Thanks to recent investment, Chatel is a resort that is fast realising its potential as one of the most charming, well-positioned villages in the world’s largest interconnected ski area. Located within an hour and a half of Geneva and set at 1,200 metres, it offers access to 2 different sets of slopes, linked to Avoriaz on the French side and Morgin in Switzerland. With 1,300 residents and a spacious lay-out, picturesque Chatel has the air of one of the most relaxed resorts in the Alps.
Recent innovations for the 2016 season saw the opening of a sleek new aquatic centre, combining an in-door and out-door pools with a kids area, sauna, hamman, gym and treatment rooms, and placing Chatel on a level with leading resorts in the French Alps. The season also saw the launch of two new lift systems, opening up a new blue run and enabling skiers to access the French slopes without having to pass through Switzerland. This minimises the need for cars and buses and is set to have an impact on outlying property.
Despite these upgrades, Chatel remains a vibrant rural resort at heart, with over 30 working farms dotted around the vicinity. The result is a lovely local culture, where a strong selection of locally-grown produce can be sampled at the town’s numerous, traditional restaurants. Come summer, weekly tastings are held at nearby farms. The summer months also see an influx of fishing enthusiasts and avid hikers, while roebucks are often spotted running through the hills. In the winter, activities include international ski-cross event Le Grand Prix de Châtel, and multiple options for snow-shoeing.