Chatel lies within the Porte du Soleil circuit, the world’s biggest lift and or bus linked winter playground which joins eight resorts in France and seven in Switzerland. It offers Good intermediate skiing, plenty within reach of the well spread out village.
The whole Porte du Soleil ski area offers such a vast range of terrain and uplift that there really is something for everyone.
Chatel’s wide range of skiing is best when it’s quiet. The Linga sector is great with gondola access from resort level but it is over 1km from the village centre and needs a short (Navette free) bus trip, and Super Chatel (1640m) offers something, including some slightly more snowsure beginners runs for everyone and a couple of black runs, while the skiing beyond her towards Morgin and Torgon offers some pleasing long runs.
Chatel itself has 2 gondolas, 12 chairlifts and 24 drag lifts Avoriaz can be a paradise for intermediates of all standards. It has a reputation for bottlenecks in busy peak season in high traffic zones, but there is a good variety of uplift and skiing is good when the snow cover is right down into the valley floors.
Access from Avoriaz in both directions to Chatel and to Morzine is pretty good, and this whole circuit is an extensive intermediate’s proving ground.
Morzine has a good choice of uplift from the village, and is well linked on the upper slopes.
Les Gets and Morzine have many lifts through the wooded lower runs which can be a real boon, cheating stormy weather.
It is quite low, so village runs are far from assured later in the season, but snow cannon have now been recently introduced.
Avoriaz enjoys a reasonable elevation for the Portes du Soleil and will hold as much snow as is going to village level, and some snowmaking is being increasingly employed across the resorts.
Avoriaz offers some tougher terrain but it is quite spread out, with the better runs including those on the Hauts Forts and down to Les Prodains including the World Cup downhill course there. The notorious Swiss Wall off from the top of the Chavanette drag lift en route for Chatel should be on the itinerary of anyone seeking to ski Europe’s tougher mogul fields – plunging 300m vertical down some of the toghest bumps around. Intermediates will appreciate the vast range – Avoriaz itself has nearly 250kms of reds and blues to choose from.
Les Gets’ runs on Mt Chery are sunny and offer a choice of wandering reds to longer blacks. Working form Pleney up to La Ranfolly there is everything from wider moderate intermediate runs and gentle cruises, all well linked to suit groups of differing ability.
So too Morzine’s village nursery slopes are ample for the first week skiers, and those less able.
|Accommodation & Apres Ski|
Chatel offers a mix of modern and traditional good value accommodation, in keeping with much of the Portes du Soleil.