The first French resort north of the Northern Alps from Belgium and the Netherlands, located in the heart of the international Portes du Soleil domain! The perfect combination of the modernity of a large resort located in the heart of one of the world's largest ski areas and the raw charm of an authentic mountain village.
Built by agropastoralism and mountain culture, the soul of Châtel is raw and sincere. The love of nature and the sharing of traditions have forged this typical village of the Abondance Valley.
The chalet gene..
Whether it's a traditional farmhouse or a premium chalet, the chalet has always been an integral part of the landscape. In perfect harmony with the sumptuous landscape of a wide open valley, the chalet is in our genes. In Châtel, experience the intensity of nature.
The ski area of Châtel, offers to the unconditional skiers as well as to the contemplative skiers a whole range of possibilities for a stay adapted to each one.
The Châtel ski area covers two massifs: Super-Châtel / Barbossine and Linga / Pré la Joux / Plaine Dranse. These two sectors are linked by the Portes du Soleil and Gabelou chairlifts. It has 44 skiruns and 41 lifts. The Châtel ski area is directly linked to Avoriaz and La Chapelle d'Abondance on the French side and to Torgon and Morgins on the Swiss side.
In Châtel you will find 4 ski touring itineraries with varied profiles and marked out for all levels. Whichever itinerary you choose, you will discover Châtel from a different angle and enjoy breathtaking panoramas.
There are many snowshoe trails in Châtel that you can follow independently. These different itineraries, some of which straddle the border between France and Switzerland, have been mapped out to meet the expectations of as many people as possible: from a one-hour stroll to a 4 or 5-hour hike. Snowshoeing is an ideal leisure activity for spending quality time with family and friends, with all the pleasures that it offers.
Each week a programme of accompanied outings is also offered by qualified guides.
Take advantage of your holidays in Châtel to discover the world of mushing either by taking a dogsled ride or, for the more athletic, a evening hike harnessed to a Siberian Husky to enjoy a fondue in a mountain chalet!
Incredible sensations, unequalled speed, staggering amplitude.. Unique in the Alps! Comfortably installed in a harness, alone or as a duo, you fly at almost 100 km/h and up to 140 m high, over the hamlet of Plaine-Dranse thanks to this giant zipline!
From Châtel at the foot of the Alps, between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc, take off to discover the fascinating landscapes of the Chablais region!
Between abbeys, castles, forests, gorges and nature reserves, this region is full of surprises. The breathtaking view of Lake Geneva on one side and the Alps on the other will give you a perspective and a view worthy of the most beautiful postcards!
Between the Yooner, to glide 20 cm off the ground, the inflatable Airboard sled that you operate lying down, the Snakegliss articulated sliding train, or the scooter-ski and the snooc, come and discover new ways to have fun while sliding down the mountains.
Between sport, relaxation and well-being, immerse yourself in the relaxing atmosphere of Forme d'O. Located in the centre of the village, the aquatic centre invites you to discover its different areas.
The aquatic area with a sports pool, a leisure pool reserved for fun activities and children and a heated outdoor pool that allows you to swim in the open air in an extraordinary snowy atmosphere at the foot of the pistes. In the wellness area you will find a pool with bubble benches, 4 saunas (one of which is outdoor at about 70°C), 2 traditional hammams, massaging and sensory showers, treatments and massages for the face and body and also a gym.
Come skate with your family or with friends, while enjoying music, at the Châtel ice rink, ideally located in the heart of the village.
The winter season is also characterised by major events such as the Christmas festivities, Châtel Classic (classical music festival), Neiges Etoilées ( gastronomic festival), Charivari ( Farmer's Festival), Rock the Pistes (concerts on the skislopes), alpine ski and mogul ski races..... There is something for everyone!
A mountain of activities is offered to you in Châtel in the summer : from hiking to mountain biking, from tennis to swimming pool, from bob sledding to mini-golf, from tree climbing to yoga, from Fantasticable to Fun Bike... Everything is planned so that you can have a unique experience.. What's more, with the Multi Pass you can take advantage of a multitude of free activities with unlimited access or with discounts, not only in Châtel but in all the Portes du Soleil resorts!
Summer in Châtel is also a time for traditional events such as La Saint Laurent (the village festival) or La Belle Dimanche ( the Mountain Pastures festival), a week dedicated to children with the Châtel Retourne en Enfance festival and, of course, sports competitions, whether cycling or mountain biking.
Located in the heart of the Portes du Soleil, between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc, Châtel is 20 minutes from the Swiss motorways, 30 minutes from the Aigle train station, 1h40 from Geneva International Airport and 45 minutes from the Thonon-les-Bains train station.