Chatel is an undiscovered gem of a mountain resort, in the Haute Savoie region of the northern French Alps. It is right on the Franco Swiss border and unlike many ski resorts, it isn't a dead end - the road into Chatel continues on into Switzerland and down to the Rhone Valley making it extremely accessible from both countries.
The resort is an old farming village dating back hundreds of years, which has grown sympathetically into a beautiful alpine ski resort. Building has been carefully controlled so although there are many modern buildings and hotels, all has been built in a chalet style to compliment the original 200 year old farms which are still in existance.
Chatel is most famous for its skiing. It is located at the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area - the world's largest linked ski area with over 650 kms of pistes joining 12 resorts in France & Switzerland. The skiing in Chatel's local area is extensive and varied. Most of the runs are found on the imposing north facing ridges of Linga & Pre la Joux, and this, coupled with the fact that the area gets some of the highest snowfall in the French Alps, means that Chatel is one of the most snow sure resorts you can find in France.
In summer, the mountains and valleys become alive with wild flowers and the sound of cow bells. There is a lot do to in the area in summer, including walking, mountain biking, swimming, white water rafting or simple relaxing in the beautiful alpine scenery.
Chatel really does have something to offer everyone - from powder hounds in winter to people wanting to escape the bustle of everyday life and enjoy the mountains in summer.
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