Another of the many resorts loosely linked in the 650km of the Portes du Soleil, Chatel remains an essentially French resort. Its recent growth, mostly organic and unplanned, has allowed it to blossom into a major tourist hub. This can mean a hefty walk or a bus journey, but the variety then available is more than worth the trek. As with neighbouring resorts like Les Gets and Morzine, the town's low altitude can mean little resort-level snow. It is sometimes best to jump in a car or lift and head for more distant, snowy delights, readily accessible in places like Avoriaz. There is a selection of fine hotels, with some situated a fair way from the lifts. Chatel also offers enjoyable restaurants, but nightlife as a whole is fairly quiet. Ski school and childcare are excellent, making families very welcome.
Overall, Chatel is a wonderfully traditional resort, if a bit out of the way. The quiet nature of the place is ideal for families and those seeking relief from the rowdier après-ski crowds. There are some excellent intermediate runs and the superb ski tuition will soon have you whizzing down the more advanced slopes.