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Chatel Village – part of the Portes du Soleil with 650kms of piste

Chatel village is a beautiful and traditional French farming village encapsulating charm and character as well as a warm and friendly welcome from everyone. The region is particularly famous for its restaurants and culinary delights specialising in various cheese dishes like Tartiflette or Hot stone fondues. There are many great wines to taste to compliment your meals and the nightlife is plentiful with live music etc but without being noisy and overbearing.

Best Time to come to Chatel Village Skiing?

The question often asked…’When is the best time to visit Chatel Village?’ This depends on factors like how good are you? Do you ski off piste? What budget do you have? Are you tied to school terms? So a brief summary I often suggest, is that the resort will have snow from late November through to the end of April. The first week of the season around the 12th December is always great as the cheapest week, great snow and quiet. Christmas and New Year are very busy but there is a great atmosphere and of course considered a special time of year. January is cold and probably the best time for the experienced skiers or those wanting a good deal with no kids around. Also, this is the best time for the bars in the evening also. February is great for snow but the start of the school holidays means the slopes start to get busier. Lots of snow equals lots of great off-piste though!! March is when the sun starts to appear and temperatures fluctuate to really warm and really cold….great time for beginners or low level skiers who want a bit of sun. Last week of March and you will have pistes to yourself…superb time!! April and Easter time is ideal for a cheap end of season ski break and generally quiet and with lots of sun. Ski hard in the morning and then long lunches.

Why Chatel Village? – Part of the Portes du Soleil

Chatel benefits from a micro climate from Lake Geneva as well as a new high tech snow cannon system which rates the resort as 4.5/5 snow sure guaranteed. The village is 1200m with a majority of the skiing above 1600m. Because the area is predominantly pasture land, only a small depth of snow is required before it can be skiied on, opposed to more rugged terrain in higher resorts which needs to cover the rocks. The Alpine trees not only enhance the beauty of the area but also provide cover on windy days or visibility on days when the snow is falling. The Alpine line receeds from 1800m upwards, so higher resorts do not benefit from this advantage. If it is 10mph winds at 1000m, it is double this at 2000m and so on. Thus with no Alpine cover at higher altitudes, ski lifts are forced to close. Chatel ski lifts have only been closed for one day total in the last 8 years during the ski season because of in-climate weather. The lift system in Chatel is modern and therefore even in peak season the queues are not very long and during January for example, queuing is non-existent.


Why book with Alpinebreaks?

Alpinebreaks is a small family company providing not only beautiful chalet accommodation, but attention and detailed service. Darren and his team promote a positive and fun atmosphere and go to great lengths to ensure your trip will be memorable for the right reasons, corroborated several times on various guestbooks and Trip Advisor.

The skiing in Chatel is varied offering fantastic slopes for all abilities. As Chatel is part of the Portes du Soleil, it is also the largest ski linked area in the world with over 650kms of piste. To assist you in exploring this amazing area, we kindly offer you a ski guiding service.

The Summer in Chatel is enchanting with many festivals and events in the region displaying the charm and character of the area. And because Chatel is located on the Swiss Border, you also have the opportunity to venture into a different country to explore.