France Ski Accommodation in Chatel (Portes du Soleil), France

Description

A lively village centre, perfectly preserved mountain architecture, skiing in the vast unspoiled spaces of the Portes du Soleil, with small side routes here and there that you can follow on foot, on snowshoes or on skis.

The countryside is as magnificent as the old chalets in the valley.

Here, the atmosphere is a tempting mixture of a tranquil way of life, friendliness and fun!


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Apres

For a small resort, Chatel has a surprisingly good selection of bars for a post-ski beer. Whether you’re looking for a quiet drink, a late night of table dancing or something a little more sophisticated there are half a dozen bars in resort which will fit the bill.

Pub L’Avalanche is the local haunt for seasonnaires and British holiday makers alike. It’s got a pub vibe and is known for its party nights. With Sky Sports on the TVs, they often play live rugby and football matches. With music from the 60s right up until present day blasting until 2am, there is something to suit everyone! Happy Hour is from 17.00-18.00 every day, with pints at €4.

Le Sloopy’s nightclub is the place to go if you fancy a bit of cheesy music and want to dance into the early hours. If you’re not planning on getting first lifts, Sloopy’s is open from midnight until 5.30am. Popular with the younger crowd, it can get extremely raucous – don’t be surprised if everyone starts whipping their clothes off!

If you’re planning on a slightly more sophisticated night, bar l’Escalier has a good selection of cocktails on the menu. The decor is modern and stylish and is set over three floors with a restaurant, bar and lounge. They play a variety of music, whether it’s hip hop and funk on Tuesday nights by guest DJs, or cheesy 70s disco on Wednesday nights by DJ ‘Super Steve’, you’ll certainly have a fun night.

Le Fer Rouge is a brilliant for beer lovers. They have a selection of home brewed beers made on site, and with happy hour each day from 18.00-19.00, it can get your evening off to a great start! The atmosphere is relaxed in this rustic bar that features wooden-clad walls, beamed ceilings and comfy seating.


Eating out

For such a small village, Chatel has a surprising number of restaurants both on and off the mountain. Take a look below at a selection of our favourites.

La Poya
La Poya is a traditional Alpine restaurant famed for its meat dishes sourced from local farmers. The food is beautifully presented and the restaurant is wooden-clad with rustic chequered tablecloths. Owners Johanna and Olivier have earned themselves top reviews with their affordable menu and friendly atmosphere. Customers appear to flock back so it’s definitely worth booking in advance!

La Table d’Antoine
La Table d’Antoine is another traditional Alpine restaurant with a quirky dining room interior that definitely makes it worth a visit! The room is wooden-clad and cosy, with chequered tablecloths and traditional alpine farm machinery adorning walls. A couple of the tables are built into stable like booths which offers an intimate atmosphere for couples. It’s not one of the cheaper options but it is worth the prices for locally produced and beautifully presented food.

Snack du Centre
An eclectic mix of cuisines, the chef Delphine cooks up tasty burgers, lasagne and tartiflette. It’s not cheap but if you’re looking for simple food and generous portions at the lower end of the price range, this is the place to go. They also serve up a selection of locally brewed beers, making it worth a visit for lunch or dinner.



Activities

There is an abundance of activities for non-skiers in Chatel, whether you’re looking for something active or something a little more relaxed. Every Monday evening there is a welcome drink in one of the local bars to let you know the resort’s events for the week, including the market on a Wednesday, night skiing events, or a torch lit descent on the mountain.

Spa
If you are looking for a massage, sauna, Jacuzzi or steam room, Chatel has a number of spas and relaxation centres that you can take advantage of during your holiday. Les Bains de Lavey spa is found with the hotel of the same name and is adjacent to the medical centre. They have a range of beauty and relaxation treatments including an underwater massage lounger. Treatments start at €55. http://www.lavey-les-bains.ch/en/wellness/soins

Cheese Making
When you go on away for a ski holiday, it’s likely that learning how to make your own cheese has not crossed your mind! But every Thursday morning throughout the winter, Annick and Phillipe welcome you up to their farm to have a go at making cheese and the best bit is that you get to taste it afterwards! At only €5 Euros for adults and €2.50 for children it’s definitely worth a visit if the bad weather sets in and you decide not to go skiing.

Ski Joering
Ski Joering is an unusual but fun way to explore the mountain. It involves standing on your skis and holding onto a harness attached to a pony. You are then towed at quite a speed behind the horse, usually around a cross country ski circuit. You don’t even need to be good at skiing to have a go at this activity, as long as you can keep your skis parallel the instructors will help keep the horse under control. It’s fun for both adults and children (8 years and over).

Bowling
If the weather isn’t looking too good and you want to stay indoors, head over to La Vieille Grange bowling alley which has four lanes, a couple of pool tables and a lively bar too. The bowling alley is open every evening throughout the winter season from 5pm until late.

Cinema
Chatel has two cinemas in resort which are open every evening. They show new movies each night, including the latest Hollywood blockbuster – don’t worry if your French isn’t up to scratch, they show them in English too! It costs around €8 for adults and €6.50 for children under 12



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Childcare

Chatel is a great resort for families with children who are just beginning to learn. It’s cheap and cheerful and has plenty of non-skiing activities for children if the weather turns bad or they just can’t manage a full day of skiing.

Sledging
Sledging is a super fun way to get down the mountain and with four main sledging areas, Chatel certainly doesn’t disappoint. There are two separate sledging runs in the Pre-la-Joux area of resort, one for little children aged 2-6 years old and another one for older children over 6 years old who want a bit of a steeper gradient! They also offer the ‘Snake Glisse’ experience, which is custom built with several interlocking sledges which means you get to fly down the mountain with your friends on board!

There is another free sledging area in the Sous-Vonnes area of resort which is closer to the resort centre so avoids having to take a bus. The fourth sledging area is access via the Super Chatel gondola and there is a small charge for using it.

Rivari Trail
The Rivari Trail is an adventure trail which incorporates learning. It runs for 600m starting at the Super-Chatel gondola lift and explores the areas of Lac de Conches and Lac de la Mouille. It’s a great way to get out and learn about the mountain with various wildlife puzzles and workshops which are suitable for children as young as 3 years of age.

Ice Rink
The ice skating rink is situated next to Lake Vonnes in the centre of resort and is open during the mornings, afternoons and evenings. There is a discount for children under 15 years of age and helmets for children are free of charge.

Other Activities
There are a host of other activities to keep children of all ages entertained including a merry-go-round, children’s show, games festival and wood carving workshop. If the weather is really bad and you want to stay inside, there is also a cinema and bowling alley.


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Piste
Chatel (Portes du Soleil), France Snow Report
Current conditions
Temp: 4° C
Wind: 16mph
Direction: sw
Conditions: Clear skies
New Snow
24hrs: 10cm
Snow Depth
Top: 200cm
Base: 100cm

Chatel (Portes du Soleil) Chalet Sleeps

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Ski Chalets in Chatel (Portes du Soleil)

Ski chalets in Chatel (Portes du Soleil)

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