The slopes

  • Extent 5 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 2 out of 5
  • Snow 2 out of 5
  • Queues 3 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 3 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 3 out of 5
  • Boarder 2 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 3 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 3 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 3 out of 5
  • Convenience 2 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 3 out of 5
  • Apres ski 3 out of 5
  • Off-slope 2 out of 5

Key facts covers:

  • Portes du Soleil

Key facts

Resort1200 m
Slopes950-2275 m
Lifts196
Pistes650 km
Price index100

Châtel

France

Main street

The upside

  • Very extensive, pretty, intermediate terrain on Portes du Soleil circuit, with good local slopes
  • Wide range of good-value accommodation including family-run 2-star and 3-star hotels
  • Pleasant, lively, traditional, French-dominated village

The downside

  • Low altitude and exposure to westerlies means some risk of rain and poor snow
  • Still mainly slow lifts at Super-Châtel and over the Swiss border
  • Few packages offered by major UK tour operators
  • Latest user reviews

    Just returned from a week in Chatel. Now been there…

    Richard Luscombe 23 Feb 2014 

    Chatel is a fantastic resort. Well placed in the middle…

    mmmmm-something 22 Jul 2013 

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    News – 2017/18

    Snowmaking was improved in various places in the Linga/Plaine Dranse sector. Wifi on the pistes was extended to include the Combes and Super-Châtel areas.

    Summary

    Unlike most resorts linked to major ski areas, Châtel remains relatively unspoiled and retains a very French feel, with a life outside tourism (there are still around 30 working farms). It is also right on the huge Portes du Soleil circuit, very close to the Swiss border; and a couple of seasons ago, at long last, its two local sectors of slopes were linked by new lifts (a fast quad and a six-pack) rather than just by bus. And last season a new blue piste opened down to those lifts from the Super-Châtel sector.

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    The slopes

    • Extent 5 out of 5
    • Fast lifts 2 out of 5
    • Snow 2 out of 5
    • Queues 3 out of 5
    • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
    • Expert 3 out of 5
    • Intermediate 4 out of 5
    • Beginner 3 out of 5
    • Boarder 2 out of 5
    • X-country 3 out of 5
    • Restaurants 3 out of 5
    • Schools 3 out of 5
    • Families 3 out of 5

    The resort

    • Resort charm 3 out of 5
    • Convenience 2 out of 5
    • Scenery 3 out of 5
    • Eating out 3 out of 5
    • Apres ski 3 out of 5
    • Off-slope 2 out of 5

    Key facts covers:

    • Portes du Soleil

    Key facts

    Resort1200 m
    Slopes950-2275 m
    Lifts196
    Pistes650 km
    Price index100