Car is not necessary
Châtel is a small town five minutes from the Swiss border. Although the resort isn't too big it is connected to the Portes du Soleil ski area, a group of linked resorts spanning the French–Swiss border. It's great because you can stay in a small town with a relaxed atmosphere but still have access to enough runs that you could ski/ride all day and never do the same run twice. There's everything from nursery slopes to snow parks to half-pipes to death-defying mogul runs and plenty of awesome tree runs in between.
In The Portes du Soleil there are over 400 miles (650 km) of ski slopes, well served by 194 ski lifts, all accessible using a single ski pass. The area also has an excellent snow record due to its location between Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva this creates an environment which means the region tends to get significant snowfall from the start of December through the end of April.
La Ferme du Chateau is situated in the charming village of La Chapelle d’Abondance. The local ski area in La Chapelle is split into two areas, Cret Beni and La Chapelle / Chatel ski area (which is the link to the rest of the Portes du Soleil). Cret Beni is just behind the farmhouse and you can ski directly to it. It offers a fun day’s skiing for good skiers and plenty for the novice for the whole week and also makes a change from the larger resorts which get exceptionally busy in peak weeks.
The La Chapelle / Chatel ski domaine offers 58 ski lifts covering 80 miles (130 km) of superb ski slopes suitable for all levels of skier. Once you connect into the rest of the Portes du Soleil then the variety of slopes, both on and off piste, are fantastic including the infamous Swiss Wall, the Coupe du Monde ladies downhill in Avoriaz and the ‘circuit’ which is a days skiing and covers the whole of the region and can be achieved on runs no more difficult than blue runs if necessary.
Summer in Chatel:
Whether you are looking for an action packed few days or some R&R in the fresh clean air, the region has plenty to offer. The valley offers some of the best walking and mountain biking in the Alps, catering for all levels of competence. It also offers many other activities for you to try such as:
- Mountain biking
- Horse riding
- Water Sports
- White Water Rafting
- Adventure Parks
Mountain Biking in Chatel:
Bikers that have already discovered this area come back year after year because of the popularity of the well maintained downhill tracks and the vast terrain open to the x-country mountain biker. Whether it is the fantastic downhill tracks and bike parks, the hundreds of miles of lift assisted cross country, or the 'off the beaten track' rides you are after, Chatel has it all.
There are 24 cable cars and chairlifts throughout the Portes du Soleil which give unrestricted access to over 650 kms of tracks and paths. There are 10 dedicated mountain bike areas and 5 bike parks offering everything from easy trails to fast technical decents.
Super Chatel has two dedicated downhill tracks, and the area at Pre La Joux gets better each year. It offer 13 mountain bike trails at all difficutly levels and there are several fun area for new school riding disciplines. There are 5 North Shore zones, 1 four-cross course, freeride areas, a kid's X drop zone with foam pit, a wall ride and plenty more.
Savoie Faire can organise all you need for your holiday including bike hire,in resort transport for you and your bikes, secure bike lock up, airport transfers, accommodation to suit all budgets and other activities. We can also organise a trained professional MTB guide to accompany you on the mountain - 150 euros per day .Contact us with your requirements for a full quote.
Activities near Chatel
|Local sports activities
Within 15 minutes: Mountain biking, Swimming, Horse riding, Climbing, Sports centre, Fishing, Cycling, Skiing, Walking, Tennis
Within 45 minutes: Golf
|Local leisure activities
Within 15 minutes: Food shop, Shopping
||Cycling holiday, Sight-seeing, Ski Holidays, Summer holidays, Walking holiday