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The ski resort of Châtel is situated in the Chablais area of the Haute-Savoie department in the Northern Alps region. It is part of the Portes du Soleil ski domain. The lift served area extends from 1200 metres to 2100 metres. There are 130 km of lift served runs. There are 27 km of cross country trails. The resort features a snowpark.


Chatel is still a traditional and charming village with plenty of evident history. Chatel is at the top end of the Abondance valley which was established by a colony of Monks back in the 5th Century. The Abondance Valley also famous for it's cheese, has three villages, namely Abondance, La Chapelle and then Chatel. As the population expanded and farmers sought for places to graze their cattle, the village of La Chapelle was formed. Approximately 400 years ago, due to the population expansion once more, the poor peasant farmers were encouraged to take their cattle here to the mountainous area which was deemed to have few other uses than pastureland for grazing. In 1948, Chatel implemented it's first Ski lift near to Lake Vonnes and the ski industry was born. The people of Chatel are very passionate about there village and exceptionally warm and friendly, many of those being from families who have lived here since the first people came.

Off Piste Routes is principally an off-piste and backcountry ski and snowboard site. Please share your favourite routes in and around this resort. If the description is too long think about putting it in a sub page. The sub-page should always be preceeded by the resort name e.g.

  • Châtel - Lavancher.

La Leche, Linga Chatel - this is probably one of the most famous off piste areas in Chatel. At the top of the Linga piste, traverse right (above the blue run) keeping high. This eventually takes you over the shoulder and into an excellent powder bowl. Pick you route down, and at the bottom take the track which is over to the left. Rather conveniently this pops you out of the trees at the bottom of a drag lift.

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Nearest Airport(s):Geneva

Road:Chatel and the Portes du Soleil have possibly one of the shortest transfer times of less than 90mins. The two options are either to go south around Lake Geneva/Leman via Thonon Les Bains or go north around the Lake on the Swiss motorway via Lausanne. If you are driving on Motorways through Switzerland though, you will need to buy a tax sticker for 30 euro.

Rail: From Geneva airport goto to Aigle and then get taxi from here. Train fare approx. 23 euro and taxi fare approx. 80 euro



Quality Catered Chalets for Serious Mountain Addicts -

Quality Catered and Self Catered four bedroom chalets -

Self catered and catered apartments and chalets in Chatel with White-Peak Ski Chalets Chatel

Luxury fully catered chalets and self catered apartments go to Mountain Air Holidays

For a luxury ski holiday try

For Bed and Breakfast or catered accommodation take a look at Duplex Alpine Holidays

Chalet Cannelle is a luxurious and spacious ski chalet with the perfect balance of traditional charm and modern luxury available for self-catered ski and summer holidays

Restaurants and Bars

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Guides and Instructors

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Useful Information

Chatel Tourist Board


Chatel Blog

Include any further information and links to the resort here a village with a lot of charm linked through Switzerland (Morgins) to the huge Portes du Soleil ski area Respect copyright. Contributions must be your own work and not copied from other web pages or elsewhere.

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