The Skiing Area
The skiing in Chatel is extensive with a great variety of pistes for all abilities, great snow parks and superb off piste. Whether you are skiing for the first time or are an experienced skier / snowboarder there is well over 100km of piste in the Chatel area alone.
The resort lies at an altitude of 1200 metres, one of the highest in the Portes du Soleil with the neighbouring purpose built resort of Avoriaz at 1800 metres and the highest lift at 2400 metres. The winter ski season in Chatel typically begins in early December and Chatel is always one of the last resorts to close in the Portes du Soleil at the very end of April.
With flight times of around 90 minutes from most UK airports and a transfer of around the same, traveling to your ski holiday resort from the UK does not get much easier or quicker.
Super Chatel / Barbossine
The large range of modern lifts in Chatel gives you several points from where you can begin each day. One option is the Super Chatel gondola situated in the centre of the ski resort just 500 metres from the chalet. There are plenty of gentle nursery ski slopes here as well as more challenging pistes for intermediates and the more experienced skiers and boarders. Super Chatel gives you linked access to La Chapelle and the Swiss resorts of Torgon and Morgins. There is a great Smooth Park with rails, kickers, slide boxes, slope style area and a boarder cross track running through the forest. The Fun Zone is a 250m long speed piste which is fitted with a timing device that shows you your speed on an electronic display.
It is now possible to enjoy the whole of the Chatel ski area in one day as Super Chatel is also now linked with new modern chair lifts to the ski areas of Linga & Pre La Joux.
Linga / Pre-La-Joux / Plaine Dranse
In a great central location close to our chalet are the lifts and ski area of Le Linga and Pre-la-Joux. This area provides some of the best skiing in the Portes du Soleil with a huge selection of great mountain restaurants at Plaine Dranse. From here you can take a fast modern chair lift into the Avoriaz area and other Swiss resorts. This area of Chatel has an enormous range of pistes for all abilities and some of the best off piste in the Portes du Soleil. Each Thursday night the stadium piste of Linga is floodlit for evening skiing between 7.30 and 9.30pm.
If you want to explore more of the Portes du Soleil, starting your day in Chatel and using the modern fast chair lifts that link the resorts, you could find yourselves skiing in the very picturesque Morzine and Les Gets, the purpose built resort of Avoriaz and into Switzerland to the quiet open pistes of Torgon, Champery, Champoussin, Les Crosets and Morgins with its breathtaking views of the Dents du Midi.
For the whole family
Chatel is a great family resort with facilities for children of all ages. Chalet des Arbres is also very family friendly; we have a good selection of toys, books and DVDs and also essential equipment such as travel seats, cots, high chairs and stair gates. Children can begin skiing from 3 years old however there are many ways for children of all ages to enjoy a winter holiday.
Forme d'O Aquatic Centre & Spa
If you want to take a break from the mountain, Chatel now has a superb pool and spa centre. Indoor and outdoor pools open all year round plus a fantastic spa, wellness centre and gym.
Le Mouflets creche
The creche is situated right in the centre of Chatel and a short walk from our chalets. This is an excellent facilty which caters for children from 3 months - 6 years old. It is possible to book half day or all day childcare and lunch is also provided. During the winter season the creche is open everyday from 8am - 5pm. More info........
Ski Schools for Children
Chatel has a superb selection of ski schools for children of all abilities. These are available to all children from 3 years old. If your child is a beginner then Le Village des Marmottons would be ideal. The emphasis here is on learning to ski with a large element of outdoor play and fun. Located just a few hundred yards from our catered chalet and run by ESF this ski school caters for children from 3 to 6 years of age and is open all day 8.30am until 5.30pm. For more information please see the ESF web site; Village de Marmottons
Esi International Ski School run group and private lessons for children from 4 years old. The group lessons have a maximum of 6 children in each group and are 2 hours long during the morning or afternoon. ESI International Ski School
The resort has built a free sledging area located at Pré-la-Joux, made up of two separate and safe sledging runs: one for 2 to 6-year-olds and the other for children aged 6 and over, a themed play path and a game area. A place where all the family will enjoy playing together in the snow. You can also go to sledge at Super-Châtel. More info.......
There are also many more facilities in the resort offering a great variety of activities for children of all ages:
- Merry-go-round - Situated in the centre of Chatel with wooden horses
- Wood Carving - Take a piece of wood and carve a dolphin, dog or chamois (from 4 years)
- Entertainment - Once a week in school holidays free childrens shows (for all ages)
- Workshops - Painting and building with wood (5 - 12 year olds)
- Le Petit Fun Train - Sightseeing train with commentary.