Resort guide to Chatel - France

Pretty and traditional French ski town with access to the huge Portes du Soleil ski area


Chatel resort guide - a general overview

Chatel which is part of the massive Portes du Soleil ski circuit is a pleasant, lively, French dominated old village with its own extensive, pretty intermediate terrain. The resort is made up of modern unpretentious chalet style hotels and apartments mixed in with some old farms where cattle still live in the winter. With easy access to the Porte du Soleil this is the perfect spot to get away from the big super stations but still have miles and miles of piste to explore.

We recommend Chatel as the perfect place for both families and adult groups looking to stay in a more traditional resort where the pace is a little more relaxed than say a larger resort like Morzine in the Porte Du Soleil. There are some very comfortable and well run chalets in Chatel that we know well so let us know if you think you would like to try this wonderful resort.


1,200m - 2,350m


(1hr 30mins)

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  • Access to the large Porte du Soleil ski circuit
  • Pretty, lively French old town, still quite rustic in parts
  • Good local slopes particularly suited to beginners and intermediates
  • Short transfer from Geneva airport


  • Low altitude means snow can be unreliable
  • Most of the main lifts are only reachable by bus
  • Village congestion on the weekends

Chatel Resort Restaurants

Hotel Macchi and Hotel Fleur de Neige both have pricey gastronomic restaurants. The Rustic Vieux Four serves good value food and offers Savoyarde speciality dishes. The Fiacre has a lovely atmosphere and serves great food, especially its pizzas. For a cheaper option head to the Refuge de Mille for a set menu of the day. L'Escalier was new last season and does ambitious dishes.

Chatel Mountain Restaurants

A cluster of mountain restaurants can be found at Plaine Dranse. Try the Bois Prin, Tan o Marmottes, Chaux des Rosees, Chez Denis, here you will also find the Vieux Chalet which is run by a mad woman and is decorated ina very quirky style, the food there is excellent. There are other lunch time spots, over in Linga there is the Ferme des Pistes and in Pre-la-Joux you will find the Perdrix Blanche.

Chatel Apres Ski

Chatel is becoming more lively. The British style pub 'Avalanche' has a good atmosphere and has live bands and sometimes themed nights, its a popular hang out. The nightly DJ or live music in the Tunnel bar is a fun evening out. Locals head to the Isba which is small and cosy and shows extreme sport videos.

Chatel Nightlife

After the Tunnel bar and Avalanche pub, the crowds seem to head to the bowling alley to carry on the nights entertainment.

Chatel Resort Map

Chatel Ski Schools