun snow parks.
Depending on what you want from the evening and night, there is plenty for everyone.
This map shows our home office location.
Our meeting point is in the Pre la Joux area, at the very top of the car park, next to the map with time and temperature.