Châtel offers world class skiing from a charming Savoyard village resort. The lively village centre houses an array of shops, restaurants and bars all set within traditional alpine architecture that gives Châtel its 'chocolate box’ feel. Breathtaking views of the vast surrounding mountains and unspoiled countryside abound! Whilst Châtel remains a working farming village it also caters perfectly for tourists during the two popular summer and winter seasons. The atmosphere here is friendly and leisurely - enjoy a coffee on one of the many sun soaked terraces, wander around the little side streets and gift shops, experience the hum of the weekly market where you can source some of the best local produce the Abondance valley has to offer or relax in the pub at the end of a hard days skiing with friends.
Châtel forms part of the vast Portes du Soleil ski domain. With over 650 kms (405 miles) of pistes, this cross border ski area is one of the biggest in the world made up of 12 resorts. The whole area is well linked, including 2 brand new lifts in the centre of Châtel, offering fabulous discovery skiing to be enjoyed in the most spectacular and unspoiled scenery. At Chalet Blanc we would be happy to ski with you, showing you the resorts, the best runs and mountain restaurants.
With over 200 pistes and 194 high tech ski lifts the choice and variety is enormous. The Portes du Soleil ski area caters for all abilities whether you are looking for nursery slopes and green runs for beginners, long cruising tree lined slopes for intermediates or challenging black runs and off piste areas for advanced skiers. There are several Snowparks for the adventurous and experts may even enjoy the challenge of the Le Pas de Chavanette, also known as the "Swiss Wall" - there is something for everyone.
Châtel is ideally located in the heart of the Portes du Soleil region and everything it has to offer. There are numerous lift stations within a short drive of the chalet from which you can pick and choose where to start and finish your ski day. We offer a complimentary in-resort chauffeured service so no walking in ski boots - we will drive you door to door.
Private Lessons: At Chalet Blanc we work with a small number of private instructors who we can highly recommend. They get busy so it is best to organise private lessons far in advance of your holiday. We are happy to arrange everything on your behalf, please inquire for further details.
Ski Schools: There are a number of ski schools operating in Châtel. See the following links for the different packages and prices on offer:
Again we are happy to arrange this on your behalf.
Piou Piou - Ideal for 3 to 6 years of age, the Piou Piou club is specifically designed for children to have fun in the snow. The ski area is reserved and secure with figurines and characters to encourage learning to ski with ESF instructors.
Garderie Les Mouflets - This is a day care centre in Châtel village. The crèche hosts a maximum of 40 children aged 3 months to 6 years. Childcare is available by half day and full day but booking in advance is essential.
A few suggestions for non-skiing activities in Châtel