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Châtel Ski Resort Guide

Châtel, France

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForBeginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length85km53 miles
Highest Lift2,200m7,218ft
Resort Height1,200m3,937ft
 Nearest AirportsSion and Geneva
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The ski area of Châtel is in the French Alps at an altitude of 1,200m3,937ft, with 85km53 miles of marked runs.


Châtel is part of the Portes du Soleil ski area with access to 400km249 miles of downhill skiing, with 285 marked pistes, served by a total of 196 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Châtel itself (85km53 miles of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Portes du Soleil ski resorts of Abondance, Avoriaz, La Chapelle d'Abondance, La Grande Terche, Les Gets, Montriond, Morzine, Saint Jean d'Aulps, Champoussin, Champéry, Les Crosets, Morgins and Torgon.

With ski lifts as high as 2,200m7,218ft, snow cover is generally reliable.


Châtel offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.


Châtel offers some good boarding and there are a variety of Snow and Terrain Parks in Châtel.

Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Châtel is 6km4 miles long.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Châtel?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Châtel.

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Ski Area Stats

Châtel Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
85km53 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
49km30 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Portes du Soleil Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
400km249 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
243km151 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Altitudes & Slopes

Châtel Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,200m7,218ft
Resort Altitude (Châtel)1,200m3,937ft
Lowest Piste1,100m3,609ft
Max Vertical1,100m3,609ft

Ski Slope Aspects

N, E, S, W

Châtel has ski slopes facing north, south, as well as east and west, offering both sunny and sheltered skiing.

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Châtel
Intermediate Skiers

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Ski Lessons in Châtel

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Location and Map

Where is Châtel?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in Thonon-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Châtel is Sion, 57 minutes drive away.

Geneva, Annecy, Berne, Chambery, Basel, Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, Lyon St-Exupéry, Zurich and Grenoble airports are all within three hours drive.

Sion is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 41 ski lifts are able to uplift 41,630 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 3km2 miles of ski runs, with 237 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Châtel open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late December, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

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