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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 13, 2009
Paul from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We stayed in Chatel for new year 2008/9, at the ClubHotel Soldanelles (Rocketski Hotel). We had heard mixed reviews of the hotel before we departed but found the hotel to be clean and tidy, the staff excellent and the food very good and very plentiful. The only word of caution here is that there were no school parties in the hotel when we stayed but there were programmed to be 100 school kids the following week - I suspect the experience would be very different for those unlucky enough to be sharing the hotel with that many children. Chatel itself is a nice little resort, if quiet. We skied in Super Chatel the first day which is OK (apart from too many drag lifts) to get those skiing legs back. Threreafter we took the ski bus up the valley to Linga where the skiing was much better and gave access to a much greater area. A tip here is to arrive early and leave early - no later than 3.30PM to avoid very large queues for the bus back which on our first day took over an hour to get home - madness. Food on the mountain is very expensive (not helped by current exchange rates) but it was too cold to contemplate picnics. All in all, Chatel is a great resort and with good snow conditions gives access to a massive area. We will definitely go back.
December 06, 2008
Darren & Alpinebreaks.com from Ski France France
The season has started early with the lifts opened at Pre Le Joux already and pretty much the whole Portes du Soleil opening as of next weekend. The snow forecasts from any website for this region have not been accurate at all - the last 48hrs has seen at least 50cm of snow in Chatel village alone! See you soon, Darren
December 05, 2008
Lin & Pip Willcocks from Ski France France
Update on the snow at Chatel - started falling 2 weeks ago and there's loads of the beautiful white stuff now. Pre La Joux lifts opened last weekend (30/11) and will open again this weekend, ahead of schedule. Open full time from 13th Dec - and the slopes are so quiet. This is the time to ski at Chatel. Over the last 30 years we've skied Stateside and Europe and Chatel is by far our favourite - beautiful village, reasonable prices and vast linked ski area to suit all levels.
October 20, 2008
Peter Huge from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We visit every February half term from West Wales. Having skied for over 30 years at places ranging from communist Bulgaria to Morzine and St. Moritz, I feel that Chatel is a great place to ski and is quite reasonable for our family of four. The trick is to rent an apartment cheaply, drive out and the whole holiday including accommodation (#350), ferry/tunnel(#70), fuel (#250), tolls (#80), lift passes (#250) for 6 days can cost little more than a thousand pounds with your own equipment. This leaves a little money to visit some of the quality small restaurants tucked away in the outlying areas and on the quieter parts of the slopes. Most of the staff are really helpful and polite. We ski Chatel only and are now considering the more expensive lift pass to explore further but 650km of pistes (plus off-piste) should be ok for most at the start. Try it and have a great time. Peter and Lyn Huge
October 20, 2006
Susan from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Christmas 2005 - My first time skiing at 45 years of age left me a little apprehensive. I had only ever viewed a ski resort in the summer. I chose Chatel as my son had been there with the school; this gave me confidence that at least he would know where he was going even if I didn't. I know I have nothing to compare it with, but I can't envisage going anywhere else. I did ski, and actually I did like the one or two drag lifts that were at Pre la Joux, and I love the winding green run from Plain Dranse to Pre la Joux. I have booked again for Christmas - not sure the snow could be improved on last year it was fantastic, and I'm not sure I'll progress beyond the lovely green run. As a complete beginner at 45 it was heavenly.
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.
March 07, 2006
Anon from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Went to Chatel Feb 06, snow was fantastic, resort is great. Runs well groomed, manageable queues for lifts. One minor gripe is that I am a boarder and found that the alot of the meandering blue and green runs are very narrrow, in quite a few places have slight up slopes, which makes navigating down them on boards very very hard. Skiers should have no problem. It also took some planning at the end of each day to try and work out a days boarding avoiding drag lifts. Usual problems around very full buses for Pre-la-joux and Linga at the end of the day. Word of advice; we stayed at Club Hotel Les Soldanelles, although the hotel is adaquete it is very basic and in need of a refurbishment. Bathrooms are small and only have a bath. Food is of school dinners standard. They cater mainly for school parties, hence the beds seemed very small. We managed to miss any school parties but I would imagine it would be hell sharing it with school trips. My advice would be to spend a little more money and find alternative accomodation.
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.
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
January 27, 2006
Paul from Ski Netherlands Netherlands
Drag lifts @ Chatel.... well sure at Super Chatel there are quite a few. But when you hop over into Switzerland, or start off at Linga or Pre La Joux, you'll find mostly chair lifts. At least that was the case when I was there last time (must have been Feb 2000). In any case... super ski area for touring but don't limit yourself to Chatel itself. Village is very nice. And if the snow is good... do take the 'wall', the Chavenettes - not for the faint of heart but what a joy!