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- Very extensive, pretty, intermediate terrain on Portes du Soleil circuit, with good local slopes
- Wide range of cheap and cheerful, good-value accommodation
- Pleasant, lively, French-dominated village, still quite rustic in parts
- Traffic congestion can be a problem at weekends and in peak season
- Low altitude and exposure to westerlies means some risk of rain and poor snow
- Some main lifts are a bus ride from the village centre
- Some drawbacks for beginners
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Châtel offers an attractive blend of qualities much like that of Morzine – another established valley village in the Portes du Soleil area. Morzine is a bit more polished, Châtel (with a claimed 30 working farms) more rustic and down to earth. But its key advantage is that it is part of the main Portes du Soleil circuit. There is a gap in the circuit at Châtel, filled by buses; but this is more of an irritant to those passing through than for Châtel residents, for whom the excellent local bus services are part of the daily routine. On busy days it’s worth trying the slopes of nearby La Chapelle-d’Abondance, which are pleasantly uncrowded.
News – 2012/13
Further snow-guns are planned.
News – 2011/12
A six-pack replaced the Rochassons double chair from Plaine Dranse towards Avoriaz. Snowmaking was increased in the terrain park and in the Plaine Dranse area. A five-hour pass, which lets you ski for any five consecutive hours in a day, replaced the half-day pass.
News – 2010/11
The Fleur de Neige and Schuss hotels were refurbished.