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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 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 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 02, 2006
lynne from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
What a wonderful place. Unspoiled but with all the facilities you could want. Superb snow due to location (don't let the height fool you) friendly, traditional village and fantastic restaurants. Best kept ski resort secret - 650 km of linked runs for all abilities. You can keep Val d'Isere and all the upmarket, expensive resorts - this is what is all about. Loved it so much, we bought a chalet.
January 08, 2005
Amanda Forsyth from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Chatel is the best ski area you can find. I am another of the 'I liked it so much I bought' clan. The village is friendly and still fairly traditional, it's very pretty in summer and winter. The links between different ski areas are great, with mountain resturants to suit all tastes. Skiing is throughout the whole Portes du Soleil (650km) on one pass if you require. There are many other leisure activities available too. Apres ski is mainly cantred around the excellent resturants in the village, although there are a few lively bars and a nightclub. Our family apartment is near the Linga lift and sleeps up to six. If you wish to rent it them email me as we still have some availability.
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!
October 16, 2004
phil rider from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
unbelievably good area that takes a few visits to get to know really well if looking for ease of access from air ports -excellent ski runs-650km of the portes du soleil and fantastic summer activities along with the best restaurant in the alps [le monchu]- after 3 yrs we bought a small apartment at the bottom of a ski lift--if you want the details for hire please e mail as i would like the appartment habited as we only use it twice in winter and twice summer phil rider
March 16, 2004
carol from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We always hire a car - its so easy at Geneva you don't even have to leave the airport you just go downstairs to pick up the car. If you want a company to pick you up try alpine cab company. As far as buses go - I've no idea, but most resort do have some sort of link with the airport. Have a great time - we go again on friday.
March 12, 2004
Anastasios from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Hi everyone, I have booked a holiday to Chatel and will be going in a couple of weeks. I am figuring out that I might have a problem getting there from Geneva.. anyone have any ideas if the train/buses are ok and how much would they cost. many thanx!
February 02, 2004
WAYNE from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
February 02, 2004
jane from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just got back from an excellent week. The resort is lovely and has kept its original character - the locals are very proud of their food and traditions - the ski area is massive and we had some lovely trips around the swiss resorts. Highly recommended