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Châtel Ski Resort France

Châtel is a super family friendly ski resort on the French side of the massive Portes du Soleil. An extensive skiing area in its own right, Chatel has numerous different zones to suit novices & families, intermediate snow riders, plus off-piste powder hunting experts. To top it off, Châtel is one of the more delightful villages in the French Alps & makes an excellent base from which to explore one of the world’s largest interconnected ski areas.

The local ski sector, called Espace Libertè, combines the lifts & terrain of Chatel with La Chapelle-d'Abondance, plus the Swiss resort of Torgon & part of Morgins. The resort also has direct lift & trail connections with Avoriaz. See the Châtel Espace Libertè ski trail map here.

Whilst a large ski area in and of itself, Espace Libertè is only a fraction of the terrain available in the vast interconnected Portes du Soleil. See the Portes du Soleil ski trail map here.

Where is Chatel France?

The Châtel ski resort is in the Haute Savoie of France near the Swiss border, only 78km east of Geneva(GVA) international airport. Travel time by road is usually around 1hr 20min.

Due to the difficult nature of public transport to the Chatel, & with its proximity to Geneva, we recommend looking at a direct private transfer from the airport.

Search & book all airport transfers from Geneva to Châtel here.

Châtel Accommodation

Chatel is one of the most authentic villages in the Portes du Soleil. Indeed, it is one of the more pleasant ski resort villages in the entire French Alps. The main village centre is hive of activity during winter & has extensive bus & ski lift links within a few steps of the shops. To the north, connected by local bus is an outlying hamlet of Le Petit Châtel which comes complete with its own shops, bars & chairlift which connects to Torgon & Morgins in Switzerland. Between the two ends of Châtel, a host of hotels, guesthouses, apartments & chalet line the mountainside.

Search & book all Châtel ski accommodation here.

Down valley from Chatel are numerous lodging options in La Chapelle-d'Abondance and Abondance. La Chapelle-d'Abondance has direct ski lift links into the Portes du Soleil via Torgon. Abondance has its own small ski area that is not lift or piste connected to the rest of the network & requires a free local bus ride to access it.

Ski Rentals

Ski rentals are available with our local partners in all the Châtel villages. Receive a discount when you search & book via our Châtel Ski or Snowboard Rental page.


The Powderhounds skied Châtel in late 2019 & we have been very slack in finishing the review, let alone this overview page! More information is coming soon. Stay tuned for our new photos & insights.

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