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Visitor reviews for Chatel Ski Resort

Chatel Ratings

Overall: 4.4. Based on 51 votes and 64 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.5

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Chatel is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 4.7

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Chatel has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 4.3

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Scenery: 4.8

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 4.2

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Chatel.

Public Transport: 3.8

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Chatel, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 4.8

(1) No places to stay in/near Chatel, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 4.3

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 4.2

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Chatel.

Ski in/Ski out: 4.0

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 4.4

(1) There are no child care facilities at Chatel, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 4.7

(1) Chatel relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.7

(1) There are no snow groomers at Chatel, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Chatel are groomed daily.

Shelter: 4.3

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Chatel is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 4.4

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Chatel, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 4.5

(1) Chatel usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.4

(1) The staff at Chatel are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Chatel are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 4.0

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 4.7

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.9

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Beginners: 4.5

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.8

(1) No intermediate terrain at Chatel, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.5

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 4.2

(1) Not even a kicker at Chatel, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 4.2

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Chatel, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 3.0

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Chatel has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 4.7

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 4.7

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 4.1

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 3.9

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 3.9

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 4.2

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 4.4

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 4.4

(1) Overall, Chatel is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 4.4

(1) Overall, Chatel is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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January 04, 2005
GB J'adore Chatel from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just got back from 2 weeks of sheer heavn - powder - deep - cold and sunny most of the time! Chatel is such a vast ski area no need to venture beyond into Portes du Soleil - ski Morgins/Superchatel/Torgon/La Chapelle plus Pre La Joux / Linga on one pass - can't beat that! Ski enough and get a FREE PDS pass with bonus fidelity points! Only minus are the overcrowded (but free) buses to Pre la Joux - need to get out of there by 16.00 to miss the crush! Be back soon to meet our fave restaurants and ski bars!!! YUMMMMM!Any info required about Chatel please contact - I drive out - V easy to get to!
November 25, 2003
carol from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Chatel is a great resort for families and couples. The skiing is superb in one of the largest areas in Europe - something for all abilities. The area is made up of several different resorts on the french/swiss border - each one has its own snow park to play in - Super Chatel has a particularly good area if you fancy some jumps. There are many good restaurants in what is still a very pretty resort. Its not far from Geneva so very easy to get to - we're off there again in January.
December 30, 2014
Dave from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Pretty place with lots of potential but ruined by poor organisation and lack of investment. Lifts shown as open when actually closed. Insufficient lifts causing massive queues. People choosing to walk up the mountain, in large numbers, rather than wait forever (not just a short walk but a 40 minute climb). Insufficient buses, massive queues and total lack of crowd control. This causes people to use their cars, causing traffic queues and further slowing the buses. Sort it out please. Advice is not to go to Chatel during school holidays.
January 06, 2006
robert from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
A quick read thru the resort reviews and i can agree with nearly every single one EXCEPT for the one from Dieter from germany - think he must have been in a different resort! Chatel is mainly drag lifts - i dont think so, sure there are a few, but it is not mainly drag lifts. I have always found the pistes to be well prepared, lift passes are good value, €80 for 3 days ( £55) if you compare that to switzerland is about 165chf for 3 days ( £74). hotels are quite good prices eg €50 per night inc breakfast and evening meal. and as already said dont be fooled by the altitude - chatel gets a lot of snow
January 17, 2006
Jochem from Ski Netherlands Netherlands
What a great place to ski/board. Nature at her best. Drag lifts in Chatel? Don't think so (there are a few). When you have the Port du Soleil pass it is endless skiing. It will be my 12th year and still I find new place to go. Great boarding in Avoriaz (big parks with big hits).
January 04, 2017
Adam from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I agree with the majority. I have been the past 2 years and I am off there in 2 weeks, again. I have no intention of looking for another resort; the people are great and friendly, they are already getting to know me and my family and everything is close, so no major hikes in the evenings! Ski hire is easily accessible and the twoddle about lifts is hilarious: lifts break, people, that happens anywhere. It happened last year for me and in under 2 hours they had a new electric motor fitted, no mean feat and I am an engineer. If you go every year there is a 10% discount for online passes, so I think that is loyalty reward enough. Love the place and I'm buzzing for getting there this year! The drive is spectacular, by the way, if you're brave enough!! ;-) Cheers - Vin Chaud with my name on it shortly
February 09, 2006
Rebecca Roberts from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We rent an apartment in petit chatel, over looking the town. Fantastic views off the balcony. Sleeps 4 people. Ski back to the apartment from SuperChatel. Visit our website at www.aplaceinthesnow.co.uk
February 13, 2006
Marcus from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
8 of us have just spent a fantastic week at the Chalet Lac de Vonnes in Chatel. The chalet was perfect, as was the region. Chatel is a wonderful town, and although not huge, there are enough restaurants and bars to keep most groups entertained. Plenty of excellent skiing in Linga, Pre la Joux and Avoriaz, and some good runs over in Super Chatel & Morgins. We didn't make it over to Les Gets, but you will need a full Portes du Soliel area pass to get the best skiing. The lifts were efficient and queues were small. Super Chatel has quite a few drag lifts, but they're OK, and the rest of region has mainly chair lifts / gondolas. There are some good runs for beginners, but not a huge amount. If you are new to skiing, get some lessons booked & you will be cruising the blue runs at Linga / Pre la Joux & Super Chatel in no time. Avoriaz is a boarders paradise & it's easy to get to from Pre la Joux - a couple of chair rides & an easy blue takes you straight into Avoriaz.
September 10, 2014
Steve from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Chatel is a cracking place for people who are interested in hitting the slopes hard and exploring every day of their holiday. Probably not for hardcore clubbers but great for couples/more chilled out groups of mates etc / families. It doesn't have the huge nightlife of a VT or such like but there are loads of restaurants and bars (and a couple of "clubs"). One of the main negatives of Chatel is that it is split between Linga/Pre la Joux and the village area/Super Chatel/Petit Chatel. It is only a 10 min bus journey but it can put people off. I believe a new lift is being built during the summer to link it all together! If you go...make your way to the Petit Chatel ski area...this is almost deserted most of the time! Chatel is also a great entrance to the Portes du Soleil. The PDS is massive. It just keeps going. It isn't as well linked up as the 3Vs but its incredibly good fun to go off exploring for the day, in Switzerland, and then come back through Avoriaz. I've been to Chatel 3 times and definitely will be returning a 4th time.
October 15, 2006
Pauline from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Went to Chatel for the first time in March 2006. What a great place. Snow fantastic,food fantastic,place first class. We ate out most of the time at the Flambee; what great steaks, pizza and onion rings!!!! To die for. Could also drink as much as we liked as they provide transport back to the chalet. (Russ the Bus does a great job - for only a few euros tip) would highly recommend Chatel for all the family. The runs are well groomed and the lift attendants are really good with helping on and off the chairs/lifts.