Resort Profile: Chatel

By adamrowden, 20 Jul '12 at 09:28

Châtel is a large ski resort in France (in the Haute Savoie region and partly in the Portes du Soleil ski area). It offers you a peaceful retreat with a very French feel and plenty of great skiing. Châtel is easily accessible and it offers you plenty of varying terrain as well as a very authentic feel.

The village itself has been cleverly developed, so it keeps its authenticity and yet it also has all of the amenities of a developed ski resort. So in all, Châtel is the best of both worlds.

The skiing in Châtel is separated between two mountain ranges - Super-Châtel / Barbossine and Linga / Pre la Joux / Plain Dranse. And, as Châtel is a part of the Portes du Soleil area, it has direct links with Morgins, Avoriaz, Torgon and more.

When it comes to the terrain, Châtel is great for intermediate skiers and snowboarders and is also pretty good for experts and beginners, so everyone is catered for. There is some excellent and challenging off-piste to be had between the pistes in the Plaine Dranse bowl. The more expert skiers and snowboarders out there will also be interested in the Linga area where there are some ace runs beneath the gondola.

Though there is a good variety of terrain on offer, the low altitude can be an issue at times, when you are stuck looking for the deeper snow. This is not always a problem, and when the weather conditions are good, Châtel has plenty to offer you, so there is no need to worry too much. However, if you are going through a barren spell, it can get a bit frustrating.

Châtel also has a snow park with a half pipe and a pretty chilled out feel. Skiers and snowboarders can perfect their moves in the park which also plays host to music, BBQs and competitions, so if you are bored and looking for somewhere to head then why not go and check out the park?

Regarding aprés ski, Châtel is a very French resort, which will appeal to the British tourists, however, it is more lively than most other resorts that lack the British feel. There are a decent amount of bars in the resort that offer you great places to party. The Tunnel Bar and the Pelican Bar both have a great atmosphere and are awesome places to hook up and hang out. They both play host to some cracking live music and should most certainly be checked out if you are in town. L'avalanche in the village centre is also a very popular stop off, so be sure to check that one out too.

The Highlights

- Authentic French feel
- Easily accessible
- Good variety of terrain
- Some great off-piste
- Good night life
- Cool terrain park
- Good resort for families

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