Châtel is only a 90 minute drive from Geneva
Time is precious when you’re on holiday and there’s skiing to be done. No one enjoys wasting time on a transfer from an airport to the ski resort. So if you’re looking for a French ski resort close to an airport with a short transfer time, Châtel is perfect. Based in the Portes du Soleil, you can enjoy a quick and easy car journey to Chalet la Fontaine in just 90 mins. Get a quote now with ABChatel Transfers.
One of the best ski resorts in Europe
Châtel offers access to the Portes du Soleil which offers an incredible 650km of skiing, suitable for beginners, children, families and experts. You can access 12 resorts with 1 pass including Morzine-Avoriaz, Les Gets, Champéry, Les Crosets and Champoussin in Switzerland. This extensive area caters for skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels. Snowboarders will love the great selection of snow parks with half-pipes and hand rails, located in many of the area’s resorts.
Apres ski after a day on the slopes
Après-ski or “after ski” describes the popular post-ski activities from vin chaude (hot wine) to craft beers around the hot tub, there’s no official timeframe for “après ski,” but it usually starts in the late afternoon after the final run of the day. Châtel isn’t know for wild nights but the village is home to some lovely bars and restaurants to unwind. Wander down to the village to L’avalanche bar (only 7 mins walk from Chalet la Fontaine) or try one of the other bars and restaurants nearby.
Perfect ski chalet for large groups, families and couples
There’s nothing quite like taking your ski boots off and coming home to an open fire in your own catered ski chalet after a long day out exploring the Portes du Soleil. Rent Chalet la Fontaine for the week and enjoy 4 double bedrooms, 4 bathrooms plus a kitchen / lounge. You can kick back and relax, without the stress of cooking your own meals. Catered chalets offers unparalleled ease, and with everything taken care of, you can spend all your time focusing on the slopes.
The village has an open air swimming pool and spa
Situated in the heart of the village, with an extraordinary surrounding mountains view, you can enjoy being relaxed, pampered and having fun! Rest your weary legs, enjoy a massage, try a hamman or take a dip in the indoor/outdoor pool. Open 7 days a week in season, Aquatic centre Forme d’O is located in the centre of Châtel.
There’s an awesome zip line
Adrenaline junkies will love flying high above the valley on Fantasticable at speeds of up to 100 kmph! Pass from the top of the Chaux Fleurie chairlift to the opposite side of the mountain in a harness and fly through the air up to 240m above the hamlet of Plaine Dranse. A spectacular way to see the Portes du Soleil.
The snow cannon system means there’s always snow
The Portes du Soleil has invested heavily in snow cannons so there is always great skiing. There are around 237 snow cannons over 21 pistes covering 75 hectares. This guarantees skiing from mid December until the end of April. The snowmaking facilities use only water and cold air: no chemicals are used. The snow cannon works by firing water from a nearby reservoir into the air which turns into snow when it hits the cold air.
It’s a beautiful traditional French alpine village
Châtel has been carefully developed and still retains its old farming town traditions. You can buy local goods such as Abondance cheese and other local produce. Since the first drag-lift was built from the village up to Lac du Vonnes, Châtel’s agriculture and tourism have steadily developed to create a charming resort in the Alps.
Value for money skiing holidays
Skiing holidays in the Alps are never cheap but when you compare Châtel to more well-known resorts such as Morzine, Val d’Isere, Courcheval and Meribel, you’ll find accommodation prices are a lot more reasonable. Chalet la Fontaine varies from £395 – 795pp.
Summer holidays in the French Alps
Once the snow has melted, the Portes du Soleil is alive with walkers, hikers and mountain bikers. Discover 850km of mountain bike trails, hire a car and explore the surrounding areas or sit back and admire the stunning alpine scenery.
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