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…

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News – 2015/16

A new blue slope – the Forestière – opened linking Super-Châtel to Vonnes, where the two new chairlifts that opened previous season (cutting out the need for bus rides) meet. The Fantasticable 1.2km long zipwire from the top of the Rochassons chairlift opened in winter for the first time; you take your skis off at the top and they are transported in a special bag so you have them at the bottom; you reach speeds of up to 100kph.

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