The major advantage to staying in a self-catered ski chalet in Châtel is that you can really take advantage of the incredible food offered on the slopes and in the village. The Portes du Soleil has around 90 restaurants dotted around the pistes so you’ll really be able to indulge during the day. However, If you struggle to tell the difference between your croque monsieur and your croque madame, here’s a handy guide to French cuisine so you know what to eat on the slopes.

Croque Monsieur

French for “mister crunch” this is a cheese sandwich on steroids. The dish originated in French cafés and bars as a quick snack and can be baked in an oven or fried in a frying pan.  A croque monsieur is traditionally made with ham between slices of brioche-like bread topped with grated cheese and seasoned.. Sometimes the bread may be toasted by grilling before being dipped in beaten egg. Sometimes restaurants also add Béchamel sauce. A croque madame (French for “mistress crunch”) is a variation of the dish topped with a fried egg.


A creamy, cheesy, piping hot carb-fest, you’ll need a huge appetite to do this one justice. A dish from Savoy in the Alps, it’s made with potatoes, reblochon cheese, bacon and onions. The name derives from the Savoyard word for potatoes, tartifles, a term also found in Provençal. As with many traditional dishes in the region, the potato is a staple ingredient, it’s a hearty dish and absolutely delicious.


Classic French Onion Soup

Perfect for when you’re hungry and cold after a morning on the slopes. This is widely available and you’ll probably spot a huge steaming soup pot in every restaurant you step foot in. The ultimate version of the bistro classic is normally made with homemade beef broth and caramelized onions. A cheese such as aged Gruyère is generally used to create the traditional bubbling crust of cheese which is rich, smooth and melts easily.

Beef Bourguignon

Beef or Boeuf Bourguignon is an incredible hearty dinner and is French for Burgundy beef. This well known, traditional French stew is prepared with beef braised in red wine and beef broth, flavored with garlic, onions, carrots, a bouquet garni and garnished with mushrooms.


Where to stay: Chalet la Fontaine is located in the alpine village Châtel, just 90 minutes drive from Geneva Airport. The chalet sleeps 8-10 people and has a fully equipped kitchen, ideal for families and groups of friends looking for exclusive use of a chalet in the French Alps.