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Chatel is ideally situated in the heart of the French Alps and is one of the best known villages in the world famous ‘Portes du Soleil’ Ski area. Located right on the border of France and Switzerland it is within easy reach of Geneva international Airport at just over an hour away, and is perfectly placed for both summer and winter holidays, with a variety of ski chalets in Chatel providing a snow-dusted charm that visitors can’t help but fall in love with.

ski accommodation chatelChatel seamlessly mixes traditional alpine village charm with a lively centre and has many modern bars and restaurants. It also retains its rustic mountain and traditional farming village feel, with pine tree clad hills, high mountains and snow covered ski chalets. Chatel is one of the most idyllic and attractive resorts you will find in the French alps and is simply perfect for a break, whether it is an alpine activity holiday, or if you are simply looking for a beautiful private ski chalet to relax in and enjoy the crisp air and breathtaking surroundings.

The ski area of Chatel covers 85km of varied terrain with over 41 lifts and 50 marked skiing pistes to suite all levels of skiing and snowboarding. It has one of the largest areas for beginners and intermediate skiers, making it ideal for those on their first skiing holiday, or who need to brush up, but it also has slopes that are set aside for experts and even some purely for professional skiers. The village is serviced by a free ski-bus so wherever you are in this quaint village – perhaps in one of our regular Chatel chalets, or one of our more luxurious ski apartments - you are never more than a few minutes away from the any of the ski lifts. It also has one of the longest pisted ski runs at over 8km and over 40km of cross-country ski trails, so there is plenty for the activity driven to occupy themselves with.

Chatel is not only a ski resort in its own right, but it is also in the heart of the famous ski area of the ‘Portes du Soleil’, which is the largest linked ski resort in the world, and a magnet for ski enthusiasts taking advantage of some of the prime ski apartments from which to begin their assault on the famous and extensive slopes. Portes du Soleil is made up of 12 French and Swiss ski resorts and boasts over 650Km of marked pistes and trails for all skiing and snowboarding levels. The best bit is that all of this incredible ski area is covered on just one lift pass, which means you can ski to Switzerland for lunch! With such a large area on your doorstep, the off piste skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing opportunities are endless too, and at the end of a busy day there is nothing better than taking the weight off your feet in one of the picturesque holiday chalets in Chatel, ready for the next day’s adventure. If you prefer to venture out, however, you’ll have the chance to enjoy the many bars and restaurants that give the village a modern twist while maintaining the alpine charm that our visitors adore. However it’s not just a winter ski resort.

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This exquisite place offers more than just the perfect destination for winter ski holidays; visitors to this beautiful alpine village in the summer will be able to enjoy many outdoor activities such as walking, rock climbing and white water rafting. The 650km area of Portes du Soleil has also become renowned as one of the prime resorts for downhill and endurance mountain biking, and if that isn’t enough adrenaline for you then you can try the longest ‘zip wire’ in Europe, which sees you suspended 240 metres above the ground and flying over two valleys! Or of course you could simply relax in the sun by the outdoor swimming pool or mountain lake and soak up the wonderful surroundings and scenery. Many visitors find that the private chalets in Chatel are perfect bases for those who like their holidays a little more serene, and the opportunities for refreshing hikes and walks to drink in the scenery are plentiful – just don’t forget your camera! There really is something for everyone.

Some of the activities and in and around Chatel include:

  • Winter: skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, mountaineering and cross country skiing.
  • Summer: hiking, hill walking, rock climbing, paragliding, via-ferrata, Horse riding, golf, white water rafting, high tree top adventure inc the longest zip wire in Europe, tennis, archery and fishing.
  • Nearby Lac Le Man (Lake Geneva) has sailing, beaches, windsurfing, wonderful thermal spas and the town of Evian les Bains to explore.
  • Summary: Chatel has everything a perfect alpine village resort should offer. Amid the bars and restaurants, swaddled in rustic alpine charm are nestled many beautiful postcard-worthy French ski chalets that make the ideal base for any break, be it a winter skiing holiday or a summer break to this thriving alpine oasis. A mixture of fun and action all in a friendly and tranquil village setting in the wonderful French Alps.
  • Currency: Euros for Chatel but don’t forget to bring some Swiss francs if you want to ski or cycle to lunch in Switzerland.

Perhaps as diverse as the range of activities on offer are the plentiful types of accommodation in Chatel - one of our specialities. We pride ourselves in the quality of our holiday chalets in Chatel, so whether you are searching for the perfect luxury ski chalet, or are after a beautiful catered chalet in Chatel, which will allow you to enjoy the slopes and activities while benefitting from the comfort and charm that only chalets in the alps possess, we have something for you.

chatel ski rentalsIf you are more the hands on type, however, there are a number of stunning self catering apartments in Chatel that we recommend, which are ideal for both couples and families. After all, if it is a cheap ski holiday or a short break in Chatel that you are looking for, our beautiful ski chalets are the ideal home from home, nestled in stunning alpine surroundings that are just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.

As far as activity holidays go, Chatel is perfect, but the alpine charm and rustic feel also lend it beautifully to a more sedate, relaxing break. Snow-capped mountains and white dusted rooftops elevate the place from being just another cheap skiing holiday destination to something altogether more special.

Accommodation is a key part of Chatel ski holidays and it is always worth finding something that is just right for you. With such beautiful surroundings to inspire and relax you, or set you up with a base from which to tackle some of the many slopes and activities the resort has to offer, we believe that if you are planning on self catering in Chatel or looking to find the perfect Chatel ski chalet, we can help.