Châtel has the envious position as the highest village in the Abondance valley. Sitting on the border of the French & Swiss alps at 1200m, Chatel is surrounded by the craggy peaks of the Dents du Midi with a view over the whole valley.
There are alpine chalets and pine trees everywhere you look – you won’t find any high rise concrete buildings here! The Town Mairie of Chatel agreed that it was not to be a resort for big tour companies so we are unspoilt by the commercial element of ski resorts. The village has an old charm atmosphere that is hard to find. Châtel combines its origin of the rustic farming village with now, a world class holiday destination.
Not so secret anymore, however, Chatel’s tag line has been known as “The Best Kept Secret in the Alps”. It is located on the outskirts on the Portes du Soleil – arguably the largest ski area in the French/Swiss Alps. More famous resorts in the domain are Avoriaz and on the far side – Morzine. Another great advantage is that it is only a 1hr 20min transfer from Geneva Airport.
The terrain is expansive and beautiful and most definitely plenty for all levels. There are superb areas for learning to ski off piste and also pushing yourself to bigger powder areas. And then we have Super Chatel – a ski area accessed straight out of the village which is fabulous for beginners through to intermediates with its wide and quiet pistes.