Portes du Soleil
Châtel is located just across the Swiss border in Haute Savoie, between Geneva and the Mont Blanc. It is a typical French town: cluttered but cosy with many small restaurants, cafes and shops. The skiing area, ‘Portes du Soleil’, is vast and part of it is Swiss. Well-known places you can ski to include Morgins, Champery, Morzine and Avoriaz.
Thanks to Portes du Soleil’s enormous number of slopes of all difficulties, both beginning and experienced skiers can ski here to their heart’s content. For cross-country enthusiasts, there is around 50 km of trails around the town and ice skaters can head to Vonnes lake. The chalet is situated in the neighbourhood of Linga. 400 m away is a cable car that takes you straight to the skiing area along the connection to Avoriaz and others
"Boundless touring along French and Swiss villages"
Portes du Soleil’s biggest asset is its vastness. A trip from Swiss Champéry along French Châtel to Swiss Torgon, or from Swiss Champoussin to French Les Gets, will feel like a kind of Haute-Route, with the added comfort of lifts.
Fast chair lifts and cable cars
Lift quality has historically been highly variable, but in recent years even the more remote corners of Portes du Soleil, such as La Chapelle d’Abondance, have seen the construction of modern and fast chair lifts and cable car lines. In warm weather, artificial snow machines keep most slopes open, but optimal enjoyment can mostly be found when there is a thick blanket of snow up to an altitude of 1000 metres.
The ‘Wall’, a super steep black slope between Avoria and Les Crosets, is world famous. Especially for average experienced skiers and snowboarders this area is a true revelation. Snowboarders and freeriders are most at home in Avoriaz, which has many special facilities.